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Exxon changes non-discrimination policy to qualify for federal contracts

ExxonMobil has re-written its Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy to finally include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity after years of resisting full workplace equality. “Does this new policy mean that equality has come to Exxon at last? Well, sort of,” said Deena Fidas, director of HRC’s Workplace Equality Program and co-author of […]

Houston Fox affiliate peddles transphobic attack on equal rights ordinance

The Fox TV station in Houston has repeatedly mischaracterized the city’s recently passed non-discrimination law in its reporting about a legal challenge against the measure, falsely stating that it would allow men to enter women’s restrooms, reports Media Matters for America. In May, the city of Houston approved the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which prohibits discrimination on […]

For Fox Television’s hit ‘Empire,’ the hate that dares to speak its name

Back in the 1970s, another ‘Golden Age’ of television, the three major networks – ABC, NBC and CBS – routinely depicted characters of color, feminists, gays and other non-white-heterosexual men.  But that diversity came at a price. Blacks were usually seen as drug dealers or poverty-stricken while Latinos were low-riding thugs or the hired help. […]

Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016

Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he will not run for president in 2016, reports The Huffington Post. Hugh Hewitt posted text of the remarks Romney was to make on a conference call with donors discussing his 2016 plans on Friday. “After putting considerable thought into making another run for […]

New report by Funders for LGBTQ Issues highlights progress, urgent need for HIV/AIDS funding

NEW YORK — The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has been identified as the top funder for LGBTQ health issues according to a new report by the Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the sole organization dedicated exclusively to increasing institutional giving for LGBTQ issues. The analysis, which examined LGBTQ health disparities and LGBTQ philanthropy, found that EJAF, […]

Lance Bass to serve as ‘Love is Love’ ambassador at historic beach wedding of 100 LGBT and straight couples in Florida

GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.– Former *NSYNC member and Dancing with the Stars alum, Lance Bass, will be the official “Love is Love” ambassador during a landmark sunrise beach wedding and vow renewal for 100 LGBT and straight couples from across the country and around the world. Hosted by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau […]

Sen. Graham wants Supreme Court to uphold state same-sex marriage bans

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the senator who compared same-sex marriage to polygamy wants the Supreme Court to uphold state same-sex marriage bans. Speaking to the Washington Blade, Graham made his position very clear:  “I hope the court will allow each state to define marriage within its borders.” Graham even indicated an openness to the constitutional […]

The City: Top to Bottom

thursday, jan. 29 The GRIFT The latest presentation in the La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls (WoW) series, THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel is a world-premiere, immersive theater piece which takes audiences on a participatory journey through the extraordinary rooms and spaces of this expansive, 1940s-era landmark. Like the three-time-extended ACCOMPLICE: San Diego, this thrilling […]

Auschwitz’s 70th anniversary … and anti-Semitism continues

This is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the infamous death camp of Auschwitz in Poland. The Holocaust, which resulted in the torture and murder of over 6 million Jewish people during World War II. You would think that the world and all people would have learned from history and this horrific crime against […]

Mormons at the door

On Tuesday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons, rang the bell at the house of equality with a press conference discussing the Church’s view on LGBT equality. Having read the transcript, I was left with the same question as when missionaries knock on my door: am I letting in a welcoming […]

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