NAACP Convention to Host LGBTQ Town Hall

Also past San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to receive an award. 109th NAACP Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX, to bring together social justice activists, artists/entertainers, Elected Officials; Civil Rights, Business, Social Justice Leaders   BALTIMORE (July 5, 2018) - Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, and as the nation suffers the effects of President Trump’s administration, thousands … More NAACP Convention to Host LGBTQ Town Hall

Pride Month: More Than One-Third of LGBTQ Adults Identify as Having a Disability

LGBTQ Pride Month: More Than One-Third of LGBTQ Adults Identify as Having a Disability Throughout LGBTQ Pride Month (June), the LGBTQ community has been reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future. Among lesbian, gay and bisexual adults, 30 percent of men and 36 percent of women also identify as having a disability. The … More Pride Month: More Than One-Third of LGBTQ Adults Identify as Having a Disability

Tickets for Los Angeles Premiere of Between the Shades

Fifty voices in a unique and most important reflection on LGBTQ!  Do not miss the LA Premiere of Between the Shades  –  At Dances with Films and Chinese Theatre Hollywood  Between the Shades is a documentary by filmmaker Jill Salvino and features 50+ voices, among them: Beth Malone (of Broadway’s Fun Home & Angels in America), … More Tickets for Los Angeles Premiere of Between the Shades

New Yorker: “Taking Children From Their Parents is a Form of State Terror”

My family was once on the rough end of America’s immigration law, when faced with the threat of my same-sex spouse having to go back to her country of origin.  Because of DOMA (The Defense of Marriage Act) LGBT people could not marry with federal immigration rights to sponsor a same-sex spouse to remain in … More New Yorker: “Taking Children From Their Parents is a Form of State Terror”

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

Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film festival Announces Lineup

 FULL LINEUP FOR 28TH EDITION RUNNING MAY 24 – JUNE 3. Brett Haley’s HEARTS BEAT LOUD to close festival; World Premiere of Christiaan Olwagen’s CANARY selected as Centerpiece Gala. TORONTO, ON – May 4, 2018 – The 28th annual Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, one of the largest events of its kind in the world, revealed its … More Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film festival Announces Lineup

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

HRC Endorses California Senator Dianne Feinstein for Re-Election:

You may know that back in February 26, 2018, I endorsed Senator Dianne Feinstein for U.S. Senate. I was upset that the Democratic Californian progressives had cast an inaccurate  shadow on her, in favor of her contender, Rep. Kevin de Leon and that prompted me to write a piece about the Senator, indicative of her … More HRC Endorses California Senator Dianne Feinstein for Re-Election:

PFAW Sues DOJ, HUD To Release Information On Secret LGBTQ Policy

People For the American Way filed suit in federal court today against the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to demand the release of documents concerning reported changes in federal policy toward LGBTQ people. Last year Right Wing Watch, a project of PFAW, filed Freedom of Information Act requests with both … More PFAW Sues DOJ, HUD To Release Information On Secret LGBTQ Policy

U.S. Department of Education Leaves Transgender Students Behind

Office of Civil Rights will no longer take action on transgender discrimination WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Education will not investigate or take action on any complaints filed by transgender students who are not able to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity. BuzzFeed was first to report the news. Under President … More U.S. Department of Education Leaves Transgender Students Behind

Republican Speaker of Virginia House Kills Pro-LGBT Legislation

House Subcommittee Votes Down Four Nondiscrimination Bills, Including Two That Passed Virginia Senate in January RICHMOND, V.A — Lawmakers in Virginia’s House of Delegates today summarily killed four bills that would have ensured more equal treatment under the law for LGBT people across the Commonwealth. Several of the bills dismissed today enjoyed bipartisan support in … More Republican Speaker of Virginia House Kills Pro-LGBT Legislation

SCOTUS Denies Review in Cases Challenging Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law

Today the United States Supreme Court denied review in two cases, Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant and Bryant v. Barber, both challenging Mississippi’s HB 1523 passed in April 2016 and effective in October 2017. The Court’s decision not to hear the cases means the worst-in-the-nation anti-LGBTQ law will remain on the books in Mississippi. … More SCOTUS Denies Review in Cases Challenging Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law

Business Equality Network Announces Second Annual LGBTQ Business Equality Excellence Awards

NEW YORK, NY  January 3, 2018 — The Business Equality Network announces its second annual BEQ Pride LGBTQ Business Equality Excellence Awards. Our recipients include 156 major employers and four sports organizations, all of which have demonstrated their comprehensive commitment to LGBTQ business equality. The full list of winners and a geographic breakdown by state … More Business Equality Network Announces Second Annual LGBTQ Business Equality Excellence Awards

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center Sending Emergency Medical Team to Aid in Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

New York, NY- Callen-Lorde Community Health Center announced that it is sending an emergency medical response team to provide medical relief to Puerto Rico as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort. The team is comprised of Spanish-speaking medical providers and nurses with experience in emergency response, and will be … More Callen-Lorde Community Health Center Sending Emergency Medical Team to Aid in Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

National Black Justice Coalition Names Executive Director

Washington, DC— The leadership of the National Black Justice Coalition announced today that David J. Johns has assumed the role of Executive Director as of September 1, 2017. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer … More National Black Justice Coalition Names Executive Director

Campus Pride Releases Shame List of Worst Campuses for LGBTQ

Campus Pride today releases its 2017 Shame List highlighting for the second year in a row a national listing of “The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth.” Up from 102 campuses last year, the national listing includes 139 campuses that openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth in policies, programs and practices as documented on the site … More Campus Pride Releases Shame List of Worst Campuses for LGBTQ

