Orion Rummler is our LGBTQ+ reporter focusing on state politics, breaking news and the underreported ways that trans and queer people are marginalized. He previously covered breaking news for Axios and contributed research to “Axios on HBO.”
Nebraska filibuster over trans rights echoes Wendy Davis’ 2013 abortion standoff
State Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh’s legislative blockade reflects how advocates for and against trans rights often rely on the playbook used in fights over abortion access.
Trans youth in Florida can no longer start gender-affirming care, pushing families toward difficult decisions
A Florida board of medicine rule is now in effect, barring gender-affirming care for minors who have not yet begun treatment. A legal challenge in federal court is expected.
Oklahoma legislature censures nonbinary lawmaker as proposed gender-affirming care bans move forward
State Rep. Mauree Turner says the penalty is the latest example of being ostracized amid ongoing targeting of transgender rights in the Oklahoma state legislature.
Tennessee governor signs laws targeting drag shows and banning health care for transgender youths
Legal groups are challenging a July ban on gender-affirming care for new patients, while experts point out that a new law on drag performances has limited reach.
Black trans kids’ mental health is in crisis. Family support can make the difference.
Even if parents are unsure of where to start, advocates and mental health providers share simple ways to show acceptance can have a profound impact.
Book bans internalize ‘shame’ for young LGBTQ+ people, advocates say. Here’s how they’re pushing back.
The “National Day of Reading” is part of a larger effort by advocates and parents to ensure students have access to LGBTQ+ stories.
2023 wave of bills is fueling a political ‘war against LGBTQ+ people,’ new report shows
From bills in legislatures to restrictions in schools and health care, growing rhetoric throughout the US is part of a “full-out attack” against LGBTQ+ people, advocates say.
A trans teenager sued Arkansas over its gender-affirming care ban in 2021. A lot has changed since then.
The final decision on the case will echo through an incredibly volatile political landscape for LGBTQ+ people, as more states push restrictions for trans youth.
More than half of queer Florida parents have considered fleeing the state in the wake of ‘Don’t Say Gay,’ study finds
Of the respondents, 17 percent have already taken steps to leave Florida, and 11 percent have considered transferring their children to other schools.
‘I’ve been in that room’: How HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’ resonated for a survivor of the AIDS crisis
The show’s episode about an older gay couple’s love in a dire setting brought back memories of commitment and heartbreaking loss in a time when much of society was unable — or unwilling — to help.