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LAST NIGHT -- TWO CANDIDATES, ONE PRESIDENT: Last night, Hillary Clinton swept the floor with Donald Trump, calling out his endless stream of lies and remaining unflappable and presidential in the face of this constant interruptions and unprofessional behavior. Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine joined HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) and Florida supporters for HRC’s debate watch party in Orlando. After paying tribute at Pulse nightclub, Kaine and Griffin -- joined by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) -- spoke to hundreds of pro-equality voters at HRC's watch party. Through our #TurnOUT 2016 campaign, HRC is working to mobilize and turn out LGBTQ and pro-equality voters in Florida and other battleground states across the country. In Florida, the LGBTQ vote could impact the outcome of races up and down the ballot. There are approximately 560,000 LGBTQ adults living in Florida -- a substantial population given President Obama only won the state by a little over 70,000 votes in 2012. More from HRC and WMFE.

  • Before the debate, Tim Kaine was joined by HRC’s Griffin, Giffords, Kelly, Senator Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) and Orlando Police Chief John Mina (@ChiefJohnMina) for a powerful visit to the Pulse Nightclub. There, they paid tribute to the 49 lives lost. Kaine remarked, “...I always hoped that the Virginia Tech one would be the worst one ever...as bad as that was, I hoped that nothing would ever eclipse it but, such as life we got work to do...” More from ABC and NBC.

TODAY: HRC JOINS AMERICANS FOR RESPONSIBLE SOLUTIONS IN ORLANDO: HRC President Chad Griffin will join Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, for a rally and round table discussion to urge the majority of Americans who support common sense gun violence prevention laws to vote in November. The events mark the kick-off of a 14-state Vocal Majority Tour by Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC -- which Giffords and Kelly co-founded. Four days after the devastating attack on Pulse, the HRC’s board of directors passed a resolution endorsing common-sense gun violence prevention policy measures.

HRC ENDORSES FLORIDA’S PATRICK MURPHY FOR US SENATE: HRC has endorsed Congressman Patrick Murphy (@PatrickMurphyFL) for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida currently held by Marco Rubio. “The choice for LGBTQ Floridians could not be more clear in November. Patrick Murphy has a record of leadership on equality while Marco Rubio has dedicated his career to opposing LGBTQ equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). Last week, at Murphy’s urging, the IRS determined that OneOrlando Fund payouts to survivors of the Pulse shooting would be treated as gifts and therefore be exempt from federal income tax. In stark contrast, Rubio spent the two-month anniversary of the Pulse tragedy courting the support of anti-LGBTQ activists just miles from the site of the tragedy in Orlando. More from The Miami Herald.

Join us at 10:30 a.m. ET for today's #HRCTwitterTakeover with Pulse survivor, @BrandonJWolf ahead of the @resp_solutions Bus Tour Kickoff! pic.twitter.com/5yQp8vrqBN

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) September 27, 2016

ROY MOORE -- “NOTHING BUT TROUBLE FOR ALABAMA”: Tomorrow, notoriously anti-LGBTQ Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore will face a hearing to determine whether he should be removed from the bench for his more than decade-long record of unethical, extralegal actions -- from his Ten Commandments crusade in 2001 to his present-day obstructionist tactics aimed at preventing marriage equality in Alabama. “It marks a fork in the road for our state,” said HRC Alabama State Manager Eva Kendrick in an op-ed for AL.com. “He's blatantly pushed a personal agenda and ignored the rule of law and the code of ethics that guides the work of an Alabama Supreme Court justice.” Read the powerful piece at AL.com.

  • #NoMoore: Check out HRC’s newest video highlighting Roy Moore’s unethical behavior and HRC’s efforts to fight back against it here.

WHAT WILL IT TAKE, GOV. MCCRORY? INVESTMENT MANAGERS REPRESENTING $2.1 TRILLION URGE FULL HB2 REPEAL:  More than 50 investment managers with accounts totalling more than $2.1 trillion are calling for the full and immediate repeal of North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 law before damage to the state becomes irreversible. The signatories -- organized by the Durham, N.C.-based Croatan Institute; Trillium Asset Management, which has offices in Durham; and the New York City Comptroller -- assert that non-discrimination policies protecting LGBTQ individuals ensure that businesses “attract, retain and promote the best and the brightest,” and that such policies “are essential if we want companies -- and our economy -- to succeed.” More from The Charlotte Observer.

