While the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community has become more visible and won more legal protections in recent years, state lawmakers have increased attempts to pass legislation that could restrict civil rights for LGBT people.
Mason, Everdeen, et al. “How States Have Been Trying to Restrict LGBT Rights since 2013.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 29 June 2017, www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/lgbt-legislation/?utm_term=.5de70a67f46e.
Lawrence v. Texas, legal case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled (6–3) on June 26, 2003, that a Texas state law criminalizing certain intimate sexual conduct between two consenting adults of the same sex was unconstitutional.
McBride, Brian. “Four Cases That Paved The Way for Marriage Equality.” Human Rights Campaign, 26 June 2017, www.hrc.org/blog/four-cases-that-paved-the-way-for-marriage-equality-and-a-reminder-of-the-w.
Liptak, Adam. “Supreme Court Ruling Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Right Nationwide.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 26 June 2015, www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/us/supreme-court-same-sex-marriage.html.
Laverne Cox has emerged as a public leader of the trans movement, using her prominence to make the case for equal rights and touring the country giving a speech titled “Ain’t I A Woman?” When Cox says it, that refrain is not a question.
A federal judge found in favor of transgender student Gavin Grimm, whose efforts to use the boys’ bathrooms at his high school reached the Supreme Court and thrust him into the middle of a national debate about the rights of transgender students.
Despite the gains made for gay rights in recent years, homeless LGBT youth have benefited little. Instead, their numbers on the streets have swelled, representing up to an estimated 40 percent of the nation’s young adult homeless population, data shows.
“Left Behind: LGBT Homeless Youth Struggle to Survive on the Streets.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 3 Aug. 2013, www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/left-behind-lgbt-homeless-youth-struggle-survive-streets-n157506.
Carstensen, Jeanne. “Julia Serano, Transfeminist Thinker, Talks Trans-Misogyny.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 22 June 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/us/lgbt-julia-serano-transfeminist-trans-misogyny.html.