Advancing an AIDS-free generation by accelerating children’s treatment

White House World Aids Day Saturday

From the Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog: Earlier this month, at an event co-hosted by the Office of First Lady Michelle Obama at the African Leaders Summit, several new steps towards advancing the President’s goal of an AIDS-free generation were announced. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Children’s [...]

HRC: Origins of Internet transphobia originating from Capitol Hill should be investigated

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WASHINGTON –– Today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) condemned the alleged use of taxpayer-provided equipment on Capitol Hill to spread intolerance over the Internet. Reports that transphobic edits of a Wikipedia site for the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” were made anonymously from IP addresses linked to Congressional office buildings are “deeply troubling,” [...]

Florida marriage ban ruled unconstitutional by federal court

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Today U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled against Florida’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making the Sunshine State the latest to see such a ban struck down in federal court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June.  In Brenner v. Scott, the private attorneys sued the state on behalf [...]

Anti-LGBT extremist Scott Lively qualifies for ballot in Massachusetts gubernatorial election

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The Boston Globe has reported that the infamous anti-LGBT extremist Scott Lively qualified to be on the ballot as an independent candidate for the Massachusetts gubernatorial election this fall.  Well-known for his anti-LGBT advocacy in Uganda, Russia, and elsewhere around the world, Lively submitted the necessary paperwork and collected the required 10,000 certified signatures, according [...]

Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriages in Virginia

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to a stay on a federal appeals court’s ruling against Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage, blocking same-sex marriages from taking place this week in the state, reports the Washington Blade. The Supreme Court granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to delay a decision by the [...]

Federal court rules Indiana must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

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WASHINGTON – Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young ruled in Bowling v. Pence that Indiana’s law prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions is unconstitutional. The decision was stayed, pending an appeal.  Judge Young previously struck down the state’s marriage ban in a ruling on a case known as Baskin [...]

Dept. of Labor: ‘Sex discrimination extends to gender identity and transgender status’

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Tuesday, Patricia A. Shiu director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs posted through the Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor that the department had  issued guidance stating that transgender federal employees and employees of federal contractors are covered under nondiscrimination protections that apply to sex. The federal government holds contracts with [...]

National AIDS Memorial Scholarship program named in honor of AIDS educator Pedro Zamora

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SAN FRANCISCO– The National AIDS Memorial Grove announced today the naming of its youth scholarship program in honor of AIDS educator, activist and reality television pioneer Pedro Zamora, who passed away 20 years ago from an AIDS-related illness. The Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship Program will help foster the next generation of leaders, helping support [...]

Family Research Council uses Robin Williams’ suicide to push ‘Ex-Gay’ therapy

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Equality Matters latest post reveals how the Family Research Council (FRC) used actor and comedian Robin Williams’ suicide to champion discredited “ex-gay” therapy, comparing treatment for mental illness to treatment for homosexuality. In an August 18 post for the FRC’s blog, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg compared the late actor’s struggles with addiction and depression to people struggling [...]

Jim Jeffords, former U.S. Senator and early supporter of LGBT equality within the Republican Party dies at age 80

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James Jeffords, the former Republican congressman and senator from Vermont who famously dropped his party affiliation in 2001 has died at age 80. A moderate with a clear-eyed independent streak, Jeffords was an early supporter of LGBT equality within the Republican Party—jointly introducing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the U.S. Senate with Senators Edward Kennedy [...]

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