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Kentucky children’s charity threatens to pull services if LGBT non-discrimination protections are enacted

Kentucky children’s charity threatens to pull services if LGBT non-discrimination protections are enacted

A foster care and children psychiatric service provider in Danville, Ky., has threatened to relocate community services if a proposed LGBT non-discrimination ordinance becomes law. The Danville City Commission approved the first reading of an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance May 12, the Lexington Herald-Leader is reporting. The vote was 4-1. The ordinance would prohibit discrimination in employment, housing … Continue reading

Election 2012 resources for American voters

Election 2012 resources for American voters

‘Tis the season to head to the polls, but voting isn’t as easy as just showing up. So, if you are casting a ballot, check out these resources: Verify your voter registration status, where to vote and what sort of identification is required to cast a ballot at CanIVote.org. Many states allow early voting. Check with … Continue reading

VAWA: GOP representatives team up for LGBT, tribal and undocumented immigrant inclusion

VAWA: GOP representatives team up for LGBT, tribal and undocumented immigrant inclusion

Republican Congress members Judy Biggert and Robert Dold, both from Illinois, met with anti-violence advocates July 31, to call for bipartisan support of an LGBT-inclusive reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. In May, the House of Representatives passed a version of the VAWA reauthorization bill that cut protections and programs for same-sex couples, indigenous … Continue reading

Illinois anti-bullying legislation postponed after Senate votes it down

Illinois anti-bullying legislation postponed after Senate votes it down

The Illinois Senate rejected legislation aimed at strengthening anti-bullying presentations last week, amid conservative outcry over LGBT protections. Lesbian State Rep. Kelly Cassidy introduced Illinois House Bill 5290 to bolster the state’s anti-bullying code, including cyberbullying, by creating model policies for schools to implement in 2013. The House approved the measure in March, but it … Continue reading

Updates on the CeCe McDonald case

Updates on the CeCe McDonald case

There has been no public outcry by HRC. (Seriously, how can an organization bill itself as the Human Rights Campaign and not address McDonald’s case at all?) The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force signed on to a list of 35 organizations supporting McDonald, but I can only find their support listed on other websites with nothing directly from the Task Force. And it’s because McDonald’s case and so many others involve gender-variant people of color and the white gay establishment can’t be bothered to care. These cases may somehow tarnish the whitewashed, assimiliationist gay crusade for equality, especially marriage equality, and they just can’t have that. Continue reading

House nixes LGBT protections from Violence Against Women Act, Obama threatens veto

House nixes LGBT protections from Violence Against Women Act, Obama threatens veto

The U.S. House of Representatives passed 222-205 a version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill that cut protections and programs for same-sex couples, indigenous tribes and undocumented immigrants. The U.S. Senate previously approved those protections in April. The following provisions were cut from the Republican-controlled House version of the bill, all of which were originally … Continue reading