LGBTQ advocacy groups hail growing list of cities and states banning official travel to North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina, USA - April 2, 2016:  People fly symbolic flags and hold signs protesting North Carolina's HB2 law that restricts the rights of those who are transgender

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Equality NC hailed the news that Chicago and California are maintaining their bans on taxpayer-funded travel to North Carolina. The announcements come after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Senate President Phil Berger, and House Speaker Tim Moore passed a law doubling down on many of the worst aspects of the state’s […]

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra: North Carolina remains on list of restricted states

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.- Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that California will continue to prohibit state-funded and state-sponsored travel and expenditures to North Carolina based on that state’s discriminatory laws. The decision was reached following North Carolina’s enactment of House Bill 142 (H.B. 142). While this bill repealed the state’s controversial “bathroom bill” (H.B. 2), H.B. 142 bans state and […]

GLAAD calls on U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley to condemn Chechen attacks on LGBTQ men


NEW YORK – Today, GLAAD called on Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, to condemn the attacks on LGBTQ men by the Chechen government and investigate reports of possible imprisonment of LGBTQ people in concentration camps because of their perceived sexual orientation. GLAAD’s call to action follows reports which surfaced last week […]

Neil Gorsuch confirmed by Senate as Supreme Court Justice

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WASHINGTON — Today, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States. He becomes the 113th justice of the Supreme Court. Vice President Pence presided over the Senate on the final vote, which was 54-45, as three Democrats crossed party lines to confirm […]

Senate Republicans change the rules to approve Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court


WASHINGTON — Today, Senate Republicans changed the Senate rules in order to approve Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) pulled the so-called nuclear rules trigger Thursday, ending the filibuster rule for Supreme Court nominees after Democrats blocked President Donald Trump’s conservative pick. Republicans on their own did not have enough […]

LGBTQ candidates win historic Election in Alaska

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two Victory Fund endorsed candidates – Felix Rivera and Christopher Constant – won their races for Anchorage Assembly to become the only openly LGBTQ elected officials in Alaska. Tuesday’s wins are groundbreaking for Anchorage and the entire state, as both candidates faced numerous opponents and campaigned on their commitment to LGBTQ equality […]

HRC and Equality NC speak out against NCAA’s damaging reversal on discriminatory laws in North Carolina


WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Equality NC released the following statements in light of the NCAA decision to consider North Carolina for championship games, despite the discrimination against LGBTQ people that remains enshrined in state law. “The NCAA’s decision to backtrack on their vow to protect LGBTQ players, employees and fans […]

Governors urge Trump administration to respect state marijuana laws

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the governors of the first four states to have regulated cannabis sales for all adults sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, urging the Trump Administration to maintain existing policies related to the enforcement of federal marijuana laws. In addition to providing justifications for maintaining existing […]

Gilbert Baker, creator of the rainbow flag, dies


Gilbert Baker, the openly gay artist and civil rights activist who designed the rainbow flag has died at the age of 65. Fellow activist and friend, Cleve Jones broke the news in a tweet writing, “My dearest friend in the world is gone. Gilbert Baker gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me forty […]

ACLU and Lambda Legal condemn ‘Fake’ repeal of HB 2 law

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina General Assembly today passed a bill that does not repeal the discriminatory HB 2 law. Instead, it keeps in place the most harmful parts of the law. The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina is delivering a letter to Gov. Roy Cooper urging him to veto the measure […]

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