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Texas Attorney General has Dinner with 8-year-old Trans Boy, Still Attacking LGBT Rights

  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton accepted an invite to have dinner with a transgender 8-year-old whose rights he is trying to attack. The right-wing Republican lawmaker has dedicated much of his career to launching lawsuits aimed at blocking LGBT rights protections. Paxton this year launched a case that blocked an Obama administration directive protecting transgender students(…)

Indiana Legislature Shrugs off LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections

Advocates on both sides of Indiana‘s debate over the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents remained divided and were unable to make recommendations Tuesday to a committee of lawmakers considering the topic ahead of the upcoming legislative session. Lawmakers sought public input on the possibility of adding LGBT civil rights protections into state(…)

Human Rights Advocates Blast Trump’s Immigration Policy

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump delivered his long-awaited speech on immigration yesterday in Phoenix, Ariz. Hard on the heels of his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Trump doubled down on his harsh immigration rhetoric vowing “no amnesty” for undocumented migrants living in the United States and promising to build a “beautiful” and “impenetrable”(…)

New Nonpartisan Poll Shows LGBTQ Equality is a Winning Message

A new national poll shows Americans are strongly rejecting laws like North Carolina’s HB2, which targeted transgender people and wrote discrimination into state law. The national survey released by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute found that only 35 percent support such laws, while 64 percent of Americans oppose them. What’s more, only 30 percent(…)

DOL Issues Regulations Ensuring Federal Contractors Comply with LGBTQ Non-discrimination Protections

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations implementing President Obama’s executive order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. Among its provisions, the regulations will help to ensure companies contracting with the federal government comply with non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Thomas Perez “Federal contracts should deliver value for taxpayers in a(…)

Campus Pride Releases Annual “Best of the Best” Top 30 List of the LGBTQ-friendly Campuses

Campus Pride chose thirty campuses to highlight this year based on their overall ratings on the Campus Pride Index and specific LGBTQ-inclusive benchmark measures.  The Campus Pride Index is the premier national benchmarking tool which self-assesses LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices. The tool is free of charge and can be found online at www.CampusPrideIndex.org.  Currently there are(…)