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The South Is Not a New Frontier: An Open Letter to the Human Rights Campaign

Kip Williams | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Kip Williams

Take some time to get to know the local communities who have been building bridges, winning and losing campaigns, and making a difference for generations. Enter these communities with humility and a beginner's mind. And please, please don't erase the rich history and culture of the queer South just because you finally started paying attention.

HRC Reboots Its Mission Toward Greater Trans Inclusion

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Last Thursday at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta, HRC President Chad Griffin apologized for all the problems between HRC and the trans community for which HRC had been responsible over the years. He was specific and demanded to be held accountable. These are words the trans community has never heard before from HRC, certainly not in public.

National Domestic Violence Organizations Silent in Wake of Ray Rice Abuse

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 09.09.2014 | Women
Tanya Young Williams

Where is the outcry from our leading domestic violence organizations in the wake of the latest Ray Rice elevator video, wherein he punches his fiance in the face?

LOOK: Anthony Bourdain Backs Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.17.2014 | Gay Voices

Following in the footsteps of fellow celebrities Susan Sarandon and Tony Hawk, chef and Emmy-winning television host Anthony Bourdain spoke out in sup...

'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner': Lesbian Trans Exclusion Gets Noticed

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Our community's problem isn't with MichFest. If it became trans-inclusive tomorrow, the underlying problem would remain. It isn't even with the antifeminist nature of the trans-exclusionary radical feminists; if they quieted down tomorrow, the underlying problem would remain. The problem is the iceberg below, which no one wants to recognize.

Zach Carter

Barney Frank Wants Elizabeth Warren To Run For President. He Just Doesn't Want Her To Win.

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is keen on the current activist campaign to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) into a 2016 preside...

Maura Healey Returns to Talk Massachusetts Attorney General Primary Race and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I revisited Maura Healey, who's running for the office of attorney general in Massachusetts and was recently endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Healey, who is openly gay, is currently leading the Democratic primary polls by a narrow margin.

Planting Seeds of Change as LGBT Christians - from El Salvador to North America

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 07.24.2014 | Religion
Richard M. Weinberg

That any church these days would take the step toward full inclusion of the LGBT community is courageous. That the Salvadoran Episcopal Church's Sexual Diversity Ministry even exists is a miracle to behold.

PG&E, ConAgra, and Edison Set a New Standard for LGBT Workplace Inclusion

Joanne Sprague | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Sprague

Corporate America has come a long way in creating LGBT-inclusive policy (as has the government, just this week), but as Deena Fidas of the Human Rights Campaign says, "The inclusive policies coming from the boardroom have not fully made it into the everyday culture of the American workplace."

Another Bend of the Arc Towards Justice

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

While it doesn't carry any legal weight, only the power of symbolism, the most touching moments for me in the president's presentation were his fluency with the word "transgender."

The End of ENDA?

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

If my gay colleagues choose to jettison ENDA, I'm willing to back off. But the question with which I am left is: Now what? Do we really expect that the House of Representatives, which won't even debate the version of ENDA with broad religious exemptions, will seriously consider a stricter amended one?

ENDA: The Nightmare Scenario in Which GOPers Push a Bad Bill That Gay Groups Dropped

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Believe it or not, right now some Republicans are working feverishly to get support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the GOP and try to pass it in the House in this session, with the dangerous religious exemption that caused LGBT groups to withdraw support. The irony here is off the charts.

Drain on My Parade: Did the Human Rights Campaign Sell Us Out on ENDA and Outsource LGBT Rights?

Andrew Miller | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

Such is HRC's disdain for our community that they evidently used ringers at the New York City Pride Parade: fresh-faced 20-somethings who work for McCann, one of the largest ad agencies in the world. The largest -- and richest -- LGBT-rights group in the country could not be bothered to field a team for the largest LGBT-pride parade in the country.

Confessions of an HRC Canvasser

Francisco J. Tirado | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Francisco J. Tirado

You're walking down the street (perhaps shopping, or on your lunch break), and up ahead you see one of those street activists with the binders. They're trying to make eye contact with you, but you've averted your gaze and pulled out your phone. "Hey! Do you have one minute for gay rights?"

WATCH: What LGBT Life Is Like Without Anti-Discrimination Laws

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.12.2014 | Gay Voices

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is shining a spotlight on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Southerners with a powerful new v...

ENDA Days

Matthew Ebert | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

As the name implies, ENDA is supposed to end discrimination against LGBTQ employees, but it doesn't. In fact, ENDA does just the opposite: It sanctions discrimination based on religion.

Human Rights Campaign Plans Big LGBT Equality Push In Conservative States

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A national organization is launching a three-year, $8.5 million campaign to promote LGBT equality and push for new legal pro...

Usurping the Podium and Claiming Credit: RuPaul, Chad Griffin and 'Gay Grandiosity Syndrome'

Dana Beyer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Some people, and organizations, simply can't help themselves.

From Policy to Practice: How 8 Companies Are Changing the Game On LGBT Diversity and Inclusion

Joanne Sprague | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Sprague

These companies are doing it by participating in a new program called the Workplace Ally Challenge, a friendly competition among businesses to activate as many employees as possible in creating LGBT-inclusive workplace culture.

The Worst Problem With Jo Becker's Book on 'The Fight for Marriage Equality'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The omissions in the book are certainly egregious. But throwing Roberta Kaplan and Edie Windsor under the bus while comparing Chad Griffin to a woman who refused to sit at the back of the bus is truly horrendous.

Why I Find Andrew Sullivan to Be Insufferable

Elizabeth Birch | Posted 06.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Birch

While it is true that the struggle for marriage equality predates the Proposition 8 case and its aftermath, it also predates Andrew Sullivan.

Shia LaBeouf Plagiarizes Ellen Page's Coming Out Speech

Reductress | Posted 04.20.2014 | Comedy
Reductress

At an impromptu rally outside LA's ACLU headquarters, Shia LaBeouf took to the podium to announce that he is a lesbian, apparently using vast swaths of Ellen Page's recent coming out speech at an HRC event.

Broadway Diva, Publishing Icon Honored For LGBT Advocacy In NYC

Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices

Broadway legend Patti LuPone and Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell received top honors at the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) 2014 G...

Utah's Gay Marriage Ban. Worth it?

Reed Abplanalp-Cowan | Posted 02.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Reed Abplanalp-Cowan

Today, learning that a federal judge has declared Utah's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, I wonder where my one-time friend Beverly Evans is and if she regrets the vote that denied me equal rights.

Believe or Die: 4 Member States of the Human Rights Council Where Apostasy Means Death

Bob Churchill | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Bob Churchill

What the report itself did not do was to compare these 77 countries posing "severe" or even "grave" problems, with the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Let's do that now!