Time for LGBTQ Nation’s weekly News Quiz

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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 18, 2024

Which gym chain recently defended its decision to ban a member who photographed and confronted a transgender woman in the women’s locker room?

1. Anytime Fitness
2. 24 Hour Fitness
3. LA Fitness
4. Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness has defended its decision to the membership of a woman who took a photo of a trans woman and posted it online.


The banned woman, Patricia Silva, is a QAnon-following Trump supporter. The gym said she violated its policies against taking photos of individuals in the locker room. The gym also said trans people can use locker rooms matching their gender identity.

The newly unveiled federal spending bill to prevent a government shutdown only contains one anti-LGBTQ+ provision. What does that provision prohibit?

1. Drag shows on military bases
2. Allowing trans students to play on girls' and women's sports teams
3. Funding for gender-affirming care
4. Flying the Pride flag over U.S. embassies

Flying the Pride flag over U.S. embassies

While Republicans tried to insert over 40 anti-LGBTQ+ policies into the federal spending bill, the only one that survived was a provision forbidding U.S. embassies from flying the Pride flag.


The budget also included funding for PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, an international HIV-prevention plan that has been credited with saving over 25 million lives since it began in 2003.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was mocked especially hard this week for spreading wild disinformation about what?

1. Gender-affirming care
2. Baby organs being sold on the black market
3. Climate change
4. The so-called "consequences" of marriage equality

Baby organs being sold on the black market

On Tuesday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) held a hearing on the made-up issue of what she referred to as “Black Market Baby Organ Harvesting.”

Greene used the time to peddle baseless conspiracy theories long held by anti-abortion activists who claim that doctors are ripping organs out of babies born alive. These claims have been widely debunked, and as one social media user commented, "She's describing murder." 

Why did Bridget Ziegler, the Moms for Liberty co-founder who was caught having queer sex, file a lawsuit this week?

1. To keep evidence collected during a police investigation confidential
2. To get the local police to stop letting protesters attend school board meetings where she is present
3. To get damages related to anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination she faced on the job
4. To retaliate against a local newspaper that called her "Larry Craig in heels"

To keep evidence collected during a police investigation confidential

Bridget Ziegler is suing police and prosecutors in Sarasota, Florida to stop them from releasing investigation records related to rape allegations against her husband. 

Her husband, a prominent Republican activist in the state, was accused of sexually assaulting a woman who both of the Zieglers had previously had sex with.

The records includes her husband's phone, which may contain videos of their encounters.

This week, voters in Orange, California chose to oust two school board members who championed which harmful policy?

1. Forced outing of trans students to their parents
2. Banning Pride flags from school properties
3. Banning LGBTQ+ books from K-12 classrooms and libraries
4. Requiring students to use bathrooms based on sex assigned at birth

Forced outing of trans students to their parents

Madison Miner and Rick Ledesma, the former board president, both lost recall elections that were directly tied to their culture war priorities and opposition to LGBTQ+ rights. The school board passed a measure last year that required school staff to notify parents of “any request by the student to use a name that differs from their legal name” or to use pronouns different from those on their original school records. Miner and Ledesma both led the effort.

A transgender singer performing in a reality TV competition recently got a standing ovation from one of its celebrity judges. Which show did the singer perform on?

1. The Voice
2. America's Got Talent
3. American Idol
4. The Masked Singer

American Idol

Amari, a 28-year-old waitress from Indiana, stunned the American Idol judges with an emotional rendition of Sara Bareilles’ ballad “She Used To Be Mine.” Amari opened up to celebrity Judge Katy Perry and fellow judges Lionel Ritchie and Luke Bryan about being transgender and her journey through the process. When she finished, Perry launched to her feet for a standing ovation.

Which state is considering a stricter version of its Don't Say Gay Law that one lawmaker said is akin to bullying?

1. Indiana
2. Alabama
3. Mississippi
4. Florida


The Alabama House of Representatives advanced a bill this week that would expand the state’s Don’t Say Gay law and ban Pride flags from classrooms.

Alabama public school teachers are already prohibited from leading discussions on LGBTQ+ identities through fifth grade. The new legislation, H.B. 130, would extend that restriction through 12th grade. State Rep. Anthony Daniels (D), the House minority leader, likened the bill to “bullying.”

Trans activists were up in arms this week after Elon Musk did what on X?

1. Completely removed the hate speech policy
2. Posted his opinion that misgendering someone is not discrimination
3. Protected the identity of a neo-Nazi
4. Launched a news show glorifying TERFs

Protected the identity of a neo-Nazi

Musk answered calls to censor any accounts that named Hans Kristian Graebener – believed to be the face behind an anonymous right-wing cartoonist who uses the name Stonetoss on social media and spreads racist, antisemitic, and anti-LGBTQ+ content. Trans activists called out Musk for protecting a Nazi while allowing transphobia to run rampant on the site.

Penny Wong, a history-making lesbian senator, recently married her partner of 20 years. Which country is Wong a senator in?

1. Ireland
2. Australia
3. Canada
4. Taiwan


Wong, Australia’s first out lesbian senator, recently married her long-term partner Sophie Allouache. Their daughters — 11-year-old Alexandra and 8-year-old Hannah — served as flower girls at the wedding.


In 2001, Wong became the first out woman elected to Australia’s senate. In 2007, she became the first out woman to be a cabinet member in the country's federal government.

Bernie Moreno, a Republican who caught flak for opposing LGBTQ+ rights while having a "Men for 1-on-1 sex" profile, won his primary in which state?

1. Utah
2. Ohio
3. Alaska
4. California


Bernie Moreno – a Republican who made headlines last week when a 2008 profile in his name and with his email address seeking sex with men was uncovered – won the GOP primary for a U.S. Senate seat from Ohio this week.

Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported on a 2008 online dating profile seeking “1-on-1” sexual encounters with “young guys” that was set up on the Adult Friend Finder website using a work email belonging to Ohio Republican Senate candidate Bernie Moreno. The AP confirmed that whoever set up the profile would have had to be able to access Moreno’s work email account.

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