National LGBTQ Task Force calls for federal probe into murder of Laquan McDonald


MINNEAPOLIS — Last night, authorities in Chicago released a videotape showing Laquan McDonald being shot sixteen times by police. A white police officer has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of McDonald. On Monday, five activists calling for racial justice were shot while taking part in a demonstration near a Minneapolis police station—where protests […]

New CDC report states 25 percent of gay men should be on PrEP


A new Centers for Disease Control Vital Signs report published today estimates that 25 percent of sexually active gay and bisexual adult men, nearly 20 percent of adults who inject drugs, and less than 1 percent of heterosexually active adults are at substantial risk for HIV infection and should be counseled about PrEP, a daily pill […]

HRC releases 2016 buyer’s guide to businesses supporting LGBT workplace inclusion

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WASHINGTON – Just in time for Black Friday and the holiday shopping season, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation has released its popular consumer guide to hundreds of American companies rated on their LGBT-inclusive policies and practices. The Buying for Workplace Equality guide, first issued more than a decade ago, provides invaluable consumer information based […]

EQCA: California and LGBT congressmembers voted for ‘Ignorance and Fear’

Rick Zbur

LOS ANGELES – In response to last week’s vote in favor of HR 4038, the so-called American Security against Foreign Enemies Act, by members of California’s congressional delegation and openly LGBT congressmembers, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement: “Last week’s vote was a victory for ignorance and fear.  We are deeply […]

National Organization for Marriage again violates federal law; HRC files federal complaint


WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) filed a formal complaint with the IRS against the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) for violating federal law by refusing to disclose their 2014 Form 990s. Following their November 16 deadline, NOM is required by law to provide a copy of the organization’s Form 990s for the previous fiscal year […]

Discriminatory anti-transgender bathroom bill moves forward in Wisconsin legislature


WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has condemned the decision by the leadership of the Wisconsin Assembly to allow a hearing Thursday on disgraceful anti-transgender legislation that would expose trans and gender nonconforming students to heightened risk of bullying, harassment and discrimination. Not only is the bill–known as AB 469–shameful and horrific public policy, […]

HUD proposes stronger protections for transgender people in emergency shelters


WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a new rule change requiring all programs that receive funding from the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) to give equal access to transgender people. “Transgender people face rampant discrimination and harassment across the country – a tragic reality that forces […]

Transgender Day of Remembrance highlights epidemic of anti-transgender violence

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WASHINGTON – Today, the nation commemorates the 17th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) – a day set aside in solemn tribute to transgender people across the globe who have lost their lives to violence, and to raise awareness of the constant threat of brutality faced by many in the transgender community. “On this Transgender […]

Task Force condemns police’s treatment of transgender activist

Trans woman Jes Grobman, organizer of #DC #TransWeekOfAction arrested by police.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National LGBTQ Task Force has condemned the treatment of transgender activist Jes Grobman by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. Grobman was arrested during last night’s “Transgender Week of Action” protest in DC. Police have now dropped charges against her. At the time, activists were blocking an intersection next to […]

Equality Federation: Indiana Nondiscrimination Bill ‘a cynical piece of legislation that would promote and codify discrimination’

Rebecca Isaacs

Equality Federation is concerned Indiana’s Senate Bill 100, introduced by Senate Republicans, would not cover many Hoosiers from discrimination. While the authors are framing the bill as nondiscrimination legislation, it includes broad exemptions allowing discrimination by a host of organizations and businesses. The bill discourages people from filing discrimination complaints and would preempt many towns […]

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