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Presidential Proclamation — World AIDS Day, 2015

  The White House has released a Proclamation by the President on World AIDS Day. The Proclamation follows: More than three decades ago, the first known cases of HIV/AIDS sparked an epidemic in the United States — ushering in a time defined by how little we knew about it and in which those affected by(…)

HRC Releases 2016 Buyer’s Guide to Businesses Supporting LGBT Workplace Inclusion

Just in time for Black Friday and the holiday shopping season, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation has released its popular consumer guide to hundreds of American companies rated on their LGBT-inclusive policies and practices. The Buying for Workplace Equality guide, first issued more than a decade ago, provides invaluable consumer information based on company(…)

Marco Rubio: ‘Ignore’ Gay Marriage Decision Because ‘God’s Rules Always Win’

In an interview today with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Sen. Marco Rubio said that the Supreme Court’s rulings on marriage equality and abortion rights in the Obergefell and Roe decisions, respectively, are “not settled law.” The Republican presidential candidate said that states should “do everything possible within the constraints that its placed(…)

EQCA: California and LGBT Congressmembers Voted for ‘Ignorance and Fear’

In response to last week’s vote in favor of HR 4038, the so-called American Security against Foreign Enemies Act, by members of California’s congressional delegation and openly LGBT congressmembers, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement: “Last week’s vote was a victory for ignorance and fear.  We are deeply disappointed that the(…)

New Trans Immigrant Leadership Initiative Launched

  On the National Day of Action to End Trans Detention, Transgender Law Center, along with members of the #Not1More campaign, announced a new national initiative, Honor Trans Immigrant Lives, to build leadership and capacity within transgender immigrant communities. While there has been significant work to end the detention and abuse of transgender people being held in(…)

White House to Recognize LGBT Artists as “Champions of Change”

On Monday, November 23, the White House will recognize nine individuals from across the country as “White House LGBT Artists Champions of Change.” These individuals were selected by the White House for their artistry in advocating for the LGBT community. The program will feature remarks by Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett and Secretary(…)

FBI Releases 2014 Hate Crime Statistics

  Today, the FBI released Hate Crime Statistics, 2014, the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest compilation about bias-motivated incidents throughout the nation. Submitted by 15,494 law enforcement agencies, the data provide information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes; however, the UCR Program does not estimate offenses for the jurisdictions of(…)