Same-Sex Marriage in Virginia Stayed, SCOTUS Rules

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The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday granted a stay of the Fourth Circuit’s July 28 ruling in McQuigg v. Bostic, which held that Virginia’s denial of the freedom to marry to same-sex couples is unconstitutional. The Fourth Circuit had declined to stay, or freeze, its decision, but Wednesday’s procedural action by the Supreme Court means that same-sex […]

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James Franco to Star in Ex-Gay Movie ‘Michael’

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James Franco has become a blonde for his new role as an ex-gay for the upcoming movie Michael. Franco uploaded a picture of himself on Instagram sporting, “that Late 90s bleached look,” and another photo later saying “Let’s Part! Blondes have more fun!! But do you respect me?????” The blonde hair is for his newest role as Michael […]

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Maryland Report Cites Challenges for LGBT Youth In School, Foster Care

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The Youth Equality Alliance (YEA) released a report Tuesday on the challenges that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth face in Maryland education, foster care and juvenile justice systems. In recent years, Maryland’s LGBTQ community has secured several new rights, including the right to marry and the right to be free from gender identity discrimination […]

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End Blood Donation Ban for Gay, Bisexual Men

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Seattle City Council sent a letter to the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tuesday requesting an end to the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men.  The Puget Sound Blood Center, Seattle Mayor Edward Murray and the American Medical Association have each made similar requests. An excerpt from the letter reads, “Denying […]

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Lesbian Couple Denied Accommodations in Hawaii

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Lambda Legal and the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission Monday urged the Intermediate Court of Appeals of the State of Hawaii to reject a new argument that the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores allows a commercial business operating a bed and breakfast to refuse accommodation to a lesbian couple, and thereby violate […]

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Human Rights First: Obama Missed Chance to Discuss Human Rights at Meetings with African Leaders

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As African heads of state gather Wednesday at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Human Rights First expressed disappointment that human rights principles and civil society leaders are not fully incorporated into a meeting focused on investment opportunities in Africa.  The organization believes that human rights protections are fundamental principles for a secure and stable environment necessary for successful economic development and investment. […]

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Susan Sarandon, Tony Hawk, Demi Lovato for Marriage Equality

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Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk are the latest celebrities to jump in the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Americans for Marriage Equality effort. “People ask me all the time, ‘What advice do I have for kids who want to become pro-skaters?’ I always say pretty much the same thing: work hard and follow your heart,” […]

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Jenny McCarthy Apologizes For Suggesting Hilary Clinton Is A Lesbian

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After making a joke about Hilary Clinton’s sexuality on The View, Jenny McCarthy has made a public apology on her blog titled “Anti-Gossip Girl.” On July 22, McCarthy suggested the former Secretary of State was a lesbian. “Well, maybe he has his girlfriends, and she has her girlfriends,” she said while discussing the new tell-all book by a […]

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Nine New LGBT Documentaries Awarded Support from Arcus Foundation Fund

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Wednesday the Arcus Foundation announced a lineup of nine lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-themed documentary films that are to receive support from the newly established Arcus Foundation Fund at Sundance Institute. Established in 2013, the Arcus Foundation Fund provides direct grants to support independent, high potential documentary film projects focused on LGBT issues. The grants are given […]

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