U.S. Justice Department says HB2 violates federal law, gives Gov. McCrory Monday deadline


The U.S. Department of Justice has determined North Carolina’s discriminatory HB 2 violates federal civil rights law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.  As reported by the Charlotte Observer, “The department gave state officials until Monday to address the situation ‘by confirming that the State will […]

Oxford Ala. City Council votes to repeal anti-transgender ordinance


MONTGOMERY Ala. – At a special meeting earlier today, the Oxford, Ala, City Council voted 3-2  to repeal a discriminatory new ordinance that would have prevented transgender residents and visitors from using public restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity. This anti-transgender law was unprecedented in its establishment of criminal penalties for violations — including a […]

SPLC: Alabama town must repeal anti-transgender restroom ordinance

Oxford Ala

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and ACLU demanded today that the city of Oxford, Alabama, repeal an ordinance that makes it a crime for transgender people to use the public restroom that matches their gender identity, or risk legal action. In a letter to the City Council, the SPLC describes how the discriminatory ordinance violates […]

Republican presidential nomination: And then there was one


John Kasich announced today that he is suspending his presidential nomination campaign. This follows Ted Cruz’s announcement yesterday that he too was suspending his campaign leaving Donald Trump as the only contender for the Republican Party’s shot at the White House. John Kasich calls himself “the only hope,” in a Tweet announcing the suspension of […]

HRC Alabama calls for full repeal of Oxford, Alabama’s anti-transgender ordinance


MONTGOMERY, Ala.  – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Alabama responded to the Oxford, Ala., City Council’s decision to hold a special meeting tomorrow to consider the fate of an anti-transgender ordinance by calling for repeal of the measure, which was unanimously approved last week. The new law prevents transgender residents and visitors from using […]

International human rights groups launch campaign to support the LGBTI community in Indonesia


LOS ANGELES, Calif. – International human rights groups launched a global campaign today to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex community in Indonesia. Increasing homophobic and transphobic rhetoric by political and religious leaders has caused growing hostility toward members of the LGBTI community in Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country by population. The […]

America’s ‘Best-of-the-Best’ companies for diversity named by NGLCC and its partners in National Business Inclusion Consortium


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, in collaboration with its partners in the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC), has named the inaugural Best-of-the-Best list of corporations in America committed to diversity and inclusion across all community sectors. “The Best-of-the-Best designation is the […]

NCORE to bring together academic, social, and cultural leaders to discuss race and ethnicity issues in higher education


SAN FRANCISCO – The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), the most comprehensive national forum on race relations, equity, and access on college campuses, will take place May 31-June 4 in San Francisco at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Dolores Huerta, a co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union […]

Reform Movement leaders speak out against state-level anti-LGBT legislation


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to numerous anti-LGBT laws being introduced, and in many cases passed, at the state-level, the leadership of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the North American Federation of Temple Youth issued the following statement: “As leaders in […]

Dept. of Education publishes list of institutions receiving right to discriminate against LGBT students

Dept of Education

WASHINGTON –  The U.S. Department of Education has published a list of educational institutions who have received an exemption from federal civil rights law in order to discriminate against LGBT students. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) first called on the Department of Education in December to take action in light of this growing and disturbing trend by some […]

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