TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress Not to Defend DOMA!


After President Obama ended his defense of DOMA in federal courts this week, Speaker Boehner and other Republican leaders are stepping in to defend the discriminatory law.

Republicans are being pressured by right-wing groups to use taxpayer dollars to defend DOMA. Do not let this happen!

Tell Congress to stop defending DOMA by clicking here!

TAKE ACTION NOW! It is time to DITCH DOMA!

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And a (7-Year-Old) Child Shall Lead Them (to Marriage Equality)


After he heard a radio story about the mistreatment of gays and lesbians, 7-year-old Malcolm decided to donate to two LGBT charities (The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign).

He had been given $140 to donate to the charity of his choice in an effort to teach him the importance of improving the world around him. Along with his donation, Malcolm included a note: “I’m sending this money because I don’t think it’s fair that gay people are not treated equally.” And, his mother included a note that challenged the LA Gay and Lesbian Center to raise $27,000 in her son’s name.

Click here for more info on donating.

New Hospital Visitation Regulations for LGBT Families Will Go into Effect on Tuesday


This Tuesday, federal regulations go into effects that require all hospitals participating in Medicaid and Medicare programs (which is almost every hospital in America) to permit patients to designate which visitors they wish to allow and prohibit discrimination in visitation on many factors, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

This is the result of President Obama’s presidential memorandum in April 2010 that directs the Department of Health and Human Services to develop regulations protecting hospital visitation rights.

Thank you President Obama!

If you are interested, the Human Rights Campaign has created a Hospital Visitation Guide for LGBT Families.

HRC Urging President Obama to Support Marriage Equality


The Human Rights Campaign is urging President Obama to support marriage equality for all Americans. This comes after the President’s comment in December that his views were “evolving.”

It is time for the President to stand against bigotry and discrimination in our laws and to repeal DOMA. Please take a moment of your time and tell President Obama that you support full marriage equality for all Americans.

2010 Election Results from HRC


From HRC:

The march to equality has steps forward and steps backward. Yesterday we saw some of each. Our fight for equality at the federal level was dealt a serious setback – but there are paths forward for pro-equality bills and amendments, and there are new opportunities for progress in states across the country. If you know anything about HRC, it’s that we’re fighters. And fighting tirelessly is exactly what we’ll need to do over the next few years.

Since 2006, the U.S. House has been led by committed supporters of equality. But yesterday, a wave of anti-LGBT radicals seized control. Their leaders – Reps. Boehner (R-OH), Cantor (R-VA), and Pence (R-IN) – all received scores of zero on HRC’s congressional scorecard, meaning they’ve NEVER supported a single pro-equality bill. Key Senate seats were lost as well.

In Pennsylvania, arch-conservative Pat Toomey beat the staunchly pro-equality Joe Sestak, and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal leader Rep. Patrick Murphy lost his seat. Longtime LGBT rights champion Sen. Russ Feingold lost to multi-millionaire Ron Johnson in Wisconsin. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who’s called homosexuality a “dysfunction” and “personal enslavement,” continues as a U.S. Representative.

But there were major victories last night as well. A record number of openly LGBT candidates prevailed, including newly elected David Cicilline (D) of Rhode Island, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) spent millions to gin up hatred and fear, and although they ousted three Iowa judges who ruled for marriage equality, many of their favored candidates lost – like Tea Party darlings Christine O’Donnell in Delaware (who founded a group to “cure” homosexuality) and Sharron Angle in Nevada (who refused donations from pro-equality companies), as well as Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman in California and Carl Paladino in New York. The man who likened homosexuality to alcoholism, Colorado’s Ken Buck, also went down in defeat.

The upside is that we are now better positioned to win marriage equality or other forms of family recognition in multiple states. HRC’s Campaign for New York Marriage helped pick up three state senate seats, building significant momentum for a marriage equality vote. Maryland re-elected Governor O’Malley, who has committed to signing a marriage bill, and flipped a key state Senate Judiciary Committee seat. In California, Hawaii, Rhode Island and Colorado, pro-equality governors will take office.

These elections also proved again that pro-LGBT candidates don’t lose because of their belief in equality. New Hampshire voters rejected the bigotry and hate of NOM and other anti-equality forces and re-elected Governor John Lynch, who signed marriage equality legislation last year.

But hey, at least the democrats maintained control of the Senate.

October is GLBT History Month!


From Equality Forum:

In the 1990’s, teachers and community organizations determined that a month should be designated for GLBT history. They chose October because public schools are in session and traditions, such as National Coming Out Day, occur then.

GLBT History Month is endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association, and other national organizations. In 2006, Equality Forum assumed responsibility for GLBT History Month.

Celebrate Our Heritage

The GLBT community is the only community worldwide that does not learn its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. GLBT History Monthteaches our heritage, provides role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement of our extraordinary national and international contributions.

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About Equality Forum:

Equality Forum is a national and international GLBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum coordinates GLBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual international GLBT civil rights forum. For more information, visit www.equalityforum.com and GLBTHistoryMonth.com!

Senate Adopts Unwelcome Amendments to the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act


From an HRC press release:hrc-logo

The Senate adopted three amendments by voice vote. One amendment, SA 1615, adds the death penalty to the provisions of the Matthew Shepard Act. HRC strongly opposed this unwelcome amendment and hopes to address it as the Act continues through the legislative process. The Amendment was offered by and supported by Senators who oppose the Matthew Shepard Act in an effort to derail the Act. Fortunately, a side-by-side- amendment offered by Senator Kennedy was also added to the bill. The Kennedy amendment provides for additional restrictions in the use of the death penalty under the Act.

The third amendment requires the Attorney General to promulgate guidelines with “neutral and objective criteria for determining whether a crime was motivated by the status of the victim.”

A final Sessions amendment, SA 1616, was adopted by a vote of 92 to 0. This amendment creates a new federal criminal offense for cases involving assaults or battery of a U.S. service member – or a member of the service member’s immediate family.

Read the full press release here.

Please, tell your Senators…tell the old rich white men that run this country that you support the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act and learn the truth about the legislation at www.FightHateNow.org.

There is no reason for these people to be trying to kill such an important piece of legislation.  Fight the hate!  Please, stand up and have your voice heard before this plays out this week!