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August 25, 2014

A new bill in California aims to ensure future birth certificates reflect the fact that modern families don’t always have one mother and one father

Following lawmakers in California ruling earlier this summer that same-sex couples have the right to marry, steps are now being taken to simplify the way in which same-sex parents complete the birth certificates of their children.

At present, birth certificates in the US state have space for a ‘mother/parent’ name and a ‘father/parent’ name, forcing same-sex couples to add their names to these two fields regardless of their gender identity. A new bill will allow them the option of stating their relationship to the child: ‘father’, ‘mother’ or, simply, ‘parent’.

October 11, 2013

Governor Jerry Brown signs bill into law also applies to unmarried couples

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed in to law a bill that will give same-sex couples equal access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples.

The law also applies to unmarried people and makes clear a non-discrimination provision of existing California law. The law requires health health plans to cover fertility treatments but does not cover in vitro fertilization.

September 15, 2013

Opponents of trans rights aiming to repeal law protecting trans students by introducing ballot in November

Californian conservatives are aiming to repeal a recent law protecting transgender students in the state by taking the issue to the ballot box.

The recent bill, which is known as AB1226 will take effect on 1 January, will allow students in California to use facilities such as bathrooms and changing rooms which match the gender they identify with.

Whilst the bill has received praise from LGBT groups, conservatives have expressed outrage at the law which they believe will 'confuse' children.

August 27, 2013

As one Californian Assemblyman pulls his kids out of public school because of a new law for trans students, one gay dad is taking his sons out of private education

I got the news at the beginning of summer. The school my sons had gone to for the past five years was closing. With sadness, I needed to find them a new private school. I checked out the local public elementary school, and found to my pleasant surprise that it had a lot to offer my 10- and 11-year-old sons. It was worth considering.

August 20, 2013

Tim Donnelly calls law expanding the rights and protections of transgender students 'a recipe for disaster'

Tim Donnelly, a Republican state assemblyman in California, says one of his sons will not be returning to a public school this fall.

He blames the new School Success and Opportunity Act which requires public schools in the state to respect a student's gender identity and to make sure they can fully participate in school activities.

July 13, 2013

The political secretary hopes her appointment would pave the way of equal treatment for trans people

A lawmaker in Penang has appointed a transgender political secretary, considered the first of its kind in the Malaysian state or perhaps the entire country.

Democratic Action Party assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu has enlisted the help of Hezreen Shaik Daud, 33, to push for the transgender community’s welfare, after the proposal to set up a committee was approved last week.

November 7, 2012

First time in history gay member of congress is succeeded by another gay member

Wisconsin State Assemblyman Mark Pocan has won a seat in the US House of Representatives and made a little bit of history along the way.

Pocan, who is openly gay, succeeds Tammy Baldwin in the US lower house just as he had in the State Assembly. This marks the first time that one gay legislature follows another for the same seat. Baldwin on Tuesday (6 November) became the first openly gay member of the US Senate.

Pocan, 48, defeated Republican challenger Chad Lee in an electoral district that has been reliably Democratic in the past.

October 4, 2012

New Jersey Democrats are hoping that theirs can become the second US state to ban attempts to alter the sexual orientations of LGBT young people

A New Jersey Democrat and gay father of two has announced that he will introduce a bill that would ban the use of so-called ‘reparative therapies,’ or ‘sexual conversion therapies’ aimed at changing people’s sexual orientations in those under 18.

August 29, 2012

Attempts to alter the sexual orientations of minors look set to be banned in the US state of California after its state Assembly passed a bill on the issue in an overwhelming vote

California’s State Assembly voted on Tuesday to prohibit minors from being subjected to attempts to cure them of their homosexuality, bringing the state closer to becoming the first in the US to do so.

The Assembly voted 51-21 in favor of the ban on so-called conversion therapy which is disapproved of by the American Psychiatric Association for both adults and children alike.

A number of openly gay state Assembly members spoke in favor of the bill.

August 10, 2012

The queen of pop tells fans at Russian concert to 'show your love' for gays and 'fight for freedom'

Madonna will be prosecuted for speaking out for gay rights during her concert in St Petersburg last night (9 August).

The Material Girl faces a fine of 5,000 Rubles ($156) after telling fans at her MDNA gig to ‘show your love and appreciation to the gay community.’

‘We want to fight for the right to be free,’ she added.

The organizers of the queen of pop’s world tour could also be ordered to pay up to 500,000 Rubles ($15,700), according to the Gay Russia website.

March 23, 2012

She has vowed to speak out despite new law prohibiting “the propaganda of homosexuality'

St. Petersburg city assemblyman Vitaly Milanov, the author of anti-gay law that just went into effect, says he will attend Madonna's concert in the Russian city this summer to see if she follows through with her vow to speak out for the gay community.

The ‘homosexual propaganda’ law in the city went into effect on last Saturday and there have been calls for the singer to cancel her concert there.

January 18, 2012

Charles Mainor blames 'gaybirds' reference on friend who used his phone

New Jersey Assemblyman Charles Mainor insists that he would know better than to post a homophobic slur on his Facebook page.

But apparently he's friends with someone who does not.

During Sunday night's NFL playoff game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, this message was posted on Mainor's Facebook page: "Who the hell do you think we are the DALLAS COWGIRLS OR THOSE GAYBIRDS FROM PHILLY....NO WE ARE THE NEW YORK GIANTS."