Two Maryland LGBT equality bills to become enacted without governor’s signature

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June 3, two vital bills will go into effect in Maryland, further expanding the rights and protections of its LGBT community, writes Maureen  McCarty on the HRC Blog. Gov. Larry Hogan has said that he will neither sign nor veto these bills, meaning that they become law through a “pocket pass.” The first, SB 743/HB [...]

Watch Ireland say YES to same-sex marriage


This weekend, Ireland made history as the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through a national referendum, and the 21st country to decide to afford same-sex couples full marriage rights. HRC’s Ty Cobb joined YouTube stars Raymond Braun & Riyadh K. on the ground to watch Ireland say “yes” to same-sex marriage. Watch the [...]

First community meeting to determine future of a San Diego LGBT Cultural and Performing Arts Center May 27

4545 Park Blvd.

The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF), Diversionary Theatre and Lambda Archives have partnered on the creation of a San Diego LGBT Cultural and Performing Arts Center in the current location of Diversionary Theatre and Lambda Archives at 4545 Park Blvd. in the University Heights neighborhood of San Diego. The first of three community meetings [...]

Madonna Rebel Heart Tour coming to San Diego


Live Nation just announced that the Madonna Rebel Heart Tour will be coming to San Diego! The show will be at Valley View Casino Center Oct. 29, 2015. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 1, 2015 at 10 a.m. If you happen to have a Citi Card you have access to pre-sale tickets through Friday [...]

Trading Places: An account of a mother’s own anguishing transition – as her son becomes her daughter

Trading Places

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.– Like thousands of parents, Jane Baker was left in shock and disbelief when she learned that her adult child was transgender. In her new memoir, Baker tells the story of supporting her adult child through gender transition while struggling to overcome deep personal anguish about it. According to one critic, the book [...]

Q: A queer app for all genders is coming


AUSTIN, Texas — The world’s first community-driven, gender-inclusive queer app, known simply as “Q,” is welcoming members on a Kickstarter campaign that has raised nearly $5,000. The app’s designer, Eric Cervini, decided to create Q while studying at Harvard last year. The campaign, Cervini says, is a response to the exclusion of many who identify [...]

2015 GLSEN Respect Awards – New York to honor Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison

GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, will host the 2015 GLSEN Respect Awards  Monday, June 1 in New York. Honorees will be Matthew Morrison (Inspiration Award), Jon Stryker (Visionary Award), Desiree Raught (Educator of the Year Award), Johnson & Johnson (accepted by Jeff B. Smith) [...]

Neil Patrick Harris to narrate children’s book about two same-sex partners

Neil Patrick Harris

NEW YORK – Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, and Little Simon have announced that Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris will narrate a new edition of Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell’s bestselling, groundbreaking children’s book And Tango Makes Three. The story, illustrated by Henry Cole, will be available [...]

Laughter is the best medicine


A day without laughter is a day wasted. -Charlie Chaplin Q: Why was the baby ant so confused? A: Because all of his uncles were ants. So this isn’t exactly side-splitting humor. Laughter is the best medicine though. You know that and you have heard that often. Laughter certainly can enhance your day and can [...]

Wanda Sykes to emcee National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony July 4

Wanda Sykes

Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration have announced that entertainer and advocate Wanda Sykes will emcee the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony on July 4th at Independence Hall. Said Malcolm Lazin, National LGBT 50th Anniversary Chair: “We are tremendously excited to have Wanda Sykes, an outspoken and committed LGBT advocate, as the Master [...]

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