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80 CEOs and Business Leaders Demand North Carolina Repeal Anti-LGBT Law

More than 80 leading CEOs and business leaders calling on Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the radical provisions in the deeply discriminatory House Bill 2 that was rammed through the legislature last week. The letter — signed by dozens of CEOs from across the nation — comes only a day after Georgia(…)

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Earns Award for LGBT-inclusive Policies

The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the storied healthcare facility of U.S. presidents and wounded warriors, is making history again, becoming the first U.S. active military medical facility to earn the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality designation. The world’s largest military hospital is joined this year by a growing(…)

Study Examines Where Twitter’s Haters Live

  The website Abado examined millions of tweets for “slurs and other prejudiced language against black people, Hispanic/Latino people, women, gays and lesbians, transgender people, people with disabilities, and the overweight.” Topping their list for anti-gay tweets was Buffalo. Here’s their overall breakdown by state: Altogether, Louisiana places first with 1,155 slur-containing tweets out of(…)

Experts and Advocates Condemn Discrimination Disguised as Religious Freedom

Earlier today, experts, civil rights leaders and a member of Congress hosted a press call to condemn the “religious freedom” arguments used to justify discrimination in state-based legislation and in the upcoming Supreme Court arguments in Zubik v. Burwell. On the call, The Leadership Conference Education Fund released an update to its recent report Striking(…)

Kansas House Sends Legislative Attack on LGBT College Students to Governor

  The Kansas House of Representatives has passed SB 175 – a bill that would put LGBT college students at even greater risk of discrimination. Now headed to Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk, the legislation would force public universities to fund student organizations that discriminate by restricting their membership and denying LGBT students from participating under(…)

HRC Announces First Round of House and Senate Endorsements

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced that HRC’s Board of Directors, comprised of community leaders from across the nation, voted Friday to issue the following Congressional endorsements focusing on incumbent members of Congress. “From supporting nationwide marriage equality, to co-sponsoring the Equality Act, these members of Congress have demonstrated a strong commitment to equality(…)

Bill Takes Aim at Homophobic Tyrants Who Persecute LGBT People

  A Democratic US Senator has introduced a bill that would deny visas to foreigners complicit in the persecution of LGBT people. Jeanne Shaheen, the Senator for New Hampshire and a close ally of Hillary Clinton, introduced the Global Respect Act in the Senate this week. The LGBT rights bill takes aim at people who(…)

Lambda Legal Wins Lawsuit Against Feds For Social Security Benefits For Lesbian Widow

  Today Lambda Legal announced the resolution of its lawsuit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) brought on behalf of Kathy Murphy, a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (the National Committee). “The Social Security Administration has finally adjusted Kathy’s(…)