Scouts for Equality is gathering together concerned current and former Scouts, parents, potential Scouting parents, Scouting leaders and volunteers, and their supporters to urge their local Boy Scout council to vote in favor of dropping the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) anti-gay ban on youth members.
Following the release of autopsy results of slain Mississippi mayoral candidate Marco McMillian, his family is demanding a federal investigation. McMillian was an African-American, openly gay candidate in the mayoral race for Clarksdale, Mississippi when his body was found on the Mississippi River levee.
A bill that would provide transgender students equal access to facilities and programs based on their gender identity cleared California's state assembly Thursday, marking a major step forward for a population that has long faced discrimination in schools.
On the eve of a historic House vote, the group lobbying to pass gay marriage at Minnesota’s Capitol threw its weight Wednesday behind a proposed change to the bill that gives more comfort to churches opposing same-sex marriage and could make it easier for Republicans to support it.
I wrote an open letter addressing the discrimination that I endured by not allowing me to speak at my Arkansas high school alma mater. I felt like I couldn’t keep silent any longer, and needed to let not only the superintendent, but for the wider world to know how much their actions have hurt me and my family.
I never imagined my letter would spark such an outpouring of love from hundreds of complete strangers. Most amazingly I also received a surprising confession from a man who once bullied me.
-Minnesota House passes bill to legalize marriage equality 75 yes, 59 no
-Republicans Loon, Fitzsimmons, Kieffer and Garofalo voted for the bill. Democrats Sawatzky and Fritz were no votes.
-Senate vote expected Monday
According to a new study published by the Williams Institute of UCLA, there are an estimated 58,000 transgender people living in New York, and half of them are still not protected under local anti-discrimination laws. This leaves New York tax payers with covering the cost of public assistance and housing for 23,800 transgender people, who face inordinate levels of homelessness and unemployment.