LGBT Community Mourns the Death of Edie Windsor

By Melanie Nathan,  September 12, 2017 Today millions of LGBTQI Americans will mourn the loss of Edith Windsor. She will be remembered with deep admiration and fondness as an LGBTQI rights icon and champion. Edie passed away peacefully today at age 88.  She touched the lives of so many people beyond her activism and beyond … More LGBT Community Mourns the Death of Edie Windsor

Shameful US Justice Department Supports Discrimination Against LGBT America

The United States Justice Department, yet again reflected the known bigotry of its leadership, Donald J. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Should be no surprise that the man, Sessions,  whose career has delivered / supported racist, homophobic and xenophobic commentary or policy, filed a brief today with the Supreme Court in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop … More Shameful US Justice Department Supports Discrimination Against LGBT America

Reported Ban on Transgender Military Health Care and Deployment Condemned

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund Condemns Reported Ban on Transgender Military Health Care and Deployment New York, NY – Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund today responded to reports that the White House is forwarding guidance to military officials that directs Defense Secretary James Mattis to implement policy within six months to cease all … More Reported Ban on Transgender Military Health Care and Deployment Condemned

More than 1 Lesson from Thiel’s Affair with Trump

I too have had some months to soak in all those Trump assurances.  Not that I was ever stupid enough to believe them: The “oh don’t worry about LGBT rights going backwards, Trump will be great to gays, after all he has ‘Ivanka the Wonderful’, who has sooo many gay friends, she will surely influence … More More than 1 Lesson from Thiel’s Affair with Trump

OHIO Urgent Call to Action to RESIST Judicial Appointments

Thanks to Lambda legal for providing the following call to Action: Two Trump judicial appointees with vicious anti-LGBT views are poised to become some of the most powerful judges in the country. People in Ohio have the chance to stop it. John K. Bush, nominated to fill a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals … More OHIO Urgent Call to Action to RESIST Judicial Appointments

Chicago Dyke March Commits Religious Bigotry Against American Dyke Jews

See petition at end of this article: Chicago Dyke March, an annual event in Chicago turned Jewish marchers away from their event because they were carrying a rainbow flag with a Star of David embossed on it. . Laurie Grauer, a member of Chicago’s queer Jewish community and her friends were turned away from the … More Chicago Dyke March Commits Religious Bigotry Against American Dyke Jews

PUERTO VALLARTA PRIDE

Vallarta Pride 2017 Reaches Record Figures in Attendance – Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña Joins the Parade  The fifth edition of Vallarta Pride was a historical festival for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and its local and visiting LGBTQI community and its allies. Over 7,000 people attended the parade with 60 floats, a record for the festival which also … More PUERTO VALLARTA PRIDE

Historic Stonewall Inn to Launch “Stonewall Inn Gives Back” Initiative

Event Set for Thursday, June 1, 2017 NEW YORK, NY (May 19, 2017) – The historic Stonewall Inn, the very place where the spirit of LGBTQ Pride was born, is launching The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative on June 1st. The event will feature remarks by special guest Chelsea Clinton and a performance by out … More Historic Stonewall Inn to Launch “Stonewall Inn Gives Back” Initiative

SC Mom Reflects on Gay Son’s Murder Speaking Out Against Anti- LGBTQ Violence

Greenville, South Carolina– On Tuesday, May 16, Greenville resident Elke Kennedy will observe the 10-year anniversary of her son Sean Kennedy’s death. Sean was brutally murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in 2007.  Ms. Kennedy has spent much of the last decade traveling the country and advocating for an end to hate violence. A decade after … More SC Mom Reflects on Gay Son’s Murder Speaking Out Against Anti- LGBTQ Violence

SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE 2017 TO FEATURE ANITA BRYANT/BRIGGS “WE FOUGHT BACK!” CONTINGENT

San Francisco Pride is pleased to announce veteran organizers of the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade will be highlighted in this year’s Pride Parade and March. 1977 and 1978 were turning points in the struggle for equal rights for LGBT people, when they fought back against attacks from political forces, personified by Anita Bryant … More SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE 2017 TO FEATURE ANITA BRYANT/BRIGGS “WE FOUGHT BACK!” CONTINGENT

San Francisco LGBTI Community to Rally for IDAHOT in the Castro

The date of Chelsea Manning’s liberation coincides with the IDAHOT, on May 17 The San Francisco Bay area community will gather for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on Wed., May 17, 2017, 6 to 7pm, at Harvey Milk Plaza (2401 Market at Castro Street.) Participants in IDAHOT events globally will be posting … More San Francisco LGBTI Community to Rally for IDAHOT in the Castro

Village Voice Partners with NYC Pride to Launch Awards

 ‘THE VILLAGE VOICE PRIDE AWARDS’  The Village Voice Pride Awards to honor LGBTQ local and global heroes contributing to the community’s growth, at VIP gala, June 21 New York, NY—May 3, 2017—The Village Voice announced today the launch of ‘The Village Voice Pride Awards,’ which recognizes local and global heroes in the LGBTQ movement. The … More Village Voice Partners with NYC Pride to Launch Awards

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

Voting Opens for San Francisco Pride Community Grand Marshal

It is time to cast your vote for the San Francisco Pride 2017 Community Grand Marshals! Annually, the general public votes for both an individual and an organization to be honored at the parade and celebration, which is held on the last weekend in June. Voting is live and will continue until 12:00 Noon on … More Voting Opens for San Francisco Pride Community Grand Marshal