Equality Forum to hold LGBT Civil Rights Summit during Democratic National Convention


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Against the backdrop of a major, national audience, Equality Forum, the nation’s oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights summit, announced plans today for this year’s summit to be held July 25 through July 28 during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa.  Equality Forum 2016 will bring together elected […]

California Legislature approves bill allowing donation of HIV-positive organs


SACRAMENTO — The California legislature today passed a bill that would allow organ transplants between HIV-positive donors and HIV-positive recipients.  Senate Bill (SB) 1408, authored by Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) and co-sponsored by Equality California, AIDS Project Los Angeles, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and Positive Women’s Network-USA, would bring state law in line […]

Vermont joins growing number of jurisdictions protecting LGBTQ kids from conversion therapy

Peter Shumlin

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Today, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed Senate Bill 132 into law, making Vermont the eighth jurisdiction—behind California, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C., and Cincinnati—to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangers of “conversion therapy.” Senate Bill 132, which protects LGBTQ youth from mental health providers attempting to change their sexual […]

New HRC guide helps LGBTQ young people navigate challenges of living independently

On Our Own

WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation in partnership with the True Colors Fund, co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, and Time Out Youth Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, released an innovative guide for LGBTQ youth facing the daunting prospect of living on their own after leaving unsupportive or abusive homes, or aging out of […]

MLB to investigate Padres ‘anthem’ debacle


Major League Baseball (MLB) is to investigate the Padres over the National Anthem debacle surrounding the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus at last Saturdays ‘Out at the Park ‘ event. According to a report in the San Diego Union-Tribune the MLB’s investigations department will begin to gather information to determine why the chorus was unable […]

House anti-LGBTQ amendment to Defense Budget Bill ‘designed to destroy people’s livelihoods’

Rea Carey

WASHINGTON, DC—The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is describing yesterday’s passage of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act — that would strip non-discrimination protections from the millions of employees of federal contractors— as “designed to destroy people’s livelihoods.” “It’s an absolute disgrace that the House Majority Leadership would push this outrageous amendment […]

More than 1,000 San Diegans come out to celebrate legacy of Harvey Milk

HMDB Cover

Today, more than 1,000 San Diegans turned out to the San Diego Bayfront Hilton Hotel to celebrate San Diego’s eighth annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. Milk became one of the nation’s first openly gay elected officials when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated just 11 months […]

House Committee rejects vote on amendment safeguarding critical LGBT federal contracting protections

Charlie Dent

WASHINGTON – Today, the House Republican Leadership prevented a debate and vote on an amendment to remove an anti-LGBT provision from the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) offered the bipartisan amendment to strike the provision, which would allow, under the guise of religious liberty, taxpayer-funded discrimination in contracts […]

Statement by the president on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

President Obama-

Created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) has established itself the single most important date for LGBTI communities to mobilize on a worldwide scale. Today the […]

‘Being LGBTI in China’ survey report launched

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BEIJING — A report based on a survey of nearly 30,000 respondents from all provinces in China reflecting the life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people was launched today at the United Nations Compound in Beijing to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). Entitled “Being LGBTI in China — […]

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