First same-sex couple legally marry at sea on a major cruise line

MIAMI, Fla, — In a historic ceremony hosted on board Celebrity Equinox, Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray became the first same-sex couple ever to be legally married at sea on a major cruise line. The grooms were joined by their immediate family for an intimate ceremony officiated by Captain Dimitrios Manetas. They exchanged vows against […]

Changes implemented in the way transgender offenders are accommodated in Canada’s federal prison system

OTTAWA — An important collaboration spanning several years between the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC), and Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) has resulted in changes to the way transgender offenders are accommodated in Canada’s federal prison system. These changes come in the wake of Parliament’s recent change to the Canadian […]

HRC endorses Gov. Cuomo for re-election

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced its endorsement of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for re-election. HRC also announced that Governor Cuomo will speak at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala this Saturday at the New York Marriott Marquis. “Gov. Cuomo has been a national champion for the LGBTQ community, with […]

Civil and LGBT rights advocacy groups react to Trump’s first SOTU address

President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, a lengthy speech which lasted 1 hour 20 minutes. Civil and LGBT rights advocacy groups reacted with disappointment at Trump’s speech criticizing heavily contested topics which were at the forefront of Trump’s speech including immigration, tax reform, and religious freedom. Trump […]

Lambda Legal delivers first resistance ‘pre-buttal’ to Trump’s State of the Union address

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Lambda Legal, delivered a resistance “pre-buttal” hours ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union Address. Lambda Legal’s Sharon McGowan, was joined on a media call by other resistance leaders including Todd Cox at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Kaylie Hanson Long at NARAL Pro-Choice America, Kristine Lucius at The […]

UC San Diego launches new bike-share program

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — UC San Diego has launched a new bike-share program, which could revolutionize how faculty, students and staff get around campus. The initiative is a collaboration between UC San Diego and Spin, a leading bike-share company that offers a fleet of orange-colored smart-bikes. Each bike is equipped with a GPS tracking device that […]

Sen. Atkins introduces bill to remove arbitrary cap on treatment time for breast cancer and cervical cancer

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) on Monday introduced SB 945, legislation that seeks to remove arbitrary caps in the state’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) for low-income, uninsured or underinsured patients. Currently, the BCCTP caps treatment for breast cancer at 18 months and treatment for cervical cancer at 24 months, regardless of […]

New data released on attitudes toward transgender people

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the global research firm IPSOS released the results of a 23 country survey, including the US, on attitudes toward transgender people. The data was collected online between October 24th and November 7th, 2017 and included the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, […]

Minneapolis to host first-ever NFL-sponsored LGBT party during Super Bowl week

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Esera Tuaolo is hosting the first ever NFL-supported Inclusion Party during Super Bowl week in Minneapolis to foster diversity and inclusion—especially LGBT inclusion—in the National Football League (“NFL”).   Through the popularity of the world’s largest professional sporting event, organizers hope the party will promote equality and acceptance in all professional sporting disciplines, and in society as a whole. The […]

New poll reveals overwhelming majority of millennials support DACA and pathways to citizenship

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Given the current debate taking place in Congress over immigration, GenForward at the University of Chicago released a timely survey today with recent data on millennials’ views on immigration in the United States. Millennials across race and ethnicity groups overwhelmingly agree that undocumented individuals who currently meet DACA eligibility should be granted […]

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