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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(…)

ACLU Files Lawsuit Demanding Documents on Plans to Implement Trump Religious Exemptions Executive Order

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against four federal agencies demanding documents from the Trump administration that provide clarity on how the administration plans to implement its ‘religious freedom’ executive order. The ACLU initially filed records requests with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, Justice,(…)

Rhode Island: The 10th State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has signed her state’s bill outlawing ex-gay torture. That brings us to ten states, Washington DC, and host of cities big and small around the country. Via press release: “No child should be put through the dangerous and inhumane practice of conversion therapy,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Medical(…)

NMAC Launches Campaign to Fight Proposed Cuts to HIV Services

Today, NMAC Launches “Save Our Services,” an innovative campaign created to empower Americans across the country in fighting the proposed federal budget cuts that would cause severe harm to vital HIV treatment and prevention services. SOS will enlist the advocacy of community volunteers to contact their representatives in Congress both in their home offices during(…)

New Report Cites Racial Discrimination as Barrier for LGBTQ People of Color in Nonprofits

The Building Movement Project (BMP) today released a new report, Working at the Intersections: LGBTQ Nonprofit Staff and the Racial Leadership Gap, analyzing the experiences of people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer (LGBTQ) working in the nonprofit sector. The report builds on data from BMP’s Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race Survey, conducted(…)

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(…)

College Choice Releases 2017 Ranking of the 50 Best Colleges for LGBTQ Students

College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published a ranking of the 50 Best Colleges for LGBTQ Students. Choosing a college is an overwhelming process in and of itself. But for LGBTQ identified folks, the task is all the more intimidating. To succeed academically it’s important to succeed socially;(…)

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(…)