Switzerland: ‘Marriage for all’ opponents hand in signatures for referendum Photo by 42 North on Pexels.com Swiss voters look set to have the last word on a historic same-sex marriage law after opponents on Monday handed in signatures demanding a national referendum. Around 59,000 verified signatures were handed in by a committee in Bern, two […]Switzerland: ‘Marriage for all’ opponents hand in signatures for referendum — LGBTI Recht in der Schweiz – Droit LGBTI en Suisse – by Professor Andreas R Ziegler
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USA: Arkansas House approves bill banning schools from requiring teachers to use students’ preferred pronouns
The Arkansas House of Representatives approved House Bill 1749 on Thursday, which will prevent schools from requiring teachers to refer to students by their preferred pronouns or name if they do not align with the student’s sex assigned at birth. The bill, called “an act to prohibit requiring public school and state-supported institution of higher education employees from addressing a student by … a word that is used to identify the student as male or female and that is inconsistent with the student’s biological sex,” was supported by Representative Mary Bentley, who stated that “the idea behind the bill came from teachers who are scared to be taken to court if they choose against calling a transgender student by their preferred name.”
However, the bill goes a step further than protecting teachers from being taken to court; it provides teachers with a cause of action for “any adverse action” in response to misgendering students, allowing them to “be eligible for remedies” if they are disciplined by a public institution in any way for misgendering students, even if done intentionally and for the purpose of causing offense or harm. According to Bentley, “It’s not compelling anyone’s speech, it’s not prohibiting anyone’s speech.”
The bill follows the passing of Arkansas House Bill 1570, which banned transgender youth from accessing gender-affirming treatment and Senate Bill 354, which banned transgender women from participating in women’s sports.
Hungarian Foreign Ministry Summons German Diplomat over Hungarian Coach Petry’s Dismissal because of his recent remarks concerning migration and same-sex marriage
According to the football club, it had signed the Diversity Charter and was actively engaged in practicing diversity and tolerance. However, they couldn’t find any trace of these principles in Petry’s statements, which he had made publicly without prior consultation with them. Petry’s dismissal generated a huge public outcry in Hungary, with many politicians sharing their opinions on the incident.
USA: Arkansas becomes first state to pass law banning transgender youth from receiving gender-affirming treatment
Arkansas legislators voted on Tuesday to pass a bill that will ban transgender minors from receiving gender-confirming treatments within the state, overcoming the governor’s veto. The Arkansas bill is the first such law to pass in the US.
House Bill 1570, otherwise known as the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act, prevents Arkansas physicians from providing puberty blockers and also prohibits them from referring minor patients to other providers. The bill was vetoed on Monday by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
HB 1570 was proposed by state representative Robin Lundstrum, who has previously stated that trans and nonbinary identities are a “choice.” Although some conservative groups have been outspokenly supportive of the passage of the legislation, other national organizations have denounced the passing of the bill, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2018, the AAP issued a policy statement reflecting their position that they “[strive] to improve health care access and [to] eliminate disparities for children and teenagers who identify as [LGBTQ],” and that “despite some advances in public awareness and legal protections, youth who identify as LGBTQ continue to face disparities that stem from multiple sources, including inequitable laws and policies, societal discrimination, and a lack of access to quality health care, including mental health care.”
Some advocates were surprised to learn of Hutchinson’s veto of HB 1570, for the governor recently signed into law a bill prohibiting transgender girls from competing in women’s sports, as well as a bill permitting physicians to refuse treatment on religious or ethical grounds. HB 1570, according to Hutchinson, was nevertheless “a step too far.”
In a public statement outlining the reasons for his veto, Hutchinson said:
I was told this week that the nation is looking at Arkansas because I have on my desk another bill on my desk passed by the general assembly that is a product of the cultural war in America. I don’t shy away from the battle when it is necessary and defensible, but the most recent action of the general assembly, while well intended, is off course and I must veto HB 1570. … [I]f HB 1570 becomes law, then we are creating new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people. … [This bill] would put the state as the definitive oracle of medical care, overriding parents, patients and healthcare experts. While in some instances the state must act to protect life, the state should not presume to jump into the middle of every medical, human, and ethical issue. This would be a vast governmental overreach.
On its website, the American Civil Liberties Union announced that it will challenge the Arkansas law.
Astraea seeks a Program Officer to sustain their Intersex Human Rights Fund
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ILGA World seeks a Conference Support Intern (Human Tights and LGBTI Issues)
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USA: Joe Biden administration overturns Trump’s cruel decree allowing discrimination against LGBT+ students
USA: Arkansas passes hate-filled bill allowing doctors to refuse treatment to LGBT+ people
UK: ‘Loving parents’ can consent to puberty blockers on their child’s behalf, High Court says in landmark ruling