South Dakota passes bill authorizing taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people and single mothers

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Last night the South Dakota House of Representatives voted on yet another extreme measure attacking LGBT South Dakotans. By a vote of 46 to 10, the chamber passed HB 1107 – legislation that would explicitly authorize recipients of taxpayer funds or other state recognition to discriminate against same-sex couples, transgender people, and single mothers. HB 1107 is […]

Speaker Toni Atkins proclaims Feb. 14 as V-Day

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SACRAMENTO—The Assembly today passed ACR 132, a resolution authored by Speaker Toni G. Atkins that declares February 14, 2016 to be V-Day in California. V-Day was established 18 years ago by Eve Ensler, the writer of the acclaimed play “The Vagina Monologues,” to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. “The United Nations found […]

National Equality Action Team relaunches under Freedom for All Americans’ Leadership

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NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISO — Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) and Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) have announced that FFAA will serve as the new coalition chair of NEAT, the National Equality Action Team. MEUSA, the previous chair of the coalition, will be closing as an organization this Spring and has transferred its network and resources to FFAA. […]

South Dakota state senator says transgender people are ‘twisted’ and suggests they be subjected to psychological abuse (VIDEO)

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Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the ACLU of South Dakota strongly denounced comments made by South Dakota Republican State Sen. David Omdahl this weekend. In an attempt to justify why he will vote in favor of an extreme bill attacking transgender students in public schools, HB 1008, the vehemently anti-equality lawmaker said transgender […]

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes action to protect LGBTQ youth from ‘conversion therapy’

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will use the authority of his office to take historic action protecting LGBTQ youth in the Empire State from the dangerous and discredited practice of so-called “conversion therapy.”  As the first governor to use his executive authority to protect LGBTQ youth from the widely denounced practice, under his direction, three […]

UC Riverside psychology professor recruiting for new study analyzing the relationships of same-sex couples

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RIVERSIDE, Calif.  – Megan Robbins, assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, is looking to recruit 150 same- and opposite-sex married (or marriage-like) couples for a new study that will look at how couples interact in their daily lives. “I became interested in how lesbian and gay couples communicate after a study […]

Martin Shkreli invokes the Fifth Amendment and refuses to testify at House hearing

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WASHINGTON — Today, the public got a disturbing window into the actions of former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, a sniggering, contemptuous former hedge fund manager who led a scheme to turn a profit off of price hikes on a crucial life-saving drug. At a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing this morning, Shkreli […]

Washington State lawmakers advance second piece of legislation attacking transgender Americans

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Late last night by the Washington Senate Committee on Law and Justice voted four to three in favor of legislation that would specifically prohibit the state’s non-discrimination laws from protecting transgender people against discrimination in the use of sex-segregated facilities. The vote to advance SB 6548 comes shortly after a different Senate committee voted last week to […]

Off to the races

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We now know the winners of the Iowa caucuses; Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton. A self-proclaimed conservative outsider and the ultimate progressive insider. So America has a choice, the LGBT community does not. While the primaries are just beginning, I believe Iowa has actually chosen one eventual nominee and one that will flame out. Sure […]

South Dakota lawmakers advance two more extreme measures targeting LGBT Americans

South Dakota House

Today, South Dakota lawmakers moved forward with two more pieces of discriminatory legislation targeting LGBT South Dakotans – HB 1112 and HB 1107. Both passed through the House State Affairs committee today by a vote of 10 to 3. HB 1112 could ban transgender students from participating in athletic activities consistent with their gender identity and HB […]

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