Jerry Brown signs first bill in the country to expand supply chain for LGBT business owners

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a historic bill that will result in new opportunities for certified businesses owned by those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender—a law that came about through testimony and advocacy by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Brown’s action means public utilities in the [...]

HRC: Why America needs marriage equality now

Marriage equality

WASHINGTON – The question of when the Supreme Court of the United States will take up a marriage equality case is now front and center, as cases from five states are currently pending before the justices and more than 70 cases challenging state marriage bans are working their way through the court system across the [...]

HRC condemns transphobic ad in Minneapolis paper

MSHSL ad

Yesterday the largest newspaper in Minneapolis, the Star-Tribune, ran an ad placed by the anti-LGBT organization Minnesota Child Protection League. The ad was placed in an attempt to influence the Minnesota High School League’s upcoming ruling on whether to allow transgender athletes to play on teams according to their identified gender, a policy that would [...]

California outlaws ‘gay panic’ defense

Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown, Saturday signed into law a bill [AB 2501 ], prohibiting the so-called “gay panic” defense that has been used to reduce homicide charges to manslaughter, reports Jurist.org. The defense has been used by defendants who claimed that they were “panicked” into committing a crime due to a homosexual individual making [...]

United Nations Human Rights Council passes LGBT resolution

UN Human Rights Council

Today, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted an LGBT rights resolution on a vote of 25–14, with seven abstentions. The resolution calls for a report from the U.N. high commissioner for human rights on combatting human rights violations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It is one of the few times [...]

Freedom to Marry launches national TV ad: ‘It’s Time’ (VIDEO)

Freedom to Marry

NEW YORK – Riding a remarkable wave of 40 rulings across the country affirming marriage for gay couples, Freedom to Marry released It’s Time, a national TV ad highlighting the tangible harms to same-sex couples still discriminated against in many states.  The Supreme Court officially begins its new term Monday, with marriage cases from Utah, [...]

Right wing anti-LGBT groups launch attacks on pro-marriage equality Republicans

Anti-LGBT Groups

Anti-LGBT groups, National Organization for Marriage, Family Research Council and CitizenLink have launched a new campaign attacking socially moderate Republicans. According to a report in Twocare.org the groups, heavily funded by the elite community of hard-right Christian leaders and foundations associated with The Gathering – a yearly meeting of evangelical financiers where New York Times [...]

Gay couple’s beating sparks statewide movement calling on Pa. to restore inclusive hate crime law

Images provided by the Philadelphia Police Department. Philip R. Williams, left, Kathryn G. Knott and Kevin J. Harrigan are shown. The three suburban Philadelphia defendants are being charged in the beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter on a city street.

The brutal beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia’s Center City neighborhood at the hands of a group of people who allegedly targeted the men because they’re gay has sparked a statewide movement and a fast-growing Change.org petition calling on Pennsylvania to add sexual orientation to its hate crime law. The petition was launched on [...]

Las Vegas school district considers radical changes to their sex education programs

CCSD

At a closed-door, invitation-only meeting, the Clark County School District, the fifth largest in the nation, is proposing changes to their sexual education programs that would include teaching children between the ages of five and eight about gender identity, homosexuality and masturbation. The proposals, which have been met with near universal condemnation, were, for many, [...]

HRC: 10 things you might not have known about the Family Research Council

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WASHINGTON – This Friday the Family Research Council (FRC) is set to kick off its “Values Voter Summit,” an annual conclave of politicians, candidates, thought leaders and activists who gather in our nation’s capital to discuss a myriad of issues and ideas germane to FRC’s extremist agenda.  The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has deemed [...]

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