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Transgender women win elections for the first time in West Virginia & Louisiana

Two women who won elections this past month just became the first transgender elected officials in their respective states. Peyton Rose Michelle won a seat on Louisiana’s Democratic State Central Committee and is the first out transgender woman elected to a political position in the state, according to <em>Big Easy Magazine</em>. She got over twice as many votes as her opponent.

“I’m proud to stand for transgender and gender non-conforming people in the state,” the 22-year-old politician said. “I’m proud to show them that they, too, can be involved in politics. We are all humans, and we’re worthy of having a voice.”

This at-home marriage proposal will move you to tears

Harper Grae was ready to propose to her girlfriend before lockdown orders began to take effect across the country, throwing her plans into disarray. With a little creativity and help from an LGBTQ-friendly jewelry company, she was able to make a lovely proposal anyway.

Originally, Harper was planning on going down on one knee after running in (and training hard for) the Nashville Marathon. When the marathon was canceled, Harper decided that she wasn’t going to let COVID-19 stop her from getting engaged to her sweetheart.

Harper contacted Shane Co. to see if there was any way it could help make her proposal dreams a reality despite the fact that the Nashville location was temporarily closed due to the pandemic. She was able to get her favorite ring overnighted so she could pull off the proposal.

“To say the ring was perfect is an understatement,” she says. Harper then created a heart out of candles and flowers to create a background to pop the question.

See more of Harper’s proposal story–and the answer she received from her girlfriend–in the video below…

A mob beat a gay couple for kissing in a bar. The police told them they shouldn’t kiss in public.

A gay couple was brutally beaten by men in a bar after they kissed. When they complained to the police, they were told that they shouldn’t have been kissing in public in the first place. Two men, identified just as Eric and Nicolas in the media, were at a bar on a Tuesday night this past June in Ajaccio, France. They said that they were having a good time, until around 3 a.m. when they shared a small kiss at the bar.

Netherlands plans to remove gender from ID cards entirely

The Netherlands will stop including any gender marker at all on identification cards. Several countries – including India, Australia, and Canada, as well as the Netherlands – already allow people to choose an “X” gender marker in the place of “M” or “F” if the latter two don’t fit them. But with this move the Netherlands will stop including any gender marker at all on ID.

Minister of Education, Culture, and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven announced in a letter to the Dutch legislature that gender markers will be removed from the ID cards after research into the matter found that the cost of doing so is “limited.”


The number of anti-LGBTQ hate groups grew 43% in 2019

The White House said that it’s disgusting to call them out for associating with and promoting anti-LGBTQ hate groups.

Anti-LGBTQ hate groups are on the rise in the U.S., according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), but the Trump administration is calling it a “far-left smear.” The SPLC released its 2019 “Year in Hate and Extremism” report, which says that the number of anti-LGBTQ hate groups rose by 43% since 2018. It is now following 70 anti-LGBTQ hate groups in the U.S.

“The Trump administration has demonstrated a clear willingness to embrace their leaders and their policy agenda,” the SPLC report states, referring to how Trump administration officials have filed legal briefs on behalf of hate groups, spoken at events organized by hate groups, nominated judges connected to hate groups, and even hiring former hate group employees to work in key civil rights positions. “According to a report by Lambda Legal, a third of the more than 50 U.S. circuit court judges nominated by Trump have a ‘demonstrated history of anti-LGBTQ bias,’” the SPLC report says. “Lambda argues that the justice system is ‘now indisputably in a state of crisis.’” The report says that much of the growth in anti-LGBTQ hate groups has taken place “at the grassroots level” and citeand his Faithful Word Baptist Church as an example.