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Jennifer Bendery

Mayor Who Fired Lesbian Police Chief Caught On Tape In Homophobic Tirade

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.18.2014 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON -- The mayor of a tiny South Carolina town has triggered protests, prayer vigils and even a city council vote to weaken his powers after fi...

The Religious Exemption: A Clear and Present Danger to LGBTQ Rights

Rev. Mel White | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Mel White

Supreme Court watchers are already predicting that the Greens and their religious and political allies on the right will win. I'm not so sure. I still have hope that once again Justice Roberts will show his courage and support the rights and protections of all Americans.

While You Were Defending the Rights of an Anti-Gay CEO, a Whole Bunch of Gay People Got Fired

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

The plight of Brendan Eich, the Mozilla CEO who resigned following an uproar over his donation to support California's Proposition 8, is big news. Yet it's still legal in most states to fire an employee for being part of the LGBT community.

Dave Jamieson

Busy Day: GOP Blocks Minimum Wage, Equal Pay, LGBT Discrimination Bills

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a single committee meeting Wednesday, House Republicans voted against considering bills to raise the minimum wage, reform mine safety...

Jennifer Bendery

Fired, Harassed LGBT Workers Wonder Why Obama Won't 'Stick His Neck Out' On ENDA

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama made a big splash on Tuesday with two executive orders relating to equal pay for women. But for all his talk abou...

Biden Calls On Congress To Pass Gay Rights Bill: 'The Country's Moved On'

AP | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden called on Congress Saturday to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, saying it...

Amanda Terkel

Democratic Support Grows For Obama To Make Big Move On LGBT Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

UPDATE: 3/21/14 -- The final letter, viewable here, has 220 signatures (168 in the House and 52 in the Senate). Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) also...

The Surprise Impact Of Anti-LGBT Job Discrimination

Posted 03.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender rights advocates took to HuffPost Live this week as pressure on President Barack Obama to sign an executive order which would extend Emplo...

Amanda Terkel

Nearly 200 Lawmakers Call On Obama To Sign ENDA Executive Order

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

UPDATE: 9/20/14 -- Since the publication of this piece, a number of lawmakers have indicated that they back the effort and have signed onto the letter...

No, Congress Still Isn't Any Closer To Passing A Bill To Fight LGBT Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

Months after overwhelmingly passing in the Senate, a bill that would ban workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender worke...

'Don't Act, Don't Tell' Is in Effect

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

It's one thing to be denied a wedding cake by a baker who can't think outside the Bible. It's quite another to be physically attacked for simply walking down the street.

Why New Polling Shows Both the GOP and LGBT Groups Are Out of Touch

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Sure, LGBT groups are operating within a political environment in which a small band of extremists have a lock on the GOP. But better to get nothing passed right now and continue to embarrass the GOP and watch it implode than to compromise our rights and pander to those extremists.

Arizona, Put on Your Rainbow Shades

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Why, if most Americans reject discrimination, do their elected legislatures support it? And, in particular, that means the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

I'm Here, I'm Queer, and I'm Pissed

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 02.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

We're not supposed to be angry; we're supposed to be encouraged. We're not supposed to be vehemently upset; we're supposed to be motivated. We're not supposed to be condemning; we're supposed to be encouraging. Well, say it with me: Poppycock!

Friday Talking Points -- From Russian Panties To Animal Skulls

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We have a running theme this week: the utter and complete failure of the Republican Party's vaunted "outreach" to certain groups of Americans who have been voting against them in droves.

GOP Congressional Candidate Compares ENDA To 'Segregation Laws'

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

Nevada state Assemblyman Cresent Hardy (R), who is hoping to oust first-term Rep. Steven Horsford (D) this fall, said Tuesday that he opposes the Empl...

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid Clears Way For Obama To Sign ENDA Executive Order

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday cleared the way for President Barack Obama to use executive action to ban workplac...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama's Big Plan On ENDA: Hope John Boehner Changes His Mind

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Friday again signaled that President Barack Obama has no plans to take executive action to ban...

These Allies Have A Bone To Pick With Obama

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — For some White House allies, the long list of executive actions President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address...

Amanda Terkel

White House: Just Because Obama Didn't Mention ENDA In SOTU Doesn't Mean He Doesn't Care

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House insisted Wednesday that although President Barack Obama didn't mention the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in his Stat...

Jennifer Bendery

Employment Non-Discrimination Act Picks Up Another Republican Cosponsor

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) on Tuesday became the sixth House Republican to sign onto legislation that would ban workplace discriminatio...

Amanda Terkel

Obama Avoids ENDA In State Of The Union Speech

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the lead-up to Tuesday night's State of the Union address, there was lingering hope within the gay rights community that President Ba...

Jennifer Bendery

Nancy Pelosi: 'Of Course' Obama Should Take Executive Action On LGBT Workplace Discrimination

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House has been mum on whether President Barack Obama is prepared to take executive action to ban workplace discrimination agai...

Amanda Terkel

Where's Obama's Executive Action On LGBT Workplace Inequality?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will announce plans to sign an executive order to raise the mini...

1,800 Days and Counting

Ian Thompson | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Ian Thompson

There is no question that this administration has an unparalleled record of accomplishments for LGBT Americans. When President Obama finally signs this executive order, it will unquestionably be remembered as one of his signature civil rights accomplishments.