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Remembering Harvey Milk and His Fight to End Job Discrimination

Cleve Jones | Posted 05.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Cleve Jones

This week we celebrate Harvey Milk's 85th birthday and honor his role as one of the pioneers of the LGBT community, even as we await a decision on marriage equality from the Supreme Court of the United States.

After 11 Years, My Partner Still Has My Number

Sue Kerr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Kerr

Ledcat still has my number, so she is fully aware that I would turn this simple tale of a symbol of love into an activist cry for justice and fairness.

Ending Domestic Partner Benefits "Unbearable Crisis" for Lesbian Couple in Pennsylvania

Sue Kerr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Kerr

Eileen Halloran has knee replacement surgery scheduled for late August and will have to schedule a hysterectomy soon afterwards. She and her partner, an employee of Allegheny County, have carefully coordinated their respective health needs and recuperation periods. But now their careful plans for their health and their relationship are now up in the air.

Dear PA: Keep Domestic Partner Benefits Until We Have Statewide Non-Discrimination Protection

Sue Kerr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Kerr

Don't punish us because the Commonwealth hasn't done the work of creating an equal playing ground. Don't force us to get married. That's not why these families went to court and it is not what marriage equality is supposed to create.

Falling Rocks: 33 Years and Finally IRS Justice for Gay Couples

Elizabeth Birch | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabeth Birch

For decades, LGBT employees have had to bear major tax burdens with none of the benefits. We have carried large tax rocks on our backs for our entire tax-paying lives. Yesterday those boulders and rocks cracked in two and fell into the abyss of history.

Michigan Republican National Committeeman Promotes Anti-Gay Article

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

One Michigan Republican National Committeeman promoted an article’s claim that “part of the homosexual agenda is to get the public to affirm their...

John Celock

Equality State Kills Equality Bill | John Celock | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Wyoming House of Representatives killed legislation Wednesday night that would have allowed domestic partnerships. In a ...

Lear Corporation Makes Landmark Move For Gay Employees

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Lear Corporation will begin offering domestic partner benefits on March 1, reports Pride Source. The automotive electrical and seating components ...

Pueblo Tables Domestic Partner Benefits For Gay City Employees

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 09.14.2012 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic. Pueblo City Council made headlines Monday when it voted 5 to 1 to indefinitely table an ordinance tha...

Employee Benefits: An Incomplete 'Gross-Up' Of Government Discrimination

Richard C. Milstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard C. Milstein

Even if a same-sex couple lives in a state that recognizes their marriage and is employed by someone who wants to offer them full and equal benefits, the federal government still superimposes its stamp of disapproval.

This Evolution Won't Be Televised

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jason Stanford

The arc of history is long and bends toward progress, but it usually starts in a bad place. Former congressman Chris Bell knows this, because he went through his own reevaluation on gay marriage.

Matt Sledge

El Paso Mayor John Cook, Recall Target, Takes Stand Against Anti-Gay 'Bigotry' | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

John Cook only has 13 months left as mayor of El Paso. But as of last Wednesday, when papers were filed for a recall petition, Cook will be fending of...

Would A 'Tough Nerd' Ban Domestic Partner Benefits?

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.02.2012 | Detroit

The Equality Michigan Pride political action committee launched a campaign this week calling on Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to live up to his "one tough...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

LGBT Activists To Governor: 'Gay Families Matter' | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.18.2012 | Detroit

LGBT Michiganders and their allies from across the state will rally in Lansing on the Capitol steps at noon Wednesday, ahead of Gov. Rick Snyder's "St...

Battle Brews Between Snyder, ACLU Over Domestic Partner Benefits

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 01.06.2012 | Detroit

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder over a law banning domestic partner benefits in the state. The leg...

Against All Logic: What LGBT and Allies Do Now

Emily Dievendorf | Posted 03.04.2012 | Detroit
Emily Dievendorf

When I received word that Gov. Snyder signed the ban on health care coverage for domestic partners I choked. At this point, it is impossible not to recognize the terrible insults that the LGBT community faces in Michigan.

Snyder Signs Domestic Partner Benefits Ban

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 12.22.2011 | Detroit

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Thursday banning domestic partner benefits for state employees. Snyder, however, vetoed a portion of the legislati...

Big Banks Rank Among The Most LGBT-Friendly Workplaces

Posted 12.10.2011 | Business

They may be vilified for debit card fees and shoddy mortgage loans, but big banks are among the most LGBT-friendly places to work, a new study finds. ...

Simone Landon

Michigan Legislature Moves To Ban Domestic Partner Benefits | Simone Landon | Posted 12.08.2011 | Detroit

UPDATE 2:55 p.m. -- Michigan's House approved the revised H.B. 4770, but said the Senate amendment exempting public colleges and universities from the...

While States Wrestle With Recognition of Same-Sex Partnerships, Corporations Continue to "Get it"

Todd A. Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Todd A. Solomon

Corporations across America have embraced the notion that LGBT diversity and LGBT-friendly employment policies such as domestic partner benefits are not only the right thing to do, but are also good for business.

Mizzou Faculty Council Approves Domestic Partner Benefits

The Maneater | Soa Ha/Staff Photographer | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Faculty Council approved a resolution to give benefits to same-sex domestic partners and discussed a future diversity course requirement at its meetin...

Berry: Why Obama Admin Is Denying Lesbian Couple Benefits

Bil Browning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bil Browning

Much has been made of the Obama administration's decision to defy a California judge's order that they enroll a lesbian federal employee's partner as her health-insurance beneficiary.