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April 3, 2014

The legislation also includes a measure that adds  the national motto 'In God We Trust' in Mississippi's state seal

Governor Phil Bryant announced he will sign Mississippi's  Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a proposal many argue allows public businesses to deny services to LGBTI customers.

April 2, 2014

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant indicated he will sign the bill

The southern US state of Mississippi is a signature away from having laws that will permit businesses to turn away gays.

Supporters of Senate Bill 2681, called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, argue the proposal only keeps the state from administrating harsh burdens on the faithful.

March 28, 2014

US actress Sally Field has written about her experiences raising a gay son alongside two straight ones in a moving letter aimed at bolstering support for the US’ Human Rights Campaign

Sally Field, best known for her title role in the 1960’s television series The Flying Nun, has written about her experiences raising a gay son along two straight sons in a letter aimed at bolstering support for the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) efforts to stop state legislatures passing laws that legalize discrimination against LGBTI people.

Field wrote that despite her award winning acting career, spanning five decades, her greatest achievement was as a mother.

March 23, 2014

Biden also called on the US Congress to immediately pass ENDA – an anti-workplace-discrimination bill that has been introduced every year for the last 20 years but was never passed

US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called on Congress to pass a bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay men and lesbians, and declared that the United States is committed to champion LGBT equality worldwide.

Delivering the keynote speech at the Human Rights Campaign gala held in downtown Los Angeles, the Vice President told the almost 1,000-strong audience that it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject and it's 'close to barbaric' that in some states, employees can be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

March 20, 2014

HRC delivers petition with 35,000 signatures in support of Taylor Ellis

Taylor Ellis was one of seven students asked to write a bio to appear in the Sheridan High School yearbook.

The problem is, at least to the school principal and district superintendent, is that in his profile, Ellis talks about being gay.

The school's refusal to publish the profile has led to a standoff that resulted in the largest LGBTI rights organization in the US delivering a petition with more than 35,000 to the headquarters of Sheridan School District on Wednesday (19 March).

March 19, 2014

A large group of Congressional Democrats have asked US President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning businesses who have contracts with the US Government from discriminating against LGBTI people

195 Democratic members of the US Congress have written to US President Barack Obama asking him to ban federal contractors from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or transgender status.

The group includes 47 senators and 148 members of the US House of Representatives and the initiative has been lead by Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Jared Polis.

February 22, 2014

New anti-gay coalition dedicated to lobby governments to strengthen or enact anti-gay laws like in Russia, Nigeria and Uganda

Two of America's most infamous equality opponents, Christian evangelical pastor Scott Lively and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, on Friday held a press conference in Washington to launch their new global anti-gay group Coalition for Family Values.

The group's stated intention is 'to unify and coordinate pro-family groups around the United States and the world to more effectively oppose the now global LGBT agenda.'

February 17, 2014

Former and possibly future First Daughter credited with helping father Bill Clinton evolve on gay marriage

The only child of Bill and Hillary Clinton calls the rights of LGBT people  'the unfinished business of the 21st century.'

Former and possibly future First Daughter Chelsea Clinton spoke at a Human Rights Campaign event in Las Vegas on Sunday (16 February) and adapted a line from her famous mother when making a point about LGBT equality.

'My mother has often said that the issue of women is the unfinished business of the 21st century,' she said. 'That is certainly true. But so too are the issues of LGBTQ rights the unfinished business of the 21st century.'

February 15, 2014

Canadian actress makes powerful coming out speech at LGBTI youth conference in the US: ‘I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission’

Canadian actress Ellen Page, 26, has come out as a lesbian in an emotional speech at a gay youth conference.  

The actress, most famous for her roles in films Juno and Inception, made the announcement at the ‘Time to THRIVE’ conference in Las Vegas ,US which is organized by the Human Rights Campaign and promotes LGBTI youth welfare (14 February).

In her speech, Page spoke to the audience about her personal struggle with coming out.

February 8, 2014

Under new directive, federal lawyers will assume same-sex couples have the same rights like opposite-sex couples, including the right not to testify against a spouse

Early next week, the US Justice Department will announce plans to extend more federal protections to same-sex married couples, even those living in states where gay marriage is not recognized.

