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HRC Previews Anti-LGBT State and Local Legislation

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) previewed state and local legislative battles in the year ahead, including anti-LGBT bills likely to be considered in at least 27 states. HRC anticipates that, as in 2015, anti-LGBT activists will push for measures that give legal cover to discrimination against LGBT Americans in dozens of states. The analysis also highlights opportunities to(…)

Santa Clara County Hires Staff for Unique New Office of LGBTQ Affairs

  Santa Clara County, the most populous county in the San Francisco Bay Area region, and one of the most affluent counties in the United States has filled two full-time positions for its newly-created Office of LGBTQ Affairs. The county is only the third local government agency—and the first county in the nation—to have an(…)

Do the Majority of Americans Still Get Angry About LGBTQ Rights?

 In a new poll, only 22 percent of respondents said they’d be angry at a hypothetical headline that read: “More Than 100,000 Couples Have Wed Since Supreme Court Ruling.” As we inch closer to the 2016 election, a new survey by Esquire and NBC News called American Rage polls 3,000 Americans to get a sense(…)

House Republicans Defeat Motion to Safeguard Protections for LGBT Employees of Federal Contractors

  Today, House Republicans defeated a motion in the U.S. House of Representatives to safeguard President Obama’s executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) During consideration of a bill to require federal agencies to cut costs by eliminating existing regulations, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) offered a procedural motion(…)

Bill to Protect Workers with Disabilities From Discrimination Passes Assembly Labor Committee

A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to protect disabled workers from on the job discrimination was approved on a unanimous, bipartisan vote by the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment Wednesday. AB 488 would eliminate an exemption for employees of sheltered workshops and rehabilitation centers with special minimum wage licenses under the(…)

San Diego Cop Fatally Shoots Gay Man; His Third Shooting Since 2013

  Joshua Adam Sisson A San Diego police officer who fatally shot a gay man on Friday has killed three people in less than three years. The victim, 30-year-old Joshua Adam Sisson (pictured), was allegedly holding a large kitchen knife to his boyfriend’s neck before fleeing the scene of the domestic dispute. Officer Richard Butera(…)

Gay Publisher Tim Campbell Has Passed Away

Gay rights activist Tim Campbell died December 26, 2015, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 76, from esophageal cancer. Campbell was perhaps best known as the publisher of the GLC Voice newspaper in Minneapolis, which came out from 1979 through 1992. During that period he was the go to person in Minneapolis for the(…)

Pride Radar – A Growing Number of Prides Around the World

  Since InterPride started its Pride Radar initiative in 2012, almost 800 Pride celebrations have been identified around the world. InterPride’s Vice-President and author of the 2014 and 2015 Pride Radar report Frank van Dalen and his team are discovering new Prides on a weekly basis. “With the global Pride movement growing, we see new(…)

Civil Rights Coalition Ready to Launch Education Campaign Following Failed Anti-Transgender Ballot Push

A coalition of California civil rights and LGBT organizations said today that supporters of a proposed anti-transgender ballot initiative announced that they have failed to submit the signatures necessary to qualify it for the November, 2016 ballot.“Privacy for All”, the group behind the failed measure, needed to submit 365,880 valid signatures to the California Secretary of(…)