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Commentary: North Carolina HB 2 –The ghost of Jesse Helms

Contributor Note: July 19, 1994, Sen. Jesse Helms, in a fiery speech recorded by C-SPAN and The Congressional Record, moved to fire Mr. Patterson from his US government job for “promoting the gay agenda” in the federal workplace. Gov. Pat McCrory responded to the call of North Carolinians when he signed HB 2 into law. […]

Gay men of color celebrate 10 years of fun in the sun at Blatino Oasis, Palm Springs May 5-8

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – California’s largest gay and bisexual men of color vacation getaway is counting down to its 10th anniversary celebration in Palm Springs May 5-8. Blatino Oasis is the first event to successfully bring gay men of color to the city of Palm Springs on an annual basis, and is now the largest […]

NC Senate President Berger doubles down on anti-LGBT HB2

Further compounding the HB2 economic catastrophe that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Pat Moore inflicted on the state when they rammed the HB 2 legislation through in less than a day, they are now doubling down on their refusal to listen to the business community. While […]

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene calls for judiciary hearing on Equality Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) Thursday joined more than 100 colleagues in calling on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) to hold a hearing on the Equality Act (H.R. 3185), a comprehensive bill that aims to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. “In too many states, people who […]

HRC and advocates across nation host readings of ‘I Am Jazz’ to support transgender youth

WASHINGTON — Thursday, parents, teachers and youth advocates across the nation stood up to efforts targeting transgender people, including a law recently passed in North Carolina, by holding more than 50 readings of “I Am Jazz,” a book by transgender teen and Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation Youth  Ambassador Jazz Jennings. The nationwide action involving […]

ACA condemns passage of Tennessee’s Hate Bill 1840

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Thursday, Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee followed in the footsteps of North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory and Mississippi’s Governor Phil Bryant to become the latest to sign into law discriminatory “religious freedom” legislation targeting the LGBTQ community. Tennessee’s HB 1840/SB 1556 permits counselors to deny services and refer clients based on the provider’s “strongly held beliefs” […]

HRC to honor Actress Kathryn Hahn with ‘Ally for Equality’ Award at Atlanta Gala Dinner

ATLANTA, Ga. – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced that it will honor actress Kathryn Hahn with the “Ally for Equality” Award at the 29th Annual HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner & Auction this Saturday, April 30, 2016. HRC also announced that critically-acclaimed pop singer and songwriter Wrabel will perform at the event that raises critical […]

NCAA says future Final Four host cities must have LGBT inclusive non-discrimination laws

The NCAA has announced that it will not host any future events – from Final Four championships to education conferences – in cities without LGBT inclusive non-discrimination laws. In the announcement the NCAA said, “The board’s decision reaffirms the NCAA commitment to operate championships and events that promote an inclusive atmosphere in which student-athletes participate, coaches and administrators lead and fans engage. “The Association considers the […]

House Armed Services Committee votes to strip away LGBT non-discrimination protections

WASHINGTON – Today the House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment during the markup of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Sponsored by anti-LGBT Representative Steve Russell (R-OK), the amendment would dismantle President Obama’s executive order prohibiting discrimination in federal contracting based on sexual orientation or gender identity, under the guise of religious liberty. […]

Front Runners & Walkers San Diego announce date of their PRIDE 5k Run and Walk

Front Runners & Walkers San Diego today announced the date of their annual PRIDE 5k Run and Walk.  This event will be held  Saturday, July 16 with a start time of 9:30 a.m.  This is a 5k race and walk held on a USAT&F Sanctioned and Certified course sponsored by Front Runners & Walkers San […]

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