Highlights on Rick Santorum’s anti-LGBT record (VIDEO)

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Rick Santorum has opposed LGBT equality for nearly his entire career, beginning with his campaign for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. As Santorum announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination the Human Rights Campaign released a video highlighting  Santorum, in his own words, using harmful rhetoric to oppose LGBT equality. [...]

Marco Rubio plays the victim, says marriage equality is a ‘clear and present danger’

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David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network reported on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s latest anti-LGBT broadside where Rubio tries to play the victim for opposing marriage equality, writes Brandon Lorenz on the HRC Blog. “Today, his deep faith drives public policy positions on social issues such as traditional marriage,” Brody wrote. In the interview, Rubio played [...]

Transgender Law Center and Equality California Institute launch coalition to educate public on transgender issues

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LOS ANGELES AND OAKLAND — Transgender Law Center and Equality California Institute are launching a coalition to implement a statewide public education campaign to combat widespread public misunderstanding about transgender and gender nonconforming people and the issues they face. The coalition will include other LGBT and civil rights organizations as well as groups serving communities [...]

Frank Kameny to be honored with induction in Labor Hall of Honor

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WASHINGTON – Frank Kameny, who for decades fought to end discrimination in the federal workplace, will be honored by the U.S. Department of Labor in June with an induction to its Hall of Honor. Kameny’s legacy as a civil rights leader has made a monumental difference in improving the lives of all workers all across [...]

Gene-based therapy company fights HIV/AIDS with $15 million financing

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Calimmune Inc., a clinical-stage gene therapy company, has successfully completed its $15 million Series B financing round, led by a large pharmaceutical company. Alexandria Venture Investments also joined with existing investors including RA Capital Healthcare Fund LP and Translational Accelerator LLC. Proceeds will be used to progress the company’s ongoing HIV/AIDS clinical [...]

Largest county in Arkansas passes employment protections for county workers

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LITTLE ROCK— Tuesday, Pulaski County, the largest county in Arkansas, passed non-discrimination protections that will protect county employees in the workplace. By a vote of 10-5, members of the Pulaski County Quorum Court enacted essential workplace protections that will prohibit discrimination against county employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as political [...]

Rick Santorum to announce presidential bid

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Rick Santorum is set to announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination this afternoon in Cabot, Pa. This will be the second time the former senator from Pennsylvania has sought the presidential nomination. Santorum will announce his presidential bid on ABC News with George Stephanopolous. Santorum is a long-time opponent of marriage equality and [...]

Two Maryland LGBT equality bills to become enacted without governor’s signature

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June 3, two vital bills will go into effect in Maryland, further expanding the rights and protections of its LGBT community, writes Maureen  McCarty on the HRC Blog. Gov. Larry Hogan has said that he will neither sign nor veto these bills, meaning that they become law through a “pocket pass.” The first, SB 743/HB [...]

HRC applauds Girl Scouts for transgender inclusion

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While the Girls Scouts’ policy of including transgender girls isn’t anything new – a Denver troupe made headlines in 2012 for including a transgender girl – recent criticism from anti-LGBT groups, along with the increasing visibility of transgender youth and adults in the media, have brought the Girl Scouts’ policy back into the limelight, writes [...]

Senators take stand against ‘Conversion’ therapy

Sherrod Brown and Cory Booker

With the introduction of a resolution to draw attention to dangerous “conversion” therapy practices, two U.S. Senators are taking a stand for the LGBT community. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Stop Harming Our Kids Resolution of 2015. The resolution expresses the sense of the Senate that “conversion” therapy, or so-called “reparative” therapy, is a dangerous and discredited [...]

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