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Quickies: NJ to Ban Gay Panic, Trans Restroom Challenge, FDA Blood Ban Change

Quickies: NJ to Ban Gay Panic, Trans Restroom Challenge, FDA Blood Ban Change

NJ State Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Ban Gay Panic Defense – Currently, only California bans the use of the “gay panic” defense. Assemblyman Tim Eustace hopes to make New Jersey safer for LGBTQs by banning the defense in his state. Legal Confusion Leaves Same-Sex Marriage Stalled in FL – Due to legal ambiguity over whether the case which ruled Florida’s same-sex marri... »

Quickies: New CA Laws, Flipping Scripts, and #WhatTransLooksLike

Quickies: New CA Laws, Flipping Scripts, and #WhatTransLooksLike

CA to Ban Trans and Gay Panic Defenses – Currently, CA law allows murder charges to be reduced to manslaughter if the defendant was suddenly provoked. Once the governor signs AB2501 into law, defendants will no longer be able to us a victim’s gender identity or sexual orientation in this defense. CA to Colleges: Sex Requires Affirmative Consent – Another awesome piece of CA legis... »

Quickies: Gay Judges, Birds, and Bears. Oh My!

The Senate has confirmed its first black gay judge and its second black lesbian judge. Check out these photos from Portland’s first official Trans Pride march. A study found that male finches raised without female parents were more likely to chose male mates. Two male brown bears living in captivity have been observed engaging in oral sex. Funny or Die reacts to Rick Perry’s comparison... »

AI: Governmental Measures

AI: Governmental Measures

This week, Brazilian government announced that trans* people will have the right to use their social names – that is, the name they chose and that fits their identity – to present themselves within the Sistema Universal de Saúde/SUS (Universal Healthcare System). The legal names don’t cease to exist, as it’s still illegal to alter, but people will be able to register their social names and have bo... »