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UPDATED: GLAD,the Human Rights Campaign, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s new law that criminalizes gender-related healthcare for people who are transgender.

UPDATE 2: The ACLU has also filed a lawsuit over the law.


  • 1. VIRick  |  April 11, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    Alabama: Federal Suit Filed Against SB 184 that Criminalizes Trans Healthcare

    On 11 April 2022, LGBTQ legal rights advocates SPLC, GLAD, NCLR, and HRC, joined by co-counsel King & Spalding LLP and Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC, announced they have filed a legal challenge in federal district court against Alabama SB 184, which prohibits parents from obtaining essential medical care for their transgender children by imposing criminal penalties on them and their children’s doctors for providing that care.

    The bill, which was signed by Governor Kay Ivey on Friday, 8 April 2022, punishes parents for making important decisions about their children’s healthcare and doctors for providing – or even suggesting – well-established medically necessary care. The punishment can include up to 10 years in prison.

    The doctors challenging SB 184 in "Ladinsky v. Ivey" are Dr. Morissa J. Ladinsky and Dr. Hussein D. Abdul-Latif, both providers at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama and members of the medical staff at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital and of the teaching staff at UAB School of Medicine. Dr. Ladinsky and Dr. Abdul-Latif have long-term expertise in caring for transgender children of Alabama families. Under SB 184, they both face criminal penalties including up to 10 years in prison if they continue to provide that support to their patients.….

    The complaint in "Ladinsky v. Ivey" is here:

  • 2. VIRick  |  April 11, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Chile: First Equal Marriage in Antofagasta Region

    Per "Diario de Anrofagasta" de 11 de abril 2022:

    Karen y Paulina: La primera pareja que contrajo matrimonio igualitario en Antofagasta

    El Director Regional del Registro Civil e Identificación, Ricardo Baeza, señaló que en la Región de Antofagasta se ha inscrito un matrimonio igualitario. Se trata de una pareja de mujeres, Karen y Paulina, quienes fueron las protagonistas del primer vínculo bajo la nueva Ley 21.400 de matrimonio igualitario, la cual se efectuó en la Oficina de Antofagasta.

    Karen and Paulina: The first couple who contracted an equal marriage in Antofagasta

    The Regional Director of the Civil Registry and Identification, Ricardo Baeza, pointed out that one equal marriage has been registered in the Antofagasta Region. It pertains to a female couple, Karen and Paulina, who were the protagonists of the first union under the new marriage equality Law 21.400, one which was performed in the Antofagasta Office.

    The Antofagasta Region is comprised of the provinces of Antofagasta, Calama (El Loa), and Tocopilla, and until 1883, the area of Chile that was once part of Bolivia, then known as the coastal department of Bolivia.

  • 3. VIRick  |  April 11, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Chile: First Equal Marriage in Biobío Region

    Per "El Contraste" de 11 de abril 2022:

    Biobío: Un matrimonio igualitario y 27 reservas se han registrado en el Registro Civil

    La Región del Biobío ha registrado un matrimonio de parejas del mismo sexo y 27 han reservado hora para los próximos meses.

    Biobío: One equal marriage and 27 reservations have been registered in the Civil Registry

    The Biobío Region has registered one marriage of a same-sex couple and 27 have reserved a time in the up-coming months.

    The Biobío Region in central Chile consists of three provinces: Arauco, Biobío, and Concepción. Its major population centers are the cities of Concepción and Los Ángeles. I have always loved the rhyming name of the most important river of Chile, the spectacular Río Biobío, one that runs through the region.

  • 4. VIRick  |  April 13, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Kentucky: Legislature Overrides Veto of Anti-Trans School Sports Bill

    Kentucky legislators have overridden Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of a bill barring transgender girls and women from competing with cisgender females in school sports. The vote to override, which came on 13 April 2022, was 29-8 in the Senate and 72-23 in the House, NBC News reports.

    The law took effect immediately thereafter. It affects students from sixth grade through college. Beshear (D) vetoed the bill last week, saying it is not only discriminatory but also ignores the steps taken by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association to assure that no student-athlete who has an unfair advantage can compete.

    Kentucky now joins Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia in enacting such a law, although enforcement of the Idaho and West Virginia laws have been halted while lawsuits proceed. Utah’s passed through an override of Gov. Spencer Cox’s veto. Governors in Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, and North Dakota have also vetoed such bills.

  • 5. VIRick  |  April 13, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Peruvian-Argentinian Equal Marriage in Argentina; Recognition of Double Motherhood

    Per AFDA:

    Felices de ser testigos en el matrimonio igualitario (del 7 de abril 2022, en CABA, Argentina) de Maria Cathia y Andrea, la pareja peruana-argentina que busca el reconocimiento de la doble maternidad de su hija Lorenza.

    Happy to be witnesses in the equal marriage (of 7 April 2022, in CABA, Argentina) of Maria Cathia and Andrea, the Peruvian-Argentinian couple who are seeking recognition to the double motherhood of their daughter Lorenza.

