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Arizona Students Walk Out of Class to Protest Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws

At Hamilton High School in Arizona last week, more than a hundred students joined others at several schools across the state to skip class.Students there staged a walkout at several schools to protest two laws that took effect in the state, which critics say target LGBTQ+ young people.The GOP-controlled state legislature passed a record number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills this year, prompting hundreds of Arizona high schoolers to walk out of their schools, Phoenix New Times reports.Armed with bullhorns and their own feet, students marched out of classes on Thursday to show their solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community."These bills are killing us," 16-year-old Chandler, Ariz., student Dawn Shim said, according to the Phoenix New Times. "We aren't out here missing our school day and interrupting our education because we want to.
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GLAAD Releases 20 Under 20 List Honoring Young LGBTQ+ Activists
GLAAD has announced its third annual 20 Under 20 list, spotlighting 20 LGBTQ+ people, ages 20 and under, who are accelerating acceptance of LGBTQ+ people while shaping the future of media and activism.The list launched Wednesday in Teen Vogue, featuring individual portraits of each honoree by artist and graphic designer Christopher Skinner.“Whether sharing their stories across social media, organizing against harmful legislation, or moving through Hollywood as an out and proud performer, the GLAAD 20 Under 20 list is made up of talented and inspiring young LGBTQ people who have already created lasting impact,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a press release.This year’s honorees are:• Aidan Kohn-Murphy, he/him, 18, gay activist, founder and executive director of nonprofit Gen Z for Change, and host of Next Generation politics podcast• Alex Consani, she/her, 19, trans supermodel and influencer repped by IMG Models Worldwide and Look Models, who has walked for Alexander McQueen, Versace, and Tom Ford• Ava Aimable, she/her, 17, student and activist, Point Foundation Scholar and Wells Fargo Scholarship recipient at Columbia University, and founding member of her school’s first Student Diversity and Inclusion Council• Cameron Samuels, they/them, 18, activist and organizer against book bans and censorship in their home state of Texas, honorary youth chair for #BannedBooksWeek, featured in NBC's #Pride30 List, and recognized by former President Barack Obama for their efforts fighting queer censorship• Danielle Cohn, she/her, 18, pansexual entrepreneur, social media influencer with over 19 million followers on TikTok, and owner of the first teen-owned feminine brand Feel Divine, a plant-based body care line• Elva
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Yeshiva University Can Refuse to Recognize LGBTQ+ Club: Sotomayor
(CNN) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor agreed Friday night to temporarily block a lower court order that required Yeshiva University to recognize a "Pride Alliance" LGBTQ student club.The order from Sotomayor -- who has jurisdiction over the lower court in the case -- suggested that the full Supreme Court is still considering the issue and will issue a more permanent order at a later time.For now, the university is temporarily shielded from having to recognize the group.The case is complicated by threshold issues -- such as the fact that New York State appeals courts have yet to rule on the merits of the dispute -- which could be slowing down the court's considerations.Former and current students of the university brought the original challenge arguing that the school's position violated a New York public accommodation law that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation.The case is the latest religious liberty controversy to come before the Supreme Court.Last term, the court's conservative majority ruled in favor of religious conservatives in two separate disputes and in 2021, the court sided with a Catholic foster care agency that refused to consider same-sex couples as potential foster parents.Justice Samuel Alito has repeatedly called for greater protections for the free exercise of religion including during a July speech in Rome. "Religious liberty is under attack in many places," Alito said.Yeshiva lost at the lower court level when a trial judge focused on whether the University qualified as a religious corporation within the meaning of the New York City Human Rights Law, a public accommodation regulation that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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