No Place for Kacsmaryk’s Bigotry on the Federal Bench

The Senate voted today to move forward with confirming Matthew Kacsmaryk to be a lifetime federal judge, despite strong protests from Democrats ― and one Republican ― over his record of opposition to LGBT rights and abortion rights. The Senate voted 52-44 on a procedural step to advance Kacsmaryk’s nomination to the U.S. District Court … More No Place for Kacsmaryk’s Bigotry on the Federal Bench

History Made as Equality Bill Passes House – BUT NOW is the Time for HUGE LGBTQ Advocacy

Today the House of Representatives took the historic step of passing the Equality Act, the federal bill that would finally afford basic civil rights protections for the LGBTQI community. If it passes the Senate and is signed by the President, it would amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual … More History Made as Equality Bill Passes House – BUT NOW is the Time for HUGE LGBTQ Advocacy

Introduction of Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act to Reduce Bullying

Murray, Baldwin, Pocan Introduce Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act to Reduce Bullying and Harassment at Colleges and Universities Across the Country One in five college students are victims of cyberbullying, and LGBTQ students are nearly twice as likely to be harassed than their peers | Legislation would require colleges and universities to establish policies to … More Introduction of Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act to Reduce Bullying

Why The Equality Act is Critical for LGBT People

Simply stated the Equality Act would provide protections to millions of LGBT people – All members of our LGBTQI community and allies should be speaking loudly about this and contacting our representatives, regardless of their level of support, or party affiliation. Let representatives in the House and Senate know just how important this is to us and … More Why The Equality Act is Critical for LGBT People

Danger for Asylum and Children with the Trump-McConnell Bill

CGRS Calls on Senate to Reject Trump-McConnell Bill, Reopen Government San Francisco, CA (January 24, 2019) – The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) urges the Senate to reject the “End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act,” which was introduced by President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier this week. The Trump-McConnell … More Danger for Asylum and Children with the Trump-McConnell Bill

Virginia Lawmakers Advance LGBTQ Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Efforts to secure LGBT nondiscrimination protections in Virginia are advancing with bipartisan support. Yesterday, Virginia’s Senate General Laws committee approved bipartisan legislation to protect LGBTQ Virginians from discrimination in housing and public employment. Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) is partnering with Equality Virginia, the state’s LGBTQ advocacy organization, to advance nondiscrimination legislation this … More Virginia Lawmakers Advance LGBTQ Protections

First LGBTQ United States Senator Tammy Baldwin Wins Reelection

Wisconsin voters also reelect U.S. Representative Mark Pocan Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, the first openly LGBTQ person, and first lesbian ever elected to the U.S. Senate, was tonight reelected by Wisconsin voters in a race closely watched by both political parties and the LGBTQ community nationwide. LGBTQ Victory Fund invested heavily in … More First LGBTQ United States Senator Tammy Baldwin Wins Reelection

Women Flood the US Capitol with Mass Sit-Ins, Chanting Ahead of Kavanaugh Vote

Hundreds arrested for taking over the US Capitol steps as women and survivors promise: this is only the beginning Washington, D.C. — Today, after weeks of survivors turning their pain into action and building grassroots power across the country, thousands of women flooded the US Capitol to protest just moments before the final vote on … More Women Flood the US Capitol with Mass Sit-Ins, Chanting Ahead of Kavanaugh Vote

BREAKING: Women’s March Disrupts Kavanaugh Hearing, Dozens Arrested

Protesters: “Kavanaugh is a threat to women’s rights and an enemy of Democracy” #REPUBLICANS OLD WHITE MEN – WOMEN WILL VOTE YOU OUT! Washington, D.C. — Over 30 women have been arrested so far during today’s hearing on Brett Kavanaugh. Women’s March leaders from across the country took part in the protests alongside Women’s March … More BREAKING: Women’s March Disrupts Kavanaugh Hearing, Dozens Arrested

Will YOU let the Right Wing Fight Harder than America’s Majority for SCOTUS ?