ICYMI: Check out HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride’s (@SarahEMcBride) Twitter storm highlighting the ways Donald Trump would set back LGBTQ equality. Find her tweets here.

(1) First debate is tonight and regardless of whether #LGBTQ issues come up, let’s compare the two candidates on equality, shall we?

— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) September 26, 2016

HRC & ROCK THE VOTE JOIN FORCES TO REGISTER PRO-EQUALITY VOTERS: To mark National Voter Registration Day and ensure that the voices of pro-equality voters are heard in November, HRC and Rock the Vote are offering simple, online assistance here to help those seeking to register to vote in their state.

STAND UP, SPEAK OUT DURING LGBTQ ALLY WEEK: Schools across America this week will be marking Ally Week, a time for allies of LGBTQ students to stand up, speak out and discuss what it means to be an ally to the LGBTQ community. Learn more from GLSEN.

WILL & GRACE CAST REUNITES TO (HILARIOUSLY) GET OUT THE PRO-EQUALITY VOTE: The cast of the groundbreaking TV show Will & Grace -- Debra Messing (@DebraMessing), Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack), Sean Hayes (@SeanHayes) and Megan Mullally (@MeganOMullally) -- made a welcome comeback online last night urging viewers to vote, and taking well-aimed shots at Donald Trump. The show was a pioneer for LGBTQ representation in television, and many of  its stars are vocal supporters of LGBTQ rights. The video, which can be found here, already has nearly 950,000 views.

LONDON TO EXPAND GENDER OPTIONS ON CITY FORMS: London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that the city plans on expanding gender options on city forms, recognizing intersex and non-binary identities. More from Pink News

READING RAINBOW
The Huffington Post shares an open letter providing resources to parents of transgender children… Mic takes a look at Pope Francis’ stances on LGBTQ equality… NewNowNext reports that Modern Family has cast the first openly transgender child actor...

Have news? Send us your news and tips at AMEquality@hrc.orgClick here to subscribe to A.M. Equality and follow @HRC for all the latest news. Thanks for reading!


Author: HRC staff
Posted: September 27, 2016, 2:07 pm

Today marks National Gay Men’s HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, an opportunity to focus our attention on the impact of HIV and AIDS on gay and bisexual men in the U.S.

Matthew Schaible, HRC Foundation Manager, remembers scouring online resources to determine if Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) was indeed right for him and eventually working up the nerve to ask his general practitioner for a prescription. "I imagine that conversation would've been a lot tougher if I lived in a community where HIV continues to be heavily stigmatized," said Schaible. "Medical providers should be well informed about the current realities of HIV, and they need to be proactive in recommending all available prevention and treatment options to the people in their care, especially young gay and bisexual men."

Fast Facts from the Centers for Disease Control:

  • Gay and bisexual men make-up approximately 2 percent of the American population but 55 percent of all people living with HIV in the U.S..
  • One in six gay and bisexual men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime if current trends continue.
    • For white gay and bisexual men, the rate is 1 in 11.
    • For Latino gay and bisexual men, the rate is 1 in 4.
    • For Black gay and bisexual men, the rate is in 1 in 2.
  • Gay and bisexual men aged 13 to 24 accounted for an estimated 92 percent of new HIV diagnoses among all men in their age group and 27 percent of new diagnoses among all gay and bisexual men.

Prevention Challenges:

  • High prevalence rates: The large percentage of gay and bisexual men living with HIV means that, as a group, we have a much greater chance of coming into contact with HIV whether knowingly or not.
  • Lack of awareness: Many gay and bisexual simply don’t know their HIV status, which means they are unable to take advantage of HIV prevention options such as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or to benefit from early and sustained treatment, which can all but eliminate the likelihood of passing HIV onto a partner.
  • Stigma and discrimination: Gay and bisexual men still experience homophobia in many aspects of their lives, including from their healthcare providers. This deters many gay and bisexual men from getting tested or treated for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Ways to Learn More and Get Involved:

HRC is committed to working with our allies, partners, members, and supporters to end the HIV epidemic and the stigma surrounding HIV. Click here to learn more, and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #BeInTheKnow and #NGMHAAD.


Author: Noël Gordon
Posted: September 27, 2016, 4:05 am

Tonight, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is joining HRC President Chad Griffin and Florida supporters for our debate watch party in Orlando. After paying tribute at Pulse nightclub, Kaine and Griffin -- joined by Gabby Giffords and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly -- will speak to hundreds of pro-equality voters at HRC's watch party.

