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Texas state court temporarily restrains state officials enforcing investigations against trangender-affirming parents who filed lawsuit

Transgender Rights

Today, a Texas state court temporarily prohibited the state from investigating transgender-affirming parents for what the state calls “child abuse” – seeking medically necessary care for their transgender kids.

The lawsuit was filed yesterday by Lambda Legal, the ACLU, and the ACLU of Texas.

This order only applies to the plaintiffs who filed the case, so it’s narrow relief, and families in the state remain under investigation.

A hearing on an order to allow broader temporary relief will take place March 11. We’ll have more information.


  • 1. VIRick  |  March 2, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Yucatán: Marriage Equality Headline in K'iintsil, the Language of the Yucateca Maya

    Per "La Jornada Maya"

    Éejenta’ab u xa’ayil a’almajt’aano’ob jets’ik ts’o’okol beel ichil je’el máaxak jejeláas óol wíinik, tu péetlu’umil Yucatán.

    (Aprueban las Leyes Secundarias del Matrimonio Igualitario en Yucatán)'iintsil/19101

    (Secondary Laws for Marriage Equality in Yucatán Approved)


  • 2. VIRick  |  March 2, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Guerrero: Two Women Marry in Acapulco, 2 March 2022

    Per Morena Diversex Guerrero:

    Así se casaron dos mujeres en Acapulco y lanzaron ese poderoso mensaje para protestar por la legalización del matrimonio igualitario en Guerrero.

    This is how two women were married in Acapulco and launched their powerful message of protest for the legalization of marriage equality in Guerrero.

    Acapulco has thus apparently joined the list of municipalities in Guerrero now allowing same-sex couples to marry, basing their decision strictly upon Supreme Court jurisprudence, given that state law there has not yet been revised. Of the 81 municipalities in Guerrero, at least four others do so, as well:

    Tecpán de Galaena (12 de julio de 2015)
    Chilpancingo de los Bravo
    Taxco de Alarcón
    Zihuatanejo de Azueta

  • 3. ianbirmingham  |  March 3, 2022 at 6:45 am

    Florida Legislature again ignores proposal to delete dead law banning same-sex marriage

    Democratic lawmakers have sought for years to overturn the law, but as was the case in their prior efforts and other previous pushes by Eskamani, Sen. Gary Farmer and former Reps. Adam Hattersley and David Richardson, Polsky and Rayner this year ran into insurmountable opposition from their GOP colleagues. This year, neither of their bills received a single committee hearing despite being filed in September — four months before regular Session convened.

  • 4. VIRick  |  March 3, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Latvia: Civil Union Law Drafted by Justice Ministry Sent to Parliament

    Per LGBT Marriage News:

    The draft law was created by the Justice Ministry following the Constitutional Court's 2020 judgment on the right of a same-sex couple to a parental leave. This week, on 2 February 2022, the Saeima (parliamentary) working group for the execution of the Satversmes Tiesa (ST) (Constitutionl Court) judgment decided to direct the draft law to the parliamentary Legal Commission for consideration.

    In the draft law, a civil union is defined as a notarized agreement between two natural adult persons, which establishes or terminates the material and immaterial rights and duties of the persons. The draft law ensures that couples in civil unions can become “visible” to the State if they develop mutual relations in accordance with the procedures specified in the draft law, thereby obtaining protection for personal and property rights.

    It is planned that the civil union can be concluded by adults in the presence of a notary. Married people or people already in a civil union are prohibited to enter into a civil union. A civil union must not be established between relatives or adopted persons and their guardians.

    A person in a civil union cannot enter into marriage with anyone else. The civil union shall be established without a time limit and shall be in force until its termination. In the case of the termination of the civil union by notarial or judicial means, it is also necessary to agree on the sharing of the joint property, the custody of minors, alimony.

  • 5. VIRick  |  March 3, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Latvia: Same-Sex Couples Anticipate Legal Recognition in Court

    By 14 February 2022, twenty-six applications by same-sex couples have been filed in several administrative courts, requesting the court to recognize the legal relationship between these couples as per Article 110 of the Constitution, the movement Dzīvesbiedri ('Life partners') said.

    The couples turned to the court after a December 2021 Supreme Court decision on a provisional rule under which same-sex couples will be able to register their relationships. In order to find justice and security for families who are not “legally visible” to the country, Dzīvesbiedri, together with the LGBT and ally organization Mozaīka, called on same-sex couples to apply for legal support. More than 30 families initially responded to the call.

  • 6. VIRick  |  March 3, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Yucatán: Marriage Equality Laws Published in Official State Gazette

    Per César Briceño:

    Hoy, el 3 de marzo 2022, se publicó el Decreto 475/2022 por el que se modifica el Código de Familia para Yucatán y la Ley del Registro Civil. A partir de mañana, el 4 de marzo, el matrimonio igualitario será accesible sin amparo para todas las personas en Yucatán.

