Susan Davis moves to force House vote on ENDA, emphasizes importance of transgender protections

Susan Davis

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) pushed for a vote in the House on the bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The House majority has blocked a vote on the ENDA bill passed by the Senate last year. Davis and her colleagues signed a [...]

Detroit jeweler adds LGBT designer Rony Tennenbaum’s new wedding jewelry collection

Rony Tennenbaum

DETROIT - Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry stamp its mark in its 37th anniversary with the arrival of a new wedding jewelry collection from LGBT designer Rony Tennenbaum. Tapper’s, Michigan’s most trusted jeweler since 1977, is expanding its demographic reach and marketing to include the LGBT community by adding a new wedding & engagement jewelry collection created to [...]

New York Blood Center receives $2 million in NIDA funding to develop HIV self-testing intervention

Lindsley F Kimball Research Institute

NEW YORK – New York Blood Center’s Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute (LFKRI) Laboratory of Social and Behavioral Sciences has received a three-year, $2 million grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop and test an HIV self-testing intervention for young, Black, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.   This [...]

Anti-gay groups, facing mounting losses at home, take their message abroad


Several weeks ago, when the Ugandan high court struck down an anti-gay law that would have punished homosexual acts by death, the world of pro-gay rights organizations and their supporters breathed a collective sigh of relief. Never mind that the draconian measure was struck down on procedural grounds or that Uganda will very well take [...]

Chuck Wolfe to leave Victory Fund

Chuck Wolfe

The Washington Blade has revealed that the chief executive officer of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute, Chuck Wolfe is set to leave the organization at the end of the year. According to the report, in an email to the Victory Campaign Board obtained by the Blade, Wolfe reveals that he informed the board [...]

Watch: MSNBC’s new video on the Smithsonian’s growing collection of LGBT materials


The National Museum of American History has been adding a steady stream of LGBT materials to its collections in an effort to document the movement’s ongoing fight for equality. Included in the collection are artifacts from the TV show Will and Grace. MSNBC News has produced an interesting new video on the Smithsonian’s growing collection [...]

LGBT activists and Black children from Ferguson, Mo. speak out in comedic viral video

Racism is not Over

FERGUSON, Mo. – A month to the day after unarmed Black teenager Mike Brown was gunned down by a white police officer, LGBT activists with and children from the very neighborhood that was ground zero for America’s largest racial tension flare-up in decades marked the day with the release of a mockingly funny and [...]

Sultan of Brunei back at table to buy Plaza Hotel?

Plaza Hotel

As new reports surfaced indicating the Sultan of Brunei could still be in negotiations to purchase the Plaza Hotel, today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) renewed its call to lawmakers, advocates and supporters of the rights of women and LGBT people in New York to speak out against any effort by the Sultan of Brunei to [...]

Steve Grand goes naked in ALS Ice Bucket challenge (VIDEO)

Steve Grand

“All-American Boy” singer Steve Grand went bucket (and clothing) free for his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video, reports Huffington Post. “I don’t have an ice bucket and I don’t want to waste fresh water, so I’m jumping into Lake Superior, which is really cold right now,” Grand, deemed country music’s first openly gay male star, [...]

Openly lesbian woman joins Obama administration as chief technology officer

Megan Smith

President Obama has announced that Megan Smith will serve as the next U.S. chief technology officer (CTO) and assistant to the president, succeeding Todd Park. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Smith, the former vice president at Google’s X lab, is the first woman, as well as openly lesbian, CTO. Previously, she was COO and CEO of [...]

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