Botswana government to appeal ruling that decriminalized homosexuality

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The government of Botswana has announced it will appeal a ruling that decriminalized consensual same-sex sexual relations in the African country.

Reuters on Saturday reported Batswana Attorney General Abraham Keetshabe in a statement said the country’s High Court “erred” when it struck down a colonial-era sodomy law on June 11.

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Advocacy groups urge states to protect transgender students

By : Wire Report
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WASHINGTON (AP) – Dozens of advocacy groups urged state education officials July 18 to protect transgender students after the Trump administration rescinded Obama-era guidance on school bathroom use.

The nation’s leading civil rights organizations said in a letter addressed to state education officials charged with civil rights protection that schools must allow students to access restrooms in line with their stated gender identity, as the guidance had called for.

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