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 […]

Covered California releases 2018 rates

Peter V. Lee Comments on 2018 Rates from Covered California on Vimeo. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California unveiled proposed rates for the 2018 individual market, announcing that all 11 of its participating health insurance companies will be returning for the upcoming year. Covered California continues to be a stable marketplace where consumers can find affordable […]

ACLU of Montana challenges legal sufficiency of anti-LGBTQ ballot initiative

HELENA, Mont. — The ACLU of Montana today challenged in the Montana Supreme Court the legal sufficiency of a proposed anti-LGBTQ ballot initiative, I-183. The petition argues that the ballot and fiscal impact statements fail to adequately explain the initiative’s discriminatory impacts on transgender individuals and state and local budgets. “Any description of the true […]

Trump-Pence-McConnell proposal to repeal ACA fails

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Obamacare repeal died in the GOP-controlled Senate early today. The final vote for the Health Care Freedom Act, designed to eliminate core components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), went down on a 49-51 vote, with Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joining with […]

Family Research Council claims Trump will issue anti-LGBTQ ‘Religious Exemptions’ executive orders next week

NEW YORK – GLAAD today released the following audio of Tony Perkins, the president of anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council (FRC), claiming that the Trump administration is set to reveal additional executive orders next week that could allow people to use “religious exemptions” as an excuse to openly use a violent and discriminatory agenda […]

Trump bans transgender people serving in military ‘in any capacity’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced today that he is barring transgender people from serving in any capacity in the U.S. military. In a series of tweets Trump said that, “After consultation with my Generals and military experts …” the U.S. government would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the military “in any capacity.” […]

Republicans win vote to move forward with a debate on health care reform … just

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate voted 51-50 today to move forward with a debate on health care reform. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote. Only two Republican senators who joined Democrats in voting no on the motion to proceed — Susan Collins from Maine and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska. The Human Rights Campaign […]

The pressure mounts: Thousands tell President Trump that trans elders count

NEW YORK, N.Y. —  A bipartisan group of 75 members of the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday told the Trump administration that it cannot erase transgender elders from a national survey that allocates billions of dollars to vital elder services. In March, the administration announced plans to remove the LGBT community from the National Survey […]

House LGBT Caucus demands Trump administration restore transgender specific demographic question to Older Americans Act Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C, — Today, Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22), chair of the LGBT Aging Issues Task Force, and a bipartisan group of 75 members of the U.S. House of Representatives demanded the Trump Administration reinstate a demographic question relating to participants’ gender identity to the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP). “We have to […]

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