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Lambda Legal Blasts Trump; DOJ Over Plans to Undermine Affirmative Action Policies

Lambda Legal CEO Rachel B. Tiven blasted the Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions over new reports revealing plans to undermine and attack affirmative action policies. A report from The New York Times this week affirmed the effort will dedicate resources from the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative(…)

25 Ways President Trump Has Attacked the LGBTQ Community Since Taking Office

GLAAD today released a list of 25 ways President Donald Trump and his administration have attacked the LGBTQ community since taking office Jan. 20. The list stems from GLAAD’s Trump Accountability Project, which tracks the Administration’s anti-LGBTQ movements and calls on media to expose them. From erasing any mention of the LGBTQ community from the(…)

Out Gay Businessman Jeffrey Payne Announces Run for Texas Governor

Jeffrey Payne Dallas businessman Jeffery Payne on Friday, July 14, announced that he is running for governor of Texas, challenging Republican incumbent Greg Abbott, who he characterizes as a “disaster for Texans” and a governor who “offers nothing in the way of new ideas.” “Texas needs a governor who believes in real Texas values, like(…)

LGBTQ Advocates Convene in Alexandria to Build Power of Movement

Leaders of state-based equality organizations—from Equality California to Equality Maine—and key national partners, will convene at Equality Federation’s 20th annual Leadership Conference in Alexandria, Virginia July 26-29. Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director of Equality Federation, said this year’s conference is especially consequential: “As our movement resists an extraordinarily hostile Administration and continued attacks on our freedoms(…)

Supreme Court Turns its Back on Gay Discrimination Case

  With lower courts clearly split on the issue of whether employers may discriminate against gay and lesbian employees because of their sexual orientation, the question is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Thursday denied a full-court rehearing of the case of Jameka Evans, who(…)

Chuck Renslow, Chicago Bar-owner and Founder of International Mr. Leather, Dies

Chuck Renslow, 87, a longtime pillar of the LGBTQ community in Chicago and around the world, has died after multiple long-term health issues, Windy City Times reports. Renslow reigned over a seven-decade empire, starting more than two dozen businesses—bars, discos, photo studios, health clubs, bathhouses, gay magazines and newspapers, hotels, restaurants and bookstores. He fostered organizations and dealt with Mafia and police(…)

President Trump Adds Anti-transgender Activist to Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Rights

President Trump has appointed anti-transgender activist Bethany Kozma to serve as senior advisor to the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the US Agency for International Development.  Kozma’s title is senior adviser for women’s empowerment and through this appointment, the Trump administration has added yet another anti-LGBTQ activist to what has already been(…)

Texas Supreme Court Rules Against Benefits For Same-sex Couples

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court extending marriage equality nationwide — and a recent declaration from justices affirming that decision — the Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled against spousal benefits for married same-sex couples. Writing for the court, Justice Jeffrey Boyd determined the 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges “is not the end” on the(…)