Colorado marriage ban overturned by federal court

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Today U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore ruled against Colorado’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.  In Burns v. Hickenlooper, attorneys with Kilmer, Lane and Newman, LLP sued the state on behalf of six same-sex couples who argue that Colorado’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. Judge Moore stayed his ruling until August 25 to [...]

Jail, 450 lashes for Saudi man who used Twitter to befriend gay men

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SAUDI ARABIA —  A man has been sentenced to three years in prison and 450 lashes by a court in Saudi Arabia for using his Twitter account to meet gay men, reports GayAsiaNews.com. The 24-year-old unnamed was arrested after he posted several Tweets calling for same-sex relations and expressing his readiness to meet gay men, [...]

Anti-gay laws threatening HIV fight, South Asians tell AIDS conference

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Melbourne, Australia — Criminalization of groups such as gay men, sex workers and transgender people are threatening progress in the global effort to fight AIDS, South Asian participants told the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia, reports GayAsiaNews.com India gay rights activist Ashok Kavi told the biennial five-day meeting gathering of 12,000 AIDS activists, scientists [...]

HRC calls for stronger laws and increased protection of transgender women

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WASHINGTON – In response to the discovery of 26-year-old Mia Henderson’s body in West Baltimore, the sixth transgender woman of color murdered this year – the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has called for more concerted efforts to protect transgender women from unprecedented levels of violence and harassment. Henderson – an African American, transgender woman – [...]

White House adds gender identity to LGBT equal employment opportunity Executive Order

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Today, the White House released further amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity. Essentially the amendments added the words “gender identity” to the appropriate sentences of the Executive Orders. The Orders ensure that federal employees – who are already protected on the basis [...]

President Obama signs executive order protecting LGBT workers from job discrimination

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today in a White House ceremony, President Obama signed a sweeping executive order protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers from job discrimination. The order, profoundly consequential in its own right, dramatically underscores President Obama’s own LGBT legacy of achievement, unmatched in history: three landmark pieces of legislation; 90 significant policy or [...]

Taking action to support LGBT workplace equality is good for business

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America is built on the fundamental promise that if you work hard, and play by the rules, you can get ahead. But today, millions of Americans in most states in the country go to work every day fearing that they could lose their jobs simply because of who they are or who they love. No [...]

AIDS pioneer Joep Lange among dead in Malaysia Airlines crash

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Joep Lange, a former president of the International AIDS Society, was among those killed in the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down Thursday over eastern Ukraine. According to the Washington Post the identities of the victims have not been officially confirmed by the airline. But Lange’s office in Amsterdam confirmed in a statement that [...]

Florida marriage ban ruled unconstitutional by state court

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Thursday, Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia, appointed by Republican Governor Jeb Bush, ruled against Florida’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making the Sunshine State the latest to see such a ban struck down in court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June.  In Huntsman v. Heavilin, attorneys with the [...]

WERQ! Carmen Electra wishes she were in San Diego for Pride

exclusive: Guess who has sent you a sticky sweet, thoroughly thoughtful and super-sexy post card, Mr., Ms. and Mrs. San Diego LGBT Pride-goer? Carmen Electra, that’s who! Electra reaffirmed her LGBT-ally roots and affinities in 2014 when she was crowned by none other than Jeffrey Sanker as queen of this year’s 25th anniversary White Party [...]

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