Tag Archives: LGBT rights

TOMORROW: Activists To Hold Pre-Inauguration “Queer Dance Party” At Mike Pence’s Washington DC House

AlterNet reports: The resistance begins a new chapter with Trump’s inauguration this week, and early reports suggest it will be fabulous. “We are taking our dance floor to the streets to say, ‘We are here, we are queer and we will dance,’” Firas Nasr, an organizer with the Washington, D.C.-based Werk for Peace, told AlterNet over the phone. “It’s about ...

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GALLUP: 10M US Adults Now Identify As LGBT, 1.75M Increase Over 2012 Largely Due To Out Millennials

Via Gallup: The portion of American adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) increased to 4.1% in 2016 from 3.5% in 2012. These figures, drawn from the largest representative sample of LGBT Americans collected in the U.S., imply that more than an estimated 10 million adults now identify as LGBT in the U.S. today, approximately 1.75 million more ...

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Defense Nominee James Mattis Evades Questions On Whether LGBTs Should Be Allowed To Serve [VIDEO]

Josh Israel reports at Think Progress: At his confirmation hearing on Thursday, Retired General James Mattis — President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be secretary of defense — refused to say whether he believes women and LGBT people should be able to serve in the military. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) noted during questioning that Mattis had previously said allowing women and men to serve together ...

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Peter Thiel: No Corruption Can Be A Bad Thing

Maureen Dowd interviewed homocon billionaire and Trump advisor Peter Thiel for the New York Times. An excerpt: “I think Trump is very good on gay rights,” Mr. Thiel says. “I don’t think he will reverse anything. I would obviously be concerned if I thought otherwise.” I ask if he’s comfortable with the idea that Vice President-elect Mike Pence, regarded in ...

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NORTH DAKOTA: Republican Majority Senate Rejects Bill To Formalize Same-Sex Marriage Recognition

The Associated Press reports: North Dakota’s Republican-led Senate rejected a measure Tuesday that would have changed state law to reflect the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry. The bill failed 15-31. It would have changed dozens of references, such as “husband and wife,” to gender-neutral terms. North Dakota law lists “one man, one woman” ...

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LIVE VIDEO: President Obama Delivers Farewell Speech

From laughter at Trump to sorrow and deep abiding thanks to President Obama, whose farewell speech begins at 9PM Eastern. ABC News reports on what to expect: In a farewell address to the American people Tuesday night, President Obama is expected to reaffirm his belief in the ability of ordinary Americans to bring about positive change in country, according to ...

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Tony Perkins “Thanks” John Kerry For Providing List Of LGBT Rights Accomplishments For Trump To “Undo”

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: Some people have to-do lists. President-elect Donald Trump has an undo list. And thanks to Secretary of State John Kerry, most of it is already meticulously outlined in a new memo. The report couldn’t have come at a better time for conservatives, who have spent the last few weeks pointing out ...

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CALIFORNIA: Legislature’s Ban On Taxpayer-Funded Travel To States With Anti-LGBT Laws Goes Into Effect

From the Bay Area Reporter: California has banned most taxpayer-funded travel to four states that have adopted anti-LGBT laws. In addition to the three Southern states that the state attorney general’s office had identified in November for inclusion on the list – Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee – Kansas was also named to the official list posted online January 1. ...

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BREAKING: Texas GOP Introduces “Bathroom Bill”

The Associated Press reports: Texas lawmakers will decide whether to embrace an issue that caused a national uproar in North Carolina – banning transgendered people from using the bathroom of their choice. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a top social conservative voice in the state, unveiled the proposed law Thursday at a news conference. Patrick says the “Privacy Protection Act” is ...

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VIRGINIA: Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe Signs LGBT Rights Executive Order, Vows To Veto “Bathroom Bill”

The Washington Blade reports: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday signed an executive order that bans anti-LGBT discrimination among state employees, contractors and subcontractors. “Today’s executive order is a huge leap forward in our goal toward becoming a state that is a safe, welcoming and equal place for all Virginians,” said Equality Virginia Executive Director James Parrish in a press ...