“As we fight for the soul of this country, we must save its heartbeat – SCOTUS! Read this important piece and please follow up. If you do nothing this week that is proactive, then you are complicit in the silence that is destroying America. Because without ALL our voices, yes the majority, we are as … More Will YOU let the Right Wing Fight Harder than America’s Majority for SCOTUS ?

NAACP Mobilizing and Calling on Senate to Halt and Reject Kavanaugh Nomination for SCOTUS

The nation’s foremost civil rights organization will mobilize against Senate hearings for Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday. The group is bringing leadership, members and supporters to Capitol Hill to voice their opposition to Kavanaugh, when the Senate hearings kickoff on Tuesday morning. NAACP President Derrick Johnson will attend the Senate Judiciary … More NAACP Mobilizing and Calling on Senate to Halt and Reject Kavanaugh Nomination for SCOTUS

California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Passes Senate Committee

SACRAMENTO—Legislation to establish June as Pride Month in statute passed the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization yesterday by a bipartisan vote of 9-0. 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 California Legislative LGBT Caucus. AB 2969 is … More California Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Passes Senate Committee

When your Kid Comes out as LGBT and Bill to Establish June as Pride Month

Bill to Establish June as Pride Month Passes Assembly AB 2969 now heads to the Senate. Dear Parents of  Marin, California, and America! In as much as our  California legislature is supporting Pride month, so should parents of teens and young adults, when your kids are coming out. Its a healthy way to conduct a parent … More When your Kid Comes out as LGBT and Bill to Establish June as Pride Month

Withdrawal of Anti-Muslim North Dakota Senate Candidate

Washington, DC – Republican Gary Emineth has withdrawn today from the North Dakota senatorial race. This comes after a recent report from CNN regarding a pre-campaign tweet calling for “no more mosques in America.” When questioned in a radio interview, he doubled-down, stating “the bottom line is, a lot of the radicalization that’s turned on … More Withdrawal of Anti-Muslim North Dakota Senate Candidate

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

Why Chelsea Manning is Qualified to Run for Senate

“Chelsea Manning is superbly qualified to run for the United States Senate, not only because she is an American who meets all the legal requirements, but also because she has the courage to challenge and shake up a supremely flawed elitist system” Melanie Nathan. Yup call me haughty – that is me quoting me! My … More Why Chelsea Manning is Qualified to Run for Senate

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

STOP the Nomination of Tom Price for HHS Secretary

TAG Statement for the Record in Opposition to the Nomination of Tom Price for HHS Secretary: Treatment Action Group (TAG) releases this statement in strong opposition to the nomination of Representative Tom Price (R-GA) for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). We urge critical community action and implore the Senate Finance Committee to challenge … More STOP the Nomination of Tom Price for HHS Secretary

HRC Board Members OKAY with the Deplorable Endorsement of Republican Mark Kirk for US Senate

Well my question is are they? Melanie Nathan, October 29, 2016. #HRCdumpKIRK According to the website of the preeminent LGBT organization, Human Rights Campaign, the HRC Board of Directors “has the ultimate authority over the organization’s actions, including fiscal management and budget approval. Board members also establish the official policies that direct HRC.”  That means, … More HRC Board Members OKAY with the Deplorable Endorsement of Republican Mark Kirk for US Senate

HRC Fails to Withdraw Endorsement of Republican Senator Despite Bigoted Comments

Since the day the preeminent LGBT organization, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced its endorsement in favor of Republican Senator Mark Kirk, (R-IL) the incumbent for the Illinois Senate seat,  instead of supporting the Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth who has a 100% equality rating to Kirk’s 76% , many LGBT activists have questioned the move … More HRC Fails to Withdraw Endorsement of Republican Senator Despite Bigoted Comments

Equality Activists Ask HRC To Reverse Endorsement for US Senate

Several high profile LGBT community members, activists and leaders have written articles expressing disdain at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)  decision to endorse Republican Senator Mark Kirk, instead of Rep. Tammy Duckworth, for the Illinois U.S. Senate seat.  HRC did not budge. Duckworth has been endorsed by President Obama, VP Biden, MOVEON.ORG, Daily Kos, and … More Equality Activists Ask HRC To Reverse Endorsement for US Senate

Is The Human Rights Campaign Tacitly endorsing Donald Trump?

