Jackson Mississippi City Council unanimously passes nondiscrimination ordinance

WASHINGTON – In a major victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in Mississippi, the Jackson City Council unanimously voted in favor of an ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The ordinance protects LGBT individuals from discrimination in housing, employment and public services. “This ordinance is not only a major… More Jackson Mississippi City Council unanimously passes nondiscrimination ordinance

London and African Asylum Seekers Mourn For LGBT Orlando in a Very Big Way

There has been an enormous national and global outpouring of emotion and love for the 49 young LGBT heroes slaughtered in the worst gun massacre in American history, as well as the 53 injured, many of whom lost loved ones and close friends.  Out of all the vigils and rallies I have seen reports on,… More London and African Asylum Seekers Mourn For LGBT Orlando in a Very Big Way

Equality Florida’s Urgent Call to Action Noting Gay Bans

URGENT CALL TO ACTION: This coming Wednesday, June 15th, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner will ask his colleagues to stand in solidarity with our Tampa Bay and Orlando communities by doing three things: – Raise the Pride Flag at the County Center – Officially recognize June as LGBT Pride Month in Hillsborough County – Set… More Equality Florida’s Urgent Call to Action Noting Gay Bans

Kamala Harris Statement on Orlando Tragedy

Kamala Harris, California’s Attorney General, who is campaigning for the Califrnia U.S. Senate seat issued this statement today regarding Sunday’s Orlando tragedy: We are all shocked and saddened by the horrific events in Orlando this weekend. My heart breaks for the young lives lost, and the community, families, and friends that have been irrevocably victimized… More Kamala Harris Statement on Orlando Tragedy

South African message of condolence to US following Orlando Massacre

It am pleased to note that  South Africa’s President Zuma has issued a statement condemning the massacre of LGBT Americans.   Indeed this is an important statement to make and I am grateful for it. Yet cannot help but note the hypocrisy and in doing so – lets hope speaking out brings renewed consciousness. Here… More South African message of condolence to US following Orlando Massacre

RIP Faces of Pulse | the 50 Precious lives lost in Orlando Massacre

Here are 36 names and faces of the 50 people brutally slaughtered by a rabid homophobe, Jihadist ISIS supporter, who may have had mental issues, who had easy access to an assault weapon, a gun he did not need, except to use to massacre these LGBT Americans and members of America’s Hispanic immigrant community.  We… More RIP Faces of Pulse | the 50 Precious lives lost in Orlando Massacre

Outpouring of Grief for and by the LGBTQI Community Mourning with Orlando

In the wake of the biggest mass shooting in American history, which took the lives of 50 people and wounded 53 more, in a LGBT nightclub massacre, politicians, organizations, and individuals in the United States and from around the world, are showing solidarity with an outpouring of grief and words of support: Equality Florida: We… More Outpouring of Grief for and by the LGBTQI Community Mourning with Orlando

Global Vigils in Solidarity for Orlando LGBT Massacre

SAN FRANCISCO – stands with our brothers and sisters in Orlando. Please join us!  We will be joining together to mourn the loss of 50 lives and 53 injured (the last count) from the nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fl.  Please bring candles and some to share if you can. Also, please remember to protect your… More Global Vigils in Solidarity for Orlando LGBT Massacre

Is Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick Lying About his Hateful Tweet

Just at the time when Americans should be rallying together, in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, where 53 LGBT club goers were brutally murdered and another 53 seriously injured, rabidly anti- gay Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, aka Danny Goeb, (name change to avoid debt)  has tweeted the following… More Is Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick Lying About his Hateful Tweet

Freedom for All Americans Celebrates Anniversary and Contributions to LGBT Equality

One Year Later: 100+ Anti-LGBT Bills Defeated as FFAA Celebrates Anniversary New FFAA interactive map highlights status of LGBT-related bills across the nation as state legislative season winds down WASHINGTON – Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) launched one year ago with the goal of advancing comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people at the municipal, state… More Freedom for All Americans Celebrates Anniversary and Contributions to LGBT Equality