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ANCHORAGE: Anti-LGBT Christian Group Files Ballot Measure To Gut Hard-Won LGBT Rights Ordinance

As longtime readers may recall, in 2014 Anchorage finally enacted an LGBT rights ordinance after many years of a very ugly battle. Anchorage’s NBC affiliate reports on the latest development: A group of concerned citizens is petitioning to have religious and other exemptions added into Anchorage’s anti-discrimination ordinance passed in 2015. Just before close of business Tuesday afternoon, the paperwork ...

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BREAKING: Federal Judge Blocks Obamacare’s Trans And Abortion-Related Protections Nationwide

Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: A federal judge in Texas on Saturday issued a nationwide injunction halting enforcement of Obama administration protections for transgender and abortion-related healthcare services just one day before they were due to go into effect. The lawsuit — brought by Texas, a handful of other states, and some religiously affiliated nonprofit medical groups — challenges a ...

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Matt Baume: There Was SOME Good News This Year

This morning activist Matt Baume reminds us that there actually was some good news this year. From his clip description: “Do we have to do a year in review for 2016? This was a rough one, but what if I told you there were some really great milestones for LGBTs this year? It’s true! Amidst all the bad news, 2016 ...

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SAN DIEGO: Gay Man Who Lost Federal Lawsuit Over Pride “Nudity” Arrest Found Dead In Apparent Suicide

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports: A man who unsuccessfully sued San Diego police over his public nudity arrest at a gay pride festival was found dead Wednesday night at his Hillcrest apartment in an apparent suicide, authorities said. The death of Will X. Walters comes about two weeks after a federal jury delivered the verdict in favor of police. Walters’ ...

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TAIWAN: Marriage Passes First Of Three Legislative Readings As Christian Protesters Scream [VIDEO]

The Nikkei Asian Review reports: The first draft of a bill on same-sex marriage won approval from the parliament’s judiciary committee on Monday, opening up the possibility of Taiwan becoming the first in the Asia-Pacific region to let gay couples wed. Following its successful first reading, the bill will undergo cross-party negotiations. But it has also drawn protests, and whether ...

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Trump To Inherit 103 Federal Bench Vacancies

The Washington Post reports: Donald Trump is set to inherit an uncommon number of vacancies in the federal courts in addition to the open Supreme Court seat, giving the president-elect a monumental opportunity to reshape the judiciary after taking office. The estimated 103 judicial vacancies that President Obama is expected to hand over to Trump in the Jan. 20 transition ...

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OP-ED: North Carolina Is No Longer A Democracy

WOW. From an op-ed published today by the Raleigh News & Observer: In the just released EIP report, North Carolina’s overall electoral integrity score of 58/100 for the 2016 election places us alongside authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies like Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone. If it were a nation state, North Carolina would rank right in the middle of the global ...

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NEW CONFEDERACY: NAACP Calls For Nationwide Boycott Of North Carolina After Failure To Repeal HB2

Raleigh’s NBC affiliate reports: The executive committee of the state NAACP will ask the national leaders of the civil rights group for a nationwide economic boycott of North Carolina to protest the actions of the General Assembly, state NAACP President Rev. William Barber said Thursday. “This legislature is trying to raise a new Confederacy in policy,” Barber said at a ...

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PENNSYLVANIA: Court Rules That Couple Together 46 Years Can Overturn Adult Adoption And Get Married

The Associated Press reports: A Pennsylvania court has ruled that a gay couple can have their 2012 adoption overturned so they could finally get married. A three-judge Superior Court panel on Wednesday handed down a decision saying that state law permits an adult adoption to be dissolved when no one’s opposed. Roland Bosee Jr, 68, and Nino Esposito, 78, of ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Lt. Governor Opposes Hate Law Repeal Because LGBTs Will Just Keep Asking For Rights

“Charlotte repealed an ordinance that the General Assembly already voided months ago. I support HB 2 and do not favor its repeal. No economic, political or ideological pressure can convince me that what is wrong is right. It will always be wrong for men to have access to women’s showers and bathrooms. If HB 2 is repealed, there will be ...

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