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Chuck Renslow, founder of International Mr. Leather, dies

CHICAGO — Chuck Renslow, 87, a longtime pillar of the LGBTQ community in Chicago and around the world, has died after multiple long-term health issues, Windy City Times reports. Renslow reigned over a seven-decade empire, starting more than two dozen businesses—bars, discos, photo studios, health clubs, bathhouses, gay magazines and newspapers, hotels, restaurants and bookstores. He fostered organizations and dealt with Mafia […]

Pride Month celebrated by veterans who fight for equality

NEW YORK. N.Y. — Thursday, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the leading post-9/11 veterans empowerment organization, issued the following statement in recognition of national LGBT Pride Month, celebrating and supporting LGBT Americans: “Diversity is a force multiplier for our armed forces as well as for our nation. Equality and inclusion are good for […]

Marriage equality moves forward in Germany

BERLIN — Today, the Bundestag, the lower house of Germany’s parliament, voted to make marriage equality the law of the land. Once the legislation is approved by Bundesrat, the upper house, – which is expected to be a formality – and signed into law by the president, Germany will become the 22nd country to secure […]

Rhode Island legislature sends bill to protect youth from conversion therapy to governor

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –  The Rhode Island legislature has passed a bill protecting minors from the harmful and discredited practice of “conversion therapy.” After clearing the House, House Bill (HB) 5277 passed through the Senate today and will now head to Gov. Gina Raimondo’s desk. Rhode Island may become the eleventh jurisdiction — and the fourth […]

White House contacts fringe alt-right LGBTQ group banned from Charlotte Pride parade

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina-based newspaper The News & Observer has reported that the White House Office of Political Affairs proactively contacted conservative LGBTQ organization Deplorable Pride, which was previously banned from participating in Charlotte’s LGBTQ Pride parade. The group is led by Brian Talbert, who has used or promoted inflammatory language against Muslims, women, […]

National Education Association to honor human and civil rights hero Jim Obergefell

WASHINGTON — Jim Obergefell is among the 12 human and civil rights heroes the National Education Association will recognize at its 2017 Human and Civil Rights Awards on July 1 in Boston.  Jim Obergefell has been a staunch advocate for same-sex marriage.  Three years ago he was a real estate broker and lived with his […]

New survey reveals nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that LGBT-inclusive brands are good for the economy

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Findings from a new Ogilvy survey released Wednesday of over 1,000 Americans including over 400 LGBT allies revealed that nearly two-thirds of Americans (65%) believe that LGBT-inclusive brands/businesses are good for the economy and similarly (64%) believe that these initiatives reflect our country’s diversity. However, the majority (68%) report that in […]

US Senator Tammy Baldwin sponsors Senate’s first ever resolution recognizing June as Pride Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and several of their colleagues in introducing the first-ever Senate Resolution recognizing June as “LGBTQ Pride Month”. The resolution notes major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBT Americans and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBT individuals. […]

Activists from across the US arrested at key senate offices to protest Republican efforts to destroy health care

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, people from across the country converged on the offices of Sens. Toomey, (PA – Russell 248), Cotton (AR – Russell 124), Portman (OH – Russell 448), Murkowski (AK – Hart 522), and Gardner (CO – Russell 354) in a desperate attempt to convince them to vote no on the “Better Care […]

Rainbow Fashion Week kicks off NYC Pride Week

NEW YORK, N.Y. —  Saturday, June 24, Rainbow Fashion Week (RFW) successfully kicked-off NYC Pride Week with the conclusion of its fourth annual carbon neutral fashion week. An eight-day series of curated events which brings awareness to social issues through fashion, film, art and technology, RFW is more than a series of fashion events, but […]

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