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HRC Joins Allies to Demand a Clean DREAM Act

The Human Rights Campaign joined Dreamers from across the nation on Capitol Hill to demand that Congress pass a clean DREAM Act and protect thousands of dreamers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. “Thousands of lives are already at risk and if Congress fails to act, many more dreamers — including more than(…)

Stark Partisan Divisions Over Russia Probe, Including Its Importance to the Nation

A majority of Americans say they think senior members of Donald Trump’s administration definitely or probably had improper contacts with Russia during last year’s presidential campaign. And most are at least somewhat confident that special counsel Robert Mueller will conduct a fair investigation into the matter. Republicans and Democrats are deeply divided in views of(…)

Sen. Toni Atkins to Become First Woman to Lead California Senate

Toni Atkins The state Senate’s Democratic Caucus announced today that state Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) will become Senate president pro tem in 2018, becoming the first woman to lead the chamber. State Senate leader Kevin de León said in a statement, “Four years ago, our Caucus elected the first Latino leader in over a(…)

LGBT Congressional Staff Association Joins Call for Action to Address Sexual Harassment

Today, the LGBT Congressional Staff ssociation, Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association, Congressional Black Associates, Congressional Hispanic Staff Association, Congressional South Asian American Staff Association, Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association, Italian-American Congressional Staff Association, Professional Administrative Managers Staff Organization, Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus, Senate GLASS Caucus, and Women’s Congressional Staff Association together issued the following(…)

Sen. Tammy Baldwin Honored with Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, the first member of  the LGBT community elected to the U.S. Senate, has been presented with the international Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award. In 1961, Sarria, War World II  Veteran and proud Latino became the first openly gay candidate to run for public office in America. In 1965,(…)

Australian Parliament Legalizes Marriage Equality

The Australian House of Representatives’ has voted overwhelmingly in favor of marriage equality legislation. The measure passed with only four votes against it. The Australian Senate previously passed the measure by a vote of 43 to 12. After the Governor-General gives the legislation official approval in a formality known as “Royal Assent,” marriage equality will(…)

Austrian Court rules to Legalize Marriage Equality Starting in 2019

Austria’s highest court ruled Tuesday to fully legalize marriage equality by 2019 after declaring the law restricting LGBTQ partnership to civil unions discriminatory. With this historic decision, the current restrictions on LGBTQ Austrians will be overturned on December 31, 2018 and marriage equality will be in full effect starting Jan. 1, 2019. “Today, the differentiation(…)