Just two weeks ago, Senator Kaine keynoted HRC’s National Dinner in Washington, DC, where he spoke about how he and Hillary Clinton would fight for LGBTQ equality in the White House and rebuked Donald Trump’s attempts to pander to the LGBTQ community.

Through HRC's #turnOUT 2016 campaign, HRC is working to mobilize and turn out LGBTQ and pro-equality voters in Florida and other battleground states across the country. In Florida, the LGBTQ community play a decisive role in the election. The LGBTQ adult voting bloc is more than half a million -- or 560,000 -- in the Sunshine State -- and in 2012, President Obama won Florida by just over 70,000 votes. 

A majority of Floridians support LGBTQ equality, according to polling released by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute. A stunning 70 percent of Floridianssupport LGBTQ non-discrimination protections while 58 percent of Floridians said small-business owners should not be able to discriminate against LGBTQ people based on their religious beliefs.

Help HRC #turnOUT the vote this election season for pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot! Register to vote today and learn more about how you can get involved, visit hrc.org/VoteEquality.

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC and authorized by Hillary for America’s committee. 

Author: HRC staff
Posted: September 27, 2016, 1:00 am

Today, HRC announced its endorsement of Patrick Murphy for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Marco Rubio.

“The choice for LGBTQ Floridians could not be more clear in November. Patrick Murphy has a record of leadership on equality while Marco Rubio has dedicated his career to opposing LGBTQ equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Patrick Murphy believes that everyone should be able to live free from fear of discrimination, including LGBTQ people. That’s why Patrick Murphy supports the Equality Act, and why we’re proud to support his campaign.”

“I’m so proud to receive the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, an organization that has led the way in the fight for LGBT equality,” said Rep. Murphy. “The passionate leadership of HRC helped bring down Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, pass anti-hate crimes legislation, and made love is love the law of the land. I was proud to celebrate these victories with HRC and I look forward to standing with them as we continue to fight for equality. After the tragic Pulse shooting, it is clear that much work remains to end discrimination and keep LGBT Americans safe. We can start by passing the Equality Act and this will be a top priority for me in the U.S. Senate.”

Rep. Murphy continued, “From marriage equality to employment non-discrimination, Marco Rubio has opposed LGBT equality at every opportunity and has never stood with our LGBT community in Florida. Our state deserves a Senator who represents the voice of the LGBT community and all Floridians in the U.S. Senate.”

Just last week, Rep. Murphy authored a letter asking that the IRS ensure that OneOrlando Fund payouts to survivors of the Pulse shooting were not taxed by the IRS. The IRS said Friday that such payouts would be exempt from income tax. Marco Rubio, meanwhile, spent the two-month anniversary of the Pulse tragedy courting the support of anti-LGBTQ activists just miles from the site of the tragedy in Orlando.

Rubio promised in his campaign for president that he would never evolve and support LGBTQ equality, putting him massively out of step with Floridians on LGBTQ issues. A 53 percent majority of Floridians support marriage equality according to nonpartisan polling release this year, while a 70 percent majority support LGBTQ non-discrimination protections, which Florida lacks.

Among Rubio’s anti-LGBTQ positions during the presidential campaign:

On Marriage Equality: Marco Rubio was an early opponent of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, saying that would appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn it. He sought to turn back the clock on nationwide marriage equality throughout the campaign and notoriously told a same-sex couple in New Hampshire that marriage should be between “one man and one woman.” Rubio went on to bizarrely tell the couple they should have the law changed by their state legislature, even though New Hampshire enacted civil unions through the legislative process in 2007, and legalized marriage equality by the same process in 2009.

On Non-Discrimination Protections: Rubio vowed to repeal all of President Obama’s executive orders, including the LGBTQ federal contractor order that protects LGBTQ workers. Previously, Rubio voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, maintaining a status quo where millions of LGBTQ Americans remain at risk for being fired or denied a job because of who they are or who they love.

On Transgender Rights: Rubio opposed allowing transgender students to use facilities that correspond to their gender identity.

On Kim Davis: Marco Rubio vowed to sign the so-called “First Amendment Defense Act,” as President, a bill which would bring Kim Davis-style discrimination to the federal government.

