Department of Defense ends ban on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military

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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter today announced that transgender individuals will now be able to openly serve in the U.S. armed forces. The DoD policy announced today also establishes a construct by which service members may transition gender while serving, sets standards for medical care and outlines responsibilities for military services and commanders to develop […]

House LGBT Caucus denounces hearing on ‘License to Discriminate’ legislation


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today denounced the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s decision to hold a hearing on H.R. 2802, which would give a government ‘license to discriminate’ to businesses and non-profits to discriminate against LGBT people.  The Committee’s decision to hold a hearing on this anti-LGBT legislation comes in the […]

NC lawmakers double down with ‘HB 2.0’ legislation


The leadership of the North Carolina House of Representatives has proposed  legislation that doubles down on the state’s anti-LGBTQ law passed in March, known as HB2. The new proposal would continue some of the most vile aspects of the HB2, including the provision that has made it illegal for transgender people to access certain restrooms […]

Drunk driving prevention bill approved by Senate Committee

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SAN DIEGO – Legislation by California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to require all restaurant and bar employees who sell or serve alcoholic beverages to undergo Responsible Beverage Service training was approved on a 10-0 vote by the Senate Governmental Organization Committee today. Assembly Bill 2121 will make responsible beverage training mandatory statewide for anyone serving alcoholic beverages. […]

Big win for abortion rights at the Supreme Court

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In a 5-3 decision Monday, the Supreme Court struck down two abortion restrictions in a Texas law, known as HB 2, that would have shut down dozens of clinics across the state. It mandated that abortions take place in ambulatory surgical centers, or mini hospitals, instead of regular clinics. The ruling in Whole Woman’s Health […]

Pope says LGBTQ people deserve an apology

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Pope Francis said Sunday that LGBTQ people and all those people marginalized by the church deserve an apology. The apology from Pope Francis came in response to a question about recent comments from German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who said that in the wake of the tragic shooting in Orlando, the church owed an apology to […]

President’s Weekly Address: Designating Stonewall National Monument

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friday, June 24, President Obama designated the Stonewall National Monument – the first national monument dedicated to telling the story of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community’s struggle for equal rights. In this week’s address, the President talked about the importance of preserving and sharing this significant part of the American […]

President Obama designates Stonewall National Monument


Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have made historic strides in expanding opportunities and advancing equality and justice for all Americans, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. From major legislative achievements to historic court victories to important policy changes, the President has fought to promote the equal rights of all Americans […]

Supreme Court deadlocks on Obama immigration actions


The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a 4-4 ruling on the case of U.S. v. Texas, leaving a lower court’s preliminary injunction on President Obama’s immigration executive actions intact. The injunction prohibits the Administration from expanding on the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and establishing the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans […]

Loretta Lynch: The Department of Justice stands with Orlando

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch | Photo Wikimedia Commons

Attorney General Loretta Lynch stated in remarks today that the Department  of Justice (DOJ) stands with all members of the Orlando community. Lynch is in Orlando to meet with investigators and state and local partners on the ground and to support the people of the city and all those who have been affected by the […]

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