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January 23, 2015

Human Rights Campaign has published its annual State Equality Index and warns that despite marriage equality in most states, other inequalities persist

Human Rights Campaign has today published its annual State Equality Index, which ranks 50 US states and Washington D.C with regards to the protections that it offers LGBT citizens.

It has broken states down into four categories, with 29 states occupying the bottom slot: those states offering the least protection.

Just seven states fill the top category: those with the most protection.

December 19, 2014

Contribution will help to advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and his native Alabama

Openly gay Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a 'generous' personal donation to a gay rights initiative in the American South.

His contribution will go to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to help advance LGBTI equality in Arkansas, Mississippi and Cook's native Alabama.

The advocacy organization did not disclose the amount but said it was 'generous.'

Cook said 'I'm in,' when he first learned about the One America Project.

November 27, 2014

Makers of Battlefield and the Mass Effect series of video games, Electronic Arts has yet again been given a perfect LGBTI workplace equality score by the Human Rights Campaign - cementing its place as one of the most inclusive employers in the work

Electronic Arts (EA), one of the world’s top producers of video games has solidified its reputation as one of the most LGBTI friendly companies, being awarded a perfect score by the Human Rights Campaign for the third year in a row when it comes to LGBTI inclusion.

The Human Rights Campaign chose four main criteria for how it determined LGBTI workplace inclusiveness this year.

July 18, 2014

Will protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama has chosen Monday (21 July) as the day he will make good on his promise to sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination against LGBTI employees.

The order will apply to an estimated 28 million people - one-fifth of the US workforce - who work for federal contractors and the federal government.

June 4, 2014

Plaintiffs, lawyers, Chad Griffin, Dustin Lance Black and Rob Reiner among those on hand to celebrate The Case Against 8

They all made history together overturning California's Proposition 8 and on Tuesday (3 June) in Los Angeles, they reunited for the premiere of a documentary film about their journey.

Proposition 8 plaintiffs Jeff Zarillo and Paul Katami and Kris Perry and Sandy Stier were joined at the event by lead attorney Ted Olson as well as Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, Oscar winning producer Bruce Cohen, and actor-director Rob Reiner.

April 26, 2014

'Right now, this country is deeply divided into two Americas—one where LGBT equality is nearly a reality and the other where LGBT people lack the most fundamental measures of equal citizenship'

The Human Rights Campaign is bringing the gay equality struggle to the US South.

January 29, 2014

HRC's Chad Griffin says US president also 'side-stepped' commitment to sign executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors

In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday (28 January), US President Barack Obama had been expected to make some mention of the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

It did not happen.

Known as ENDA, the act would add sexual orientation and gender identity to federal anti-discrimination protections. It has been introduced in all but one Congress since 1994 and never had enough support for passage.

January 24, 2014

Actress has since deleted photo with Jonathan who she called 'wonderful'

Actress Goldie Hawn tweeted a photo of herself meeting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and gushed to her more than 515,000 followers that the anti-gay leader was 'wonderful.'

Hawn met Jonathan at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week.

It was quickly pointed out to the star of such films as Private Benjamin, Foul Play, The First Wives Club and Cactus Flower that Jonathan is deeply anti-gay.

January 24, 2014

US report shows US president has used LGBTI inclusive vocabulary more than any other president

US President Barack Obama used the word ‘gay’ 272 times over a period of five yearx, a report from the Human Rights Campaign has revealed.

The HRC, a US gay rights group, uses the report to assess the wider cultural implications of Obama’s willingness to freely use LGBTI vocabulary in his vernacular as it also analyses his use of the words ‘bisexual’, ‘lesbian’ and ‘transgender’ in his official statements.

January 9, 2014

HRC's Chad Griffin accuses Governor Gary Herbert of 'planting himself firmly on the side of discrimination'

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin is accusing Utah Governor Gary Herbert of discrimination for declaring that same-sex couples in the state are not legally married.

'Governor Herbert has once again planted himself firmly on the side of discrimination by preserving the second-class status he believes gay and lesbian Utahans merit,' Griffin said in a strongly-worded statement.

November 16, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner's office maintains getting meeting space for an anti-gay group 'does not imply endorsement'

The anti-gay group World Congress of Families held a meeting in the US Capitol complex because of help from House Speaker John Boehner's office.

Allan Carlson, president of the organization, thanked the speaker for permitting an event meant to teach elected officials about what can be learned from Russia's gay propaganda laws.

September 27, 2013

'The IOC has completely neglected its responsibility to athletes, corporate sponsors, and fans'

The largest LGBT rights group in the US is blasting the International Olympic Committee for not taking a stand against Russia's anti-gay propagenda law.

