$1.35 million in Liberation Fund grants to boost grassroots organizing led by women of color and transgender people of color

Groundswell has announced $1,350,000 in grants for 30 organizations in its inaugural round of grantmaking through the Liberation Fund, a joint project of Groundswell Fund (a 501c3) and Groundswell Action Fund (a 501c4). Grantees were recommended for funding by 15 leading women of color movement leaders who serve as advisors to the Liberation Fund, including […]

Lambda Legal to Senate: Indecent, extremist, anti-LGBT nominees have no place on the federal bench

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the confirmation of unqualified Leonard Steven Grasz to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit last night, the United States Senate is preparing to put two more of Donald Trump’s extreme, anti-LGBT judicial nominees on the federal bench this week, beginning with of Don Willett to the Fifth Circuit […]

Trump-Pence’s anti-LGBTQ nominee confirmed for lifetime judicial appointment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate voted today to confirm Leonard Steven Grasz to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Grasz was confirmed with a vote of 50-48. LGBT and civil rights groups were quick to denounce the confirmation. “We are deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans have voted to confirm […]

Sen. Toni Atkins to become first woman to lead California Senate

The state Senate’s Democratic Caucus announced today that state Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) will become Senate president pro tem in 2018, becoming the first woman to lead the chamber. State Senate leader Kevin de León said in a statement, “Four years ago, our Caucus elected the first Latino leader in over a century to […]

Supreme Court hears arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop case

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Civil Liberties Union appeared before the Supreme Court today in oral arguments for Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case that will have widespread impact on the future of anti-discrimination protection in the United States. The case centers on Charlie Craig and David Mullins, a gay couple who […]

Victor Madrigal-Borloz appointed as new UN independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity

Today, Victor Madrigal-Borloz was appointed the new United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (IE SOGI). The Human Rights Council formally confirmed his position as the IE SOGI in a plenary. Victor Madrigal-Borloz follows Thai human rights expert Vitit Muntarbhorn in the position, as Professor […]

On World AIDS Day, UNAIDS warns that men are less likely to access HIV treatment and more likely to die of AIDS-related illnesses

OTTAWA/GENEVA—Today, World AIDS Day, UNAIDS has released a new report showing that men are less likely to take an HIV test, less likely to access antiretroviral therapy and more likely to die of AIDS-related illnesses than women. The Blind spot shows that globally less than half of men living with HIV are on treatment, compared […]

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights releases report: ‘Working for Inclusion’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released “Working for Inclusion: Time for Congress to Enact Federal Legislation to Address Workplace Discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans.” The report, based on testimony and written materials submitted to the Commission, along with extensive social science research and surveys, reflects the reality […]

Two San Diegans arrested in Thailand for allegedly exposing their buttocks at a temple

Two San Diegans have been arrested in Thailand for allegedly posing for pictures showing their naked buttocks at the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). The Bangkok Post reported that the pair, later identified as Travis and Joseph DaSilva, were arrested at Don Mueang airport Tuesday night as they tried to leave the country. Pol Col […]

Updated international human rights principles for the treatment of LGBTI people released

LOS ANGELES – International human rights experts today released a supplement to the groundbreaking Yogyakarta Principles, a universal guide to human rights related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics which applies to all United Nations member states. The original Yogyakarta Principles were drafted by human rights experts in 2006 in Yogyakarta, […]

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