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HRC Members Gather at House Party in Greenwood, Mississippi

Recently, a group of residents in the Mississippi Delta town of Greenwood hosted a house party for HRC. While the event provided an opportunity for fellowship, it was also intended for residents and city leaders to hear about HRC’s work...Show More Summary

#ThrowbackThursday: Ellen DeGeneres Came Out 20 Years Ago

This week, we mark the 20th anniversary of Ellen DeGeneres coming out. DeGeneres came out publicly on her TV show Ellen on April 30, 1997, in “The Puppy Episode.” The episode featured several big names, including Oprah Winfrey and Laura...Show More Summary

Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act Reintroduced in Congress

Today, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) reintroduced the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act, which would require colleges and universities to have comprehensive anti-harassment...Show More Summary

100 DAYS: HRC Launches Timeline of Trump’s Unprecedented Attacks on LGBTQ Community

HRC launched a website -- -- chronicling the Trump Administration’s unprecedented attacks against the LGBTQ community. The timeline, which will continue to be updated, spotlights efforts to undermine the LGBTQ community...Show More Summary

TN Lawmakers Vote to Undermine Protections for Women & LGBTQ People in Effort to Challenge Marriage

HRC condemned a vote by the Tennessee Senate passing HB 1111 -- a measure that could undermine certain protections under state law for women and LGBTQ people in a shameful effort to challenge the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision on marriage equality. Show More Summary

Louisiana House Committee Advances LGBTQ-Inclusive Domestic Violence Bill

Post submitted by Ryan Wilson, HRC Associate Regional Field Director Louisiana's legislative session began just a few weeks ago and today members of the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice voted to advance HB27, which was introduced by Representative Patrick Connick. Show More Summary

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 27, 2017

CONGRESS TO REINTRODUCE EQUALITY ACT ON TUESDAY: Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) plan to reintroduce the Equality Act on Tuesday morning, The Washington Blade reports. The Equality Act provides basic protections...Show More Summary

The ACLU Is at the UN Tomorrow to Testify on the Horrific Human Rights Record of US Private Prison Companies

The ACLU is staunchly against prison privatization, and we’re taking our case to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. On April 13, private prison company GEO Group announced its first new contract to detain immigrants under the...Show More Summary

Anti-LGBTQ Bills in Tennessee Attempt to Undermine Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling

Post submitted by Hope Jackson, HRC Regional Field Organizer These next couple of weeks could be crucial for LGBTQ equality in Tennessee. Seventeen anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced this session, and the Tennessee legislature will...Show More Summary

Federal Court Calls Trump’s Threats to Defund Sanctuary Cities Unconstitutional

This decision confirms that cities can opt out of the federal deportation force. For months, the Trump administration has tried to bully local communities into signing up to become extensions of the federal deportation system. That campaign...Show More Summary

Britain to Import School Textbooks from Chinese Communist Party Publisher

Britain will import Chinese math textbooks and Chinese teaching methods for schools throughout the country. The decision was lauded in Shanghai as a "delightful" soft-power boost for China. The post Britain to Import School Textbooks from Chinese Communist Party Publisher appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs.

Trump’s Foreign Policy Helps Putin’s Reelection Plan

When the Kremlin decided to meddle in the U.S. election in favor of Trump, it nurtured the hope of a reset in bilateral ties with the West. The post Trump’s Foreign Policy Helps Putin’s Reelection Plan appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs.

HRC in Maine for Congressional Recess

Post submitted by Lindsey Clark, HRC Senior Regional Field Organizer To help fight a wave of hate and misinformation at the state and federal level, HRC spent last week on the ground in Maine for the Congressional recess. I spent the...Show More Summary

Trapped by Money Bail

Trapped by Money Bail zaineb | April 26, 2017 My daughter Tai is my number one priority. She’s always been ambitious and independent, and as a mother, I want to make sure she has what she needs to pursue her dreams. Last summer, she was at the BET awards, interviewing celebrities on the red carpet. Show More Summary

United Methodist Church to Decide on Appointment of Lesbian Bishop

HRC calls on the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church (UMC) to support the appointment of openly lesbian Rev. Karen Oliveto as Bishop, the highest office for an ordained elder. Oliveto’s appointment was challenged earlierShow More Summary

Henrietta Lacks’ Story Is a Powerful Lesson That Patients Deserve Full Control of Their Genetic Data

Some testing labs are rebuffing patient attempts to get all their genetic data. In 1951, doctors harvested cells from Henrietta Lacks while she was receiving treatment for cervical cancer and discovered that her cells had an amazing capacity to reproduce. Show More Summary

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 26, 2017

ARMY SEC NOMINEE MARK GREEN CLAIMS HE IS NOT ANTI-LGBTQ -- AND LINKS TO WEBSITE THAT ATTACKS LGBTQ SERVICE MEMBERS: In a bizarre Facebook post by Mark Green, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Army, he responds to critics -- including HRC -- who have exposed his extremist anti-LGBTQ record as a Tennessee State Senator. Show More Summary

On #40toNoneDay, HRC Youth Ambassador Shares His Experience with Homelessness

Youth homelessness in the U.S. is a national crisis in urban, suburban, and rural communities, affecting an estimated nearly two million young people every year. Consistent research shows that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented among the...Show More Summary

HRC’s Groundbreaking Conference Supporting LGBTQ Youth to Be Held April 28-30 in Washington, D.C.

HRC Foundation, in partnership with the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA) will be holding its nationally acclaimed Time to THRIVE Conference in Washington, D.C. this week, from April 28-30. In...Show More Summary

Anti-LGBT Forces in Congress Are Giving Trump Very Bad Advice

And if he takes their advice, we’ll see him in court. Several dozen Republican members of the House of Representatives are urging President Trump to issue an unconstitutional executive order that would authorize wide-ranging, taxpayer-funded...Show More Summary

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