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In ‘open letter’ to community SD Pride confirms departure of executive director; appoints Fernando Lopez to position

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The San Diego LGBT Pride board of directors today published an “open letter” to the community announcing the departure of Eric Heinritz as executive director and the appointment of Fernando Lopez as the new executive director. Heinritz was appointed in May 2017 after an extensive search and comprehensive selection process managed […]

HRC endorses New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for re-election

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced its endorsement of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Sen. Gillibrand will speak this Saturday at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala — one of organization’s largest events of the year, attracting more than 1,000 of HRC’s most active leaders, […]

Trump-Pence administration refuses to sign statement in support of marriage equality and transgender rights

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Trump-Pence administration has refused to sign a statement in support of an Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ ruling on marriage equality and transgender rights. Earlier this month, the court issued an opinion that Costa Rica is in violation of its treaty obligations under the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR) by not providing […]

One year on ICE prison for transgender immigrants in Texas remains closed

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — VICE News has learned that a year-old detention center for undocumented immigrants in Dallas, Texas never opened its unit for transgender people detained by ICE. Prairieland Detention Center had plans to feature a protected, 36-bed pod exclusively for transgender detainees to keep those individuals safe from violence and abuse. ICE spokesman Carl […]

Todd Gloria to serve as Assembly interim speaker pro tempore

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Starting today, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) will serve as the Interim Speaker Pro Tempore of the California State Assembly and preside over its meetings along with the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore Laura Friedman (D-Glendale). Gloria receives this new assignment on an interim basis while current Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin […]

New LGBTQIA+ focused digital voter registration platform launched

WELLESLEY, Mass. — #QTHEVOTE, a digital voter registration platform for the LGBTQ community and their allies, launched today as its flagship website went live at www.qthevote.com.  #QTHEVOTE was founded by serial entrepreneur Trevor Burgess who was the first openly gay CEO of a publicly traded bank in the United States.  #QTHEVOTE leverages cutting-edge voter registration […]

Syringe Access Fund awards $2.4 million to syringe service programs as an HIV and viral hepatitis prevention effort

NEW YORK — The Syringe Access Fund today announced nearly $2.4 million in grants awarded to 62 organizations that are driving efforts to prevent HIV and viral hepatitis by providing injection drug users with access to sterile injection equipment and related health messaging. The funding will support syringe service programs and advocacy efforts to increase […]

The Leadership Conference Education Fund releases report on Trump’s civil and human rights rollbacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Leadership Conference Education Fund today released “Without Justice: Trump’s Across-the-Board Assault on Civil and Human Rights,” a report on the Trump administration’s first year and its attacks on our nation’s hard-fought civil and human rights achievements. The report is the 2018 edition of The Education Fund’s annual Civil Rights Monitor and comes […]

First same-sex couple legally marry at sea on a major cruise line

MIAMI, Fla, — In a historic ceremony hosted on board Celebrity Equinox, Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray became the first same-sex couple ever to be legally married at sea on a major cruise line. The grooms were joined by their immediate family for an intimate ceremony officiated by Captain Dimitrios Manetas. They exchanged vows against […]

Changes implemented in the way transgender offenders are accommodated in Canada’s federal prison system

OTTAWA — An important collaboration spanning several years between the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC), and Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) has resulted in changes to the way transgender offenders are accommodated in Canada’s federal prison system. These changes come in the wake of Parliament’s recent change to the Canadian […]

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