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

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.05.2014 | 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 04.30.2014 | 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 04.27.2014 | 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 04.23.2014 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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? | 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.

Not 'Coming Out' Is a Straight Privilege

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.02.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

I agree with the critics. Gays and lesbians SHOULDN'T have to come out. But that's only because we shouldn't be forced into hiding in the first place for having done nothing wrong -- only for committing faithfully to our life partner.

A Look Back at a Monumental Year for Equality and Hope for an Even Better Tomorrow

Shane Bitney Crone | Posted 03.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Shane Bitney Crone

Personally, 2013 has been a landmark year, but more importantly, it has been been a year that hosted some of the most ground-breaking LGBTQ events in American and world history. Before we charge into 2014, we should reflect on these significant occurrences.

Discharge Petition: The Right Wing Is Anti-Rights

Jarryd Willis | Posted 02.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Jarryd Willis

Asians and Hispanics will be 50 percent of new voters for 21 GOP districts in 2014. They will be 40-49 percent of new voters for 10 districts and 30-39 percent of new voters for 32 other districts. That's 63 Republican controlled districts in which many new voters will care about where their Congressperson stands on issues of immigration reform.

Top 10 LGBT Wins for New York in 2013

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

2013 was a huge year for LGBT equality and justice and we're proud of the Pride Agenda's role in helping to share a more equitable New York and United States.

Of Rose Parades and Dreams Coming True

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

One distraught woman from Florida pleaded with me -- in a conversation I'll never forget -- to "Please, please, please don't ruin the Rose Parade for us! We're Christians and watch it every year with our grandchildren. Homosexuality is an abomination. Jesus said so in Genesis." Seriously. "Jesus said so in Genesis." I couldn't make that up.

We Won't Take No for An Answer, Mr. President

Cristina Jiménez | Posted 02.18.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristina Jiménez

Since President Obama's first presidential campaign, he has promised LGBTQ Americans that he will prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ workers. He also promised the Latino community he would lead on immigration reform.

The Backwardness of ENDA Opposition

Isabel Song | Posted 02.10.2014 | Teen
Isabel Song

Different versions of this bill have been introduced to Congress since 1994. In other words, for more than my entire lifetime, America's lawmakers have struggled time and time again over the passage of an anti-discrimination bill.

The Catholic Church Isn't Anti-Gay, but Are Its Bishops?

Michael O'Loughlin | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Michael O'Loughlin

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has claimed that the Catholic Church is not anti-gay. Dolan's right. The Catholic Church isn't anti-gay, but evidence suggests its bishops certainly are. Catholic bishops' opposition to marriage equality is intense, if not particularly effective.

Episcopalians Urge Vote on ENDA

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

On December 6th and 7th -- as the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles met for its 118th annual convention -- the Diocesan LGBT Ministry offered convention goers the opportunity to sign onto this letter to House Speaker John Boehner urging a vote on ENDA.

10 Things LGBT People Can Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Christian Fuscarino | Posted 01.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Christian Fuscarino

As we gather around the table for a Thanksgiving dinner or volunteer at a local community center, let's all take a second to be thankful for the victories that our community has seen recently.

Gayconomics 101: Why the Latest LGBT Rights Legislation Could Be the 'ENDA' the Road for Some Job Seekers

Courtney Michaluk | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Courtney Michaluk

ENDA, designed to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, appears to have been designed with the best of intentions. But like '80s fashion or tequila shots, what sounds good in theory can have unintended consequences.