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After a few decades of forward thinking, it looks like more and more countries are going backwards in their LGBT view of things and many are backtracking on their LGBT laws and making it harder for LGBT to survive in a free and happy environment.


Public school tried to ban student’s lesbian art work because it’s “offensive” to Christians

Her piece was about religious trauma that LGBTQ+ people deal with, and it apparently struck a nerve.

A public school district in Virginia held an emergency meeting of its board this past weekend as some members wanted to stifle a high school student’s queer work of art, with one board member suggesting that the work showed a lack of “respect” for others.

The work of art in question is Abby Driscoll’s “But Not Enough to Save You,” which shows hands praying with a rosary in front of several pages from the Bible, dripping with rainbow colors. The words “GOD LOVES YOU BUT NOT ENOUGH TO SAVE YOU” are written on the pages.



School board member who had sex with another woman rejects new LGBTQ+ protections

Bridget Ziegler is still fighting protections for LGBTQ+ people even after her sex life with women made national headlines.

Moms for Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler forced the Florida school board on which she serves to vote to reject new federal protections for LGBTQ+ students this week.

On Tuesday evening, the Sarasota County School Board approved the resolution, which Ziegler introduced, by a 4–1 vote, risking millions in federal funds

Sarasota School Board member Tom Edwards says no amount of counseling in the world could help Ziegler.

Last month, the Biden administration announced its long-awaited new Title IX rules mandating anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ students. The new rules interpret Title IX, which bans discrimination on the basis of sex in education, as a legal protection against anti-LGBTQ+ school policies in that it is impossible to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity without taking sex into account. That legal argument takes as its precedent the Supreme Court’s 2020 Bostock v. Clayton Co. ruling with respect to job discrimination.


A Catholic school fired a teacher just for being gay. An appeals court just agreed with the school.

Lonnie Billard got fired for posting about his wedding on Facebook and has been fighting the school in court since 2017.

A court of appeals has ruled that a Catholic North Carolina school had the right to fire teacher Lonnie Billard after he announced his marriage to another man on social media in 2014, the Associated Press reported.

Billard – who was once named the school’s Teacher of the Year – had been a full-time drama teacher at the school for 10 years and became a substitute English teacher in 2012. The school reportedly said it fired him as a substitute due to his “advocacy in favor of a position that is opposed to what the church teaches about marriage.”

The agency’s new guidelines expressly prohibit misgendering, denial of bathroom access, and more.

The decision by a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, reverses the original 2021 decision by U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn, who ruled that Charlotte Catholic High School and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which bans employers from sex discrimination.

In 2020, the Supreme Court announced a landmark decision in the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, which said that Title VII’s ban on discrimination because of sex also bans anti-LGBTQ+ job discrimination. The idea is that it’s impossible to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity without taking sex into account.

Cogburn ruled that the school’s actions were not protected by religious exemptions: “Plaintiff is a lay employee, who comes onto the campus of a religious school for the limited purpose of teaching secular classes, with no mandate to inculcate students with Catholic teachings.”

The appeals court disagreed, d

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