It’s hard to believe that this busy and productive year is finally coming to a close! Throughout the tumultuous ups and downs of these past twelve months, PFLAG National has covered dozens of important local, state, and federal headlines on the blog series called “Policy Matters.”
Many of you already know that Policy Matters is a blog series which summarizes the most recent breaking headlines on all things related to LGBT policy and answers questions from PFLAG members with in-depth answers. The National blog also includes breaking news, information on new PFLAG National events, and special interest articles, like this weekend’s post which reported on the discrimination facing an HIV-positive student in Pennsylvania.
Here are the top “Policy Matters” headlines for 2011:
January 11, 2011: President Obama Signs DADT Repeal
February 1, 2011: Veteran LGBT Advocate Appointed to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
April 12, 2011: Secretary Sebelius Announces Important Health Improvements
June 14, 2011: Illinois Begins Issuing Civil Union Licenses; Williams Institute Studies LGBT Employment Discrimination
June 28, 2011: NY Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill; CA Prop. 8 Ruling Upheld
July 11, 2011: Federal Health Survey to Cover Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; CA LGBT History Bill Passed
July 26, 2011: LGBT Hate Crime Increases; Obama Supports Respect for Marriage Act
September 19, 2011: Transgender Woman Attacked in McDonalds; NCAA Adopts New Transgender Athlete Policy
October 4, 2011: Social Security Ends Gender “No-Match” Letters; Revised “Standards of Care” for Transgender Individuals
October 28, 2011: SLDN to Sue Over Military Benefits for Spouses of Gay Troops; No Child Left Behind Act and Anti-Bullying Language
November 15, 2011: Medical Schools Admit Neglect on LGBT Health Issues; New Campaign Strategy for Marriage Equality
December 1, 2011: Gender Identity Bill Signed in Massachusetts; Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act Re-Introduced to Congress
Wondering what else happened in 2011? Curious about what the headlines were in June 2009? PFLAG National’s blog archives every post that has been written since it began in 2008! Readers can browse through the blog archive by month or year and catch up on the most important LGBT news.
Visit and subscribe to PFLAG National’s Blog today and make a resolution to be on-top the latest headlines during the New Year. We'll see you in 2012.
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