LGBT Rights
WATCH: Jay Leno, Frances Fisher, Ellie Smeal, and Others Speak Out to #StopTheSultan in Beverly Hills!

WATCH: Jay Leno, Frances Fisher, Ellie Smeal, and Others Speak Out to #StopTheSultan in Beverly Hills!

Couldn't make it to our May 5 rally to #StopTheSultan of Brunei's Taliban-like laws in Beverly Hills? No problem.
Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

An Arkansas state judge struck down an Arkansas law and state constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.
Los Angeles City Council Condemns Brunei's Taliban-Like Penal Code

Los Angeles City Council Condemns Brunei’s Taliban-Like Penal Code

The City Council of Los Angeles, California approved a resolution this week condemning Brunei's brutal new "kill-a-gay, flog-a-woman" penal code and urging the nation and its Sultan to divest its ownership of the Beverly Hills Hotel, not long after a similar resolution was unanimously approved by the Beverly Hills City Council.
Beverly Hills City Council Condemns Taliban-Like Brunei Penal Code

Beverly Hills City Council Condemns Taliban-Like Brunei Penal Code

"The City of Beverly Hills strongly condemns the government of Brunei as well as other governments which engage in similar policies for adopting laws that impose extreme and inhumane penalties including execution by stoning, flogging and severing of limbs."
PHOTOS: Feminists Rally Across from the Beverly Hills Hotel to #StopTheSultan!

PHOTOS: Feminists Rally Across from the Beverly Hills Hotel to #StopTheSultan!

Yesterday's star-studded #StopTheSultan rally was a huge success! We've got the photos to prove it.
Ellie Smeal, Mavis and Jay Leno, Dolores Huerta, and Others Will Speak at #StopTheSultan Rally

Ellie Smeal, Mavis and Jay Leno, Dolores Huerta, and Others Will Speak at #StopTheSultan Rally

The Feminist Majority, which has pulled its annual event from the Beverly Hills Hotel -- owned by the Sultan of Brunei -- will hold a rally at noon on May 5 across from the hotel, to urge the Sultan to rescind a Taliban-like Brunei penal code.
US Department of Education: Title IX Protects Transgender Students

US Department of Education: Title IX Protects Transgender Students

The United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights issued guidelines this week that Title IX prohibits discrimination against transgender students.
Brutal Brunei Penal Code Goes into Effect Today

Brutal Brunei Penal Code Goes into Effect Today

The Southeast Asian nation of Brunei today adopted the first phase of a brutal penal code that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians, the public flogging of women who have abortions, and the jailing of women who become pregnant outside of marriage.
TAKE ACTION: Protest Brunei's Kill-A-Gay and Flog-A-Woman Penal Code Online and in Beverly Hills!

TAKE ACTION: Protest Brunei’s Kill-A-Gay and Flog-A-Woman Penal Code Online and in Beverly Hills!

Please immediately reach out to the Sultan, the Brunei Embassy, the US Ambassador to Brunei, and the United Nations Secretary-General demanding that this new horrific Brunei penal code be rescinded.
Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights

Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights

India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
Activist Monica Jones Found Guilty of "Walking While Trans"

Activist Monica Jones Found Guilty of “Walking While Trans”

"I am saddened by the injustice that took place at my trial," she said in a statement, "but we are not giving up the fight. It's time that we end the stigma and the criminalization of sex work, the profiling of trans women of color, and the racist police system that harms so many of...
Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Gay Marriage Ban

Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Gay Marriage Ban

"Those in control of this state need to stop fighting the future. They must stop governing by fear. They must stop pretending there's some security blanket in laws that treat others unfairly."
Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill Permitting Use of Religion as Cover to Discriminate

Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill Permitting Use of Religion as Cover to Discriminate

The bill was strongly opposed by LGBT groups who have seen businesses in other states - such as florists, photographers, and bakers - refuse to provide services to same-sex couples. Members of the Arizona business community also opposed the bill, as did politicians on both sides.
Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Bill Into Law

Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Bill Into Law

In response, Norway and Denmark have already cut off aid to the Ugandan government, and Sweden and the US are considering a similar response.
Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Limit Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Limit Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a bill last week that would give states the power to decide whether to give married lesbian and gay couples the same federal benefits that heterosexual married couples receive.
Uganda President To Sign Anti-Gay Legislation

Uganda President To Sign Anti-Gay Legislation

The president of Uganda, Yoweni Museveni, released a statement Saturday saying he planned to sign the sweeping Anti-Homosexuality Bill that passed the nation's parliament in December.
Kansas Senate Comes Out Against Anti-Gay Legislation

Kansas Senate Comes Out Against Anti-Gay Legislation

If signed into law, HB 2453 would allow the refusal of government services to same-sex couples, as well as private services such as access to stores and medical services, making LGBTQ people effectively second-class citizens.
Judge Declares Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Judge Declares Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

"The plaintiffs ask for nothing more than to exercise a right that is enjoyed by the vast majority of Virginia's adult citizens."
Federal Court Hears Challenge to Texas Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Federal Court Hears Challenge to Texas Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Two same-sex couples in Texas have asked a federal judge to hear their case challenging the 2005 amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage. The couples will appear today in a San Antonio federal district court.
Justice Department Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in All Programs

Justice Department Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in All Programs

"As all-important as the fight against racial discrimination was then, and remains today, know this: My commitment to confronting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity runs just as deep.”