UN-based LGBTQ advocacy group critical of Trump’s first major speech to the UNGA

NEW YORK, N.Y. — President Trump delivered his first major speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) today. Warming the hearts of his core voters, Trump railed against North Korea giving the regime his harshest warning yet. “The U.S. has great strength and patience but if it is forced to defend itself or its […]

Nurses condemn latest bill to decimate care

OAKLAND, Calif. — National Nurses United today condemned the renewed effort by Republicans in the United States Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and deny healthcare to millions of low and middle-income Americans. “This last ditch attempt to repeal the ACA poses a mortal threat to the health and wellbeing of patients across the […]

HRC urges ‘No’ vote on new health bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — HRC has responded to the proposed Cassidy-Graham “health care” proposal in the U.S. Senate calling it yet another effort by President Trump and some Senate Republicans to take away health care from millions of Americans. HRC strenuously opposes any attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would harm millions of Americans […]

Atkins sends 12 bills to Gov. Brown, including landmark housing and LGBTQ-rights legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Friday, the last day of the first year of the 2017-2018 legislative session, the California Senate gave final approval to SB 2, legislation authored by Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) that creates a permanent source of funding for affordable housing. SB 2 is part of a landmark package of Senate bills […]

Post-Charlottesville Hate Crimes Summit Coalition sends recommendations to the DOJ

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friday, a broad coalition of civil and human rights, religious, and educational organizations, including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to recommend concrete steps the Department can and should take in the wake of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville and […]

Senate blocks vote on bipartisan amendment to protect the rights of transgender service members

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Senate has blocked the Gillibrand-Collins Amendment, that would have protected transgender service members from President Donald Trump’s discriminatory transgender military ban. This amendment received bipartisan support, however, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has refused to bring it up for a vote during floor debate for the FY2018 National […]

Health, human and civil rights advocates warn Trump HHS will weaken health law’s nondiscrimination provision

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Even as another attempt surfaces in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid funding, the Trump administration is working to revise a provision of the law (Section 1557) that outlaws discrimination against sex and gender identity in federally funded health programs. In a media briefing call today, experts from […]

Affordable-Housing Bill clears major hurdle, passes on Assembly floor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Assembly today voted 54-25 to pass SB 2 – the Building Homes and Jobs Act – legislation authored by Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) that will create a permanent source of funding for affordable housing.Following the vote Atkins made the following statement: “California is in crisis. Rising housing costs affect […]

Trump’s ban already harming transgender troops and the U.S. military, Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN tell court

SEATTLE, Wash. – Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN Thursday asked a federal court to halt immediately all steps taken to implement the Trump Administration’s discriminatory plan to ban transgender individuals from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. “Before the President’s vicious attack on transgender Americans, transgender service members had been serving openly and proudly in […]

ACLU seeks immediate halt to Trump’s transgender service member ban

BALTIMORE — The American Civil Liberties Union and the law firm Covington & Burling LLP today asked a judge to immediately halt to the Trump administration’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military while their lawsuit challenging the ban moves through the court system. The motion for preliminary injunction was filed on behalf […]

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