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Out & Equal Announces Recipients of Inaugural Global Fellowship Program

After a competitive application process featuring applicants from more than 20 countries on five continents, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates has announced its inaugural cohort of Global Fellows: Levis Nderitu, Sullivan Reed Society, Kenya; Suresh Ramdas, HP Inc., India; and Kaspars Zalitis, Association Open Centre, Latvia. “Each and every one of our Global Fellows is(…)

LGBTQ Americans Report More Financial Struggles and Anxiety Over Money than Other Americans

LGBTQ Middle Americans are more likely to worry about the direction of the country, feel less financially secure, and struggle more with personal financial issues than other Americans, according to research by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MassMutual). “Nearly half (47 percent) of Middle-income earners who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning  (LGBTQ)(…)

Lambda Legal Blasts Trump; DOJ Over Plans to Undermine Affirmative Action Policies

Lambda Legal CEO Rachel B. Tiven blasted the Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions over new reports revealing plans to undermine and attack affirmative action policies. A report from The New York Times this week affirmed the effort will dedicate resources from the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative(…)

25 Ways President Trump Has Attacked the LGBTQ Community Since Taking Office

GLAAD today released a list of 25 ways President Donald Trump and his administration have attacked the LGBTQ community since taking office Jan. 20. The list stems from GLAAD’s Trump Accountability Project, which tracks the Administration’s anti-LGBTQ movements and calls on media to expose them. From erasing any mention of the LGBTQ community from the(…)

Out Gay Businessman Jeffrey Payne Announces Run for Texas Governor

Jeffrey Payne Dallas businessman Jeffery Payne on Friday, July 14, announced that he is running for governor of Texas, challenging Republican incumbent Greg Abbott, who he characterizes as a “disaster for Texans” and a governor who “offers nothing in the way of new ideas.” “Texas needs a governor who believes in real Texas values, like(…)

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(…)