On Mike Pence: As recently as this year, Marco Rubio defended the Indiana Governor, who attempted to write discrimination into state law and allow businesses to discriminate and deny service to someone just because of who they are or whom they love.

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC and authorized by Friends of Patrick Murphy 

Author: Brandon Lorenz
Posted: September 26, 2016, 7:34 pm

In case you missed it, Donald Trump once again doubled down on his anti-equality agenda, hiring notoriously anti-LGBTQ politician Rick Santorum as an adviser. Santorum is infamous for his anti-LGBTQ positions. Let’s take a minute to review a few of his stances on the LGBTQ community:

  1. Santorum said that discussing transgender youth in schools would promote “dangerous confusion.”
  2. Santorum has literally said “I don’t believe in hate crimes.”
  3. Santorum considers being LGBTQ to be a “lifestyle choice.”
  4. Santorum supports the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy.”
  5. Santorum compared same-sex marriage to the September 11 terrorist attacksbestiality and phedophilia.

More on Santorum and the rest of Donald Trump’s associates here.


Author: HRC staff
Posted: September 26, 2016, 4:05 pm

Post submitted by Eva Kendrick, HRC Alabama State Manager

Post originally appeared on al.com

On September 28, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary will gavel in the (hopefully) final hearing on the ethics charges brought against Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. This hearing marks the culmination of more than a decade of unethical, extralegal actions from Moore, from his Ten Commandments crusade in 2001 to his present-day obstructionist tactics aimed at preventing marriage equality in Alabama. And, it marks a fork in the road for our state.

Since Roy Moore was elected, he has been nothing but trouble for our state. He's blatantly pushed a personal agenda and ignored the rule of law and the code of ethics that guides the work of an Alabama Supreme Court justice. The Human Rights Campaign's opposition to Roy Moore – along with groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ACLU of Alabama and the LGBTQ community -- has been well-documented, but the pending decision on Moore's fate is about more than one man: it's about the direction of our state.

When we elect politicians and judges who spew hate to public office, their actions define our future. Their decisions and their rhetoric trickle down to affect the everyday lives of each person in our state. When a leader says that a certain group of people is less valuable than another simply because of who they are or whom they love, people start to believe it. People who would seek to harm LGBTQ people use that rhetoric as an assurance that their hate is justified, and people who may be struggling with their own identity hear the hate pointed toward them and begin to hate themselves.

This cannot be the spirit of our state, and it cannot be the guiding principles of officials who are supposed to serve all Alabamians – not solely those who look and think like themselves.

The Alabama I know and love is full of warm-hearted people who care for their neighbor and work hard to provide a better future for the next generation. It's brimming with kindness and open doors. This is what the Human Rights Campaign envisions, too. We see one America, and one Alabama, joined together by love and respect for our fellow citizens.

Roy Moore's Alabama envisions fake divides, where LGBTQ people are treated as second-class citizens, and religion is used as a weapon to persecute. It's a vision of closed doors and locked windows. Moore's vision takes southern hospitality and turns it into a "No Vacancy" sign for anyone perceived to be "different." It's a vision of two Americas, and two Alabamas.

This cannot be the type of state we want. Our state motto is "We Dare Defend Our Rights." That has to include the rights of everyone, no matter who they are.

Now, Roy Moore's ethics trial is about a very specific question: did he act unethically in his position as chief justice? The answer, as spelled out clearly by John Carroll of the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Committee on August 8, is "yes." That decision is clear. What may not be as clear, is how Moore's fate is tied to our own. If Moore is removed, Alabamians who believe in ethical political service and equality under the law must reject a future where our next generation must be party to the mistakes of our past. We must learn from this mistake or be doomed to repeat it.

This change starts with all of us. The time I've spent talking to my neighbors and sharing who I am has overwhelmingly led to positive results for both parties, and I encourage anyone who may not understand LGBTQ people to talk and listen to someone who is gay or trans. Likewise, LGBTQ people should listen to the concerns of their friends and neighbors, as well. Nine times out of ten, our hopes, fears and dreams won't be all that different. And, when we all recognize our similarities, the divisions promoted by people like Roy Moore are pretty clearly revealed for what they really are: superficial and based in the fear of the unknown.

We shouldn't fear our neighbors; we should fear a future for our children that is worse than the present. Our future should start by rejecting the ideas and false divisions of the past. Our future should start with all of us.


