Posts tagged "LGBTQ rights"
Obama Criticizes Russia's Anti-LGBT Position

Obama Criticizes Russia’s Anti-LGBT Position

On Tuesday, President Obama vocalized concern over Russia's anti-LGBT government policies on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Federal Bill Introduced to Protect LGBT Youth at Homeless Shelters

Federal Bill Introduced to Protect LGBT Youth at Homeless Shelters

Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Gwen Moore (D-WI) have introduced legislation in Congress to protect homeless LGBT youth from discrimination. The bill seeks to include LGBT protections within the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act, which is up for reauthorization this year.
Virginia Couples Fight Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Virginia Couples Fight Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Two Virginia couples filled a federal class action lawsuit Thursday against the commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban.
Mexican State of Colima Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

Mexican State of Colima Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

Lawmakers in the Mexican state of Colima voted to change the state constitution to allow civil unions Monday. Seven of the 10 municipality officials in the state approved the constitutional reform.
Olympic Committee says LGBT Activists Will Not Be Punished in Russia Under Anti-Gay Law

Olympic Committee says LGBT Activists Will Not Be Punished in Russia Under Anti-Gay Law

The International Olympic Committee has stated that LGBT athletes and visitors of the 2014 Winter Olympics will not be penalized under extreme anti-gay legislation passed in Russia last month.
DOMA Speaks, States React: The Marriage Equality Movement Goes to Pennsylvania and Beyond

DOMA Speaks, States React: The Marriage Equality Movement Goes to Pennsylvania and Beyond

Different states have had different reactions to the recent SCOTUS decision. Some state policies remain relatively similar to what they were before the decision and some states are taking action to pass same-sex marriage laws. Here's the latest on the new frontier of marriage equality: a state-by-state strategy to legalize gay partnerships.
LGBT and HIV-Positive Somali Refugees Fear Return Home

LGBT and HIV-Positive Somali Refugees Fear Return Home

Many gay, lesbian, and HIV-positive Somali refugees now fear persecution, jail, and even death sentences upon their return home after fleeing to Kenya to avoid harsh punishmentsharsh punishments under Sharia law.
From the Other Side: Prop 8 Through The Eyes of an Ex-Mormon

From the Other Side: Prop 8 Through The Eyes of an Ex-Mormon

In 2008, I was a Mormon sitting on the receiving end of congregational announcements about Prop 8.
Remembering The 40th Anniversary of the Upstairs Lounge Massacre

Remembering The 40th Anniversary of the Upstairs Lounge Massacre

The movement for LGBT equality is about more than marriage. It's about the ability to exist in the world without being burned alive.
Supreme Court Rules In Favor Marriage Equality

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Marriage Equality

Today the Supreme Court handed down two decisions affirming marriage rights for same-sex couples in the cases of US v Windsor and Hollingsworth v Perry.
Senator Lisa Murkowski Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Senator Lisa Murkowski Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski came out in support of same-sex marriage Wednesday during an interview with Anchorage television station KTUU. She also posted an op-ed about her position on her Senate website.
Delaware Legislature Passes Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act

Delaware Legislature Passes Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act

The Delaware Legislature passed the Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act Wednesday, adding gender identity as a protected nondiscrimination category alongside race, age, religion, and sexual orientation.
Gay Marriage is About to Have Its Golden Moment, But What About the Rest of Us?

Gay Marriage is About to Have Its Golden Moment, But What About the Rest of Us?

As we await the SCOTUS ruling on Proposition 8, I can't help but be bothered that there are many more urgent, pressing issues facing the LGBTQ community.
Russian Lower Parliament Approves Ban On "Gay Propaganda"

Russian Lower Parliament Approves Ban On “Gay Propaganda”

On Tuesday, Russia's Lower Parliament called the Duma unanimously passed a bill outlawing the distribution of LGBT "propaganda" to minors, essentially banning any form of support for LGBT rights in the country. 436 deputies voted in favor the bill, only one deputy abstained from the vote.
Syracuse Passes Transgender Nondiscrimination Legislation

Syracuse Passes Transgender Nondiscrimination Legislation

In a 7-1 vote yesterday, the Syracuse Common Council amended the Syracuse Fair Practice Law to include the protection of transgender and gender non-conforming people against discrimination. The passage of this legislation will prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations (such as restaurants, hotels, and stores) based on a person’s gender identity or expression....
Ugandan Speaker: "Kill A Gay" Bill Will Pass This Year

Ugandan Speaker: “Kill A Gay” Bill Will Pass This Year

This week Uganda’s parliamentary speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, said Uganda’s “Kill a Gay” bill will be passed by the end of the year and intends to offer it as a so-called “Christmas Gift” for Ugandans. Speaker Kadaga argues the people “are demanding it” be passed. The Anti-Homosexuality or “Kill a Gay” bill calls for the death...
Sweeping Victory for Marriage Equality

Sweeping Victory for Marriage Equality

Yesterday, voters in Maine, Washington, and Maryland voted to legalize same-sex marriage, and voters in in Minnesota rejected a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Same sex marriage is already legal in six states and the District of Columbia via legislative action. However, the issue of marriage...
Chick-Fil-A: Would You Like a Side of Homophobia and Misogyny with that Chicken Sandwich?

Chick-Fil-A: Would You Like a Side of Homophobia and Misogyny with that Chicken Sandwich?

This week, you may have heard that Chick-Fil-A doesn’t like gay people. In fact, you may have heard that Chick-Fil-A dislikes gay people so much that they donate┬ámillions of dollars to anti-gay rights organizations. When COO Dan Cathy was asked about these anti-gay feelings and these large sums of money in a recent interview, he...
Obama Evolves!

Obama Evolves!

by Audrey Bilger It’s official. After a week of speculation about whether the White House was going to take a strong stand on marriage equality, President Obama has gone on record in support of same-sex marriage rights. After explaining how his views have changed over the years, the President said the words that many of...