House LGBT Caucus calls on Senate to reject Tom Price nomination

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today called on the Senate to reject Rep. Tom Price’s nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services. “Rep. Price’s nomination would spell disaster for LGBT Americans,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. David Cicilline (RI-01). “The Affordable Care Act contains critical protections for LGBT Americans which ensure that they do […]

Former Sen. Lucy Killea dead at 94

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Former California lawmaker Lucy Killea has died at the age of 94. Killea was elected to the San Diego City Council from 1978 to 1982, then to the California State Assembly from its 78th district from 1982 to 1989. Killea shocked the political establishment when she left the Democratic Party to become an independent. Her […]

President Obama grants commutation to Chelsea Manning

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced today the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence for disclosing classified information that raised public awareness regarding the impact of war on innocent civilians. Manning will reportedly be freed in May 2017. Manning, a transgender woman, is in the seventh year of a 35-year sentence and has been forced to serve her sentence in […]

Wife of Orlando nightclub shooter arrested on federal charges

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Noor Salman, the wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, has been arrested on federal charges, NPR reports. Salman is charged with “Aiding and Abetting by providing material support to a terrorist and Obstruction of Justice,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said in a statement. In her final exit interview, Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke […]

New Gallup survey finds more than 10 million American adults identify as LGBTQ

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Today, Gallup released a new survey reflecting a historic increase in adults in the United States identifying as LGBTQ — 10 million, or 4.1 percent of the population, compared to 8.3 million just four years ago. The Gallup survey notes that the growing clout of LGBTQ voters and consumers is driving inclusive policies and marketing […]

Obama awards Biden with Presidential Medal Of Freedom

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WASHINGTON ― Today, President Barack Obama awarded Vice President Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, during a surprise event at the White House paying tribute to him. The Huffington Post reports that Obama hailed Biden as “the best vice president America has ever had” and “a lion of American […]

Groundbreaking HIV public-private partnership breaks records

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The AIDS United Access to Care initiative expanded access to high-quality, life-extending care to over 5,000 people living with HIV, exceeded national viral suppression rates by 27 percent and saved up to $8.83 in future HIV-related medical care for every $1 spent. These innovative models put client health first and move communities […]

Equality NC and HRC call on NC lawmakers to fully repeal HB 2

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RALEIGH, NC — Today, Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) called on North Carolina lawmakers to fully repeal the state’s deeply discriminatory HB2 at the beginning of the new legislative session. For more than nine months, HB2 has harmed North Carolina’s people and economy as businesses, major sporting organizations, entertainers, and others have […]

House LGBT Caucus calls on Senate to reject Jeff Sessions nomination

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus called on the Senate today to reject Sen. Jeff Sessions’s nomination for Attorney General. “The Senate cannot confirm an Attorney General nominee who doesn’t believe in civil rights to oversee our country’s civil rights protections – it’s worse than letting a fox guard the henhouse,” said LGBT […]

ACLU legal director to testify at Sessions’ confirmation hearing

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WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced today that its new national legal director, David Cole, will testify at Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing for attorney general Jan. 11. The ACLU is nonpartisan, and as a matter of longstanding policy does not support or oppose nominees for federal office. As a result, the […]

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