Sen. Tim Kaine introduces legislation to protect LGBTQ people from housing discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing. A companion bill to bipartisan legislation introduced in March by Reps. Scott Taylor (R-VA) and Brad Schneider (D-IL) in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Fair and Equal Housing Act would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination […]

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Senate should reject Trump’s nomination of John K. Bush

WASHINGTON— The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging senators to reject President Trump’s nomination of John K. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The letter states in part, “Mr. Bush has a record of extreme partisanship and does not […]

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces new ‘Special Session’ to target LGBTQ Texans

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today announced  a special session at the Texas State Capitol with an agenda that includes passing a so-called anti-trans “bathroom bill” which openly targets and discriminates against transgender Texans for living their lives according to their gender identity. The so-called “bathroom bill” has already received negative attention as […]

AIDS United releases consensus statement for providing trans-affirming HIV medical care, support services and funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a community-created consensus statement released today, AIDS United provides critical guidance for clinical providers, funders and social service providers to strengthen their understanding of how best to engage and support transgender communities. The statement provides concrete and measurable steps organizations can take to improve their approach to HIV work in transgender […]

President Trump begins LGBTQ Pride Month with silence

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump has failed to issue a presidential proclamation honoring June as LGBTQ Pride Month. Instead, the Trump administration prioritized issuing proclamations June 1 around “Great Outdoors Month,” “National Ocean Month,” and “National Homeownership Month.” This silence halts an eight-year precedent set by President Barack Obama in honoring the achievements of LGBTQ […]

NBC Out launches inaugural #Pride30 list

NBC Out, part of is releasing its inaugural #Pride30 list, recognizing LGBTQ Americans of all ages, backgrounds and industries who are making a difference in their communities. Each day in June, Pride Month, a different profile of these 30 individuals will be released. The list includes artists and educators, advocates and athletes, politicians and […]

GOP Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia endorses Equality Act

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced that GOP Rep. Scott Taylor (VA) will co-sponsor the Equality Act — legislation that would finally guarantee explicit protections for LGBTQ people under our nation’s existing civil rights laws. 242 members of Congress and more than 90 corporations now back the bipartisan legislation. “The growing support for […]

Groundbreaking 7th Circuit ruling in favor of transgender student seeking access to correct bathroom

CHICAGO — The U.S. Court of Appeals for 7th Circuit in Chicago ruled today that a transgender high school student in Wisconsin has both a constitutional and statutory right to use the bathroom that aligns with his gender identity. The ruling is the first of its kind and could lead the way to protecting all […]

GLAAD releases 2017 Studio Responsibility Index

NEW YORK – GLAAD today released its fifth annual Studio Responsibility Index a report that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios and their subsidiaries during the 2016 calendar year. GLAAD found that of the 125 releases from major studios in 2016, only […]

Taiwan Constitutional Court rules in favor of marriage equality

Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that current laws, which say that marriage is between a man and a woman, violate the Constitution paving the way for it to be the first in Asia to achieve marriage equality. In a case brought by a veteran LGBTQ activist with support from authorities in the capital city of Taipei, the court […]

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