    Today, 3 March 2022, Decree 475/2022 was published so that the Family Code and the Civil Registry Law for Yucatán is modified. From tomorrow, 4 March, marriage equality will be accessible without amparo for everyone in Yucatán.

    Per Danny Ehuan:

    Hoy, el 3 de marzo 2022, se publicaron en el Diario Oficial del Gobierno del Estado de Yucatán las modificaciones en las leyes secundarias en materia de matrimonio igualitario

    Today, 3 March 2022, the modifications in the secondary laws concerning marriage equality were published in the Official Government Gazette of the State of Yucatán.

  • 7. VIRick  |  March 3, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Iowa: 11th State to Pass Anti-Trans School Sports Ban, Bill Signed into Law

    On 3 March 2022, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signed into law legislation that bans trans girls and women from participating on female sports teams in school. Before signing the bill on Thursday, Reynolds repeatedly referred to trans girls and women as “males,” as she spoke to those who had come to the law’s signing ceremony.

    All school levels in Iowa are affected by the law, including colleges. It does not apply to club teams that are not affiliated to the schools.

  • 8. VIRick  |  March 3, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Indiana Legislature Passes Anti-Trans School Sports Ban

    On Tuesday, 1 March 2022, the Indiana Senate passed a bill barring transgender girls from participating in girls’ school sports. Since the identical bill was passed by the House in January, it now goes to Gov. Eric Holcomb (R).

    Holcomb has not said flat out that he’ll sign the bill into law, but he has implied it strongly. “I agree adamantly that boys should be playing boys’ sports and girls should be playing girls’ sports,” he told reporters last week, according to "The Indianapolis Star." He would not say, however, if he considers trans girls to be girls, and said he’d have to see the final language of the bill before deciding if he would sign it. But the language has not changed since the 27 January 2022 House vote.

    The bill states, “A male, based on a student’s biological sex at birth in accordance with the student’s genetics and reproductive biology, may not participate on an athletic team or sport designated under this section as being a female, women’s, or girls’ athletic team or sport.”

    It applies to public schools and any private school that competes with public schools. It does not apply to transgender boys nor to collegiate sports. It allows for students and parents to file grievances or civil lawsuits for violation.

    The Indiana High School Athletic Association has a policy in place allowing trans youth to participate in the sports designated for their gender identity if they have lived as that gender for at least a year. For girls, it states that they must have “completed a minimum of one year of hormone treatment related to gender transition or undergone a medically-confirmed gender reassignment procedure.”

  • 9. VIRick  |  March 4, 2022 at 10:31 am

    Russians Pack Trains into Finland, the Last Escape Route to the EU

    I remember this posh Russian train operating twice-daily between St. Petersburg-Helsinki, as it is reminiscent of the late Czarist era, with its deep-red plush wallpaper and cut-glass chandeliers, a stark contrast to the ultra-sleek Finnish-modern VR trains operating along the same tracks, and for me personally, a train that was strictly off-limits:

    It is one of the few remaining routes from Russia to the EU: trains to Finland are packed with Russians fearful that now is their last chance to escape the impact of Western sanctions. The Allegro express train linking St. Petersburg to the Finnish capital is currently the only open rail route between Russia and the EU. It is therefore one of the few remaining ways out of the country since the widespread airspace closures in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine just over a week ago.

    The Allegro train to Helsinki is, however, only open to a select few. Russia stipulates that passengers must be Russian or Finnish citizens, a visa is required, and passengers must prove they have an EU-recognized COVID vaccination, not the Sputnik dose which is most commonly given in Russia. Most passengers are therefore Russians who live or work in Europe.

    VR Finnish railways, which operates the service in partnership with the Russian railways, is looking to have the service opened to EU passport holders, and to increase capacity. "We know that there are tens of thousands of EU citizens still in Russia and we assume that many of them would like to come back home," Topi Simola, senior vice-president of VR, said.

    Since the start of the invasion into Ukraine, large numbers of Russians are reported to be looking to leave the country, worried that the Russian borders will close imminently and about the impact of Western sanctions.

  • 10. VIRick  |  March 4, 2022 at 11:41 am

    Mexican Air Force Begins Rescuing Its Citizens Fleeing from Ukraine

    It is extraordinary that hundreds of fluent Spanish-speaking people have suddenly appeared on the border, crossing into Romania in order to flee the war in Ukraine. Some are students, some are business people. Many are long-term residents, both as teachers and as professionals. And they are from every Spanish-speaking country imaginable, not just from Mexico, as per this report:

  • 11. ianbirmingham  |  March 4, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    More than 20 openly LGBTQ+ candidates won primary races in Texas — a record high

  • 12. ianbirmingham  |  March 5, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Texas continues to remove LGBTQ suicide prevention resources from state websites

  • 13. ianbirmingham  |  March 6, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Utah's Republican governor Spencer Cox says he'll veto transgender youth sports ban

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