Republican Governor Mike DeWine Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Ohio state employees will continue to be protected from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression WASHINGTON, D.C. – On his first day in office, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed an executive order which prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ people in state employment. This executive order extends a previous order signed by … More Republican Governor Mike DeWine Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Evers’s order will provide nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression WASHINGTON, D.C. – On his first day in office, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order which prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ people in state employment and state contracting. Gov. Evers is the fourth governor to issue an executive … More Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Whitmer’s order will provide nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression WASHINGTON, D.C. – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order this morning which prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ people in state employment, public services, and state contracting. Employees of Michigan’s executive branch and state contractors are now protected on … More Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Historic: Republican Governor Kasich Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Ohio state employees will now be protected from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed an historic executive order protecting LGBTQ state employees from discrimination. In what will be a defining element of Governor Kasich’s legacy, he will be the first Republican … More Historic: Republican Governor Kasich Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

Stacy Abrams for Governor in GA is Keeping Her Every Vote Campaign Vow

Stacey Abrams, who served as minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017, has now run a race for governor, steeped in dignity and indicative of a deep passion and love for her state and all its people. A member of the Democratic Party, she has fought an historic battle against Georgia … More Stacy Abrams for Governor in GA is Keeping Her Every Vote Campaign Vow

Jared Polis First Openly Gay Man to be Elected Governor in U.S. History

Tonight U.S. Representative Jared Polis of Colorado became the first openly gay man elected governor of a U.S. state, defeating his Republican opponent by a strong margin. Throughout the campaign Polis spoke with voters about his partner and children, making him one of the most visible LGBTQ candidates in the nation and a model for … More Jared Polis First Openly Gay Man to be Elected Governor in U.S. History

California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Signed by Governor

AB 2969 will codify in statute every June as LGBT Pride Month. SACRAMENTO—Today legislation to establish June as Pride Month in statute was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 2969 is authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, and co-authored by all members of the … More California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Signed by Governor

Oklahoma Governor Signs Dangerous Anti-LGBT Child Welfare Bill Into Law

Governor gives go-ahead to legalize discrimination WASHINGTON – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin today signed SB 1140 into law, codifying discrimination against legally married same-sex couples and others looking to adopt, and imperiling the well-being of youth in the state’s child welfare system. The new law will permit taxpayer funded adoption agencies to turn away same-sex … More Oklahoma Governor Signs Dangerous Anti-LGBT Child Welfare Bill Into Law

Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Dangerous Anti-LGBTQ Child Welfare Bill

Advocates call on Gov. Mary Fallin to veto discriminatory bill WASHINGTON – At the eleventh hour, lawmakers in Oklahoma approved a bill that would allow adoption agencies receiving taxpayer funding to discriminate against legally married same-sex couples and LGBTQ youth, among others. The bill, SB 1140, was approved by both the House and Senate chambers … More Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Dangerous Anti-LGBTQ Child Welfare Bill

Shame on Texas Governor Pushing Anti-LGBT Agenda

Texas Governor Calls Special Legislative Session to Advance Anti-LGBT Agenda – Abbott’s decision is a capitulation to the Lone Star State’s rabidly anti-LGBT lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick WASHINGTON – Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced today that he is calling a special legislative session to tackle an inordinate agenda — including HB 2899, discriminatory legislation that bans municipalities … More Shame on Texas Governor Pushing Anti-LGBT Agenda

TLDEF to Honor New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at 12th Annual Freedom Awards

  New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund will honor New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at its 12th annual Freedom Awards. The event is set for Thursday, June 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Manhattan Penthouse. The Freedom Awards is TLDEF’s signature cocktail event that brings together 300 guests to celebrate the … More TLDEF to Honor New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at 12th Annual Freedom Awards

BREAKING: Tennessee Gov. signs discriminatory ‘LGBT erasure bill’ into law

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam just signed House Bill 1111 into law. The measure, also known as the LGBT erasure bill, requires the state to interpret all undefined words such as “mother,” “father,” “husband” and “wife,” by their “natural and ordinary meaning.” According to the state’s Republican attorney general, the law runs afoul of the U.S. … More BREAKING: Tennessee Gov. signs discriminatory ‘LGBT erasure bill’ into law

