Since the Supreme Court decision last month overturning Roe v. Wade, anti-gay rhetoric and calls to roll back established LGBTQ protections have grown bolder. And while Republicans in Congress appear deeply divided about same-sex marriage — nearly 50 House Republicans on Tuesday joined Democrats in supporting a bill that would recognize same-sex marriages at the federal level — many Republican officials and candidates across the country have made attacking gay and transgender rights a party norm this midterm season.
Many provisions of the bill were already included in an executive order issued by Gov. Charlie Baker in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade
“It’s exhausting to even think about trying to do this again in the environment that we’re in now,” one LGBTQ campaigner said.
Nearly a dozen anti-LGBTQ bills are scheduled to go into effect today in states across the U.S. Alabama, Florida, Indiana, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Utah will all see restrictions placed on trans athletes, bans on LGBTQ topics in public schools, and other laws.
More than 300 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in state houses across the county this year. Over two dozen have passed, and ten of those go into effect today—a grim record for 2022. According to the Trevor Project, July 1 represents the single day when the most anti-LGBTQ bills will be implemented this year.
The visitor center, the first in the national park system devoted to the gay rights movement, will commemorate the 1969 Stonewall uprising and its legacy when it opens in 2024.
Two incidents in which far-right extremists targeted LGBTQ events earlier this month marked what appeared to be a shift in focus for white supremacist activists.
A group of men with ties to the white nationalist Patriot Front was arrested outside a Pride event in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. The same day, alleged members of the far-right Proud Boys crashed a children’s drag queen storytelling event and shouted homophobic and transphobic slurs, in what Alameda, Calif., sheriffs are now investigating as a possible hate crime.
Earlier iterations of Patriot Front and the Proud Boys were among the neo-Nazi factions who sought to intimidate the Charlottesville, Va., community at the “Unite the Right” rally in 2017.
On Saturday morning in the Dallas “gayborhood” of Cedar Springs, an LGBTQ bar called Mr. Misster hosted a family-friendly “drag queen brunch” advertised with the tongue-in-cheek slogan, “Drag Your Kids to Pride.” The event was intended to be light-hearted, featuring musical chairs, mocktails and a chance for kids to vogue alongside the performers.
But before the doors had even opened, the whole thing turned ugly, as dozens of right-wing protesters showed up on the sidewalk outside, recording attendees, calling them “disgusting” “groomers” or “faggots” who wanted “to cut the dicks off of little boys” and even following and heckling both performers and attending families as they walked back to their cars.
“It’s going to be so kek when we take away all your rights,” one protester associated with the white Christian nationalist America First/groyper movement told a counterprotester who was defending the event, using movement slang that roughly means “lol.” In response, hard-right YouTuber and protest leader John Doyle, who was standing nearby, added with a smirk, “Every single one of them.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration on Thursday moved to ban transition-related care for transgender minors, according to a letter obtained by NBC News.
The Florida Health Department directed the state Board of Medicine, which regulates doctors, to effectively ban certain “pharmaceutical, non-pharmaceutical, and surgical treatments for gender dysphoria” for children and adolescents. The state Agency for Health Care Administrators also issued a 46-page report hours earlier justifying banning Medicaid coverage for transgender youth and adults for puberty blockers, hormone therapies or gender-reassignment surgery.
Marissa Darlingh, a school counselor at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Allen-Field Elementary, is under investigation but still working, she said last week, after making incendiary comments against transgender people at an April rally.
The state Department of Public Instruction is investigating whether there are grounds to revoke her educator license, according to Darlingh’s attorneys from the conservative law firm, Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL).
At an April 23 anti-trans rally in Madison, Darlingh walked up to a microphone outside the Capitol, introduced herself by name and occupation, and drew cheers from the crowd as she derided transgender people, according to video from the event.