After The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) decided to endorse a Republican Senator above a Democratic contender, I wrote an article, “Five Reasons why LGBT Activists Endorse Tammy Duckworth” which I posted here back on March 28, 2016.   However now there is a compelling sixth reason which categorically makes the case for why HRC MUST revoke … More Is The Human Rights Campaign Tacitly endorsing Donald Trump?

HELP to Express Outrage as 47 Turncoat Democrats Vote Against Syrian Women and Orphan Refugees

hese Democrats allowed themselves to get hauled into a vote on minimal notice and were suckered into the Republican narrative, without doing extensive research. That one terrorist in Paris turned us against refugees is a sign of cowardice and gives the terrorists the upper hand, a victory. We have allowed them to further victimize the most vulnerable victims of their murderous campaign. I am ashamed of these Democrats – truly ashamed!

More HELP to Express Outrage as 47 Turncoat Democrats Vote Against Syrian Women and Orphan Refugees

Condemnation for New York State Senator’s Criticism of Transgender Rights

TLDEF Condemns New York Senate Majority Leader’s Disingenuous Criticism of Transgender Rights Regulations Posted by Melanie Nathan, November 02, 2015. New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) responded to comments made by New York Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan suggesting that Governor Andrew Cuomo went beyond his authority by proposing new … More Condemnation for New York State Senator’s Criticism of Transgender Rights

Legislation to Give Homeless Youth Access to High School Equivalency Exams

By Melanie Nathan, March 13, 2015. Homeless youth across California would have greater access to the high school proficiency and equivalency exams under new legislation introduced by Senator Mark Leno. Senate Bill 252 would prohibit the Department of Education or testing companies from charging an exam fee to young people who are homeless. “Exam fees, … More Legislation to Give Homeless Youth Access to High School Equivalency Exams

Family Symposium Uses Anti-Gay Russian Law to Promote its Message in U.S. Senate Building

By Melanie Nathan, Nov 14, 2013. Using an official Senate space, American supporters of Russia’s anti-LGBT laws will come to Capitol Hill tomorrow to argue that these hateful policies should serve as an example for us here in United States. The American anti-gays such as Scott Lively have provoked the Hate Bills in foreign jurisdictions … More Family Symposium Uses Anti-Gay Russian Law to Promote its Message in U.S. Senate Building

Senators Block Gun Violence Legislation | U.S. President says its a ‘Shameful Day for Washington’

Posted by Melanie Nathan, April 17, 2013. A few hours ago, President Obama stood with parents who lost children in the Newtown tragedy and said: “All in all, today was a pretty shameful day for Washington.” That’s because a minority of senators blocked legislation that would have made America safer and better protected our kids. … More Senators Block Gun Violence Legislation | U.S. President says its a ‘Shameful Day for Washington’

McCain Calls Binational Same-Sex Couples a Red Flag for Immigration Reform

Expectations that Obama to call for inclusion of same-sex couples: UPDATED – CONTRARY TO SPECULATION OBAMA FAILED TO MENTION THE SNUB OF LGBT SAME-SEX BINATIONALS in the McCAIN Schumer immigration reform plan. Maybe it is in his written plan? But Obama does include them in his written Proposal. By Melanie Nathan, January 29, 2013, 7.30 … More McCain Calls Binational Same-Sex Couples a Red Flag for Immigration Reform

First Transgender Person to Provide Testimony to U.S. Senate

“Living the truth and pretending to live who I was not…people never understood why I had a female gender marker…I  .. when I used female restrooms police would accost me and I would have to strip….” By Melanie Nathan, June 13, 2012. Kylar Broadus made history Tuesday, after becoming the first openly transgender person to testify … More First Transgender Person to Provide Testimony to U.S. Senate