    CABA = Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires

    AFDA = Asociación de Familias Diversas de Argentina

    Because of COVID, the child was born in Perú, but the couple, married in Argentina, are now seeking to obtain Argentinian ID documents showing both women as her mothers. If successful, this will be the first instance of a child born outside of Argentina to have been legally recognized as having two mothers as parents.

  • 6. ianbirmingham  |  April 14, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    GOP Candidate Targets LGBTQ+ Children in ‘Disgusting’ Campaign Ad

    Tim James, a Republican candidate in Alabama, is taking aim at queer minors in his bid to become governor.

    Magic City Acceptance Academy in Homewood, Ala. is beefing up security on campus after being targeted by Tim James, a Republican candidate running for governor of Alabama, in a recent campaign ad.

    The academy drew James’s ire because it’s a one-of-its-kind charter school that, while open to all students, bills itself as being “LGBTQ-affirming,” according to In his campaign ad, James called this “exploitation” of children and “not education.”

    The ad, entitled “Genesis", contains footage of the school and a drag show fundraiser. “And now, right here in Alabama, millions of your tax dollars are paying for the first transgender public school in the South”, James said in the ad.

    Since the ad began running there have been incidents of harassment against the academy’s students. “We had a car drive by, and someone was shouting slurs at the kids while they were outside during PE,” Wilson said. “Another occurrence is that we had a man and a woman drive a car into the parking lot at the end of the building and the lady got out and walked toward a picnic table where the [students] were eating lunch. She was just filming. As soon as [the staff] went out there, she took off. I don’t know what their purpose was.”

    James is one of nine Republican candidates looking to unseat incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey, who is currently leading in the polls by a significant margin. The Alabama primary is set for May 24. Ivey recently signed into law a bill that makes providing gender-affirming care punishable by up to 10 years in prison. She also signed another bill that is a version of Florida's "don't say gay" law.

  • 7. ianbirmingham  |  April 14, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Trumpanzee's 'Nuremberg defense' results in quick convictions on all charges

    An Ohio man who claimed he was only “following presidential orders” from Donald Trump when he stormed the U.S. Capitol was quickly convicted Thursday of obstructing Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney William Dreher said that Thompson, a college-educated exterminator who lost his job during the COVID-19 pandemic, knew he was breaking the law when he joined the mob that attacked the Capitol and, in his case, looted the Senate parliamentarian’s office.

    Taking less than three hours, a federal jury also found Dustin Byron Thompson, 38, guilty of five other offenses including stealing a coat rack from an office inside the Capitol during the riot on Jan. 6 of last year. The maximum sentence for the obstruction count, the lone felony, is 20 years imprisonment.

    Jurors rejected Thompson’s novel defense, in which he blamed Trump and members of the president’s inner circle for the insurrection and for his own actions. The judge didn’t buy that defense either.

  • 8. VIRick  |  April 15, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    Maryland: General Assembly Passes Inclusive Schools Act

    On Monday, 11 April 2022, the Maryland General Assembly voted to ban state-funded schools and county boards of education from discriminating against students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, nationality, disability, and other identity markers. The bill also prohibits retaliatory actions against students, parents, and individuals who file complaints alleging discrimination.

    The House of Delegates passed the Inclusive Schools Act, also known as House Bill 850, by a 96-36 margin. The measure now heads to the deck of Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who has 30 days to either sign or veto the legislation. If he takes no action, the bill becomes effective on 1 July.

  • 9. VIRick  |  April 16, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Finland: First (and Only) Rule of Survival: Never Trust the Russians

    This video, although presented in a fairly light-hearted, breezy manner, is actually a very accurate synopsis of modern Finnish history, as seen from the Finnish point of view. Especially note the outcome of the 1939-40 Winter War when the Soviet Union under Stalin invaded Finland,– and lost. Petsamo, Sortavala, Kakisalmi, and Viipuri (Vyborg) are now-in-Russia, but Lapeenranta, Vainikala, Imatra, Savonlinna, Joensuu, Hamina, Kotka, and Hanko are all back-in-Finland:

    This is the history of Poland from the same series, with some reference to Ukraine at the time when much of Ukraine was part of the Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth,– an area stretching all the way east past Zhytomyr. In addition, during the 1919-39 inter-war period, watch where Lviv (Lwow) is located:

    And this is a breezy history of Estonia, Finland's little sister, from the same series:

    And if you let it roll, the next video explains the two plans being considered for an underwater rail tunnel to directly link Helsinki and Tallinn under the Gulf of Finland:

    This is a wonderful video explaining Finnish geography, language, and culture. Listen carefully to the Finnish pronunciation of a wide variety of terms:

    Beginning with Karjalan pie, this video about Finland is just nuts:

  • 10. ianbirmingham  |  April 17, 2022 at 11:47 am

    Turkish Interior Minister Soylu slams Washington over gay marriage

    Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu spoke against LGBT rights in the United States in a meeting of local associations in Istanbul, daily Cumhuriyet reported on Sunday.

    “(United States) wants men to marry men, women to marry women everywhere on earth. You do it, you become like the tribe of Lut, you congregate,” Soylu said.

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