Africa’s first gay and inclusive competitive rugby team launches bold campaign

Jozi Cats

JOHANNESBURG — Jozi Cats – Africa’s first gay and inclusive competitive rugby club has launched a bold new initiative to recruit more players. The campaign, spearheaded and created by the Head of Havas PR South Africa, Chris Verrijdt, uses players from the rugby team in a series of shots with derogatory gay terms that question […]

Washington, D.C.-based spiritual community invites transgender people to use its bathroom


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The North Carolina law requiring transgender individuals to use the bathroom matching the gender on their birth certificate has had far-reaching effects. Businesses, as well as religious and spiritual communities, have responded in a variety of ways. One spiritual community has a welcome sign on its door: The Self-Realization Community of Greater […]

Fourth annual Long Beach Dyke March to take place May 20

Photo: Yvette Jessica

Friday evening, May 20, Long Beach women will take to the streets in Long Beach’s 4th Annual Rally and Dyke March. The Dyke March and Rally are free events at Bixby Park. The goal of a Dyke March is to increase lesbian visibility and support the rights of all women regardless of labels, including bisexual and […]

EJAF and HRC announce inaugural HIV 360° Fellowship Program (VIDEO)


NEW YORK –As part of the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s (EJAF) strategy to strengthen the resilience of the HIV/AIDS movement and to support initiatives that empower community-based leaders from diverse backgrounds, EJAF has joined the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in announcing the inaugural HIV 360° Fellowship Program. Ten outstanding young leaders will receive nine months […]

Petition calls on Disney to #GiveElsaAGirlfriend in upcoming ‘Frozen’ sequel


A Disney fan has started a Care2 petition urging Disney to #GiveElsaAGirlfriend in the upcoming sequel of the 2013 film Frozen. The Care2 petition captures the support surrounding the viral hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, which was started by Twitter user Alexis Isabel on April 30. Julie Rodriguez, who who started the petition, writes, “I was a huge Disney princess […]

House LGBT Caucus applauds Dept. of Justice for recognizing transgender discrimination is civil rights violation

Jared Polis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus applauded the Department of Justice for announcing that North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law violates civil rights laws and cannot be enforced.  The Caucus whose mission it is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality issued the following statement. “The Department of Justice’s statement makes it clear […]

U.S. Justice Department says HB2 violates federal law, gives Gov. McCrory Monday deadline


The U.S. Department of Justice has determined North Carolina’s discriminatory HB 2 violates federal civil rights law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.  As reported by the Charlotte Observer, “The department gave state officials until Monday to address the situation ‘by confirming that the State will […]

Oxford Ala. City Council votes to repeal anti-transgender ordinance


MONTGOMERY Ala. – At a special meeting earlier today, the Oxford, Ala, City Council voted 3-2  to repeal a discriminatory new ordinance that would have prevented transgender residents and visitors from using public restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity. This anti-transgender law was unprecedented in its establishment of criminal penalties for violations — including a […]

SPLC: Alabama town must repeal anti-transgender restroom ordinance

Oxford Ala

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and ACLU demanded today that the city of Oxford, Alabama, repeal an ordinance that makes it a crime for transgender people to use the public restroom that matches their gender identity, or risk legal action. In a letter to the City Council, the SPLC describes how the discriminatory ordinance violates […]

Republican presidential nomination: And then there was one


John Kasich announced today that he is suspending his presidential nomination campaign. This follows Ted Cruz’s announcement yesterday that he too was suspending his campaign leaving Donald Trump as the only contender for the Republican Party’s shot at the White House. John Kasich calls himself “the only hope,” in a Tweet announcing the suspension of […]

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