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West Virginia Asks Supreme Court to Let It Enforce Anti-Trans Sports Ban

The Supreme Court has previously declined to weigh in on other high-profile cases concerning the rights of trans students.

West Virginia House Advances Ban on Care for Trans Youth

The bill to ban gender-affirming treatment for minors now goes to the Senate.

Judge Upholds West Virginia's Trans-Exclusionary Sports Law

The law is within the state's interest in providing athletic opportunities for girls and women, according to U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

West Virginia Medicaid Must Cover Trans Surgery, Judge Rules

Denial of the coverage "invidiously discriminates on the basis of sex and transgender status," a federal judge wrote.

Costume Store Sued After Manager Allegedly Chases, Threatens Gay Man

The store's manager allegedly told the victim he would "beat his a**" if he saw him again. 

Lesbian Sues Military Bosses Who Told Her to Grow Hair, Wear Makeup

Tech. Sgt. Kristin Kingrey has filed a lawsuit alleging sex discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

Judge Rules West Virginia Trans Girl Can Try Out for Girls' Sports

The federal judge blocked the state from enforcing its trans-exclusionary school sports law against 11-year-old Becky Pepper-Jackson.

West Virginia Republican State Legislator Comes Out As Gay

"I'm not ashamed of it. I'm not embarrassed by it, it's part of who I am," Christian conservative Josh Higginbotham said in a video.

Sen. Joe Manchin Is Out to Destroy Democracy, LGBTQ+ Rights

He's a reincarnation of another West Virginia senator who held back progress.

West Virginia Governor Stumbles Hard Defending Anti-Trans Bill

Jim Justice could not cite one factual example of trans girls or women exerting an advantage over cisgender athletes.

West Virginia Governor Signs Anti-Trans Sports Bill Into Law

Gov. Jim Justice said signing the bill was the right thing to do and that he was proud to do so despite the threat of repercussions.

West Virginia May Be Next State to Ban Trans Athletes

The state's Senate approved a bill with such a ban Thursday, after the House of Delegates OK'd a slightly different version; they must be reconciled before going to Gov. Jim Justice.

West Virginians Sue Over State Ban on Gender-Affirming Health Coverage

West Virginia's Medicaid program and its state employee health plan both refuse to pay for gender-confirmation care.

West Virginia GOP Lawmaker Resigns After Antigay Slurs Surface

Delegate John Mandt Jr. allegedly sent the slurs to a group message to Republicans.


West Virginia Elects First Out Transgender Official

Rosemary Ketchum won a seat on the Wheeling City Council in Tuesday's election.

Pride Flags Are Being Stolen and Burned All Over the Country

From West Virginia to Iowa to Manhattan, the LGBTQ icon has been targeted nearly a dozen times in 2019.

Anti-Trans Incident Costs Principal His Job, But He Wants It Back

A transgender student in West Virginia said the administrator challenged him to use a urinal to prove he was male.

West Va. Pol: Drown Gay Kids? No, I Was Quoting Mel Gibson Movie

Delegate Eric Porterfield said if he had gay kids he'd see if they "could swim." He tells The Advocate it was a reference to Maverick.

Did West Virginia Pol Eric Porterfield Say He'd Drown His Gay Kids?

Porterfield, who recently compared LGBTQ people to the KKK, ominously said that if he had gay kids, he'd "see if they could swim."

West Virginia GOP Lawmaker Compares LGBTQ People to KKK, Terrorists

Democrats in West Virginia have called for Eric Porterfield's resignation after his anti-LGBTQ remarks, including saying 'fa--ot' in committee.