LGBTQ Nation Weekly News Quiz for the week of January 15, 2024

Which band's frontman called the current moral panic over transgender minors “f**king close-minded”?

1. Nine Inch Nails
2. Green Day
3. Arcade Fire
4. Panic at the Disco

Green Day

Out Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong called the current moral panic over transgender young people “f**king close-minded” in a Los Angeles Times profile published earlier this week.

The band also upset far-right political members during their recent New Year's Eve performance when they changed a line in their song "American Idiot" to include the words, “I’m not part of the MAGA agenda.”

Republicans in which state proposed a bill to ban students under 18 from accessing books that contain “sexual conduct,” the definition of which includes “homosexuality"?

1. Missouri
2. Ohio
3. Idaho
4. Minnesota

Idaho

H.B. 384, sponsored by state Rep. Jaron Crane (R), bans both school and public libraries from making any text containing “nudity, sexual conduct, or sad-masochistic abuse” available to minors. In addition to partially defining sexual conduct as all forms of homosexuality (in addition to sexual intercourse and physical contact with a person’s genitals), the bill has another provision allowing librarians to censor “any other material harmful to minors.” This vague language has many worried about how it will be interpreted.

Which prominent conservative expressed outrage this week that a book ban law he supported caused his own books to be banned from a Florida school?

1. Donald Trump
2. Bill O'Reilly
3. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)
4. Tucker Carlson

Bill O'Reilly

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is angry that a Florida school district has removed two of his books from library shelves for review in an effort to comply with Gov. Ron DeSantis‘s (R) book-banning law. O’Reilly told Newsweek that when DeSantis signed the law, he “supported the theme because there was abuse going on in Florida,” but now that it has affected him, he thinks the law is being misused.

Which state's legislature debated 8 anti-trans bills in one day this week and has 41 others in the works?

1. Missouri
2. Arkansas
3. Texas
4. Florida

Missouri

Missouri was called "ground zero for a firehose of legislation that touches every aspect of trans people’s lives" by journalist Erin Reed after lawmakers in the state debated eight anti-trans bills on Thursday. The bills would restrict the rights of trans kids to be themselves at school without being outed to their parents, expand the state's ban on gender-affirming care, and prevent trans people from using the correct restrooms. 

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) stood up for transgender people in his state this week. How did he do this?

1. By recording a video expressing his support for trans youth
2. By awarding a gubernatorial medal to a state trans advocacy group
3. By telling election officials to stop disqualifying trans political candidates from running for office
4. By vetoing an anti-trans bill banning gender-affirming care for adults

By telling election officials to stop disqualifying trans political candidates from running for office

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) has called for state election officials to stop disqualifying transgender political candidates from appearing on ballots. Officials have disqualified three trans Democratic candidates from appearing on ballots for the state legislature because the candidates failed to list their deadnames on the petitions to run for office.

Why did a federal appeals court agree to block part of Texas's book-banning law this week?

1. It said the law violated booksellers' free speech rights
2. All of these reasons
3. It said the law's definition of "sexual content" was too vague
4. It said the law would financially harm booksellers

All of these reasons

A federal appeals court issued an injunction against part of Texas’ book-banning law that requires book vendors to rate books for “sexually explicit” and “sexually relevant” materials.

 

The court agreed with the booksellers' argument that the law was vague, violated their free speech rights, and would financially harm the sellers' businesses.

Which pop star recently made a surprise appearance at the historic West Hollywood gay club the Abbey, stunning a drag queen who was impersonating her at the time?

1. Taylor Swift
2. Lizzo
3. Lady Gaga
4. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Drag artist Jo Lopez had just finished performing a number to the singer’s new single “Can’t Get Enough” at The Abbey’s Sunday Service drag brunch on January 14, when J.Lo herself snuck onto the stage. The Hustlers star, draped in a full-length fur coat, was greeted by cheers from the crowd and a stunned scream from her drag impersonator.

A woman trolled Moms for Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler by reading song lyrics at a school board meeting. What song did she read from?

1. Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl"
2. Britney Spears's "Womanizer"
3. Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River"
4. Ariana Grande's "break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored"

Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl"

Bridget Ziegler helped kick off a wave of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in Florida, including the state's infamous Don't Say Gay bill, through her work with Moms for Liberty and as a school board member. Late last year, though, police investigating a rape accusation made against her husband learned that she had participated in three-way sexual encounters with him and another woman. 

Angry constituents at a school board meeting this week demanded she resign this week for three hours. One woman read the lyrics to Perry's song: "I kissed a girl and I liked it, the taste of her cherry chapstick.” She then put on her own chapstick, joking that her lips were dry.

Who placed second in this week's Iowa caucuses for the Republican presidential primary?

1. Vivek Ramaswamy
2. Nikki Haley
3. Ron DeSantis
4. Chris Christie

Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, came in second place over former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley — despite this, DeSantis’s representatives complained about media’s “election interference” after numerous mainstream media outlets declared Trump as the winner early into the evening.

DeSantis's second-place win surprised Iowa pollsters who had showed Haley winning second place in the state.

 

Which LGBTQ+ organization was honored at this week's 75th Annual Emmy Awards?

1. The Trevor Project
2. The National Center for Transgender Equality
3. The Human Rights Campaign
4. GLAAD

GLAAD

On Monday night, the Television Academy’s Board of Governors bestowed its prestigious Governors Award on the LGBTQ+ advocacy organization GLAAD for its work ensuring accurate representation of LGBTQ+ characters on TV. In her acceptance speech, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis issued urgent calls for LGBTQ+ rights and visibility.

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