LGBT Rights
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US Ambassador to Brunei, and the United Nations Secretary-General demanding that this new horrific Brunei penal code be rescinded.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.”
REPORT: While Marriage Equality Expands Nationwide, Other LGBT Needs Remain Unmet

REPORT: While Marriage Equality Expands Nationwide, Other LGBT Needs Remain Unmet

"While the past two years have shown incredible gains toward securing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, the LGBT movement still has a long way to go to achieve full equality and broad acceptance for LGBT people across the nation."
Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled late yesterday that Oklahoma's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages violates the US constitution.
US Government Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Marriages

US Government Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Marriages

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday that it will recognize the approximately 1,300 marriages of same-sex couples who married in Utah in the past few weeks. The legal battle over same-sex marriage has been progressing quickly in Utah after US District Judge Robert Shelby ruled on December 20 that Utah’s ban on...
Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Same Sex Marriages in Utah

Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Same Sex Marriages in Utah

The Supreme Court issued a temporary order today blocking new same-sex marriages in Utah in order to allow more time for a federal appeals court to consider the issue.
Protests Follow India Supreme Court's Reinstatement of Gay Sex Ban

Protests Follow India Supreme Court’s Reinstatement of Gay Sex Ban

"To say in this day and age that LGBT rights should not be recognized is extremely regressive and extremely disappointing," said Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.
Report Reveals LGBT People of Color Are Most Disadvantaged Workers

Report Reveals LGBT People of Color Are Most Disadvantaged Workers

Inequality, lack of workplace protections, and violence and discrimination in schools all contribute to high rates of poverty and unemployment for many LGBT workers of color.
Hawaii Governor Signs Marriage Equality Bill

Hawaii Governor Signs Marriage Equality Bill

"We have moved into a new era of Aloha for same-sex couples, who can now share in the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Senate Passes  ENDA After 19 Years

Senate Passes ENDA After 19 Years

Twenty-one states have laws that protect against sexual orientation discrimination in workplaces, and 17 states protect against gender identity discrimination. This still leaves 33 states where a person can be fired for no other reason than being who they are.