Fearless Freedom Rider and activist Carol Ruth Silver continues to make a difference in the lives of many

During my eight year assignment in Silicon Valley, I had the opportunity to meet former San Francisco City Supervisor Carol Ruth Silver. Silver served in San Francisco City Hall from 1978 to 1989 and served with Supervisor Harvey Milk. Silver was a fearless political ally of Milk and she has a role in the Milk […]

Lawmakers resolution marks ‘LGBT Equality Day’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) reintroduced their resolution to designate June 26, as “LGBT Equality Day,” honoring the anniversary of three significant victories won at the U.S. Supreme Court for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. “America should celebrate the progress we have made to pass […]

HRC: Two years after Obergefell, it’s time for the Equality Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, on the two-year anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has called on Congress and the Trump administration to finally enact the Equality Act and establish full federal equality for millions of LGBTQ people. Today also marks the anniversaries of three other important […]

Anti-Semitism rears its head at Dyke March Chicago

CHICAGO — Yesterday, several Jewish participants in the Dyke March Chicago were told to leave the event because their flags had the Jewish Star of David. Laurel Grauer, one of the participants ejected from the parade, told the Windy City Times that she not only was told to leave but was publicly harassed by other […]

Supreme Court to take up case about cake shop refusing service to same-sex couple

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court today announced it will review a decision from the Colorado Court of Appeals that found that a cake shop discriminated against a same-sex couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake. In 2012, Colorado residents David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop to order a wedding cake. Mullins and […]

Trump-Pence endorse agenda of anti-LGBTQ organization

WASHINGTON, DC — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and GLAAD has condemned the Trump Administration for celebrating an organization dedicated to undermining LGBTQ people and families. Friday, Vice President Mike Pence — who has his own long and extensive record opposing LGBTQ equality — spoke on behalf of the Trump administration at an anniversary celebration of […]

Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ushers in broad discrimination against LGBTQ people in Mississippi

NEW YORK – The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decided Thursday to lift an injunction on HB 1523, granting Mississippians the ability to use so-called “religious exemptions” to deny LGBTQ people employment, housing, adoption rights, marriage licenses, and even services at a local business. “LGBTQ people in Mississippi learned that they could be wrongly […]

Activists to discuss concerns of HIV/AIDS long-term survivors

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Aging with HIV, cognition, isolation, and proper nutrition are a few of the topics that will be discussed at Living a Positive Life, a workshop for HIV/AIDS long-term survivors and all those affected by the epidemic. Scott Letendre, MD, UCSD will be joined by activists Andy Kaytes, UCSD Community Advisory Board, […]

ACLU to serve as a Grand Marshal in New York City LGBT Pride march

NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union will join the New York City LGBT Pride March on Sunday, June 25, as one of the march’s four grand marshals. The first LGBT Pride March was held in 1970, two years after the Stonewall riots. The ACLU will be joined as grand marshal by transgender advocate and […]

National HIV- and STD-focused organizations reject ‘inhumane’ Senate health care bill

Friday, AIDS United, NASTAD, the National Council of STD Directors, NMAC and The AIDS Institute join together to reject the inhumane Senate healthcare bill, which will decimate Medicaid, change private insurance reforms that protect people living with or at risk of HIV and/or STDs, and undermines public health infrastructure. “The Senate health care bill will […]

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