Jeff Sessions reverses non-discrimination protections for transgender workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions today reversed a federal policy aimed to protect transgender workers from workplace discrimination. In a move that erased a policy issued by the Obama Administration, Sessions issued a memo to United States attorneys arguing that transgender workers should not receive the same protections under the Title […]

Lambda Legal leads more than 60 LGBT rights organizations in fight against nomination of Eric Dreiband to run DOJ’s Civil Rights Division

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Lambda Legal and more than 60 national, state, and local LGBT groups from across the country urged the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the nomination of Eric S. Dreiband to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Dept. of Justice. In a letter organized […]

GLAD and NCLR join as co-counsel in Equality California lawsuit against President Trump’s transgender military ban

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Equality California announced today that the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), the LGBT legal organizations leading the fight against the Trump Administration’s transgender military ban, have joined as co-counsel in its lawsuit challenging the ban, Stockman v. Trump. Equality California is a plaintiff in the suit together with seven […]

HRC calls on Missouri attorney general to oversee investigation into murder of trans teenager

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released a letter calling on Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to oversee the investigation into the brutal murder of Ally Steinfeld. HRC called on the attorney general to take action due to statements by Missouri’s Texas County Sheriff James Sigman and prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr. which suggest […]

New scholarship established for Coachella Valley LGBTQ students

LOS ANGELES, Calif. —  At least one student from the Coachella Valley will find affording a higher education degree much easier next year, thanks to generous support from a Rancho Mirage couple. Retired judge Larry Fry and his husband, retired real estate professional Jeff Garatea have joined with Point Foundation (Point) to create the Fry-Garatea […]

Obamacare repeal fails

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican leaders today decided to shelve the vote on Obamacare repeal during a weekly caucus meeting on Capitol Hill, as they acknowledged that the latest proposal, from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), lacked the 50 votes it required to pass. Monday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) had announced her intention […]

Equality Act reaches 100 corporate cosponsors

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced it had recruited 104 top businesses — employing more than 5.8 million people — as corporate cosponsors on the Equality Act. By joining HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act, these companies have stepped up to support full federal equality for LGBTQ people through the Equality Act, landmark […]

McCain announces that he will not vote for the latest Obamacare repeal bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Friday that he doesn’t support the latest Obamacare repeal bill, the Huffington Post reports. “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” McCain said in a statement. “I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” he […]

UNAIDS calls to quicken the pace of action to end AIDS

GENEVA/NEW YORK —The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, in collaboration with UNAIDS, brought together six heads of state or government to accelerate action and get countries on the Fast-Track to end AIDS. World leaders joined around 500 partners from government, the private sector and civil society on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly […]

ACLU challenges discrimination in Michigan’s foster care system

DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Michigan today filed a lawsuit in federal district court challenging Michigan’s practice of permitting state-contracted child placement agencies to reject qualified same-sex couples based on the agencies’ religious beliefs. The lawsuit was filed against the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan […]

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