Author: HRC staff
Posted: September 26, 2016, 3:50 pm

HRC Mississippi recently hosted a diverse and lively group for a house party in Starkville, Mississippi.  Home to Mississippi State University (MSU), Starkville is a vibrant community filled with students and local residents who are ready to advance LGBTQ equality in Starkville and beyond.

Project One America Director Ben Needham, an MSU alumnus, attended the event and shared several ways to be become engaged and a part of HRC Mississippi’s work. From house parties to pride events, HRC is traveling across the state to change hearts and minds. Click here to voice your support, text ONEMISSISSIPPI to 30644 to join us or become a member of HRC today.


Author: Rob Hill
Posted: September 26, 2016, 3:20 pm

WHEN THE VP CANDIDATE PLANS TO WATCH THE DEBATE WITH YOU smile 

Tonight, vice presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine will join Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin and Orlando-area supporters to watch the highly anticipated presidential debates. It’s been less than a month since Senator Kaine addressed more than 3,600 LGBTQ advocates and allies at HRC’s National Dinner. There, he shared his and Hillary Clinton’s devotion to LGBTQ equality and rebuked Donald Trump’s attempts to pander to the LGBTQ community -- pandering that started in the wake of the tragedy in Orlando. When it comes to LGBTQ equality, there couldn’t be more stark contrasts between a Trump-Pence and Clinton-Kain administration -- with all the progress made in the last 8 years at risk.  Follow HRC on Twitter for live-debate reaction.

  • Florida’s LGBTQ voters are crucial to Election Day results ... LGBTQ voters can have an impact up and down the ticket in Florida. Today, there are an estimated 709,500 LGBTQ adults living in Florida -- a substantial population given that the state was won in the last three presidential elections by an average of just 230,579 votes.
  • #turnOUT 2016: There are only 42 days until Nov. 8 and HRC’s Chad Griffin is on the road for equality. Last week, he was in Phoenix and Minneapolis. Says Griffin, “With everything on the line for our community, mobilizing the equality vote is crucial.” More from HRC.
  • #ASKTHEGAYS: New NBC polling released on Friday shows that a large majority (72 percent) of registered LGBTQ voters support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. If you’re wondering why that might be… see above. Also, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows that more than half the country fears a Trump presidency.

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— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) September 23, 2016

TOMORROW IN ORLANDO, HRC’S CHAD GRIFFIN JOINS GABBY GIFFORDS AND MARK KELLY FOR KICK-OFF OF COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY TOUR: On the heels of the presidential debate, HRC President Chad Griffin will join Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly to urge the majority of Americans who support common-sense gun violence prevention laws to vote in November. The event marks the kick-off of a 14-state tour by Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC -- which Congresswoman Giffords and Kelly co-founded. Four days after the devastating attack on Pulse, the Human Rights Campaign’s board of directors passed a resolution endorsing common-sense gun violence prevention policy measures. The Tuesday event will also feature Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.; Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla.; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.; Angel Colon, survivor of the Pulse shooting; Stephanie Murphy, candidate for Florida’s 7th District; Val Demings, candidate for Florida’s 10th District; and Carlos Guillermo Smith, candidate for Florida’s 49th District. More from USA Today.

TRUMP ADDS RICK SANTORUM AS ADVISER: In case you missed it, Donald Trump once again doubled down on his anti-equality agenda, hiring notoriously anti-LGBTQ politician Rick Santorum as an adviser. Santorum is infamous for his anti-LGBTQ positions. Let’s take a minute to review a few of his stances on the LGBTQ community:

  • Santorum said that discussing transgender youth in schools would promote “dangerous confusion.”
  • Santorum has literally said “I don’t believe in hate crimes.”
  • Santorum considers being LGBTQ to be a “lifestyle choice.”
  • Santorum supports the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy.”
  • Santorum compared same-sex marriage to the September 11 terrorist attacks, beastiality and phedophilia.

More on Santorum and the rest of Trump’s associates from HRC.

ALSO IN HIS ANTI-LGBTQ CREW: Ted Cruz. Cruz endorsed Trump, saying the decision came from “prayers and searching [his] own conscience.” Cruz has consistently opposed equality for LGBTQ Americans. And he’s gone even further, attacking fellow Republicans for marching in pride parades, warning of the threat of “mandatory gay marriage” and calling 2016 the “religious liberty election.” He also vowed to make his opposition to LGBTQ equality a centerpiece of his presidential campaign prior to dropping out. More from HRC.

