Lambda Legal to Senate: Indecent, extremist, anti-LGBT nominees have no place on the federal bench

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the confirmation of unqualified Leonard Steven Grasz to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit last night, the United States Senate is preparing to put two more of Donald Trump’s extreme, anti-LGBT judicial nominees on the federal bench this week, beginning with of Don Willett to the Fifth Circuit […]

HRC to honor transgender advocate Gavin Grimm at Time to THRIVE conference on LGBTQ youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) has  announced that it will honor transgender advocate Gavin Grimm with an Upstander Award at the organization’s annual Time to THRIVE Conference on February 16-18 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando. The conference is co-presented by the National Education Association and the American Counseling […]

LGBT rights groups mourn the passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Ed Lee,  the first Asian American mayor of San Francisco, died early Tuesday after a heart attack. Lee was 65. “We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Mayor Lee was a tireless advocate for LGBTQ equality who worked to make San Francisco a stronger, more […]

Alabama elects Doug Jones to US Senate

Voters in Alabama have elected Doug Jones, making him the first Democrat to win a U.S. Senate seat in the state in 25 years. Jones defeated Roy Moore, the bigoted anti-LGBTQ politician twice ousted from the Alabama Supreme Court for ethics violations and recently accused of serially preying on teen girls. The Associated Press called […]

Pride Community Advisory Council meets for first time

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — During last year’s controversial firing of San Diego LGBT Pride Executive Director Stephen Whitburn, the board of directors of San Diego LGBT Pride faced board meetings that were packed with hundreds of concerned community leaders and members who felt that the board was not listening to the community and that they […]

Trump-Pence’s anti-LGBTQ nominee confirmed for lifetime judicial appointment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate voted today to confirm Leonard Steven Grasz to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Grasz was confirmed with a vote of 50-48. LGBT and civil rights groups were quick to denounce the confirmation. “We are deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans have voted to confirm […]

Court rejects Trump’s attempt to delay trans military enlistment

The Federal District Court in D.C. has rejected the Trump Administration’s request for a partial stay in the case Doe V. Trump, a challenge to Trump policy brought forward by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). The stay would have allowed the Trump administration to delay accepting […]

Covered California’s Dec. 15 deadline nears to get health coverage by Jan. 1

As the calendar turns to 2018, Covered California is ringing the Christmas bell that a wonderful gift awaits most people who sign up for health insurance by Dec. 15 — lower prices. A new analysis finds that the net monthly premiums for the 85 percent of Covered California enrollees who get financial help — the […]

Human rights organizations applaud African Commission’s launch of HIV Report

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire –  On International Human Rights Day, regional human rights organizations have commended the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) on the adoption and launch of the summary version of the Report on the Law and Human Rights in the African Human Rights System: Key Challenges and Opportunities during ICASA 2017 […]

AIDS Services Foundation Orange County to become Radiant Health Centers

IRVINE, Calif.–AIDS Services Foundation Orange County, a local organization that has helped people living with HIV and those at risk for over 32 years, has adopted a new name, Radiant Health Centers. The change takes effect immediately. “While our name has changed, our caring and compassion has not,” said Phil Yaeger, CEO of Radiant Health […]

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