Navy Secretary Calls on Gays and Lesbian Vets to Have Military Records Corrected

The Pentagon held its fifth annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride ceremony Wednesday. The Washington Examiner reports,  Navy Secretary Ray Mabus called on gay and lesbian veterans who received a less-than-honorable discharge under the old ban on gays serving openly in the military to have their records corrected to reflect they served honorably.… More Navy Secretary Calls on Gays and Lesbian Vets to Have Military Records Corrected

Geneva Panel on Violence Against LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Detention

The 32nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland from 13 June – 1 July at the United Nations Palais des Nations. This year, following on from a 2014 HRC resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, the Council will once again consider an initiative… More Geneva Panel on Violence Against LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Detention

Bomb Explodes as Anti-Trans Terrorism Hits Target

According to local news outlet WGNTV, a small bomb exploded in the women’s bathroom at a Target store in Evanston, Illinois. This  seems to follow the controversy over Target’ s trans-friendly policy.The news station reports that no-one was harmed in the explosion, which occurred yesterday afternoon. The explosion occurred Wednesday shortly after 4 p.m. at the… More Bomb Explodes as Anti-Trans Terrorism Hits Target

Headliner and Performers Announced for 2016 San Francisco Pride Celebration

PEACHES TO HEADLINE THE 46TH ANNUAL SF PRIDE CELEBRATION  | TWO DAYS AND OVER 20 ENTERTAINMENT VENUES ARE PLANNED TO CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY, COMMEMORATE LGBT HISTORY AND EDUCATE ATTENDEES ON TOPICS OF RACIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE  San Francisco, CA – SF Pride will culminate its 2016 Celebration at Civic Center with… More Headliner and Performers Announced for 2016 San Francisco Pride Celebration

South African Minister Promises Change for Home Affairs to become LGBTI Friendly

South Africa has a relatively new Constitution, birthed soon after iconic former President Nelson Mandela was released from prison and Apartheid ended. Included in that dramatic change was equality for all, including LGBTI people. Yet, despite its all inclusive Constitution, South African gays, lesbians, and transgender community has experienced profound homophobia and transphobia, often resulting… More South African Minister Promises Change for Home Affairs to become LGBTI Friendly

Examining Hawaii and the Protection of Transgender Inmates in Prison

On paper, at least, Hawaii is doing everything right in how it treats transgender inmates in the state’s prison system, according to an article by Rui Kaneya, published in Civil Beat, who asks, whether it is enough. According to the piece, which incorporates great visuals showing from Hawaii: Under the state’s policy, the Hawaii Department… More Examining Hawaii and the Protection of Transgender Inmates in Prison

U.S. Pastor Uses Tel Aviv Pride In Antisemitic Tirade

A prominent Pastor from Alabama seems to be having a hissy-fit that smacks of homophobia and antisemitism. Ricky White, Pastor at House of Refuge, from Haleyville, Alabama is expressing his dismay about the fact that Israel, the Holy Land, has accepted gays, lesbians, transgender and bisexual folk, to such a degree, that it was able to… More U.S. Pastor Uses Tel Aviv Pride In Antisemitic Tirade

My Marin Endorsements for Democratic Primary and San Francisco Bernie Rally

I am voting in Marin County. The following are the candidates I am endorsing in the June 07, Primary Election: PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES – Bernie Sanders – Democrat San Francisco and the Bay Area are feeling the BERN yuuuuugely and big time!  Please let me know if you will be at the historic… More My Marin Endorsements for Democratic Primary and San Francisco Bernie Rally

Tel Aviv Pride Attracts Tens of Thousands of Tourists

Poll Shows Dramatic Increase in Israeli Public Support of LGBT Community Israeli media has reported that 200,000 people attended LGBT Pride festivities as Tel Aviv celebrated its annual Gay Pride Parade on Friday, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East. It is believed that more than 30,000 tourists from around the world,… More Tel Aviv Pride Attracts Tens of Thousands of Tourists

