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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(…)

GMCLA Returns from Historic Visit with Cuban, U.S. Leaders in Havana

A delegation consisting of 13 members from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA), including its CEO Chris Verdugo, Artistic Director Joe Nadeau, and West Hollywood Council Member and Board President John Duran, returned this week from an unprecedented and historic visit to an island nation that is just beginning to re-establish normalized relations(…)

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(…)

National Child Welfare Advocates Issue Letter Opposing Nebraska’s Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released a letter from leading national child welfare agencies opposing a bill in the Nebraska Unicam, LB 975, which would enshrine discrimination into Nebraska law by allowing taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to reject prospective parents based on “the child placing agency’s sincerely held religious beliefs.” LB 975 would mean that an(…)

Los Angeles Creates Transgender Advisory Council

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on March 15 announced the creation of a council that will advise city officials on transgender-specific issues. The nine-member Transgender Advisory Council will advise Garcetti’s office, the Los Angeles City Council, city departments and other local officials on what a press release described as “projects and policies that address critical(…)

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(…)