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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Statement Declares Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill is Not Homophobic

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By Amber Leventry Months after Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Uganda’s government has recently stated that the bill is not homophobic. The statement follows much international criticism and a loss of nearly $1.6 billion in aid. Museveni insists the law was simply put into place to reduce open displays of homosexuality. And […]

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Marriage Equality: Understanding What’s Happening

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It seems as if every day we read another story about marriage equality. In November 2012, marriage equality was passing on the ballots, in June 2013, the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was ruled unconstitutional. Almost immediately, there was a case in Ohio where a court ruled a dying man could put his husband’s […]

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Burger King Vies for the Pink Dollar, Issues the Proud Whopper

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There’s definitely one place all gays can have it their way – at least for a day. A San Francisco Burger King came out with the Proud Whopper at a store en route to the 44th annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. “[The Proud Whopper] showcases who we are as a brand,” senior vice president of global brand […]

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Bush-Appointed Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Marriage Ban

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Tuesday a Republican-appointed federal judge ruled that Kentucky’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from the freedom to marry is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1992, on the recommendation of current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The ruling reads: “Sometimes, by upholding equal rights for a few, courts […]

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