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Opening Brief Filed Today with SCOTUS in Marriage Equality Case of Michigan Nurses

Opening Brief Filed Today with SCOTUS in Marriage Equality Case of Michigan Nurses

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Lawyers for Michigan nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, who seek to marry in their home state of Michigan, today filed their opening brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court agreed to hear their case, DeBoer v. Snyder, along with marriage-related cases from Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky this Term, potentially setting up a resolution […]

TN Couples Ask Supreme Court to Uphold Freedom to Marry & End “Checkerboard Nation” of Marriage Laws

TN Couples Ask Supreme Court to Uphold Freedom to Marry & End “Checkerboard Nation” of Marriage Laws

WASHINGTON D.C.—Three couples challenging Tennessee’s marriage ban filed a brief in the Supreme Court  of the United States today, asking the Court to rule that same-sex couples have the freedom to marry and thereby put an end to “a checkerboard nation in which same-sex couples’ marriages are dissolved and reestablished as they travel or move […]

America’s First Privately-Owned LGBTQ Center Opens In West Hollywood

America’s First Privately-Owned LGBTQ Center Opens In West Hollywood

By: Mark Dawson*/Special for TRT— A clothing retailer in West Hollywood made news this week when the owner announced he was closing one of his three shops and converting it into America’s first privately owned LGBTQ Center. The LA Jock Sport retail shop at 7990 Santa Monica Blvd. is now “Home,” a help center serving […]

Transgender Americans Face Staggering Rates of Poverty, Violence

Transgender Americans Face Staggering Rates of Poverty, Violence

New Reports Find Widespread Discrimination, Economic Vulnerably, and Health Disparities WASHINGTON, D.C.— In a year when transgender Americans are experiencing unprecedented visibility in the State of the Union address, the media, and popular culture, while simultaneously suffering extreme violence, two new reports released recently detail the widespread discrimination and inequities the transgender population faces, particularly […]

New AGS Recommendations for Care of Older LGBT Adults

New AGS Recommendations for Care of Older LGBT Adults

New position statement focused on LGBT elder care aims to be a “rising tide that lifts all ships” in push for health equality; Equality, Education, Research, & Respect are focal NEW YORK, N.Y.— Health professionals who care for older adults can pioneer fairer and more equitable treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals subject to […]

Wicked Awesome: Stephen Schwartz to Share Stage with Boston Gay Men’s Chorus

Wicked Awesome: Stephen Schwartz to Share Stage with Boston Gay Men’s Chorus

BOSTON, Mass.—The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC) proudly presents Wicked Awesome, a production celebrating the music of Stephen Schwartz, the award-winning lyricist and composer of Broadway blockbusters Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked. Schwartz will take the stage with BGMC for the concerts, which take place at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall on March 21 and 22. […]

Report: Impact of HIV on Black Gay Men is ‘Greatest’ Failure of US Response to AIDS

Report: Impact of HIV on Black Gay Men is ‘Greatest’ Failure of US Response to AIDS

By: Eric Brus*— “Our nation’s inability to effectively address HIV infections among Black gay men . . . is one of the greatest failures of the U.S. HIV/AIDS response,” according to health policy analysts from The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). Writing in HIV and the Black Community: Do #Black(GAY)Lives Matter?, the amfAR analysts note […]

Defense Secretary Comments on Transgender Service

Defense Secretary Comments on Transgender Service

“I don’t think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them.” WASHINGTON, DC—Today, at a town hall in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter answered a question concerning service by transgender people, saying “I don’t think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them.” The American Military Partner Association, the nation’s largest organization of LGBT military […]