Here's what you need to know this week for lesbian, bisexual, and trans news!
Lesbian – Chinese Lesbian Sues Ministry Over Gay ‘Disorder’ Textbook
A court in Beijing has accepted a lesbian woman’s case against the ministry of education over textbooks that describe homosexuality as a “psychological disorder,” according to the BBC.
Qiu Bai, 21 from Guangdong, has been an advocate for change for a long time, and in pursuing research on homosexuality, she found textbooks at Sun Yat-Sen University that called homosexuality a “disorder.”
“I don’t want discrimination permeating the school I live in and the materials I use every day,” Bai said.
Bai sued the Ministry of Education in 2015 but was persuaded to drop the charges and instead engage in a complaints process.
After her complaints were ignored, she filed another lawsuit, this one being accepted by the First Intermediate People’s Court of Beijing.
Bisexual – Bisexual Man Gets Prison for Hate-Crime Murder of Gay Man
(EDGE) A bisexual man convicted of murder as a hate crime for shooting a gay man he taunted on a New York City street will spend 40 years to life in prison.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. says Elliot Morales was sentenced Tuesday for the 2013 murder of Mark Carson.
Prosecutors say Morales had issues with his own sexuality and was jealous that Carson and his roommate were openly gay.
Vance says the defendant yelled anti-gay slurs at the men before shooting Carson in the face.
Morales had argued at trial that he couldn't be a bigot because of his own sexual orientation.
The shooting happened a few blocks from the Stonewall Inn, the site of 1969 riots that helped give rise to the gay rights movement.
Transgender – Kansas Education Board Votes to Ignore Transgender Directive
The Kansas State Board of Education came to a unanimous vote on Tuesday to ignore President Obama’s directive instructing that public schools allow transgender students to use restrooms matching their gender identity, leaving the decision to the school districts, according to LGBTQ Nation.
Scott Gordon, general counsel for the education department of Kansas, noted that only one transgender student had filed a complaint for alleged discrimination with the Office of Civil Rights in 2015, which was cited as proof that the districts already have adequate regulations in place.
“Neither our girls or boys should be forced to undress in the presence of individuals who are of the opposite biological sex,” Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp said in a letter to Kansas school leaders. “Our children should also not be subjected to a greater risk of threats from predators who seek to do them harm.”