One year on ICE prison for transgender immigrants in Texas remains closed

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — VICE News has learned that a year-old detention center for undocumented immigrants in Dallas, Texas never opened its unit for transgender people detained by ICE. Prairieland Detention Center had plans to feature a protected, 36-bed pod exclusively for transgender detainees to keep those individuals safe from violence and abuse. ICE spokesman Carl […]

New LGBTQIA+ focused digital voter registration platform launched

WELLESLEY, Mass. — #QTHEVOTE, a digital voter registration platform for the LGBTQ community and their allies, launched today as its flagship website went live at www.qthevote.com.  #QTHEVOTE was founded by serial entrepreneur Trevor Burgess who was the first openly gay CEO of a publicly traded bank in the United States.  #QTHEVOTE leverages cutting-edge voter registration […]

Syringe Access Fund awards $2.4 million to syringe service programs as an HIV and viral hepatitis prevention effort

NEW YORK — The Syringe Access Fund today announced nearly $2.4 million in grants awarded to 62 organizations that are driving efforts to prevent HIV and viral hepatitis by providing injection drug users with access to sterile injection equipment and related health messaging. The funding will support syringe service programs and advocacy efforts to increase […]

The Leadership Conference Education Fund releases report on Trump’s civil and human rights rollbacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Leadership Conference Education Fund today released “Without Justice: Trump’s Across-the-Board Assault on Civil and Human Rights,” a report on the Trump administration’s first year and its attacks on our nation’s hard-fought civil and human rights achievements. The report is the 2018 edition of The Education Fund’s annual Civil Rights Monitor and comes […]

First same-sex couple legally marry at sea on a major cruise line

MIAMI, Fla, — In a historic ceremony hosted on board Celebrity Equinox, Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray became the first same-sex couple ever to be legally married at sea on a major cruise line. The grooms were joined by their immediate family for an intimate ceremony officiated by Captain Dimitrios Manetas. They exchanged vows against […]

UC San Diego launches new bike-share program

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — UC San Diego has launched a new bike-share program, which could revolutionize how faculty, students and staff get around campus. The initiative is a collaboration between UC San Diego and Spin, a leading bike-share company that offers a fleet of orange-colored smart-bikes. Each bike is equipped with a GPS tracking device that […]

Minneapolis to host first-ever NFL-sponsored LGBT party during Super Bowl week

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Esera Tuaolo is hosting the first ever NFL-supported Inclusion Party during Super Bowl week in Minneapolis to foster diversity and inclusion—especially LGBT inclusion—in the National Football League (“NFL”).   Through the popularity of the world’s largest professional sporting event, organizers hope the party will promote equality and acceptance in all professional sporting disciplines, and in society as a whole. The […]

New poll reveals overwhelming majority of millennials support DACA and pathways to citizenship

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Given the current debate taking place in Congress over immigration, GenForward at the University of Chicago released a timely survey today with recent data on millennials’ views on immigration in the United States. Millennials across race and ethnicity groups overwhelmingly agree that undocumented individuals who currently meet DACA eligibility should be granted […]

Human Rights Watch Film Festival to picture a better world Feb. 1-4

What do you do when your brother with a mental illness gets shot 14 times by police, or when your husband ignores a domestic violence restraining order? How much power do you have over another’s life as a juror, and how much power does your government have over you? Independent filmmakers explore these moral questions […]

‘Where the Bears Are’ launches Kickstarter campaign for a Season 7

LOS ANGELES — It’s The Golden Girls meets Murder, She Wrote with big, gay, hairy men! (aka “Bears”) The award-winning web series is raising funds for a Season 7 through Kickstarter! The campaign will run from Mon. Jan. 29 to Thur. March 1. According to the latest press release Season 7 promises to be the most campy and suspenseful […]

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