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Massachusetts Has the Second-Largest LGBT Population in the Nation
Vermont is putting BIPOC people at the front of the vaccination line. Here's why it's a great idea.
The recent debate over public restroom access for transgender people has prompted some questions on just how big an issue this is — how many people are affected by such rules? The size of the transgender population is tricky to estimate, for reasons we discussed almost a year ago, in the article below:. When Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, unveiled her new name, appearance and TV show last week , it shined a light on transgender Americans. But much about the community, such as its size, remains opaque. The main reason is that the United States Census Bureau and other keepers of official records do not ask about gender identity. Also, gender identity can be fluid and hard to define in a multiple-choice list.
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The tiny nation of Brunei recently caused international outrage when it enacted draconian laws making gay sex a capital crime. Whether Brunei will keep its word remains to be seen, but the small country on the island of Borneo near Malaysia is not the only nation where gay men and women are being persecuted. Sharia law is the fundamental religious concept of Islam.
Prior to the decision, same-sex marriage was legal in 37 states and Washington DC, but was banned in the remaining 13 states. Proponents of legal gay marriage contend that gay marriage bans are discriminatory and unconstitutional, and that same-sex couples should have access to all the benefits enjoyed by different-sex couples. Opponents contend that marriage has traditionally been defined as being between one man and one woman, and that marriage is primarily for procreation.