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Civil and LGBT Rights Groups Call Out Trump’s Creation of New HHS Division

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the creation of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division today, demonstrating the administration’s commitment to laws that license discrimination against women, LGBT people, and others. The broad language could open the door for health care institutions and providers to refuse to treat women seeking abortions, people seeking(…)

New LGBT Report and Ad: Impact of Patchwork of Nondiscrimination Protections

Today, the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) launched a new report, LGBT Policy Spotlight: Public Accommodations Nondiscrimination Laws, that provides a comprehensive overview of the patchwork of federal, state, and local protections against discrimination in public spaces. The report is released in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, Freedom for All Americans, and the National Center for Transgender(…)

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Trump-Pence Anti-LGBTQ Nominees

Thursday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve 23 nominees to the executive and judicial branch. Four anti-LGBTQ nominees were advanced: Eric Dreiband to head the civil rights division of the Justice Department; Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Matthew Kacsmaryk to the U.S. District Court for the(…)

Arpaio Joins Slate of Anti-LGBT Candidates Vying for Arizona’s Open Senate Seat

Joe Arpaio | Photo: Gage Skidmore A the slate of anti-LGBTQ candidates have entered the race against Representative Kyrsten Sinema for Arizona’s open Senate seat. Tuesday, Joe Arpaio — whose infamous torture and racial profiling of immigrants and people of color has earned him both widespread derision and Trump’s presidential pardon — entered the race(…)

LGBTQ Laws Rated in HRC’s Annual State Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation in partnership with the Equality Federation, today released its fourth annual national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBTQ equality across America and placing states in one of four categories based on their pro- and anti-LGBTQ state laws. California falls into the category, “Working Toward Innovative Equality.”(…)