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House LGBT Caucus Commends Passage of Bipartisan Chechnya Resolution

The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus has commended the House of Representatives for passing H.Res.351, a bipartisan resolution condemning the detention, torture, and murders of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya. H.Res.351 was introduced by LGBT Caucus founding member and former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) on May 23rd and passed in(…)

US Senator Tammy Baldwin Sponsors Senate’s First Ever Resolution Recognizing June as Pride Month

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and several of their colleagues in introducing the first-ever Senate Resolution recognizing June as “LGBTQ Pride Month”. The resolution notes major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBT Americans and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBT individuals. Today, June 28,(…)

Court: NC Magistrates Can Refuse to Perform Same-sex Weddings

North Carolina’s law allowing magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages survived a challenge Wednesday when an appeals court determined that three couples weren’t harmed enough to fight the state’s use of taxpayer money to apply the law. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed their lawsuit, rejecting arguments by the couples that their(…)

Federal Court Reopens Intersex Passport Applicant Case

  A federal court in Denver on Tuesday reopened the case of an intersex person who sued the State Department after it denied them a passport.Dana Zzyym, a U.S. Navy veteran who is the associate director of the U.S. affiliate of the Organization Intersex International, applied for a passport in 2014 in order to travel(…)

HRC Launches Hub for Spanish-language Resources

Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) launched Recursos en Español de HRC, to expand outreach and resources for Spanish-speakers as well as Spanish-language media. HRC’s top resources will now be available in Spanish, including guides on a range of issues — from health, education, youth and religion to family and coming out — as well(…)

Farmer Says Gay Marriage Views Cost Him Market Spot

A Michigan apple grower who posted on Facebook that he wouldn’t allow gay couples to get married at his farm filed a lawsuit against the city of East Lansing on Wednesday after he was shut out of an outdoor farmer’s market. The city said Stephen Tennes wasn’t invited back to the market because vendors must(…)

New Studies Find One-fifth Homeless Youth Are Victims of Human Trafficking

Researchers announced findings today from the largest-ever combined sample of homeless youth in the United States and Canada, revealing that nearly one-fifth are victims of human trafficking, including those trafficked for sex, labor, or both.  The dual studies by researchers at The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania(…)

‘Diverse’ Co-chairs Named for LGBT March on Washington

  Organizers of a planned LGBT march on Washington scheduled for June 11, which has been named The Equality March for Unity and Pride, released on Wednesday the names of 12 of 13 co-chairs of the event but provided few additional details such as how it will be financed or the route of the march.(…)