At a press conference Thursday (26 September), IOC chairman Jean-Claude Killy stated that unless the Olympic Charter is clearly violated, 'the IOC doesn't have the right to discuss the ... laws that are in place in the country hosting the games.'

September 5, 2013

Councilwoman Elisa Chan, who was recorded making anti-gay comments, is one of the three council members voting against changing the city's anti-discrimination laws

San Antonio, the second most populated city in Texas, now has anti-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status.

Today, 5 August, the  city council approved the changes 8 to 3.

The city's anti-bias laws cover public public accommodations, fair housing, city employment, city contracts and appointments to city boards and commissions.

August 30, 2013

List of demands sent to Coca-Cola, General Electric, McDonalds and others

The Human Rights Campaign has sent a letter to top Olympic sponsors demanding that they speak out against Russia's anti-gay law and human rights abuses ahead of the 2014 Winter  Games in Sochi.

HRC President Chad Griffin calls in 'a tipping point moment' and a time to speak out.

'You have a responsibility to help bring clarity,' Griffin writes. 'By staying quiet, you run the risk of being associated with profoundly anti-LGBT behavior.'

July 25, 2013

Chad Griffin says network has 'unique opportunity and a responsibility to expose this inhumane and unjust law to millions of American viewers'

With the Winter Olympics less than six months away and Russia now enforcing a series of new anti-gay laws, the president of the Human Rights Campaign sees an opportunity to expose what is happening there.

Chad Griffin is calling on NBC Universal, the exclusive US broadcaster of the games, to cover more than the popular skating, skiing and sledding competitions when competition begins in Sochi, a Russian town on the Black Sea.

June 27, 2013

Governor Jan Brewer had sought to strip partners of state employees of benefits

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's efforts to strip benefits from the domestic partners of state employees was rejected by the US Supreme Court today.

The court dismissed Brewer's petition to overturn a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth District. That court had ruled that Arizona violated the constitutional rights of state employees by passing a law in 2009 which denied them domestic partner benefits.

June 27, 2013

While savoring victory, speakers also focus on 37 states without marriage equality

West Hollywood became the epicenter for celebrating the end of California's Proposition 8 Wednesday evening and into early Thursday morning.

Before packing into the city's bars, clubs and restaurants for individual celebrations, several thousands of people converged for a spirited rally featuring Prop. 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo.

The group had arrived straight from the airport after starting their day at the US Supreme Court.

June 26, 2013

'We're proud of you guys'

From Air Force One, President Barack Obama called to personally congratulated the two California couples who successfully challenged Proposition 8 and got invited to one of their weddings.

Kris Perry and Sandy Belzer Stier and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo were standing outside the US Supreme Court building ready to appear live on MSNBC when the call came in.

June 22, 2013

The US president has nominated a total of eight out gay men to be American ambassadors to foreign countries 

President Barack Obama has nominated two more out gay men as foreign US ambassadors.

In recent weeks Obama has nominated a total of eight openly gay men for ambassadorial posts.

February 2, 2013

New York City mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn is endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the US, is standing behind City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in her run for mayor of New York City.

February 1, 2013

HRC head Chad Griffin says policy becomes "Ban the gays if you want to"

The Boy Scouts of America may end its national restriction regarding sexual orientation when its national board meets next week to consider changing its controversial anti-gay policy.

But the fact that local BSA chapters would still have the ability to not allow gay scouts or leaders to participate has Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin speaking out.

December 28, 2012

Says Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, and Rhode Island are next

Since Chad Griffin took over the reins of the Human Rights Campaign last June, three US states made history by passing ballot measures making gay marriage legal.

Now the head of the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the US is looking ahead to 2013 with even more ambitious goals.

December 7, 2012

HRC, GLAAD, Lambda Legal, Courage Campaign and others weigh in

After months of legal limbo, the United States Supreme Court has let it be known that they will be hearing two high-profile gay marriage cases in the spring.

LGBT groups on Friday (7 December) reacted favorably to the prospect of having their day in court for cases challenging California's Proposition 8 and the US Defense of Marriage Act.

December 7, 2012

Justices step into the forefront of gay marriage debate in the US

The United States Supreme Court stepped into the forefront of the gay marriage debate Friday (7 December) by agreeing to review cases involving California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The justices are expected to hear arguments in the cases by next April and could deliver a decision by June 2013.

The justices will consider whether Proposition 8 violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. The ballot initiative banning gay marriage in California was passed by voters in the state in November 2008.