Posts by MJ Okma, Associate Director of News & Rapid Response

Mississippi’s HB 1523 becomes law today and allows residents to legally deny services to LGBTQ people

HB 1523 cites the same so-called “religious exemption” argument as the Department of Justice’s recent anti-LGBTQ guidance

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DOJ’s anti-LGBTQ “religious exemptions” guidance makes LGBTQ employees second-class citizens

NEW YORK – GLAAD, the world’s LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today condemned guidance issued this morning by United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which invites taxpayer funded federal agencies, government employees, and government contractors to legally discriminate as long as they cite a religious belief as the reason for doing it. This guidance follows the anti-LGBTQ executive order signed by President Trump – which could ultimately allow a person to use so-called “religious exemptions” to discriminate against the LGBTQ community at the workplace, in housing, in public accommodations across the nation, and even in marriage equality.

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Trump using “religious exemptions” to restrict health care access is a direct attack on women and transgender Americans

Trump Administration allows employers to use so-called “religious exemptions” to deny Americans contraception access

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Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s anti-LGBTQ activist history

GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released the following background on Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn which highlights her anti-LGBTQ activist record during her time as a public servant. This backgrounder is in response to media coverage of Blackburn’s decision to run for the open seat in the U.S. Senate following the unexpected retirement of current Senator Bob Corker.

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GLAAD statement on the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD – the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, released the following statement this evening after President Donald Trump accepted the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price following numerous reports of Price using close to $1 million dollars of taxpayer money to pay for the more than two dozen private and chartered jet trips across the world

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Senate blocks vote on bipartisan amendment to protect the rights of transgender service members

GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today criticized the United States Senate for blocking the Gillibrand-Collins Amendment, that would have protected transgender service members from President Donald Trump’s discriminatory transgender military ban.

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Anti-LGBTQ advocate Mercedes Schlapp expected to join White House Press Office

GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released the following background information on Mercedes Schlapp, a former Fox News contributor and former President George W. Bush spokesperson, who is expected to join President Trump’s press office.

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