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The Affordable Care Act is Working For LGBTs

The Affordable Care Act is Working For LGBTs

  By: Sylvia Mathews Burwell/HHS Secretary Every day here at HHS, we work hard to ensure that all Americans have the building blocks to lead healthy and productive lives.  That is especially important for groups that have unique health needs or have traditionally been underserved, like the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. This week is […]

81% of Floridians are Just Fine with Same-Sex Marriage

81% of Floridians are Just Fine with Same-Sex Marriage

New poll comes two months after nuptials began statewide A new poll shows that a vast majority of Floridians are content that same-sex couples can now marry in their state. “Gay marriage becoming legal in Florida doesn’t seem to be doing anyone much harm,” says Public Policy Polling, a widely respected research firm in Raleigh, North […]

Gay Fatherhood in the Land of Dolce & Gabana

Gay Fatherhood in the Land of Dolce & Gabana

By: Ryan Porter/GayswithKids.com— Fashion designer Domenico Dolce proved his good taste stops at the edge of the runway when he told Italian magazine Panorama that “children of chemistry” (more commonly known as children born through surrogacy) are “synthetic children.” His comments sparked an international uproar; Elton John, whose own sons were born to a surrogate, […]

Kerry Washington Rocks the GLAAD Awards with Her Speech

Kerry Washington Rocks the GLAAD Awards with Her Speech

The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards was on March 22nd in Los Angeles. The event’s highlight was Scandal’s Kerry Washington’s acceptance of the  Vanguard Award, given to her for her support as a powerful LGBT ally. Her speech was so powerful that the audience was on its feet almost throughout the whole speech. She did […]

Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2015 Introduced

Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2015 Introduced

By: The Seattle Lesbian— Sponsored by Senator Patty Murray, Senator Tammy Baldwin, and Congressman Mark Pocan The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2015 requires colleges and universities to have policies in place to prohibit harassment and establishes a grant program to support campus anti-harassment programs, including prevention, counseling and training. Legislative Summary Requires colleges and […]

Puerto Rico Will Not Defend Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Puerto Rico Will Not Defend Same-Sex Marriage Ban

By: The Seattle Lesbian— Friday, Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Justice César Miranda announced that he will submit a brief saying he would no longer oppose the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Puerto Ricans to marry in support Lambda Legal’s lawsuit seeking to end the discriminatory ban on marriage for LGBT people on the island, […]

Legal Teams Submit Proposal to U.S. Supreme Court Regarding Oral Argument in Marriage Cases

Legal Teams Submit Proposal to U.S. Supreme Court Regarding Oral Argument in Marriage Cases

WASHINGTON, DC—Today counsel representing all plaintiffs from the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee marriage lawsuits submitted a proposal to the U.S. Supreme Court requesting that argument time be divided equally among the cases from the four states. The Court previously allocated 45 minutes each to petitioners and respondents to Question 1 (“Does the Fourteenth Amendment […]

​Transgender Discrimination Bill to Be Heard Again

​Transgender Discrimination Bill to Be Heard Again

FLORIDA—A bill that would discriminate against transgender Floridians and force employers and business-owners to police the use of their restrooms will get a second committee hearing in the Florida House on Tuesday morning. The Government Operations Subcommittee will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Webster Hall (212 Knott). H.B. 583 is the second item on […]