Civil Rights

AUSTRALIA: Senate Rejects Marriage Referendum, Calls For Free Vote In Chamber By Year’s End

Australia’s Senate today voted against holding a public referendum on same-sex marriage, instead calling for a free vote in their chamber by the end of the year. Gay News Network reports: Greens senator Robert Simms (pictured) introduced the motion. Simms is the Greens spokesperson on LGBTI issues and marriage equality. “Momentum continues to build for marriage equality in this country,” ...

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Kate Kendell To Mormon Church: I Quit

National Center for Lesbian Rights head Kate Kendell has quit the Mormon Church over its recent policy statement on gay couples and their families. From her op-ed in the Washington Post: I just did something I thought I would never do. I resigned my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) and asked that my ...

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BREAKING: White House Backs Equality Act

The Washington Post reports: The White House endorsed legislation Tuesday that would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, plunging into the next front in the national battle over LGBT rights. Speaking to reporters, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration “has been reviewing for several weeks” ...

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“Drop The T” Petition Author: I’m No Homocon

The anonymous author of the vile “Drop The T” petition has conducted an interview with the right wing site The Federalist in which he claims to be a liberal. The petition has drawn support from infamous homocons like Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos. From the interview: Based on comments I’ve seen at various forums around the net, I’m certain that it ...

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Frank Bruni: Sex, Lies, & Houston

“I USED to be a child molester. Not in actuality. In the popular imagination. In public debate. That’s how gay men were once portrayed — not just as sexual deviants but as sexual prowlers, sexual predators, their eyes lecherously trained on the young, the vulnerable, the recruitable. Hatemongers spread this slander to argue that we mustn’t be teachers, shouldn’t be ...

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Equality Case Files Is Now A Non-Profit

As many of you surely know, for the last few years Kathleen Perrin at Equality Case Files has provided this site and other LGBT news outlets with virtually instantaneous reporting on breaking legal developments critical to advancing our movement. DOMA, state marriage rulings, gay adoption, ex-gay torture bans, court recordings, Kim Davis, Obergefell – you name it and Equality Case ...

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GLAAD Slams Homocon “Drop The T” Petition

This afternoon GLAAD fired back at the outrageous homocon petition I posted early today with a Change.org petition of their own. [Important correction below.] As you can see above, GLAAD has vowed to unequivocally “stand firm” with the transgender community. GLAAD was one of several national LGBT group targeted in the homocon petition which demands that trans people be excised ...

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Seth Meyers Rips Houston’s Lying Haters [VIDEO]

Carlos Maza at Media Matters: “Imagine if LGBT groups talked about the ‘bathroom predator’ myth the same way Seth Myers did.” Exactly. Watch this.

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New York Times: Houston’s Bigots Will Lose In The End

From the editorial board of the New York Times: There are no documented cases of peeping Toms or rapists taking advantage of anti-discrimination ordinances that have extended legal protections to transgender Americans in recent years. San Antonio passed a similar ordinance in 2013 that expanded civil rights without driving up criminal assaults. And of course, no one expects that Houston ...

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Dan Savage: Houston’s Haters Won By Convincing Voters That Straight People Suck

“The haters insist trans women aren’t women. They’re men. Men who fake being women because they wanna enter women’s restrooms to ogle women and girls. So they’re saying trans women are actually straight men. Straight men who pretend to be women specifically to enter women’s restrooms to ogle (or worse) women and girls because opportunities to ogle women and girls ...

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Human Rights Campaign Requests “Emergency Meeting” With NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

The Human Rights Campaign has requested an “emergency meeting” with the NFL. From the letter sent to Commissioner Roger Goodell from HRC head Chad Griffin: With Houston slated to host Super Bowl LI in 2017, we are writing to request an emergency meeting about the urgent need for a nondiscrimination ordinance in this city that will ensure the thousands of ...

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PHILADELPHIA: Voters Approve Permanent First-In-Nation Office Of LGBT Affairs At City Hall

In 2008 Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter issued an executive order establishing the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs. Since that order could be undone by a future mayor, yesterday voters approved a referendum item permanently establishing the office in the city’s charter. The Philly Voice reports: The office is responsible for working on policies that aid the ...

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Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: We Can’t Pass The Equality Act Without Big Business

Former Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Seblius has joined the global advisory board of Out Leadership and penned an op-ed for the Guardian in which she calls on corporations to back the Equality Act. She writes: We can’t do this without the support of the business community, which was vital throughout the marriage equality fight and will be no ...

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Michelangelo Signorile: What Went Wrong In Houston

“Political strategists warned LGBT activists in the days ahead of the vote: There was little Spanish-language outreach, no big ad buy in Spanish-language media — in a city that is 44% Hispanic — countering the lies of the opposition, who’d certainly been doing their own outreach. Monica Roberts, a long-time African-American transgender activist, warned of little outreach in the black ...

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LIVE THREAD: Houston LGBT Rights Vote Result

The polls have just closed in Houston and as you can see activists kept the pressure on until the very last minute. The Houston Chronicle and local television are both running live vote tabulations. Hit the links and follow along with us. The first precincts should be reporting shortly and early voting tabulations are already coming in.  

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Hillary Clinton Hits Back At Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: Equality IS One Of My Values, Vote YES In Houston

This afternoon Hillary Clinton hit back at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who yesterday rallied his haters to vote against retaining Houston’s LGBT rights ordinance. Early voter turnout was heavy and the polls close at 7PM local time. I’ll be reporting the returns tonight until we get a final result.

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MICHIGAN: Activists File For 2016 LGBT Rights Vote

Michigan activists yesterday filed the paperwork to place a broad LGBT anti-discrimination constitutional amendment to a public vote in November 2016. The Detroit Free Press reports: Dana Nessel, the Michigan attorney who took the same-sex marriage case all the way to the Supreme Court, is leader of Fair Michigan, which hopes to begin gathering petition signatures for the ballot proposal early ...

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MISSOURI: State Court Rules That Calling Employee “Cocksucker” Doesn’t Violate Human Rights Law

A Missouri state appeals court has ruled that called a gay employee “cocksucker” and asking if he has AIDS does not violate the law because Missouri has no employment protections for LGBT citizens. Courthouse News Service reports: A divided three-judge panel ruled Tuesday that James Pittman cannot hold his former employer, Cook Paper Recycling Corp., liable because state law does ...

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Apple: Keep Houston’s LGBT Rights Law

With four days left before the referendum, Apple has joined dozens of major corporations in backing Houston’s LGBT rights law. Their statement: “Apple is proud to be a part of Houston with four stores that employ over 500 people. Our stores and our company are open to everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they ...

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Anonymous To De-Hood 1000 KKK Members

Anonymous says they will reveal the identities of 1000 Ku Klux Klan members on the first anniversary of the Ferguson riots, which began last year on November 24th. “We are not attacking you because of what you believe in as we fight for freedom of speech,” Anonymous said in a statement released last week. “We are attacking you because of ...

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