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 […]

HRC endorses Gov. Cuomo for re-election

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced its endorsement of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for re-election. HRC also announced that Governor Cuomo will speak at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala this Saturday at the New York Marriott Marquis. “Gov. Cuomo has been a national champion for the LGBTQ community, with […]

Lambda Legal delivers first resistance ‘pre-buttal’ to Trump’s State of the Union address

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Lambda Legal, delivered a resistance “pre-buttal” hours ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union Address. Lambda Legal’s Sharon McGowan, was joined on a media call by other resistance leaders including Todd Cox at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Kaylie Hanson Long at NARAL Pro-Choice America, Kristine Lucius at The […]

The San Diego LGBT Community Center receives $7,000 from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center) has been awarded a grant for $7,000 from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in partnership with Macy’s. The grant will be used for the #BeTheGeneration program, which is a unique vehicle for HIV prevention. “The work that The Center does to help […]

Rep. Peters fights Trump cuts to 340B drug pricing program

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) announced his support for the McKinley-Thompson bill (H.R. 4392), which would reverse a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule instituted by the Trump Administration that cuts payments to the 340B Drug Pricing Program by $1.6 billion. The bill would also protect Congress’ authority to set Medicare payment […]

LGBT workers in the US lead global LGBT community in retirement readiness

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A new study released today finds that LGBT workers in the U.S. are outperforming LGBT workers in eight other countries with regard to retirement readiness. This first-of-its-kind study, LGBT: Retirement Preparations Amid Social Progress, is a collaboration between Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement (ACLR) and nonprofits Transamerica Center for Retirement […]

Starbucks responds to Baristas, extends parental leave benefits

Today, Starbucks became the latest company to offer extended paid parental leave to hourly employees. This is a direct result of advocacy by baristas over the last year and comes on the heels of Walmart’s announcement to offer fully equal parental leave benefits to all full-time employees. In response to the Starbucks announcement, Paid Leave […]

Laverne Cox becomes Cosmopolitan’s first transgender cover girl

Laverne Cox has made history as the first transgender woman ever to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan, appearing on Cosmopolitan South Africa’s February issue in a sheer black leotard. Revealing the cover on her Instagram and Twitter, Cox wrote: “I am so honored and proud to cover the February issue of @cosmopolitansa.” The issue is […]

GLAAD announces nominees for 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards

PARK CITY, Utah — Today, GLAAD announced the nominees for the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards live from the Sundance Film Festival. The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to […]

Civil and LGBT rights groups call out Trump’s creation of new HHS division

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Health and Human Services announced the creation of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division today, demonstrating the administration’s commitment to laws that license discrimination against women, LGBT people, and others. The broad language could open the door for health care institutions and providers to refuse to treat women seeking […]

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