What’s Current: US House of Representatives passes Equality Act, prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation

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  • The U.S. House of Representatives passes the Equality Act, which would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act by requiring laws against sex-based discrimination to include gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • Sharing digitally altered “deepfake” footage or intimate images captured without consent should be made a crime, a UK government-supported review said after finding victims are being denied justice because the law has not kept up with cyber sexual abuse.
  • Dr. Rachel Levine refuses to answer a question from Senator Rand Paul on the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for minors, even without consent from parents or guardians. Dr. Levine is nominated by President Joe Biden for the Asst. Secretary of the Health Department and Human Services.
  • Japan’s minister for women’s empowerment and equality is among a group of MPs who signed a document opposing a policy change to allow women to keep their surnames after marriage.
  • Human Rights Watch alleges Cameroonian soldiers raped at least 20 women in a raid on a village last year.
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.