Breaking: Massachusetts Legislature Passes Full Transgender Protections Bill

Republican Governor expected to sign bill that would make MA 18th state with explicit protections for transgender people in public places Today the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed HB 4343, the bill that would update state law to ensure explicit protections for transgender people in public places, including parks, restaurants, hospitals, and public restrooms. The bill also passed the Senate… More Breaking: Massachusetts Legislature Passes Full Transgender Protections Bill

LGBT Censorship by South African Broadcaster Complicit in Nigerian Bigotry

“To succumb to Nigeria’s draconian demands is to be complicit in prejudice and bigotry…….  dragging South Africa back into the darkest pit of Apartheid.  “  Melanie Nathan, In what appears to be a breach of South Africa’s all inclusive equality based Constitution, South African broadcaster, MultiChoice, a leading video entertainment and internet company, operating under… More LGBT Censorship by South African Broadcaster Complicit in Nigerian Bigotry

Oklahoma legislature adjourns without adopting bill targeting transgender students

The Republican controlled Oklahoma Legislature adjourned Friday without passing proposed legislation targeting transgender children. If signed into law, Senate Bill 1619 would have legalized discrimination against transgender children who need to use the restroom at school.  The measure would have also required schools to create separate facilities for any student who refuses to share a… More Oklahoma legislature adjourns without adopting bill targeting transgender students

Equality Activists Ask HRC To Reverse Endorsement for US Senate

Several high profile LGBT community members, activists and leaders have written articles expressing disdain at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)  decision to endorse Republican Senator Mark Kirk, instead of Rep. Tammy Duckworth, for the Illinois U.S. Senate seat.  HRC did not budge. Duckworth has been endorsed by President Obama, VP Biden, MOVEON.ORG, Daily Kos, and… More Equality Activists Ask HRC To Reverse Endorsement for US Senate

New York Bill to help LGBT, Disability, and Veteran Owned Businesses

LGBT, Disability, and Veteran Owned Businesses to Gain Access with “New York State Supplier Diversity Act” Introduced into NY State Senate with Support of NGLCC Washington, D.C. — The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, is excited to announce that New York State Senator Brad Hoylman… More New York Bill to help LGBT, Disability, and Veteran Owned Businesses

Challenges for Transgender Youth and Masquerading Orgs

Revealing the Transphobic Organizations Fighting Trans and LGBT Freedom while Masquerading as Safety and Privacy Groups The organization Freedom for All Americans provides this report: Background on the Department of Education’s Recent Guidance re: Title IX and Gender Identity Earlier this month, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice issued a letter outlining what a… More Challenges for Transgender Youth and Masquerading Orgs

Expert Reports in Crimes Against Humanity Case of Christian Extremist Scott Lively

Reports Examine Atrocity Crimes, Minority Stress, International Law Today, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released three independent expert reports submitted in conjunction with SMUG’s lawsuit against the U.S.-based anti-gay extremist Scott Lively charging him with conspiring to persecute the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in Uganda. In… More Expert Reports in Crimes Against Humanity Case of Christian Extremist Scott Lively

Shocking Exclusion by United Nations of LGBT Groups at High Level AIDS Meeting

Saudi Arabia, Iran, Indonesia, Sudan, Egypt and Uganda blocking full and fair participation The United Nations is scheduled to host a global meeting to stop the AIDS epidemic, yet several countries want to exclude groups that represent LGBTI people or drug users. From 8 to 10 June 2016, world leaders, government representatives, HIV program implementers… More Shocking Exclusion by United Nations of LGBT Groups at High Level AIDS Meeting

Did Padres Participate in Out at the Park Homophobia

” Out at the Park event at Petco Park turns into mass homophobia” – SDGLN Headline. According to SDGLN: The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) didn’t get a chance to sing the National Anthem at The annual “Out at the Park” event at Petco Park on Saturday, instead their microphones were turned off, and… More Did Padres Participate in Out at the Park Homophobia