In ‘open letter’ to community SD Pride confirms departure of executive director; appoints Fernando Lopez to position

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The San Diego LGBT Pride board of directors today published an “open letter” to the community announcing the departure of Eric Heinritz as executive director and the appointment of Fernando Lopez as the new executive director. Heinritz was appointed in May 2017 after an extensive search and comprehensive selection process managed […]

HRC endorses New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for re-election

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced its endorsement of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Sen. Gillibrand will speak this Saturday at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala — one of organization’s largest events of the year, attracting more than 1,000 of HRC’s most active leaders, […]

Trump-Pence administration refuses to sign statement in support of marriage equality and transgender rights

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Trump-Pence administration has refused to sign a statement in support of an Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ ruling on marriage equality and transgender rights. Earlier this month, the court issued an opinion that Costa Rica is in violation of its treaty obligations under the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR) by not providing […]

Todd Gloria to serve as Assembly interim speaker pro tempore

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Starting today, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) will serve as the Interim Speaker Pro Tempore of the California State Assembly and preside over its meetings along with the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore Laura Friedman (D-Glendale). Gloria receives this new assignment on an interim basis while current Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin […]

Changes implemented in the way transgender offenders are accommodated in Canada’s federal prison system

OTTAWA — An important collaboration spanning several years between the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC), and Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) has resulted in changes to the way transgender offenders are accommodated in Canada’s federal prison system. These changes come in the wake of Parliament’s recent change to the Canadian […]

HRC endorses Gov. Cuomo for re-election

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced its endorsement of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for re-election. HRC also announced that Governor Cuomo will speak at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala this Saturday at the New York Marriott Marquis. “Gov. Cuomo has been a national champion for the LGBTQ community, with […]

Civil and LGBT rights advocacy groups react to Trump’s first SOTU address

President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, a lengthy speech which lasted 1 hour 20 minutes. Civil and LGBT rights advocacy groups reacted with disappointment at Trump’s speech criticizing heavily contested topics which were at the forefront of Trump’s speech including immigration, tax reform, and religious freedom. Trump […]

Lambda Legal delivers first resistance ‘pre-buttal’ to Trump’s State of the Union address

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Lambda Legal, delivered a resistance “pre-buttal” hours ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union Address. Lambda Legal’s Sharon McGowan, was joined on a media call by other resistance leaders including Todd Cox at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Kaylie Hanson Long at NARAL Pro-Choice America, Kristine Lucius at The […]

Sen. Atkins introduces bill to remove arbitrary cap on treatment time for breast cancer and cervical cancer

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) on Monday introduced SB 945, legislation that seeks to remove arbitrary caps in the state’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) for low-income, uninsured or underinsured patients. Currently, the BCCTP caps treatment for breast cancer at 18 months and treatment for cervical cancer at 24 months, regardless of […]

New data released on attitudes toward transgender people

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the global research firm IPSOS released the results of a 23 country survey, including the US, on attitudes toward transgender people. The data was collected online between October 24th and November 7th, 2017 and included the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, […]

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