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Welcome to the (somewhat shorter this week) LGBTQ Nation News Quiz. We’ve kept you up-to-date on politics, current events, and news from the LGBTQ+ community all week. Now, this is your chance to look back on what happened.

We’ll be testing your knowledge with a series of questions taken from our headlines this past week. Try the quiz without looking up the answers or open another tab and use our search function to find the answers. (We won’t tell.)

See how well you followed the LGBTQ+ news!

LGBTQ Nation Weekly News Quiz for the week of March 25, 2024

In which state did a transgender-led lawsuit help win improved conditions for trans prison inmates this past week?

1. California
2. Montana
3. Kentucky
4. Colorado

Colorado

A class action lawsuit finalized on Tuesday mandated Colorado prisons to provide better housing options for transgender women as well as improved access to gender-affirming care. The state prison authority will also implement other changes, including alterations to frisking procedures, additional training for staff, and a required validation of transgender people’s names, pronouns, and honorifics.

Which actress gave late-night host Seth Meyers a "lesbian makeover" this week?

1. Niecey Nash
2. Kristen Stewart
3. Raven-Symoné
4. Tig Notaro

Kristen Stewart

When Kristen Stewart and Seth Meyers went day drinking at a New York City gay bar, the out celebrity gave Meyers a “lesbian makeover” that left him looking like either a Midwestern butch from the 90s or a Brooklyn millennial.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has been on a rabid crusade against which fellow House Republican this week?

1. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
2. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO)
3. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA)
4. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)

Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA)

Greene has been on a rampage against Johnson because he allowed a massive government funding bill to go to a vote to avoid a government shutdown. The bill passed both houses of Congress and was signed by President Joe Biden. Greene, among other GOP extremists, is angry that the bill did not include a slew of proposed provisions targeting marginalized communities and that it funds programs supporting LGBTQ+ people and reproductive rights. Greene is now attempting to oust Johnson from the speakership. 

Which conservative leader recently had his gay sexual harassment lawsuit against him dropped?

1. Liberty Counsel Chairperson Mat Staver
2. First Baptist Church Pastor Robert Jeffress
3. American Conservative Union chair Matt Schlapp
4. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins

American Conservative Union chair Matt Schlapp

Carlton Huffman, the Republican strategist who sued American Conservative Union [ACU] leader Matt Schlapp over an alleged sexual assault, has dropped his lawsuit. Huffman, who worked for the failed campaign of Senate candidate Herschel Walker of Georgia, accused Schlapp of “aggressively fondling” his crotch while driving Schlapp back to his hotel from a bar during an October 2022 campaign stop.

GOP candidate Mark Robinson has a long history of inflammatory comments against the LGBTQ+ community. This week, a 2021 speech in which he called teachers "demons" for teaching about "filthy" LGBTQ+ people was brought to the forefront. What position is Robinson currently seeking?

1. Senator from Florida
2. House Rep. from Louisiana
3. Governor of North Carolina
4. Governor of Arkansas

Governor of North Carolina

Robinson is currently North Carolina's lieutenant governor and is now seeking the governorship. Among many other comments, he has declared that God created him to battle against LGBTQ+ rights; compared LGBTQ+ people to cow dung; and said folks who support drag queen story hours are pedophiles. In a 2021 speech, he likened being transgender to "insanity." 

Which state capital declared itself a trans sanctuary city this week?

1. Augusta, Maine
2. Sacramento, California
3. Madison, Wisconsin
4. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Sacramento, California

The Sacramento city council passed a resolution declaring itself a “sanctuary city” for transgender people.

 

“This resolution was supported by a myriad of organizations and was unanimously approved by my colleagues. This resolution was written and directly informed by transgender community leaders. It was put forward in recognition of the rise in laws across our country seeking to limit or completely restrict access to gender-affirming care,” Councilmember Katie Valenzuela said

At the end of last week, the federal government passed a major appropriations bill that contained almost none of the over 40 anti-LGBTQ+ “policy riders” that far-right Republicans wanted. One rider, however, did make it into the bill. What does it ban?

1. Pride flags from flying over U.S. embassies in other countries
2. LGBTQ+ teachers from mentioning their identities to K-12 students
3. Pride marches on federal land
4. Public school instruction on LGBTQ+ history through 6th grade

Pride flags from flying over U.S. embassies in other countries

The lack of anti-LGBTQ+ provisions overall is considered a massive victory by Democrats and LGBTQ+ folks, but the White House still slammed the one that made it through, accusing the GOP of abusing the budget process to perpetuate hateful ideology. Many have also mocked the GOP for considering it a win since there are ways around the rule.

Which country's parliament passed a marriage equality bill this week, setting it up to be the third Asian country to allow same-sex couples to marry?

1. India
2. Japan
3. Thailand
4. Vietnam

Thailand

A bill passed Thailand's Parliament with overwhelming support that would amend the country's Civil and Commercial Code, swapping existing language like “men and women” and “husband and wife” for “individuals” and “marriage partners,” and thus granting same-sex couples the same rights under the law enjoyed by people in heterosexual relationships.

If the Thai Senate and the king approve the bill, Thailand will be the third nation in Asia to allow same-sex couples to marry, after Taiwan and Nepal.

 

This week, Rachel Maddow joined the chorus of NBC employees protesting the company's decision to hire who as a paid contributor?

1. Ronna McDaniel
2. Kyrsten Sinema
3. Rudy Giuliani
4. George Santos

Ronna McDaniel

Maddow and other big names at MSNBC have loudly condemned the company for hiring McDaniel, the former head of the Republican National Committee. McDaniel has been instrumental in uplifting Donald Trump’s anti-democracy rhetoric and in fighting to cast doubt over the American election system overall. She has promoted his claims that the 2020 election was stolen, and she defended the Capitol insurrectionists while admonishing the Republican lawmakers who helped investigate the January 6 attack.

A Unitarian Church in Canada will host a pro-transgender Easter Service this Sunday. How will they celebrate?

1. By having queer youth share their experiences onstage
2. By hosting a drag show
3. By decorating eggs as famous LGBTQ+ celebrities
4. By protesting at a local hate group headquarters

By hosting a drag show

In solidarity with Calgary’s LGBTQ+ community, a local Unitarian church will celebrate Easter with a drag show in their Sunday service.

The “Drag Me to Church” service will coincide with Easter Sunday and the International Trans Day of Visibility, a day recognizing the contributions of trans people as the challenges they still face. The church service will also protest the introduction of legislation threatening the rights of transgender youth in the conservative governmental province of Alberta, Canada.

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