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Student on the run after his boyfriend jailed for being gay in Egypt

A 21-year-old student is on the run after his boyfriend was jailed for being gay in Egypt, reports Gay Star News. The young psychology major, called Karim (name changed to protect his identity), is fleeing his home due to the increased rampant anti-LGBTI crackdown by police. Dozens have been arrested, with more than 20 receiving […]

U.S. Congress unanimously condemns anti-LGBTQ violence in Chechnya

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution condemning the violence and persecution against LGBTQ people in Chechnya. Last night, the Senate adopted the resolution by voice vote. The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a nearly identical bipartisan resolution in June. To date, neither President Trump nor U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson […]

STOMP Out Bullying launches inaugural national #BlockItOutDay Nov.1

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Wednesday, Nov. 1, STOMP Out Bullying is asking youth around the world from every corner of the web to block out their bullies, erase negative messages and create a positive, safe digital place for youth everywhere.  The leading anti-bullying and anti-cyberbullying organization is also asking youth to encourage and empower their […]

Civil rights organizations led by Lawyers’ Committee file amicus brief in cakeshop SCOTUS case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A broad coalition of civil rights organizations led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed an amicus curiae or “friend of the court” brief Monday for the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which the justices will decide whether discrimination by businesses is […]

Russia and Egypt attack sexual orientation protections in Olympic Truce at the UN

Over the next two weeks, a decision will be made at the United Nations (UN) on whether governments globally will accept discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.  While the UN General Assembly cannot remove the ban on discrimination from Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter itself, Egypt […]

Federation of Gay Games announces Hong Kong as 2022 Gay Games XI presumptive host

PARIS, FRANCE –The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) General Assembly voting took place 30 October 2017 in Paris, France; Hong Kong is the 2022 Gay Games XI presumptive host city. Site inspections of the three finalist cities took place June and July 2017 by a team of inspectors from Australia, Germany, Canada, and the USA. The team […]

New book champions diversity among children

MELBOURNE, Australia — The Be You Collection is a series of children’s books celebrating the importance of individuality. This collection will publish stories about little boys and girls (and anyone in between) as they find strength in their special talents. This collection will tell the stories that have historically been ignored. Writer Louis Hanson, a […]

Federal Court halts President Trump’s trans military ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal court in Washington today blocked the Trump administration from implementing the president’s directive banning transgender service members from continuing to serve in the military. This preliminary injunction will prevent the ban from going into effect during the time it takes to hear and decide the case Doe V. Trump, a […]

Covered California announces lower prices for most enrollees in 2018 as Open Enrollment approaches

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California will kick off open enrollment Wednesday with the launch of a new comprehensive marketing and outreach campaign as well as upgrades to the consumer shopping experience for those seeking health insurance. “While we know there is confusion because of the uncertainty in Washington, we want people to know that Covered […]

At HRC National Dinner, Kamala Harris calls for united fight for civil rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over the weekend, U.S. Sen. Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 21st Annual National Dinner, an event recognizing the LGBT community’s history of progress and honoring champions of equality. In her remarks, Harris highlighted attacks on LGBT rights under the Trump administration, and urged attendees to recommit […]

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