LGBTQ history app celebrates one year with new feature


BERWYN HEIGHTS, Md.  July 24, the Quist app will have another type of LGBTQ history to share with users: On this day in 2013, the Quist app was released. Quist is a free mobile app that teaches users about what happened today in LGBTQ history. It was released for Apple and Android on July 24, 2013, making [...]

GLAAD releases ’2014 Studio Responsibility Index’ and Hollywood fails again for LGBT-friendly representation

GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released their second annual Studio Responsibility Index and found a wholesale rejection of fleshed-out, complex representations of the LGBT community in film. Again. In a press release today, the gay rights organization sharply noted, “Despite consistent conservative labeling of Hollywood as a liberal propaganda machine, GLAAD found [...]

HRC calls for stronger laws and increased protection of transgender women

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WASHINGTON – In response to the discovery of 26-year-old Mia Henderson’s body in West Baltimore, the sixth transgender woman of color murdered this year – the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has called for more concerted efforts to protect transgender women from unprecedented levels of violence and harassment. Henderson – an African American, transgender woman – [...]

Auction proceeds to support documentary on LGBT rights activist Jose Sarria

Jose Julio Sarria

Jose Julio Sarria was the first openly gay candidate to run for public office in the United States in 1961, more than a decade before Harvey Milk. When San Francisco city officials vowed to shut down all the gay bars in 1961, the 38 year-old cabaret singer ran for a seat on the Board of [...]

HRC Foundation’s major conference supporting LGBTQ youth to be held in Portland, Oregon

Time to Thrive

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, in partnership with the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association, announced today that it will be holding its nationally acclaimed Time to THRIVE conference in Portland, OR., from Feb. 13-15, 2015. In its second year, the conference will address safety, inclusion and well-being for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and [...]

USAID announces $500+ million for new efforts to reach an AIDS-free generation at Melbourne conference


MELBOURNE, Australia – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today three major HIV and AIDS awards, funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to support global efforts to help end extreme poverty by creating an AIDS-free generation. The new programs support implementation of the PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-Free Generation [...]

White House adds gender identity to LGBT equal employment opportunity Executive Order


Today, the White House released further amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity. Essentially the amendments added the words “gender identity” to the appropriate sentences of the Executive Orders. The Orders ensure that federal employees – who are already protected on the basis [...]

President Obama signs executive order protecting LGBT workers from job discrimination

President Obama

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today in a White House ceremony, President Obama signed a sweeping executive order protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers from job discrimination. The order, profoundly consequential in its own right, dramatically underscores President Obama’s own LGBT legacy of achievement, unmatched in history: three landmark pieces of legislation; 90 significant policy or [...]

Taking action to support LGBT workplace equality is good for business


America is built on the fundamental promise that if you work hard, and play by the rules, you can get ahead. But today, millions of Americans in most states in the country go to work every day fearing that they could lose their jobs simply because of who they are or who they love. No [...]

Autumn Sandeen and Trans Pride march

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Transgender activist and LGBT Weekly columnist, Autumn Sandeen, was interviewed about the first ever Trans Pride march and barbeque. Sandeen compared the struggle of transgender people with that of gays and lesbians. “More people know us, more trans people are out, more people know somebody who’s transgender.  We’re having the same experience as gays and [...]

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