Steve Bannon leaves the White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The New York Times reported today that Steve Bannon, President Trump’s chief strategist is leaving the White House. “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement. “We are grateful […]

Texas House successfully halts anti-trans legislation by ending Gov. Abbott’s ‘Special Discrimination Session’

The Texas House of Representatives has ended Gov. Greg Abbott’s “special discrimination session” and halted any attempt to pass anti-transgender legislation at the Texas Capitol. After massive backlash by Texans and business leaders, including numerous Fortune 500 companies, Gov. Abbott’s hope to sign a so-called “bathroom bill” in this special session was defeated. Possible anti-trans […]

President Trump considering a pardon for Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

NEW YORK – GLAAD today released the following background information on Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio after Fox News reported that President Trump is considering pardoning him from his criminal contempt conviction. Arpaio, who served as sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona for 24 years, was found guilty of issuing racist, anti-immigrant policies after a judge ordered […]

Texas and American business leaders call for Gov. Abbott to reject his ‘Special Discrimination Session’ agenda

Massive opposition to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s “special discrimination session” agenda targeting transgender Texans, including legislation that would bar them from public accommodations in accordance with their gender identity is mounting. This anti-LGBTQ agenda is opposed by the majority of Texans and has been vocally rejected by more than 50 Fortune 500 companies. Estimates show that, if passed, the so-called […]

New research shows transgender TV characters have the power to shape audience attitudes

LOS ANGELES , Calif. — Watching transgender characters on fictional TV shows has the power to influence attitudes toward transgender people and policy issues, according to new research from USC Annenberg. Just published in the peer-reviewed journal Sex Roles, the research further highlights the ways political ideology shapes viewer responses to transgender depictions in entertainment. […]

Equality California launches new logo, tagline and mission statement

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Equality California today announced the launch of a new logo and visual identity for the organization as well as the adoption of a refined mission statement and tagline. “Our new logo, mission statement and tagline embrace California’s leadership as a beacon of hope for LGBTQ people and the role Equality California […]

RNC names Kayleigh McEnany as new national spokesperson

NEW YORK – GLAAD today released the following background information on Kayleigh McEnany after the Republican National Committee (RNC) named her as their new national spokesperson. McEnany, who served as a surrogate on the Trump Campaign, appeared in a widely discredited video over the weekend on last month’s jobs report. Also, she has previously dismissed […]

GLAAD launches 2017-18 Campus Ambassador Program to empower LGBTQ youth

NEW YORK – GLAAD today announced the launch of its Campus Ambassador Program for the 2017-2018 academic year. GLAAD’s Campus Ambassador Program engages young LGBTQ advocates that contribute to GLAAD’s mission of amplifying and celebrating a wide range of voices from the LGBTQ community by producing dynamic, educational media content relevant to the lived experiences […]

Trevor Project reports spike in calls to suicide hotline; Equality Texas speaks out

TEXAS – Late last night, the Trevor Project – the nation’s largest LGBTQ youth crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization – issued a press statement about the amount of incoming calls, text messages and online chats they’ve received from transgender youth. The influx of communications to the suicide prevention organization corresponded most notably after President […]

Oakland opens first LGBTQ Community Center

OAKLAND, Calif. – There are an estimated 27 LGBTQ community centers in the state of California and until just recently, Oakland was the only major city in the state without an LGBTQ community center. Founders Jeff Myers and Joe Hawkins sat in the future multi-purpose room of the new LGBTQ community center, a space they […]

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