Vermont joins growing number of jurisdictions protecting LGBTQ kids from conversion therapy

Peter Shumlin

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Today, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed Senate Bill 132 into law, making Vermont the eighth jurisdiction—behind California, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C., and Cincinnati—to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangers of “conversion therapy.” Senate Bill 132, which protects LGBTQ youth from mental health providers attempting to change their sexual […]

Equality California endorses three LGBT candidates for local races

Georgette Gomez

LOS ANGELES— Equality California announced Tuesday the endorsements of three LGBT candidates for local races across California. “While our endorsed candidates may be running for office for the first time, they are all experienced advocates for civil rights and social justice and leaders in their own communities,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California.  “Having […]

Anti-transgender flyer distributed by KKK in Alabama neighborhood

Dothan Ala.

Anti-transgender flyers being circulated in a Dothan, Ala., neighborhood appear to have been distributed by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan as a recruiting tool. The Dothan Police Department notified the FBI, as the flyer’s message could promote hate crimes against the transgender community. “What you’re dealing with is potentially implications of […]

23 civil rights groups voice support for transgender Title IX guidance from DoJ and DoE

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23 civil rights groups have signed a letter in support of the recently released Title IX guidance from the Departments of Education and Justice. The letter, which was signed by groups like GLSEN, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, the League of United Latin American Citizens, MALDEF, HRC and many more, […]

HRC, Equality NC and NCTE urge Charlotte leaders to reject any deal rolling back protections


WASHINGTON – Friday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Equality North Carolina and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) sent a letter to Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the seven City Council members who voted to advance city-wide LGBT non-discrimination protections on February 22, 2016. The letter comes amid reports of a possible deal on HB2 that could […]

Oklahoma lawmakers introduce measure attacking transgender youth

Oklahoma State Capitol

A new anti-transgender bill has been introduced in the Oklahoma State Legislature. The proposal would force schools to make accommodations for students who purport to have religious objections to sharing a sex-segregated space with transgender students. Going a step further, the legislation also strangely states that allowing students with religious objections to use a single-user […]

House anti-LGBTQ amendment to Defense Budget Bill ‘designed to destroy people’s livelihoods’

Rea Carey

WASHINGTON, DC—The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is describing yesterday’s passage of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act — that would strip non-discrimination protections from the millions of employees of federal contractors— as “designed to destroy people’s livelihoods.” “It’s an absolute disgrace that the House Majority Leadership would push this outrageous amendment […]

‘Bathroom Bills’ divide America

Bathroom Bills

NEW YORK — The news in recent months has been filled with coverage of new laws being proposed and/or passed in many American states in an attempt to preserve religious rights or individuals’ safety at the possible expense of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. When asked about their familiarity with some of these laws, most […]

Republicans block Maloney amendment protecting LGBT people from discrimination

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WASHINGTON – Following House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (FY17 NDAA) – which included a provision to overturn basic workplace protections for LGBT Americans – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) introduced an amendment to the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017 (MilCon-VA) to prevent taxpayer dollars from going […]

Equality California endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate

Kamala Harris

LOS ANGELES— Equality California has endorsed California Attorney General Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate in 2016. “Among the candidates running for U.S. Senate this year, we were fortunate to choose from two strong LGBT allies, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California.  “However, Harris has an […]

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