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Todd Fernandez
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Todd (Tif) Fernandez is a volunteer activist working to accelerate the end of legal discrimination against LGBT Americans via The American Equality Bill (AEB) Project and other initiatives. He holds a Masters of Law in Human Rights from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and was formerly General Counsel & Legislative Director for Economic Affairs and the Governor’s Ombudsman in Massachusetts. He works in association with GetEqual, Out4Immigration, ActOnPrinciples, the New York Immigration Coalition, Queer Rising, Queer OWS Caucus, eQualityGiving, and the Radical Faeries, and he is determined to help realize LGBT equality by 2014, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

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'Add 4 Words' Vigil at MLK Memorial June 30 Launches New Coalition Campaign for Full LGBT Civil Rights

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 6:39 PM

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A new LGBT equality campaign backed by over 245 organizations,The Equality Pledge Network, will officially launch with an LGBT Civil Rights Vigil at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in D.C. beginning at 8:30 p.m., Monday, June 30th. The event...

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IDAHOT and the LGBT Bridge to Global Human Dignity

(4) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 5:47 PM

On May 17, like one global heart, the LGBT people of Earth will unite for their own survival and liberation on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), with nations and activists marking the occasion on all seven continents. And to mark IDAHOT in the United States,...

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Over 135 LGBT Groups Take the Full Equality Pledge Demanding a National One-Bill Strategy

(28) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 1:27 PM

Over 135 LGBT organizations from 35 states have joined in taking the Pledge for Full LGBT Equality calling upon the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus to file a national bill for full LGBT equality immediately, and to fight for its passage by 2014, the 50th anniversary of the 1964...

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Shame on the 'Gang of Eight': History Will Remember That You Left Out the Gays

(49) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 7:21 PM

To the Senate "Gang of Eight":

Sen. Chuch Schumer (D-N.Y.)
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-N.C.)
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

On April...

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To Sens. Schumer, McCain and Graham: Immigration Coalitions Support Gay Family Inclusion in Reform

(5) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and five others sent the LGBT movement into a panic last week when they issued an outline for immigration reform that excluded same-sex binational couples. In quick response, HRC, NCLR and other organizations issued press releases,...

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Presenting: The Pledge for Full LGBT Equality by 2014 -- The 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

(48) Comments | Posted January 1, 2013 | 12:02 PM


With equality inevitable yet too long denied, over 65 LGBT groups from 17 states and D.C. have joined in taking The Pledge for Full LGBT Equality calling for their full and equal protection under federal nondiscrimination laws nationwide by 2014 -- the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil...

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Is Ugandan Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga a Human Rights Criminal?

(44) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 11:11 AM


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In concert with actions in Africa, Europe and Canada, human rights activists in NYC descended on the Ugandan Mission Nov. 30 to expose Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, as a human rights abuser. Signs read, "Shame On Kadaga, Gays 'R...

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NYC Action at Ugandan Mission Against 'Kill the Gays' Bill

(5) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 3:01 PM

At noon on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, human rights activists will hold a peaceful protest outside the Uganda Mission at 336 East 45th Street, to help stop the "kill the gays" bill now topping the Ugandan parliament's agenda thanks to human rights offender Speaker Rebecca Kadaga. The protest, titled "

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HRC Abandons Push for Full Equality Despite LGBT Election Impact

(65) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 3:49 PM

Normally, it would be fair to give HRC some time to get settled under its new leadership, but Chad Griffin, the newly appointed HRC president, is on the offensive with an outrageous media blitz to extinguish LGBT dreams for the 113th Congress.

With analysis suggesting that the LGBT vote was...

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Obama's Equality Mandate: Time to Go Big!

(8) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 3:45 PM

With definitive support for LGBT equality in his winning coalition and over 60 million votes on a marriage equality platform, President Obama has the mandate and power to go big for full federal LGBT equality in his second term. And he has a great...

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The Great Gay Election of 2012

(8) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 5:04 PM

With margins of victory paper-slim, multiple analyses suggest that the LGBT vote can be outcome-determinative in the 2012 election for president. We are at least 4 percent of the electorate, and 74 percent of us plan to vote. Moreover, 71 percent of LGBT Americans who are...

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Why Gay Republicans Should Vote for Obama

(32) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 4:36 PM

Almost 30 percent of gay people voted Republican in 2010. So here's why they should vote for Obama this time.

The economics are good. Under Obama, stock prices have soared, the financial industry has been stabilized, student loan interest rates lowered, veterans benefits secured and provided, the American...

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Straight People: Gay People Need Protection From Harm & Your Vote for Obama

(12) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 3:15 PM

"Persecution of people because of their sexual orientation ... is every bit as unjust as that crime against humanity, apartheid."
--Desmond Tutu, 2004

LGBT discrimination is not simply a cultural or religious option as some maintain, because it causes serious harm to LGBT people who share this earth and...

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Why Barney Frank Is Wrong About the DNC Gay Marriage Platform Debate

(19) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 6:19 PM

The 2012 DNC & RNC Platform debates are proving to be a hot bed for LGBT issues, and this is propelling the question about full federal LGBT equality -- and federal marriage equality in particular -- to new realms. Unfortunately however, Representative Barney Frank, the most senior openly gay person...

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Romney Includes 'Sexual Orientation' in NAACP Speech While the LGBT Movement Plays a One-Party Game

(71) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 10:32 PM

Somewhat surprisingly, in remarks to the NAACP's 103rd Annual Convention in Houston, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney uttered the words "sexual orientation" alongside "race" in his rebuke of discrimination and inequality as broad concepts. Of course, moments later, the expert of mixed messages made clear his commitment to "traditional marriage,"...

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Activist Richard Noble Completes Solo Walk Across America for the American Equality Bill

(16) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 7:02 PM

Ushering in Pride Month, on Saturday, June 9, 2012, activist Richard Noble completed his historic "Civil Rights Walk Across America" to a hero's welcome in Jacksonville, Fla. Setting out from San Francisco last March, he crossed 10 states and journeyed 2,700 miles, carrying the rainbow flag and promoting the

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Why Gay Marriage Is Not the Issue for Obama This November

(66) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 2:21 PM

Getting the president to say "marriage equality" may feel good, but it's bad politics and misleading to the LGBT community. Why? No one in the LGBT movement or DNC is proposing a federal law to outlaw marriage discrimination in the 50 states. Democrats have simply not yet made same-sex marriage...

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The LGBT Grassroots vs. HRC: Fighting for a One-Bill Equality Strategy (And Our Lives)

(18) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 11:50 PM

Most people have no idea what goes on inside the LGBT movement. The basic questions of who actually controls this $161-million enterprise, and what their strategy is, and how they arrive at it, remain unexplored, off-limits to media and the LGBT community alike. What we do know is...

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