Colorado marriage ban overturned by federal court

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Today U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore ruled against Colorado’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.  In Burns v. Hickenlooper, attorneys with Kilmer, Lane and Newman, LLP sued the state on behalf of six same-sex couples who argue that Colorado’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. Judge Moore stayed his ruling until August 25 to [...]

USAID announces $500+ million for new efforts to reach an AIDS-free generation at Melbourne conference

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MELBOURNE, Australia – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today three major HIV and AIDS awards, funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to support global efforts to help end extreme poverty by creating an AIDS-free generation. The new programs support implementation of the PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-Free Generation [...]

White House adds gender identity to LGBT equal employment opportunity Executive Order

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Today, the White House released further amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity. Essentially the amendments added the words “gender identity” to the appropriate sentences of the Executive Orders. The Orders ensure that federal employees – who are already protected on the basis [...]

President Obama signs executive order protecting LGBT workers from job discrimination

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today in a White House ceremony, President Obama signed a sweeping executive order protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers from job discrimination. The order, profoundly consequential in its own right, dramatically underscores President Obama’s own LGBT legacy of achievement, unmatched in history: three landmark pieces of legislation; 90 significant policy or [...]

Autumn Sandeen and Trans Pride march

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Transgender activist and LGBT Weekly columnist, Autumn Sandeen, was interviewed about the first ever Trans Pride march and barbeque. Sandeen compared the struggle of transgender people with that of gays and lesbians. “More people know us, more trans people are out, more people know somebody who’s transgender.  We’re having the same experience as gays and [...]

Executive Order to protect LGBT people in the federal workplace

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In his continuing efforts to provide equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, President Obama is scheduled to issue an Executive Order  to protect LGBT employees of federal contractors and the federal government from employment discrimination. The order is expected to cover both sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBT Weekly publisher, Stampp Corbin, [...]

Tenth Circuit rules Oklahoma ban on marriage equality unconstitutional

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Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued a historic ruling affirming the January 2014 decision from U.S. District Judge Terence Kern in Bishop v. Smith that Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment barring marriage for same-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution.  The 2-1 decision was authored by Judge Carlos Lucero, who was joined by Judge [...]

Many HIV/AIDS researchers feared dead

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Many HIV/AIDS researchers and advocates travelling to the 2014 International Aids Conference are believed to have perished in the downing of Malaysia Flight MH17 by a reputed missile. The flight was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. While there are reports naming specific passengers, at this point no passenger has been confirmed by a credible [...]

The new Thor is a woman

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You have to give it to Marvel Comics, just in time for Comic-Con next week, the company announces that Thor will be a woman going forward. No not a female version of Thor, but actually Thor.  Marvel sought the best audience possible to make the announcement; ABC’s female-centric talk show The View. Who is this [...]

HHS announces availability of $11 million to better integrate HIV services into community health centers

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HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today the availability of $11 million, through the Affordable Care Act and the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, to support the integration of high‐quality HIV services into primary care through innovative partnerships between health centers and state health departments in Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland and New York.  This initiative supports [...]

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