Speaker Toni Atkins proclaims Feb. 14 as V-Day

Toni Atkins

SACRAMENTO—The Assembly today passed ACR 132, a resolution authored by Speaker Toni G. Atkins that declares February 14, 2016 to be V-Day in California. V-Day was established 18 years ago by Eve Ensler, the writer of the acclaimed play “The Vagina Monologues,” to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. “The United Nations found […]

South Dakota state senator says transgender people are ‘twisted’ and suggests they be subjected to psychological abuse (VIDEO)


Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the ACLU of South Dakota strongly denounced comments made by South Dakota Republican State Sen. David Omdahl this weekend. In an attempt to justify why he will vote in favor of an extreme bill attacking transgender students in public schools, HB 1008, the vehemently anti-equality lawmaker said transgender […]

Martin Shkreli invokes the Fifth Amendment and refuses to testify at House hearing


WASHINGTON — Today, the public got a disturbing window into the actions of former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, a sniggering, contemptuous former hedge fund manager who led a scheme to turn a profit off of price hikes on a crucial life-saving drug. At a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing this morning, Shkreli […]

HRC highlights California’s LGBT protections, laws and legislative proposals in new national report


WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in partnership with the Equality Federation, today released its second annual national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBT equality across America, including in California. The State Equality Index (SEI) reveals that, even with historic progress on marriage equality, there are extraordinary state-to-state disparities in LGBT […]

Non-discrimination bill dead in Indiana Senate

Mike Pence | Photo: Gage Skidmore

The non-discrimination bill, SB 344, will not advance in the Indiana Senate. Although it was previously scheduled for a second hearing today, according to the bill’s author, the legislation will not be considered and will therefore fail to meet the required deadline this year. The  legislation was an attempt to address the damning evidence that […]

Defense Department proposes rule change to provide medical benefits for transgender troops and military dependents

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has proposed a new rule change that will lift the “regulatory prohibition that categorically excludes all treatment of gender dysphoria,” thereby extending crucially needed medical care to transgender service members, veterans, and military family members covered under Tricare. The proposed change would not include surgical care which remains prohibited […]

South Dakota House of Representatives passes anti-transgender student bill

South Dakota House

Today, by a vote of 58 to 10, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed discriminatory legislation targeting transgender students. Seeking to prevent transgender students in public schools from using facilities consistent with their gender identity, HB 1008 would put state law in direct conflict with the U.S. Department of Education and force public schools […]

GLAAD announces nominees for 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards


LOS ANGELES  – GLAAD today announced the nominees for its 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented by Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka and Wells Fargo. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD […]

Oklahoma leads the nation in number of anti-LGBT bills


Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Freedom Oklahoma sounded the alarm on a barrage of anti-LGBT bills being pushed in the Oklahoma state legislature by anti-equality activists. With state lawmakers set to convene  Feb. 1 for the 2016 legislative session, at least 26 bills attacking LGBT Oklahomans and their families are already in the […]

Proposed rulemaking updates nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Thomas Perez

WASHINGTON – The workforce development system is the backbone of job training in the U.S. It provides millions of jobseekers and workers the opportunity to learn new skills and obtain new and better jobs. The system also serves a critical role in our nation’s labor market, bringing together workers and businesses to ensure that workers […]

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