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U.S. Supreme Court Declines Emergency Stay Request from Anti-LGBT Rowan County Clerk

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined a petition from Kentucky’s Rowan County clerk Kim Davis for an emergency stay on a court order requiring her to immediately start issuing marriage licenses to all eligible applicants, including same-sex couples.

Belarus: Political Prisoners Released, but Authorities Need to Do More for Human Rights

By Viachaslau “Slava” Bortnik On August 22, Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenka issued an order “based on the principle of humanism” to release six political prisoners, including Mikalai Statkevich and Yury Rubtsov, recognized as prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International. Mikalai … Please continue reading.

Immigration proposals under scrutiny – the Round-up

In the news Immigration Minister James Brokenshire has announced proposals to make Britain “tougher on those with no right to be here’. The new measures are to be included in an Immigration Bill due this Autumn. Working illegally in England and Wales is set to be an offence punishable by a sentence of up to […]

HRC Philadelphia Steering Committee Gathers in Support of Pennsylvania Fairness Act

Yesterday, members of the HRC Philadelphia Steering Committee joined local HRC volunteers and field staff from Pennsylvania Competes for an evening of phone banking.

Making Elementary Schools More LGBTQ Inclusive this School Year

While children across the country are going back to school this month, HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools works year round to make school more LGBT-friendly.

How You Can Fight Against “the Worst Crime in the World”

The wife of a disappeared journalist said of her husband’s disappearance, “I think it’s one of the worst crimes in the world, making people disappear. It is not just the one person who disappears…the whole family is psychologically killed.” Yet … Please continue reading.

Passports at the junction of international and domestic law – Richard Alton

Western governments are increasingly concerned to establish that they have the power to prevent individuals from traveling to the Middle East to engage in terrorism-related activity (see Rosalind English’s recent post on Jihadi Brides). This has resulted in a spike in passport seizures, especially on the domestic level.  Under Chapter 1 of the Counter-Terrorism and […]

“They’ve already taken my husband. I’m not going to succumb to fear.”

“They’ve already taken my husband. I’m not going to succumb to fear,” wife of disappeared Lao agriculture specialist tells audience. How does one suddenly disappear from a busy city street? In 2005, in recognition of his community leadership, Sombath Somphone … Please continue reading.

In Major Step Forward, HRC Mississippi to Host Groundbreaking Equality Summit

As part of its ongoing effort to advance LGBT equality in the Magnolia State, HRC Mississippi announced today that it will host its first-ever statewide Equality Summit.

Indiana Editorial Board Announces Campaign in Support of Non-Discrimination Protections

Today, the editorial board of The Indianapolis Star announced a campaign in support of non-discrimination protections for LGBT Hoosiers.

American Anti-LGBT Activists at Work in Australia

As the debate over marriage equality continues in Australia, American anti-LGBT activists are at work Australia.

WTF Friday, 8/28/2015

Hard to know what to even say about this week. Two journalists were murdered on air, an innocent baby panda died, and against all reason, Donald Trump continues to be a thing. So let’s go with a happier “WTF” today: This … Continue reading ?

Houston Unites Airs First Radio Ad

This week, Houston Unites launched its first radio ad in support of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.

Do You Want to Know the Secret Behind Enforced Disappearances?

Every year, thousands of men, women and children go missing in dozens of countries around the world. In 2012, Amnesty International documented such cases in 31 countries. It’s a crime, all right, but these are not kidnappings for ransom or … Please continue reading.

Athens’ Last Stand

Last Thursday, Greece was momentarily shaken out of its crisis funk when Alexis Tsipras announced that he was resigning from the post of Prime Minister.

China’s Second Continent

China watchers around the world are alarmed at the significant fall in Chinese stock markets. But Beijing may have a few tricks up its sleeve.

Catholic School Heeds Inclusive Voice of Laity

The power of the Catholic laity was dramatically illustrated today when the board of a Portland, Ore., all-girls Catholic high school reversed its ban on hiring LGB employees.

Same-Sex Couple Denied Hotel Room During Honeymoon

Lucas Kellogg married the love of his life, Corey Silva, on October 5, 2013, in a small ceremony on the front porch of the Baltimore County Courthouse. Surrounded by friends and family, Lucas said that “It was truly the most special day of our lives.”

New Children’s Book Highlights Experience of Transgender Youth

The new young adult book George is making headlines as one of the first children’s book about transgender issues to be published by a major company.

Surprise! Get Assaulted, Call 911, Get Evicted … By Order of the Police

When Nancy Markham called police on her abusive ex repeatedly, she never thought it would lead to her eviction. This piece originally appeared at Refinery29.  Last August, Nancy Markham was shocked to learn that she and her children were about to be evicted. Show More Summary

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