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Equality Federation Launches New Tools to Combat Tide of Anti-LGBTQ Legislation Washing Across the U.S.

Equality Federation launched the Legislative Action Center (LAC). The LAC will empower state-based LGBTQ organizations to hold their ground during turbulent state legislative sessions while also winning nondiscrimination protections and other important policy advances for LGBTQ people and their families. With these new tools, Equality Federation can anticipate committee hearings, floor votes, and other important(…)

59 Anti-LGBT Bills Are Active Nationwide

According to the legislation tracker Protect Thy Neighbor, there are presently 59 anti-LGBT bills active nationwide in state legislatures. The site is tracking this post-Obergefell avalanche in multiple categories including same-sex marriage, adoption, healthcare, public accommodations, and religious liberty. Hit the link, check out your home state, and bookmark the site, which is a project(…)

HRC Previews Anti-LGBT State and Local Legislation

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) previewed state and local legislative battles in the year ahead, including anti-LGBT bills likely to be considered in at least 27 states. HRC anticipates that, as in 2015, anti-LGBT activists will push for measures that give legal cover to discrimination against LGBT Americans in dozens of states. The analysis also highlights opportunities to(…)

Do the Majority of Americans Still Get Angry About LGBTQ Rights?

 In a new poll, only 22 percent of respondents said they’d be angry at a hypothetical headline that read: “More Than 100,000 Couples Have Wed Since Supreme Court Ruling.” As we inch closer to the 2016 election, a new survey by Esquire and NBC News called American Rage polls 3,000 Americans to get a sense(…)

House Republicans Defeat Motion to Safeguard Protections for LGBT Employees of Federal Contractors

  Today, House Republicans defeated a motion in the U.S. House of Representatives to safeguard President Obama’s executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) During consideration of a bill to require federal agencies to cut costs by eliminating existing regulations, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) offered a procedural motion(…)

Gay Publisher Tim Campbell Has Passed Away

Gay rights activist Tim Campbell died December 26, 2015, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 76, from esophageal cancer. Campbell was perhaps best known as the publisher of the GLC Voice newspaper in Minneapolis, which came out from 1979 through 1992. During that period he was the go to person in Minneapolis for the(…)