San Diego homeless program gains national attention

MHS

SAN DIEGO – The Serial Inebriate Program (SIP), developed by San Diego-based Mental Health Systems and the San Diego Police Department to address the issue of chronic homelessness, has gained national attention. The non-profit was recently tapped to help the cities of San Francisco, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Jersey City, NJ and Billings, MT develop [...]

Despite universal health care, Cuba’s reality is grossly lesbophobic

Cuba

In addition to other forms of discrimination, lesbian and bisexual women in Cuba face unequal treatment from public health services. Their specific sexual and reproductive health needs are ignored, and they are invisible in prevention and treatment campaigns for women. Many lesbian and bisexual women are afraid of gynecological instruments and procedures which they experience [...]

Newt Gingrich calls opponents of RFRA a ‘Lynch Mob’ (VIDEO)

Newt Gingrich

In a HuffPost Live interview today, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich joined host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani and slammed the opposition to the recently passed religious freedom bills in Indiana and Arkansas. Gingrich claimed the resistance to the legislation is part of a liberal “lynch mob” mentality and is an example of “selective outrage.” Gingrich: [...]

Tech industry leaders to legislators: Add LGBT non-discrimination protections to civil rights laws

Rainbow flag

Today, in response to a host of anti-LGBT bills pending or signed in to law in states around the country, tech industry leaders signed an unprecedented joint statement supporting the addition of non-discrimination protections for LGBT people to civil rights laws. Other leaders are also expected to sign on later today. “This unprecedented and historic [...]

Indiana restaurant denies service to same-sex couples (VIDEO)

Memories

ABC57 News – See the Difference Michiana A pizza restaurant in Walkerton, Ind. is saying they will not provide pizzas to a same-sex couple on their wedding and that they agree with Gov. Mike Pence’s signing of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. ABC 57 reported that the O’Connor family, who owns Memories Pizza, says [...]

Arkansas governor doesn’t sign Religious Freedom Bill, calls for changes

Hutchinson

In a surprising announcement Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said that he will not sign a religious freedom act into law requesting that the state legislature make changes to the bill in the wake of criticism that the legislation could be used to facilitate discrimination against LGBT citizens and other groups, reports The Huffington Post. Hutchinson [...]

Wal-Mart asks Gov. Hutchinson to veto H.B. 1228

Walmart

In response to the Arkansas House sending Gov. Asa Hutchinson H.B. 1228 to sign into law, Wal-Mart, the world’s largest company by revenue, released a statement from its CEO, Doug McMillan, asking the governor to veto the bill. H.B. 1228 would permit discrimination against LGBT people, people of color, religious minorities, women and other minority groups [...]

Nike president and CEO condemns Indiana’s new anti-LGBT law

Mark Parker

As major corporations, business leaders, and organizations continue to speak out against the discriminatory new anti-LGBT law in Indiana, Nike, Inc. President and CEO Mark Parker provided the following statement to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC): “Nike proudly stands for inclusion for all. We believe laws should treat people equally and prevent discrimination.   Nike has [...]

Arkansas passes religious freedom bill similar to Indiana law

Asa Hutchinson

A religious freedom bill that is similar to the Indiana law that has faced national backlash for legalizing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people cleared the Arkansas Legislature Tuesday. The bill will now go before Gov. Asa Hutchinson, where it is expected to be signed. According to The Huffington Post the Arkansas legislation [...]

Gov. Pence seeking legislation that makes clear RFRA cannot be used to discriminate

Mike Pence | Photo: Gage Skidmore

Today, Indiana Governor Mike Pence tried to limit the economic damage and public humiliation he brought to Indiana by signing a widely-denounced, discriminatory anti-LGBT law last Thursday, the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA).  While the national backlash against the harmful measure has been swift and brutal, Pence today asked for legislation to be sent [...]

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