Hate crimes in Los Angeles County remain elevated

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations (LACCHR) today released its annual account of hate crimes reported throughout Los Angeles County in 2016. The report’s significant findings include the following: There were 482 hate crimes reported, only one less than 2015, which saw a 24% increase from the previous year and […]

HRC spotlights five Trump-Pence anti-LGBTQ nominees who represent greatest threat

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) aimed a bright spotlight on five federal judicial nominees — Jeff Mateer, Damien Schiff, Leonard Steven Grasz, Mark Norris, and Stephen Schwartz. If confirmed by the Senate, the nominees could seriously threaten the future of LGBTQ equality in America. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to […]

Australia votes in favor of marriage equality

Australia has voted to bring marriage equality Down Under with 61.6% of the vote. While the survey itself is not legally binding, Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has vowed the momentum of a YES vote would cause a bill to legalize marriage equality to “sail through” parliament, with a goal of passing marriage equality by […]

More than 1,400 parents of transgender young people sign National Declaration of Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to significant attacks on the rights of LGBTQ people, an unprecedented number of parents of transgender young people have come together to sign a declaration of rights seeking protections for their children and all transgender people from discrimination, violence and harassment. The declaration, signed by 1,400-plus parents and organized by […]

California State Board of Education approves LGBTQ inclusive textbooks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Yesterday, the California State Board of Education adopted ten LGBTQ-inclusive history and social studies textbooks for K-8 classrooms and rejected two which failed to include LGBTQ people. The state’s subject matter frameworks require LGBTQ inclusion following the 2011 passage of the FAIR Education Act, authored by Senator Mark Leno.  The FAIR Education […]

GLAAD release TV diversity report

NEW YORK – GLAAD today released its annual Where We Are on TV report. Where We Are on TV analyzes the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars on broadcast networks and assesses the number of LGBTQ characters on cable networks and original streaming series on the services Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix for the 2017-2018 […]

Athletic stars call on UN states to protect sexual orientation in Olympic truce

Today, 17 professional athletes came out against attempts by Egypt and Russia to thwart non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation in the United Nations Olympic Truce Resolution. The letter, endorsed by respected athletes such as Billie Jean King, Greg Louganis and Martina Navratilova, is part of the #OlympicSpirit campaign spearheaded by OutRight Action International and […]

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, colleagues introduce legislation to expand services for LGBT seniors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, along with Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Al Franken (D-MN) today introduced the LGBT Elder Americans Act to improve services available for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults. This legislation would build on the Older Americans Act to include LGBT […]

GLAAD calls out Ed Gillespie’s anti-LGBTQ record in race for Virginia governor

NEW YORK – As the the race for the governor’s mansion in Virginia goes down to the wire, GLAAD today called out Republican candidate Ed Gillespie’s anti-LGBTQ record leading into next Tuesday’s election. GLAAD states that Gillespie’s actions during the 2017 gubernatorial race so far have proven that he is no “moderate” as he was […]

Trump’s anti-LGBTQ nominee for USDA post, Sam Clovis, withdraws nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s nomination for chief scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Sam Clovis, has withdrawn himself from consideration. Clovis is among the worst in a long line of anti-LGBTQ extremists nominated by Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Clovis has a disturbing history of anti-LGBTQ extremism, as reported by CNN. Clovis, who has […]

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