Growing List of Cities and States Banning Official Travel to North Carolina

An ever-growing chorus of cities and states are not fooled by North Carolina’s discriminatory “bait and switch” on HB2 WASHINGTON — Today,  Equality NC hailed the news that Chicago and California are maintaining their bans on taxpayer-funded travel to North Carolina. The announcements come after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Senate President Phil Berger, and House Speaker Tim Moore passed … More Growing List of Cities and States Banning Official Travel to North Carolina

TLDEF Applauds SD Governor for Vetoing Bill That Targeted Transgender Students for Discrimination

New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund applauds South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard for vetoing a bill that would have singled out transgender students for discrimination by prohibiting them from using bathrooms and locker rooms that match who they are as boys and girls. In February, South Dakota lawmakers passed House Bill 1008. The bill would have restricted facility access to students of the “same biological sex,” and defined that to mean “the physical condition of being male or female as determined by a person’s chromosomes and identified at birth by a person’s anatomy.”

Last week the governor met with transgender students who explained how harmful it would be to their health and well being to deny them use of bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with who they are. Thousands of activists across the nation joined them in urging the Governor to reject the legislation. Today the Governor did just that. Had the bill been enacted, it would have been the first law in the nation targeting transgender students for bias. … More TLDEF Applauds SD Governor for Vetoing Bill That Targeted Transgender Students for Discrimination

EQCA Call to Action Tell California Governor Brown to Support AB 959

LGBT Disparities Reduction Act Posted by Melanie Nathan, September, 15, 2015. This call to action to urge California Governor Jerry Brown to support the LGBT Disparities Reduction Act, AB 959, has been sent tout by EQCA – please participate and pass around: As LGBT people in California, we are invisible. We’re invisible because the state … More EQCA Call to Action Tell California Governor Brown to Support AB 959

California Governor Signs Landmark Leno Bill Addressing Smartphone Theft

Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation today addressing the growing epidemic of smartphone theft in California. SB 962, authored by Senator Mark Leno and sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, requires all smartphones sold in California to come pre-equipped with theft-deterring technological solutions to render the devices useless if stolen.

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Anti-gay Scott Lively Launches Gubernatorial Run

Scott Lively’s campaign motto is “Qualified. Experienced. Electable.”  By Cathy Kristofferson, December 16, 2013 Scott Lively (I-MA) would like to remind everyone that he is still running for Governor of Massachusetts. We presume that his campaign has been suspended while he fights Crimes Against Humanity charges. That pesky trial for persecution on the basis of … More Anti-gay Scott Lively Launches Gubernatorial Run

Open Lesbian Sworn into Vermont Supreme Court

By Melanie Nathan Vermont’s ground-breaking civil union and marriage equality laws may be partly attributed to the advocacy  of  new associate justice  Beth Robinson, who was sworn in by Governor Peter Shumlin, to Vermont  State’s Supreme Court Monday. The 46-year-old Robinson, an out and open lesbian,  was one of the lawyers who represented three couples … More Open Lesbian Sworn into Vermont Supreme Court

reBlog ALERT- California Cry – Time is of the Essence – Help needed- Call Now

 Melanie on Lez Get real:- The very same culprits who passed Proposition 8, with all their Mormon funding, individual hate and corporate dollars threatening yet again, are now flooding the Governor with calls to block the Marriage Recognition and Family Protection Act.  Co-sponsored by our colleagues at Equality California and Sen. Mark Leno, SB 54, … More reBlog ALERT- California Cry – Time is of the Essence – Help needed- Call Now

ACT NOW – for California

Call the Governor today to set the facts straight. Let him know of your support for the Marriage Recognition and Family Protection Act.   Click here for more details on Oblogdeeoblogda Advocacy Page  Capitol Office (automated line) : 916-445-2841                              Fresno Office: 559-477-1804 Los Angeles Office: 213-897-0322 Riverside Office: 951-680-6860 San Diego Office: 619-525-4641 San Francisco … More ACT NOW – for California