This Week’s Best Links: Transgender discrimination study released, Ala. lesbian beaten, Gaga releases “Born This Way”

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Gilbert after the attack. | The Advocate

Two Alabama women were beaten by a dozen people outside a bar, and they were they targeted because one of them is a lesbian.

Laura Gilbert, an out lesbian, and her friend Sheila Siddall went to Villa for a birthday celebration. Gilbert said she had reservations about going to the Villa prior to the incident. “I don’t think they like my kind there,” she said to WRLB.

When the pair was leaving the bar, a woman confronted them and started a fight that was joined by two men. The brawl grew to about 12 people. According to Gilbert, one man in the fight said, “If you want to look like a man you’ll get hit like a man.”

The National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force unveiled a report that reveals the scope of discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people in education, health care, employment and housing. Among the findings:

  • Respondents were nearly four times more likely to live in extreme poverty, with household income of less than $10,000.
  • Respondents were twice as likely to be unemployed compared to the population as a whole. Half of those surveyed reported experiencing harassment or other mistreatment in the workplace, and one in four were fired because of their gender identity or expression.
  • Forty-one percent of respondents reported attempting suicide, compared to only 1.6 percent of the general population.
  • Nineteen percent reported being refused health care due to bias against transgender or gender-nonconforming people, with this figure even higher for respondents of color. Respondents also had over four times the national average of HIV infection.

Read the entire report here.

Rep. Ross McGregor

Republican state Rep. Ross McGregor aims to revive Ohio’s failed Equal Housing and Employment Act as a bipartisan effort. The EHEA would ban discrimination in employment and housing based on sexual orientation or gender identity. But approving the EHEA seems unlikely, as the Ohio Legislature is a bit preoccupied with introducing legislation that would effectively ban abortion in the Buckeye State.

Stephen Colbert celebrated Black History Month by serving up a wicked, wicked burn to Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his all-white cabinet. Kasich defended his cabinet appointments, saying he hires people based on merit, not quotas. Watch it here.

The Indiana House may soon vote on a constitutional gay marriage ban for the state. The House Judiciary Committee moved the bill onto floor of the Republican-controlled legislature Monday.

Maryland is currently embroiled in it’s own marriage equality fight, sparking one reporter to try to find a heterosexual couple affected by gay marriage. Not surprisingly, he comes up empty handed.

“Born This Way,” Lady Gaga’s newest track, dropped this week. Some people have liken the tune to Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” while others have hailed it as a gay anthem. Listen to it below:

From the Archives: University of Cincinnati students organized a marriage equality flash mob.

From the Resources: The Ohio Advocates Youth Council works to change abstinence only sex education policies and to educate peers on sex and reproductive health. Learn more on the group’s Facebook page.

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