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Welcome to our website, where we bring you the top queer news stories of the week. I’m Anna DeShawn, your favorite queer radio personality, and it’s Pride Month! Let’s take a moment to celebrate our identities and the incredible love and diversity within the LGBTQ+ community. We want to hear from you, whether you’re queer, an ally, or a comrade. Share with us why you love being queer or supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Together, let’s remind ourselves of our magic and the beauty of being wonderfully made.
This week, we witnessed a groundbreaking victory in Tennessee’s fight against discrimination. A judge appointed by former President Donald Trump ruled the state’s anti-drag law, known as the Adult Entertainment Act (AEA), unconstitutional. The law, signed by Republican Governor Bill Lee, aimed to restrict drag shows under the guise of regulating “adult entertainment.” However, the judge emphasized that such laws must be narrow and well-defined to respect individuals’ constitutional rights. This unexpected triumph highlights the importance of having judges who value our lives and defend our freedoms.
Unfortunately, not all news is positive. Iowa recently enacted its version of the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation, which prohibits discussions on LGBTQ+ topics in grades K-6 and requires schools to forcibly out transgender students. Additionally, the bill removes essential information about HIV and AIDS from the state’s curriculum standards. These regressive measures pose risks to our community and hinder education and acceptance.
As we continue our battle against LGBTQ+ discrimination, we face an alarming number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced in state legislatures. In 2023 alone, 530 such bills have emerged across the country. Shockingly, 18 states have banned medically necessary care for trans youth, while 21 states have passed school sports bans specifically targeting trans girls. Three states have even implemented forced outing laws for transgender kids in schools. We must support organizations like the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) who work tirelessly to challenge these harmful laws. Consider donating to the NCLR to help them combat this wave of hate and protect our rights.
In the realm of culture and entertainment, Adidas recently launched its “Let Love Be Your Legacy” Pride collection. This collaboration with South African queer designer Rich Mnisi includes a pride swimsuit modeled by a male-presenting individual. Unfortunately, this sparked backlash from homophobes who attacked trans inclusion in sports. However, Adidas took a firm stance by choosing not to respond, demonstrating their unwavering support for LGBTQIA+ advocacy and self-acceptance.
Lastly, let’s spotlight Out on Film, the esteemed Atlanta LGBTQ+ Film Festival. With 35 remarkable years of sharing queer stories, they have now established a Filmmaker Fund to provide critical support to LGBTQ+ artists. Your contribution can make a tangible difference in the future of independent film. By donating, you help Out on Film offer cash awards, project funds, and educational programs that nurture and sustain queer voices. Let’s support this worthy cause and empower queer filmmakers to share their stories with the world.
As we celebrate Pride Month, it’s important to reflect on the triumphs and challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Let’s unite in the power of understanding, acceptance, and solidarity. Elliot Page’s words resonate deeply: “This world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another.” Together, let’s strive for a kinder, more inclusive world.
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Now for the news. A Tennessee judge rules their anti-drag law unconstitutional. Iowa signs its own version of “Don’t Say Gay” legislation. Adidas is another brand catching hate for its pride collection and Out on Film is raising money for its Filmmaker Fund. Let’s go!
Family, today in politics I’ve got to talk about the groundbreaking victory in Tennessee. A judge appointed by former President Donald Trump has ruled that the state’s anti-drag law, known as the Adult Entertainment Act (AEA), is unconstitutional. Yea you heard me right. A Trump appointed judged voted in favor of the gays. This was a victory I didn’t see coming. The law, signed by Republican Governor Bill Lee in March, aimed to restrict drag shows under the guise of regulating “adult entertainment.” However, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas L. Parker, in a two-day trial, found that the law violated the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of speech.
Judge Parker, in his ruling, emphasized the importance of narrow and well-defined laws that respect individuals’ constitutional rights. He stated, “The Tennessee General Assembly can certainly use its mandate to pass laws that their communities demand. But that mandate as to speech is limited by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which commands that laws infringing on the Freedom of Speech must be narrow and well-defined. The AEA is neither.”
I mean in judge speak he told them off. Sometimes it’s hard to tell but it’s there. Lol. This lawsuit happened because of the Friends of George’s. Friends of George’s is a drag-centric theater group based in Memphis. They said the ruling was a triumph over hate and emphasized the importance of standing against bigotry. Melissa Stewart, one of the lawyers representing Friends of George’s, expressed relief on Twitter, saying, “And just like that, drag remains legal in Tennessee.”
Literally just like that. So the next time don’t y’all rush through your judges’ votes on the ticket. Judges are often the last line of defense for some of these hateful laws and we need judges in place that value our lives and humanity.
Keep fighting Tennessee. Keep fighting.
In more political news, Iowa has just signed its own version of the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation this passed week. Let me break it down for you. The new law bans classroom discussions that touch on LGBTQ+ topics in grades K-6, and also requires schools to forcibly out transgender students. In addition, this bill would remove information about HIV and AIDS from required curriculum standards in the state. How does any of this help anyone? It just doesn’t. It puts them more at risk.
I got an email this week from the National Center for Lesbian Rights. If you don’t get their emails you should fix that and subscribe. I get their emails all the time but this one included stats that I wanted to share with you.
There have been 530 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in state legislatures in 2023
- 18 states have banned medically necessary care for trans youth, but only 10 are being challenged in court.
- 21 states have passed school sports bans, many specifically targeting trans girls between the ages of 5 and 17, but only 5 are being challenged.
- 3 states have passed forced outing laws for transgender kids in schools, none are being challenged.
- Many states have passed bathroom bans and Don’t Say Gay or Trans laws, only two are being challenged.