Posts by Ross Murray, Director of Programs, Global and US South

A special thank you to GLAAD's summer interns

A round of applause for GLAAD's Summer 2013 interns! Talented thinkers, writers, and activists, these interns joined the GLAAD team in June and have since helped develop our campaigns, events, and programs. As they head back to school in the fall, we wanted to thank these young leaders for their incredible work.

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Groupon joins the call for marriage equality in Illinois

The social marketing company Groupon has added its voice to the millions of people calling for marriage equality in Illinois. Groupon has long been a strong supporter of marriage equality in Illinois. Last week, they released a video, produced by Groupon employees, to showcase that support.

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Another step forward: NJ bans harmful "conversion therapy" for minors

New Jersey becomes the second state in the country to outlaw so called "conversion therapy" for minors. Today, New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, will sign the bill that passed the New Jersey state legislature. New Jersey joins California as the only two states that bans the harmful practices for minors.

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Anti-LGBT activist attacks transgender students on CNN

Thomasson was flippant enough to end the interview with Brooke Baldwin and Masen Davis with "Hey, good to talk to you ladies."

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TUNE IN: State Dept. hosts Google+ Hangout on immigration and visa applications for same-sex couples

The US State Department is hosting a Google+ Hangout to address questions about the process for binational same-sex couples to apply for visas. Tune in at 1:00 PM EDT to learn more.

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President Obama tells Jay Leno he has "no patience" for anti-LGBT laws ahead of Russian Olympics

President Obama shared with Jay Leno his frustration with anti-LGBT laws like those enacted in Russia just before the Sochi Winter Olympics. When asked about Russia's anti-gay law, the president responded, "I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them."

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United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association dumps Russian vodka in response to anti-LGBT laws in Russia

The United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association (URTO) along with their President, Paul Hurley, held a press conference at Desmonds Steak House with LGBT activists as they dumped Russian made vodka into the streets of Manhattan. This public display of protest occurred in response to the anti-LGBT action occurring in Russia.

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United Nations launches Free & Equal for LGBT people around the world

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday launched Free & Equal, an unprecedented global public education campaign for LGBT equality.

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