Perry J. Watkins was an African-American soldier who won a landmark lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of his military discharge due to his homosexuality.
In the second recent historic ruling coming out of South Carolina, a York County judge has convicted a gay man of domestic violence against his husband. The ruling establishes a precedent nationwide that same-sex couples are entitled to the same protection against abuse as heterosexual couples have.
The Department of Justice under Donald Trump has made an about-face from the Obama days of expanding transgender rights. Two days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was confirmed amidst heavy protest, the DOJ filed a brief that presents the first hint as to how the new administration will treat LGBTQ rights.