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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(…)

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(…)