California joins transgender military ban case

CALIFORNIA —In a significant development in the legal challenge to President Trump’s transgender military ban, last night the U.S. District Court for Central California granted Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s motion to intervene on behalf of the State of California in Stockman v. Trump, a case brought by Equality California and seven individual plaintiffs challenging the ban. […]

Ben Dillingham, outstanding community leader passes; tributes pour in

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Community leader, Ben Dillingham passed away from pancreatic cancer at his home in San Diego  Thursday, Nov. 16. Ben was noted for his iron integrity, generosity of spirit, and dedication to the city of San Diego and the LGBT community. His loss will be felt by many, and he will be […]

HRC releases guide on engaging prospective transgender and non-binary foster and adoptive parents

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, released Promising Practices for Serving Transgender & Non-Binary Foster & Adoptive Parents, a groundbreaking new guide designed to help foster care and adoption agencies recruit, certify and support qualified transgender and non-binary adults to become resource parents for young people who need safe, welcoming homes. […]

Out & Equal Brazil Forum convenes to discuss strategies for advancing LGBT inclusion in the Brazilian workplace

SÃO PAULO – Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workplace equality, held its second annual Out & Equal LGBT Brazil Forum on Tuesday in São Paulo. The event convened 300 attendees from more than 125 Brazilian and multinational companies at the Renaissance Hotel […]

Hate crimes in Los Angeles County remain elevated

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations (LACCHR) today released its annual account of hate crimes reported throughout Los Angeles County in 2016. The report’s significant findings include the following: There were 482 hate crimes reported, only one less than 2015, which saw a 24% increase from the previous year and […]

Montana State Senate targets trans community during special session with SB 10

Wednesday, the Montana Senate passed the anti-trans bill SB 10 that aims to undo the work by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (HHS) to make it easier for Montanans to change birth certificate gender makers. Senate Bill 10 was introduced as part of Montana’s current special session, called to address the […]

Pride Foundation announces largest ever community grants

SEATTLE, Wash.– Today, Pride Foundation announced $507,000 in grants to 81 organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington—investing vital resources into local organizations working to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and their families can live fully and safely in their home communities. This year’s award amount is the highest […]

HRC spotlights five Trump-Pence anti-LGBTQ nominees who represent greatest threat

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) aimed a bright spotlight on five federal judicial nominees — Jeff Mateer, Damien Schiff, Leonard Steven Grasz, Mark Norris, and Stephen Schwartz. If confirmed by the Senate, the nominees could seriously threaten the future of LGBTQ equality in America. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to […]

Civil rights and health advocates express strong concerns about HHS’s draft strategic plan

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updates its strategic plan every four years, and last month invited the public to comment on its draft plan for FY 2018–2022. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, members of our Health Care Task Force, and other stakeholders submitted comments to the agency with concerns about […]

San Diego’s tents: A safe harbor from the storm of homelessness?

SAN DIEGO, Calif., — Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) will welcome a panel of respected San Diego homeless advocates and business leaders as they discuss what is being done to address the immediate needs of the homeless population as well as concerns of the affected community. Speakers include: Dan Shea – National Restauranteur, […]

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