SF Gay Men’s Chorus launches tour to fight bigotry and discrimination

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC), whose mission is to create extraordinary musical experiences that inspire community, activism and compassion, will kick off its 40th season by embarking on the Lavender Pen Tour from Oct. 7-15. The tour will visit various cities and small towns in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, […]

GLAAD voices outrage over President Trump’s choice to defend Joe Arpaio

NEW YORK, N.Y. – GLAAD, today voiced outrage over President Trump’s choice to defend former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a political rally last night in Phoenix, Arizona. Arpaio is infamous for his previous conviction of issuing racist, anti-immigrant policies in Maricopa County even after being ordered by a judge to stop racial targeting and […]

California Legislative LGBT Caucus introduces resolution to prevent discrimination against transgender service members

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On behalf of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 22 today condemning President Trump’s announcement that he will ban transgender individuals from serving in the military and directing the California military to not discriminate against transgender service members. “Trump’s decision to ban transgender people […]

Clooney Foundation gives $1 million to SPLC to fight hate groups

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In the wake of the deadly violence at a white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is partnering with the Clooney Foundation for Justice to increase the capacity of the SPLC to combat hate groups in the United States. Through the generous support of George & Amal […]

Latino Victory Project: No pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Latino Victory Project has called on President Trump to not pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, calling the former sheriff “America’s best-known racial profiler.” Last month, a federal judge found Arpaio guilty of contempt of court for willfully ignoring an order to stop racially profiling Latinos. “By pardoning America’s best-known […]

AFT president calls on Sessions, State AGs to take increased action to combat hate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten has sent letters to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and 50 state attorneys general urging a “new level” of action to combat hatred, bigotry and white supremacy following the weekend’s terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Va., and to safeguard the civil liberties of the American people […]

‘Billion Dollar Roundtable’ now includes LGBT, disability and veteran-owned businesses in corporate supply chains

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, and the USBLN (US Business Leadership Network), the disability inclusion business resource, have announced that The Billion Dollar Roundtable has voted to expand their criteria of diverse businesses counted toward a corporation’s billion dollar supply chain […]

Civil and Human Rights Coalition calls for Confederate statues to be removed from U.S. capitol

WASHINGTON—Today The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights called for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol. “As a nation, we must learn from our past. We need not idolize figures who sought to divide our country and advanced racism,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil […]

Steve Bannon leaves the White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The New York Times reported today that Steve Bannon, President Trump’s chief strategist is leaving the White House. “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement. “We are grateful […]

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights condemns Trump’s transgender military ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ condemned President Trump’s proposed transgender military ban. In their condemnation, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights stated, “The President’s mere announcement of a ban on transgender military service harms all Americans by sending a message that fosters and encourages prejudice, inconsistent with our core national […]

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