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Judy Shepard pens op-ed on Laramie’s new non-discrimination ordinance

Thursday, Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard, penned a powerful op-ed about Laramie’s new non-discrimination ordinance, writes Hayley Miller on the HRC Blog. “It’s been nearly 17 years since our son, Matthew, was brutally attacked in an antigay hate crime on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyo.,” she wrote. “The aftermath of Matt’s death and […]

Illinois bill protecting LGBT youth from conversion therapy moves to governor

CHICAGO, Il — Friday, the Illinois State Senate voted 34 -19 to pass House Bill 217, the Illinois Youth Mental Health Protection Act that will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the dangerous and discredited practices of conversion therapy. The bill was overwhelmingly approved 68-43 by the State House in May and […]

HRC to premiere new trans-focused docu-series Monday

Monday, HRC will exclusively premiere the first episode of ABC Family’s trans-focused docu-series, “Becoming Us.” The groundbreaking series, from Ryan Seacrest Productions, centers on Carly Lehwald’s transition and the teenage son, Ben, and his journey to understanding his parent’s transition. Additionally, the series follows Ben, his family and his friends as they support one another. Trans-visibility […]

Presidential proclamation: LGBT Pride Month, 2015

The White House has released the following proclamation by the president regarding LGBT Pride Month, 2015: From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy’s reach. Over the course of more […]

N. Carolina governor vetoes bill letting officials opt out of performing same-sex marriages

Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has vetoed SB 2, a bill that would have allowed  magistrates to opt out of performing same-sex marriages if they have a religious objection. Ahead of his veto McCory said, “I recognize that for many North Carolinians, including myself, opinions on same-sex marriage come from sincerely held religious beliefs […]

New San Diego on-line HIV Resources Guide now available

The HIV Planning Council conducts needs assessments each year amongst those living with or at risk for HIV; and each year one of the primary barriers to receiving care or prevention treatments that emerges is – community members don’t know where to get the resources they need. The San Diego LGBT Community Center is committed […]

Happy and healthy adjectives

Have you ever been described as energetic, vibrant, productive, optimistic and confident? That sounds like the perfect person to hire for the job or the perfect person to be your friend. Exercise makes it all possible for these adjectives to attach to your persona. Exercise creates a healthier body and mind and that makes for […]

The Hole Story: What is really happening with the historic bar?

There has been much rumor, speculation and innuendo being spread through social media and the Internet concerning the closing of The Hole on July 5, 2015. Adding fuel to the fire was a letter to the community by the proprietors of the Hole, Steve Rock and his wife Debi Williams, which was shared on Facebook […]

Miami hotel invites couples to celebrate Florida’s marriage equality with a getaway devoted to time for romance

The Conrad Miami is celebrating the right for all couples in Florida to (finally) say “I Do,” heralding Florida’s long-overdue marriage equality with a new getaway called It’s About Time! The luxury hotel takes this phrase one step further with a package that’s passionately devoted to real quality time-together-for-two … in the tropics. “It’s about […]

Comcast to provide $1.5 million of airtime to broadcast National LGBT 50th Anniversary PSA

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Organizers have announced that Comcast Corporation is the lead marketing sponsor of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration. Comcast is providing $1.5 million worth of airtime to broadcast a 30-second National LGBT 50th Anniversary public service announcement (PSA). “Comcast NBCUniversal is a longstanding supporter of national and regional LGBT organizations. We are […]

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