MONDAY MUST WATCH: On Sunday morning, equality activist Cleve Jones talked to the TODAY Show about the historic roots of the LGBTQ rights movement in San Francisco's Castro District. HRC’s San Francisco action center and store is located in the former home of civil rights legend Harvey Milk. In his interview Cleve said, "These stories matter." We couldn't agree more. Watch here.

POTENTIAL HATE CRIME CHARGES FOR MURDER OF TRANS WOMAN: Mercedes Williamson’s murder may become the first federal hate crime prosecution involving a transgender person. Josh Vallum, who is serving a life sentence for the crime, may be charged with a hate crime -- the first time in U.S. history the killer of a transgender person would be prosecuted under federal hate crime law. More from The Miami Herald.

HRC TAKES ACTION ON INJECTABLE ESTROGEN SHORTAGE: HRC has reached out to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials to express concern about the potential impact of a shortage of injectable estrogen on transgender women and others who utilize the drug. This shortage exist for both Delestrogen and its generic counterpart estradiol valerate. Because hormone therapy is such a critical component of many transgender individual’s gender affirmation process, lack of access to these vital medications has the potential to pose a serious health threat to transgender women. More from The Guardian.

LOL NOM: Perhaps it’s time for the National Organization for Marriage to change their name -- at a planned protest of Mexican marriage-equality last week, the “national” organization drew an outstanding crowd in the single-digits. More from HRC.

LGBTQ RIGHTS AT THE UN: Last week, the United Nations held its highest-ever meeting on LGBTQ rights. During the event, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the advancements the U.N. has made since his appointment as Secretary-General, including the launch of U.N. Free and Equal and the Human Rights Council’s recent vote to create the first-ever position of a U.N. Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. More from HRC.

PRIDE-GOERS BLOCKED BY UGANDAN POLICE: This weekend, more than 100 LGBTQ people attempted to attend a pride parade in Uganda, but many were blocked by police. Uganda is one of over 70 countries where same-sex relationships is illegal. More from BBC.

READING RAINBOW

The Washington Blade interviews global LGBTQ advocates, including HRC Global Innovator Tarek Zeidan, about Donald Trump… The New York Times shares six locations significant to Britain’s LGBTQ history… The Advocate highlights the LGBTQ stories shared at the Smithsonian’s African-American Museum… BuzzFeed highlights historic bisexual women in a new comic… Hillary Clinton’s campaign released a powerful ad highlighting Trump’s terrible anti-women rhetoric… and The New York Times shares one professor’s take on asking students about their pronouns…

Have news? Send us your news and tips at AMEquality@hrc.org. Click here to subscribe to A.M. Equality and follow @HRC for all the latest news. Thanks for reading!


Author: HRC staff
Posted: September 26, 2016, 1:52 pm

What we do between now and Election Day will determine the kind of America we wake up to November 9th. That's why I've hit the road to fire up support for HRC's #turnOUT the vote efforts!

We've activated our grassroots army of nearly 2 million supporters to make sure voters across the country know exactly who will fight for the equal rights and protections of LGBTQ people and who will stand in our way.

Our ground game is stronger than ever. But we've also dedicated significant resources to actionable and effective online organizing efforts -- from tweet-ups, and Snapchat filters, geo-targeted ads, and more, HRC is fighting to ensure the voice of our community is heard loud and clear this November.

In key states, we’ve found that the number of LGBTQ eligible voters alone exceeds the average margin of victory over the last three presidential elections. With everything on the line for our community, mobilizing the equality vote is crucial.

Thursday, I joined volunteers who took time off from work and school, to fight to elect Hillary Clinton and pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot. Arizona's early vote begins October 12th and there's not a second to waste.

 

Yesterday, in Minnesota I visited with HRC supporters who beat the sunrise to be first in line on the first day of early voting!

.@HRC President @ChadHGriffin greeted voters with bagels & coffee as early voting kicked off today in the North Star State! #turnOUT pic.twitter.com/hu6dD4tmx0

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) September 23, 2016

 

In the weeks ahead, I'll hit Florida, Virginia, Ohio, and other states to campaign with our members, organizers, and pro-equality supporters.

This moment is our moment and we can't trade our progress for complacency. HRC is shifting into a higher gear and we’re answering the call on all fronts.

