Out & Equal Workplace Advocates calls attention to lack of workplace protections for LGBT employees (VIDEO)

Out & Equal

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to workplace equality for LGBT employees, has produced a public service announcement to highlight the fact that employees can still be fired in over half the country for being LGBT. Employees lack job protections across the country on the basis of sexual orientation and/or [...]

Commentary: Liberation not incarceration – why the LGBTQ community should support Prop 47

47

Did you know that while the United States makes up only five percent of the world’s population, we house a staggering 25 percent of the world’s prison population? And according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, nearly half of all state prisoners are serving time for non-violent offenses. The racial and gender identities of these [...]

Gay evangelical helps straight couple raise $150K from losses incurred by refusing service to a lesbian couple

Matt Stolhandske

MATT Humility and compassion appear to be the driving forces behind the efforts of Matt Stolhandske, a board member of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, a coalition of Christians who support same-sex marriage, who recently launched an online campaign to raise money in hopes of covering a fine incurred by a straight couple that refused to [...]

Campaign for ‘USS Harvey Milk’ stalled?

Sean Sala supports efforts to name a Naval vessel after Harvey Milk. (Photo courtesy Thom Senzee)

Organizers insist that a national campaign to persuade the United States Navy to christen “the next appropriate ship” the USS Harvey Milk in honor of the slain civil rights leader and naval veteran, launched nearly two years ago, is still on course. But they confess that achieving their goal is far from a sure thing, [...]

HRC: 10 facts you should know about NOM

NOM

WASHINGTON – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has suffered a great many defeats recently.  The group was founded in 2007 to help pass Proposition 8, California’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. However, now that the issue of marriage appears to be on a one-way path toward nationwide equality in America, NOM has expanded its war [...]

Lambda Legal sues SSA on behalf of Texas lesbian widow

Lambda Legal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Lambda Legal filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of Kathy Murphy, a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (the National Committee), arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they [...]

New York Times columnist apologizes for attending fundraiser for anti-gay legal group

Ross Douthat

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat apologized for appearing at a fundraising event for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), an extreme anti-gay legal group working to criminalize homosexuality, reports Media Matters For America in their latest post. On October 16, Douthat spoke at “The Price of Citizenship: Losing Religious Freedom in America,” an event held by [...]

Marriage equality comes to Wyoming

Wyoming

Today, marriage equality came to Wyoming, the Equality State. District Court Judge Skavdahl overturned its ban on same-sex marriage  Friday, but stayed the decision for a full week to allow for an appeal. The state decided not to appeal, bringing an end to the stay a few days early. The state filed its notice this [...]

Kaiser Permanente recognized as a leader in LGBT health care equality

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente has been recognized as a leader in LGBT health care equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2014 report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization. All 38 of Kaiser Permanente’s hospitals across the country submitted the Health [...]

President Obama says U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry

President Obama

In an interview with The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, President Obama has for the first time announced he believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in all fifty states.  This is a stark progression from the President’s previous position, which to allow each state to decide the issue individually.  President Obama [...]

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