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The End of ENDA?

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.15.2014 | 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 07.15.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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!

Guess Which Legendary Pop Diva Joined HRC's New Campaign For Russia's LGBT Community

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Madonna has joined the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) new "Love Conquers Hate" T-shirt campaign in support of Russia's beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexu...

'Evaluated' to Be Yourself: Ukraine's Flawed Gender Recognition Procedure

Anna Kirey | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Anna Kirey

Order No. 60 of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health Protection requires transgender people to first undergo 30 to 45 days of confinement in a psychiatric institution to be diagnosed with "transsexualism."

Boehner Attacked For Securing Meeting Space For Anti-Gay Group

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

A move by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to grant meeting space in the U.S. Capitol to a group that has lavishly praised Russia's law against "ho...

Our Next Generation of Leaders: HBCU Students Advancing Change

Sultan Shakir | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Sultan Shakir

Beginning this past weekend, 30 students from 14 states and 22 institutions attended HRC's HBCU LGBT Leadership and Career Summit. The annual summit is part of a yearlong effort that fosters an effective group of LGBT student leaders at HBCUs.

It's Time to Face Facts on HIV/AIDS

Chad Griffin | Posted 11.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Chad Griffin

Even as a rising tide lifts support for LGBT equality all across the country, who you are and where you live still has an enormous impact on how HIV/AIDS is likely to affect your life.

Look Out, Your Hate is Showing: Homophobia is Alive and Well

Jenny Block | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Jenny Block

On Sunday night, I went to the True Colors concert tour stop in Dallas. It was like Gay Pride with better music. You could be as out as you want to be there with no need for worry. Or so I thought.

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

Elizabeth Birch | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay 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.

Poll Reveals Surprising Misconceptions About Anti-Gay Discrimination In The U.S.

Posted 08.02.2013 | Gay Voices

A solid majority of Americans believe that businesses should not be able to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, bu...

Lunch With Allyson Robinson

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 09.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

Many in the trans community had a hard time coming to terms with the idea that adding other requirements to the repeal of DADT, such as open trans service, was not really the same fight. As Allyson also was transgender, I had presumed that she would have the same opinion.

Why Facebook Is Turning Red Again

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Technology

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is taking over Facebook again after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay rights activists on Wednesday in a pair of...