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New York State Is Pushing Back On Health Care Discrimination Against Transgender People

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living

New York State is kicking off a health care initiative to improve services for transgender people, state officials announced Friday. “My office i...

Poignant Video Pinpoints Why We All Should Say #IDo To Marriage Equality

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.24.2015 | Impact

Marriage equality advocates now have a $1 million-reason to elevate their voices between now and June. Ahead of the Supreme Court's ruling on gay m...

1,000,000 Reasons to Look Beyond Marriage Equality and Say #IDO

Karen Dixon | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Karen Dixon

This is not the time to grow complacent, but it is the time to celebrate our achievements to date and then recommit our time, voices and resources to ensure the fight against discrimination continues. Say #IDo as a symbol of America's collective resolve to ensure "Liberty and Justice for All."

2 Women, 1 Daughter, a Beautiful Island and a Big Struggle for Equality

Janet Arelis Quezada | Posted 04.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Janet Arelis Quezada

Arroyo often calls out what she feel is a lack of separation of church and state on the island which negatively impacts LGBTQ people and their families, stopping them from being able to to live their lives fully. Still, she believes she will be able to see much needed reforms on the island.

The 2015 Golden Globes Gifting Suites

Zorianna Kit | Posted 03.14.2015 | Style
Zorianna Kit

Gift lounges during the week leading up to the Golden Globes ceremony brought numerous vendors seeking to get their products into the hands of celebrities. Established brands like Pilot Pens, Pandora and Nautica stood alongside smaller, emerging brands such as Bright Baum and Canada Bliss.

Season's Bleedings

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The "Season's Greetings" banner hung across South Florissant Road in Ferguson, Missouri, is a far smaller piece of incongruity than the Christmas truce on the Western Front during World War I a century ago, but it provides a contemporary reminder of the contrast between our ideals and our treatment of one another.

Ted Olson and David Boies Talk Virginia Gay Marriage Win and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I was invited to join a media conference call immediately following the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' favorable ruling in Virginia's Bostic v. Schaefer marriage-equality case.

Kim Bellware

What Every LGBTQ Teen (And Their School) Needs To Know About Prom

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.16.2014 | Gay Voices

For prom-going LGBTQ teens, the high school ritual can sometimes feel like a twisted "Mean Girls" plotline where spiteful overlords try to dictate wha...

Charity and Fashion in Arms for Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2014 (VIDEO)

Daniel Garofali | Posted 06.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Garofali

Each year there are new faces joining the cause but what is most inspiring are the friends that I see every year with as much passion, commitment and determination in working to educate and improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS.

A Fight for Recognition: The LGBT Community's Battle in Mozambique

Mathew Lasky | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Mathew Lasky

As gay Americans make headlines fighting for their marital rights, in Mozambique, and many other countries in Africa, the battle looks different and is much quieter.

State's Gay Marriage Ban Faces Big Court Challenge

AP | BRADY McCOMBS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A challenge to Utah's same-sex marriage ban by three gay couples is scheduled to be back in court Wednesday as a federal court...

LGBT Legal Progress: 1988 - 2038

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Much of the progress towards freedom and equality occurs in legislatures and courts, making a legal education a necessity. This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 25th anniversary conference of Lavender Law in San Francisco.

New Jersey Judge Presents Pointed Questions in Tangled Marriage Equality Case's Oral Arguments

Jacob Combs | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Jacob Combs

Judge Jacobson told the assistant attorney general that the recent decisions of several federal agencies not to consider couples in civil unions eligible for federal benefits pointed to the fact that those couples are not being treated equally, but she expressed concern about moving too quickly on the issue.

Carving LGBT Families Out of Immigration Protections: Wrong and Harmful

Hayley Gorenberg | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Hayley Gorenberg

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and law professor David Strange made a wholly unfounded argument July 18, 2013, in The New York Times. Their attempt to carve LGBT families out of federal immigration protections is baseless and punitive.

Another Historic Week for Trans Civil Rights

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

First, the Senate committee overseeing ENDA passed the bill to the floor of the Senate without amendment. Then Mia Macy won a judgment from the DOJ in Macy v. Holder, and a settlement was reached in another trans discrimination case, this time at a private employer in Maryland.

The Quiet, Powerful Courage of Lambda Legal

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

In the vast universe of humanitarian organizations, few are committed to creating a world where freedom reigns for all while sidestepping narcissistic fanfare the way that Lambda Legal is.

Freedom to Work and the New LGBT Advocacy Paradigm

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

National organizations that are structured more like campaigns, or that serve one particular community or cause, along with the legal organizations and the research organizations, have been increasingly effective relative to the multi-issue organizations. The question is why.

Back Onboard for Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2013

Daniel Garofali | Posted 05.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Garofali

Just around the corner, on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, JFC celebrates the 10th anniversary since the New York event was established, initially as an in-store event, by fashion pioneer and philanthropist, Jeffrey Kalinsky.

'I Would Support Same-Sex Marriage... but for the Children!'

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Geoffrey R. Stone

It is those who would deny same-sex couples the right to marry on the premise that same-sex marriage is bad for children who must bear the burden of proof. And it is a heavy burden, indeed.

LGBT and HIV Equality Is at the Heart of Immigration Reform

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 04.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

We cannot afford to have LGBT and HIV-affected immigrants living in the shadows. The threat of deportation creates significant public safety risks, because immigrants are more likely to be targeted for acts of violence.

Jeffrey: Where Fashion Really Does Care

Melissa Berkelhammer | Posted 04.07.2013 | New York
Melissa Berkelhammer

Last Tuesday, Jeffrey Fashion Cares, the annual fashion fundraiser benefiting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and those living with HIV/AIDS celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a kick-off cocktail event at the Jeffrey store

A Whirlwind Season for Student Rights in New York

Hayley Gorenberg | Posted 09.09.2012 | Education
Hayley Gorenberg

They showed up to learn. Instead they were spat upon and called vulgar names. They had their lockers vandalized and books urinated upon. They are our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

Court Denies Human Rights Law To NY Students

Posted 06.19.2012 | New York

The New York State Court Of Appeals ruled last week that the state's students cannot use The New York Human Rights Law-- which prohibits discriminatio...

Lila Shapiro

'They Want An Upgrade:' Gay Marriage Fight Comes To Illinois

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 06.01.2012 | Gay Voices

When Theresa Volpe and Mercedes Santos sought a marriage license in Illinois earlier this month, the Cook County Clerk's Office worker suggested a civ...

Federal Lawsuit Aims To Advance Gay Marriage In Nevada

Posted 04.10.2012 | Gay Voices

In what's been called "a strategic step" in the effort to advance marriage equality, Lambda Legal has filed a federal suit on behalf of eight Nevada-b...