In a speech that will be given tonight (8 February) at a Human Rights Campaign gala in New York City, Attorney General Eric Holder will report government lawyers will, in federal courts, treat same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples the same.

February 8, 2014

Under new directive, federal lawyers will assume same-sex couples have the same rights like opposite-sex couples, including the right not to testify against a spouse

Early next week, the US Justice Department will announce plans to extend more federal protections to same-sex married couples, even those living in states where gay marriage is not recognized.

In a speech that will be given tonight (8 February) at a Human Rights Campaign gala in New York City, Attorney General Eric Holder will report government lawyers will, in federal courts, treat same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples the same.

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

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 23, 2014

Leading LGB advocate, known for his sharp wit and tireless work ethic, will be stepping down as Chief Executive of British gay lobbying charity Stonewall

Ben Summerskill will be stepping down as Chief Executive of UK gay, bisexual and lesbian charity Stonewall, it was announced today (23 January).

After 11 years at the helm, he has seen gay rights change in this country from the repeal of Section 28 to same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

He will be leaving to enjoy some time off and to take a breather from his tireless work over the past decade.

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.

January 5, 2014

Fed up with closeted anti-LGBT politicians and the complicity of the media, a gay journalist has accused Illinois Republican congressman Aaron Schock of being gay and voting against equal rights

When is it acceptable to out gay politicians especially when they have been voting against bills that would bolster equal rights for gays, asks freelance reporter Itay Hod, who is himself gay.

November 22, 2013

US president calls bill 'an important step in the right direction'

Organ transplants from one HIV-positive person to another may become a reality after President Barack Obama signed the The HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act into law on Thursday.

The HOPE Act ends a decade lifts a ban on research into the possibility of such transplants and received bipartisan support from members of the US Congress.

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.

November 13, 2013

 Jeydon Loredo:  'I want them to remember me, but also remember me as I really am'

Officials at La Feria High School in Texas are trying to stop transgender male student Jeydon Loredo from wearing a tuxedo for his senior portrait in the yearbook.

Other boys at the school wear tuxedos for the photos.

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT organization in the US, says the school is violating its own policy and federal law trying the block the student from dressing as a male.

November 9, 2013

The Detroit automaker will honor all gay marriages, no matter if the employee lives in a state where marriage equality is illegal

Automaker General Motors will now honor the marriage certificates of gay employees.

This change in company policy was announced this past Wednesday (6 November), and means employees will no longer face a tax penalty of $1,000 (700) to obtain health care for their same-sex partners.

November 7, 2013

After 64-32 vote, attention now turns to House where Republican leadership expected to let legislation die

After nearly 20 years, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act has finally passed the US Senate.

The legislation, known as ENDA, has been introduced in all but one Congress since 1994. It was last voted on by the full senate in 1996 when it fell one vote shy of passage.

In the end, the 64-32 vote had every Democratic senator and 10 of their Republican colleagues voting in favor of passage.

Surprisingly, among the Republicans supporting ENDA was Arizona Senator John McCain who was a vocal opponent of ending the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

October 30, 2013

Republican's wife had signed petition urging him to back the proposed legislation offering workplace protections to LGBTI employees

Arizona Senator John McCain is not going to listen to his wife.

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee got some pressure last week from his spouse when Cindy McCain signed a Human Rights Campaign postcard urging her husband to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

But McCain said Wednesday (30 October) he fears the legislation might lead to 'reverse discrimination.'

October 28, 2013

Long-stalled legislation seeks federal protection from discrimination for LGBTI employees

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is expected to be voted on by the full US Senate before Thanksgiving.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (pictured) is expected to announce later today that he will bring the long-stalled legislation to a floor vote next month.

ENDA seeks to prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by civilian, non-religious employers with at least 15 employees.

October 25, 2013

2008 Republican presidential nominee has been against gay marriage and gays serving openly in the military

What do you do when you are the pro-gay wife of a conservative US senator with an anti-gay voting record?

If you're Cindy McCain, wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, you send him a postcard.

Mrs. McCain this week put her signature on a postcard provided by the Human Rights Campaign asking her husband for his support on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).