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The biggest fight over marriage equality in Indiana right now is about whether to ban same-sex marriage via the Indiana state constitution. The Advocate is following that and more in the latest advances for LGBT equality out of Indiana.

Indiana High Schoolers Bravely Perform LGBTQ-Inclusive Play Despite School's Ban

The school system said students couldn’t perform the queer-inclusive piece because of safety concerns, so they raised $85K and the show went on anyway.

Meet Ben Trockman, the Disability Rights Activist Challenging the Status Quo

Almost 10 years ago, Trockman led the effort to get Congress to pass policies that ensured airplane travel for people with disabilities.

Easterseals Highlights Alarming Accessibility Gaps for Disabled Americans

In 2023, people can book a luxrious suite on an airplane but somebody who requires a wheelchair can’t board a plane and remain in their life-supporting seat.

Court: Teacher's Religious Rights Not Infringed by Trans Students' Names, Pronouns

A federal appeals court ruled that a school district didn’t violate the teacher’s rights by forcing him out over his refusal to acknowledge trans students’ names and pronouns.

Indiana Governor Signs Ban on Gender-Affirming Care, ACLU Sues

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb had expressed some doubts about the legislation but ultimately signed it.

Retired NFL Player Accused of Attacking Queer Son, Son's Boyfriend

Former Indianapolis Colts player Joe Staysniak is charged with battery and strangulation.

Marco Rubio, Jim Banks Introduce Bills for New Transgender Military Ban

The Senate bill, called the Ensuring Military Readiness Act, would bar service for anyone who had transitioned anytime in the past 36 months before service.

25 Gay Men Could Have Been Killed by Indiana Serial Killer

Herb Baumeister was believed to have coerced young gay men back to this house before killing them.

Catholic School Can Fire Lesbian for Being Married Says Federal Judge

A judge in Indiana ruled that a private Catholic school was within its rights to fire a long-time guidance counselor because she married her partner.

Indiana Supreme Court Okays Catholic School Firing of Gay Teacher

Because he married a spouse of the same sex, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis fired a longtime teacher from one of its schools.

Ind. Rep. Jackie Walorski, Who Had Anti-LGBTQ+ History, Dies in Crash

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and two staff members died Wednesday afternoon in the accident on an Indiana highway. 

Indiana Judge Allows Trans Girl to Rejoin Softball Team

The girl's school had told her parents she couldn't play on the team anymore after the passage of the state's anti-trans sports bill.

Indiana Lawmakers Override Governor to Enact Anti-Trans Sports Law

The ACLU of Indiana has already filed suit against the new law.

Indiana School Reverses Decision to Deadname Trans Teen at Graduation

"I feel like this battle was unnecessary and brought attention to us that we didn't desire," the teen's father told The Advocate

Drag Queen Crowned Indiana High School's Prom King

Nonbinary high school student Cristian Hernandez was awarded the crown in full drag, leaving the crowd "speechless."

GOP Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb Vetoes Anti-Trans Sports Bill

The state's legislature could still override the veto. 

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Indiana Lawmakers Pass Anti-Trans Sports Bill, Send to Governor

Gov. Eric Holcomb seems likely to sign the bill, which civil rights advocates call hateful and harmful.

Gay-Straight Alliance Wins Equal Rights After Judge’s Injunction

Students sued their Indiana high school after it would not allow the GSA to be an official club on campus.