Leaders of Gay-Straight Alliance youth movement to unite in Minneapolis for ninth annual national gathering

GSA National Gathering

Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) will hold its ninth annual national gathering from July 31-Aug. 3 in Minneapolis, bringing together youth and adult ally GSA leaders from across the country for four days of workshops, trainings and plenaries focused on strengthening the national GSA movement. Gay-Straight Alliance clubs are student-led groups that work to transform their [...]

Miami court rules in favor of marriage equality in Florida

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Today, a state trial court in Miami issued a decision striking down Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples and ordering Miami-Dade County to allow same-sex couples to marry. The court stayed the order pending appeal. The case was brought by Equality Florida Institute and Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello, Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and [...]

Iowa editor fired over anti-gay post on personal blog sues for infringement of religious expression (VIDEO)

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By all accounts, Bob Eschliman, 41, is a model journalist. The former editor of the Newton Daily News in Iowa has, over the span of his career, racked up an impressive 70 journalism awards and worked for seven different companies in his profession. A Boone, Iowa native, Eschliman is a family man with two young children [...]

MyDoorSign.com gives all-gender restroom signage a makeover

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NEW YORK – MyDoorSign.com redesigned its all-gender sign collection after receiving criticism for the old graphics. The new designs feature simple iconography and a clear “all-gender restroom” descriptor. The innovative look grew from social justice advocate, Sam Killermann and his blog, It’s Pronounced Metrosexual. MyDoorSign.com previously worked to create a safe bathroom space for those who do not identify [...]

WATCH: Great LGBT-themed speech from Netroots Nation (VIDEO)

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Last Saturday, at Netroots Nation 2014 in Detroit, Christopher Massicotte gave a fabulous keynote Ignite speech about the evolution of LGBT people in our politics – “I think Harvey Milk would be proud!” Massicotte is the Chief Operating Officer of DSPolitical, the first voter targeted online advertising network specifically for Democrats and Progressive Organizations. Previously Chris [...]

Edie Windsor talks of having a ‘Love Affair with the Gay Community’ in final part of MEUSA video series (VIDEOS)

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Today, in honor of the three-year anniversary of marriage equality in her home state of New York, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) has released the final part of Edie Windsor: In Her Own Words, (above) a multi-part series of interviews with LGBTQ icon and longtime MEUSA member Edie Windsor. In this last segment Edie talks about trying to protect her [...]

Colorado marriage ban overturned by federal court

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Today U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore ruled against Colorado’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.  In Burns v. Hickenlooper, attorneys with Kilmer, Lane and Newman, LLP sued the state on behalf of six same-sex couples who argue that Colorado’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. Judge Moore stayed his ruling until August 25 to [...]

HRC calls for stronger laws and increased protection of transgender women

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WASHINGTON – In response to the discovery of 26-year-old Mia Henderson’s body in West Baltimore, the sixth transgender woman of color murdered this year – the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has called for more concerted efforts to protect transgender women from unprecedented levels of violence and harassment. Henderson – an African American, transgender woman – [...]

White House adds gender identity to LGBT equal employment opportunity Executive Order

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Today, the White House released further amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity. Essentially the amendments added the words “gender identity” to the appropriate sentences of the Executive Orders. The Orders ensure that federal employees – who are already protected on the basis [...]

President Obama signs executive order protecting LGBT workers from job discrimination

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today in a White House ceremony, President Obama signed a sweeping executive order protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers from job discrimination. The order, profoundly consequential in its own right, dramatically underscores President Obama’s own LGBT legacy of achievement, unmatched in history: three landmark pieces of legislation; 90 significant policy or [...]

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