SCOTUS denies stay of marriage in Florida

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Today, the United States Supreme Court denied the State of Florida’s motion for a stay of an August federal court ruling that overturned the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The order means the stay expires at the end of the day  Jan. 5. Same-sex couples will be free to marry in Florida once [...]

Anti-gay pastor arrested for sexually harassing a man

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A pastor belonging to the anti-gay Praise Cathedral Church of God in Indiana has been arrested for sexually harassing a man at a lake, reports Pink News. According to the victim, Pastor Gaylard Williams approached him while he sat in his car, squeezed his genitals and asked him for oral sex. He said he only [...]

New report: LGBT Americans face greater social and economic disparities in the South, Midwest, and Mountain states

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LOS ANGELES — LGBT Americans face greater social and economic disparities in the South, Midwest, and Mountain states, according to a new Williams Institute report sponsored by Credit Suisse, a longtime partner of the Williams Institute. The report reviews social climate, demographic, economic and health indicators, and highlights disparities between the 21 states that currently [...]

Attorney General Holder announces Justice Dept will recognize transgender discrimination as sex discrimination

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WASHINGTON –  Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that the Department of Justice will no longer assert that “Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination based on sex does not encompass gender identity per se (including transgender discrimination).” Holder wrote that the “best reading of Title VII’s prohibition of sex discrimination is that it encompasses discrimination based [...]

Charity Wreath Auction raises record-breaking $32,500

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SAN DIEGO – The holidays are a time of traditions and this year was no exception. For the 11th year in a row Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage and The San Diego LGBT Community Center presented an evening of holiday festivities and fun, all in the name of fundraising, with their annual Charity Wreath [...]

Openly gay ambassador walks delicate line in ultra-conservative Dominican Republic

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Among the many firsts President Obama will be remembered for, especially in the LGBT community, are the record number of openly gay ambassadors he has appointed around the world. In fact, Obama has appointed more openly gay ambassadors than any other U.S. president combined, including those to Spain, Denmark, Australia and the Organization for Security [...]

HRC: 10 things you should know about the rabidly anti-LGBT Liberty Counsel

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WASHINGTON – In 1989, attorney Matthew Staver and his wife, Anita, founded Liberty Counsel, a legal organization aimed at “advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family.”  But a primary focus of the organization over the years has been preventing and attacking the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around [...]

U.S. Supreme Court to consider taking up Louisiana marriage equality case

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The U.S. Supreme Court has distributed a Louisiana marriage equality case for its January 9, 2015 conference. The justices will deliberate whether to take up Robicheaux v. George on appeal after a federal district court upheld the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples in September of this year. In response to today’s news, Human [...]

More than 300 million people in at least 70 countries use smokeless tobacco

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The first-ever report on the global use and public health impact of smokeless tobacco finds that more than 300 million people in at least 70 countries use these harmful products. The report, Smokeless Tobacco and Public Health: A Global Perspective, is being released today by the CDC and the National Cancer Institute at the National [...]

HRC calls on US government to stand up for LGBT Gambians (VIDEO)

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Today, HRC delivered a petition with over 18,000 signatures to the White House that calls on the Administration to take action against Gambian President Yahya Jammeh as he continues to round up, torture, and oppress LGBT Gambians. The petition, signed by HRC members around the United States, called for the U.S. government to restrict entry [...]

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