Let's #turnOUT the vote!


Author: Chad Griffin
Posted: September 24, 2016, 8:23 pm

You’ll never guess whom Texas Senator Ted Cruz just endorsed. Well, maybe you will. The rumor is true:  Cruz finally gave in and got on the Trump train.

Luckily, he’s not alone. Just this morning, the Trump campaign announced it hired the one and only Rick “turn back the clock” Santorum as a campaign adviser.

Whether the issue is marriage equality or critical protection from discrimination, Cruz has consistently opposed equality for LGBTQ Americans. And he’s gone even further, attacking fellow Republicans for marching in pride parades, warning of the threat of “mandatory gay marriage” and calling 2016 the “religious liberty election.” You’re shocked. We know. He also vowed to make his opposition to LGBTQ equality a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, and he lived up to that promise until he, you know, lost and dropped out.

Other members of Trump’s “Gang of Hate” include Tony Perkins, Michele Bachmann, James Dobson, Marco Rubio and Sam Brownback.

With friends like these, there’s no doubt that a Donald Trump presidency would be a disaster for the LGBTQ community. Click here to take the pledge to support pro-LGBTQ candidates this November.

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. 

Author: Hayley Miller
Posted: September 23, 2016, 8:37 pm

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Fighting The LGBT Community’s Invisibility | In many ways, the history of the LGBT community is a history of battling invisibility. Since the dawn of time, society has tried to make us invisible. We gained strength as a community only by shedding that invisibility, coming out, and proudly saying who we are. Source: Fighting The […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 8, 2016, 3:10 am
Mama Dragons Try To Prevent Suicides Among Mormon-LGBT Children Source: Mama Dragons Try To Prevent Suicides Among Mormon-LGBT Children : NPR
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 8, 2016, 2:45 am
Is Utah’s youth suicide rate linked to Utah’s culture surrounding LGBT? BY HEIDI HATCH WEDNESDAY, JULY 6TH 2016   Is Utah’s youth suicide rate linked to Utah’s religious culture surrounding LGBT? VIEW PHOTO GALLERY 8 photos 201 shares tweet now! (KUTV) The number one killer of Utah’s kids is suicide according to new numbers from […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 7, 2016, 2:32 am
 Is The Recent Rise In Utah Youth Suicides Really Such A Mystery? 07/05/2016 02:08 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago 390 Benjamin Knoll John Marshall Harlan Associate Professor of Politics, Centre College The Salt Lake Tribune recently reported that “Utah health officials are grappling with a rising youth suicide rate that’s nearly tripled since […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 7, 2016, 2:28 am
LGBT Pride Month Highlights Deepening Divide Between Mormon Leadership and Members Mitch Mayne | Posted 06.11.2016 | Queer Voices Read More: LGBT Mormons, LGBT Mormon Children, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mormons, Gay Mormons, Mitch Mayne Gay Mormon, LGBT Pride Month, LGBT Pride, Lgbt Pride Parade, Mexico Marriage Equality, Proposition 8, Queer […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:42 am
Diversity: Pride in science The sciences can be a sanctuary for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, but biases may still discourage many from coming out. Source: Diversity: Pride in science : Nature News & Comment
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:14 am
Silence Is Killing Your LGBT Relatives 06/21/2016 06:32 pm ET | Updated 4 hours ago Mark O’Connell, L.C.S.W. Psychotherapist in private practice, author of Modern Brides & Modern Grooms LGBT Pride Month 2016 will always be remembered for the worst mass shooting in American history to date, one which took 49 lives at an Orlando, […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:03 am
The Orlando Massacre: A Reminder of the Dangers LGBT People Live With Every Day There have been scores of attacks on LGBT spaces, some of which received more attention than others. 06/12/2016 10:46 am ET | Updated 5 minutes ago Michelangelo Signorile, Editor-at-Large, HuffPost Queer Voices Queer Voices Editor-at-Large, The Huffington Post STEVE NESIUS / […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:17 pm
Deadliest Mass Shooting In U.S. History Leaves More Than 50 Dead At Gay Orlando Nightclub “We are investigating this from all points of perspective as an act of terrorism.” 06/12/2016 09:28 am ET | Updated 5 minutes ago Nina Golgowski Trends reporter, The Huffington Post Sebastian Murdock Reporter, The Huffington Post Andy Campbell Reporter, The […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:00 pm
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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
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