Wife of Orlando nightclub shooter arrested on federal charges

Pulse

Noor Salman, the wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, has been arrested on federal charges, NPR reports. Salman is charged with “Aiding and Abetting by providing material support to a terrorist and Obstruction of Justice,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said in a statement. In her final exit interview, Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke […]

UK health care organizations unite against conversion therapy

UK Health care organizations

Major U.K. organizations have been working against Conversion Therapy for a number of years, publishing a Memorandum of Understanding against the practice (2015) and updating the document to warn against conversion therapy in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation (including asexuality). Aware of concerns regarding the future of Conversion Therapy in the USA, and […]

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We […]

General Mattis indicates he will not roll back open LGBT military service as secretary of defense

Mattis

During confirmation hearings Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, retired General James Mattis indicated he will not work to reverse the current policies that allow any qualified person to serve, including LGBT people. During his prepared testimony, General Mattis said, “We open the door to all patriots who are eligible and meet […]

Communities coast-to-coast plan events for National Day of Racial Healing in United States Jan. 17

Healing

BATTLE CREEK, Mich.— Communities across the country are planning a wide-range of events to highlight the National Day of Racial Healing Tuesday, Jan. 17.  The day’s activities, initiated by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) through its Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise, are uniting civic, religious, community and philanthropic organizations in collaborations to facilitate […]

HRC to join social justice actions standing for equality at dawn of Trump administration

Capitol

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced that it is to both sponsor and and join in major social justice actions next week in the nation’s capital, raising up our shared and continuing fight for equality for all. A contingent of HRC staff, members and volunteers will be participating in both the We […]

The Elton John AIDS Foundation awards nearly $3.5 million in grants during December 2016

Singer Elton John speaks during a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York

NEW YORK — The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), a leader in the global effort to end AIDS, today announced it awarded nearly $3.5 million in grants to 57 organizations addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in critical and innovative ways in December. This brings the Foundation’s total grant investments for calendar year 2016 to nearly $8.6 […]

Obama awards Biden with Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Biden Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON ― Today, President Barack Obama awarded Vice President Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, during a surprise event at the White House paying tribute to him. The Huffington Post reports that Obama hailed Biden as “the best vice president America has ever had” and “a lion of American […]

New Lawyers Org to host major counter-inauguration conference in DC, 1/21

Rise Above

WASHINGTON, DC — Saturday, Jan. 21 and Sunday, Jan. 22, members of Lawyers for Good Government, a new national organization of more than 120,000 lawyers, paralegals, law students and activists committed to doing pro-bono work to defend civil and human rights, and to establish a government designed to put the interests of the American people […]

House LGBT Caucus calls on Senate to reject Ben Carson nomination

Dr. Ben Carson  Photo:  Gage Skidmore

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus has called on the Senate to reject Ben Carson’s nomination for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “Carson has long made repugnant and ignorant statements regarding the LGBT community, particularly transgender individuals,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41). “Transgender people are more likely […]

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