New York - April 26, 2015 – Ahead of Tuesday's oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, Freedom to Marry released a national TV ad showing that America, all of it, is ready for same-sex couples to marry. The spot begins airing on three Sunday morning political shows and 60 Minutes, in addition to national cable programs throughout next week.
On Thursday, April 16, NW PA Pride Alliance Inc and the Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA (MHA) jointly held a candidate forum at MHA's office, 1101 Peach St, Erie PA. The forum addressed both LGBT and mental health related issues. Candidates attending included Elvage Murphy for Erie County Court of Common Pleas, John Morgan for Millcreek Supervisor, and Nathaniel Strasser for Magistrate, 5th Ward, as well as Erie City Council candidates Sonya Arrington, Gary Grack, Bob Merski, Rebecca Styn, Richard Wagner, and Jon Whaley. Trish Catalano, candidate for Erie County Council District 5, also participated. About 30 voters attended.
WASHINGTON - April 25, 2015 - This coming Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will begin hearing oral arguments challenging state bans on marriage equality, the outcome of which could lead to nationwide marriage equality. Today, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military families, emphasized that the decision will significantly impact same-sex military couples who often have little to no choice as to whether or not they are stationed in a state that respects their marriage and family rights.
San Francisco, CA, April 24, 2015)—Tonight, in a groundbreaking interview with Diane Sawyer of ABC News, Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner publicly talked about being a transgender woman.
Jenner: Athlete, Christian, Parent, Celebrity Advances Visibility and Understanding of Transgender People
WASHINGTON - April 24, 2015 - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, commended Bruce Jenner for making history tonight, sharing her powerful story and, in doing so, raising the visibility of transgender people and issues facing the transgender community.
Jenner Interview with ABC's Sawyer Highlights Increasing Visibility, Understanding of Transgender People
WASHINGTON - April 24, 2015 - Tonight, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, expressed optimism that Bruce Jenner's forthright conversation about being a transgender woman will encourage increased support and inclusion for others.
April 24, 2015 - The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) congratulates Bruce Jenner, who tonight publicly came out as transgender. Jenner made the announcement in an interview with Diane Sawyer during a two hour special on ABC News, becoming one of the best-known openly transgender figures in the world and putting to rest widespread speculation about Jenner's identity in the national media.
New York- April 24, 2015 — With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments in marriage cases on Tuesday April 28, Freedom to Marry in partnership with the Religious Institute and 18 other religious organizations is hosting the National Weekend of Prayer for the Freedom to Marry. Nearly 300 congregations representing 20 different denominations in 46 states across the country will come together in prayer services and at vigils to pray that the values of love and the Golden Rule prevail over fear and discrimination.
Ted Cruz's Heinously Anti-LGBT Constitutional Amendment Forces Other Presidential Candidates To Take a Position
WASHINGTON - April 24, 2015 — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, responded to the news that the Texas Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz introduced two radically extreme anti-LGBT bills to try to stop nationwide marriage equality. Cruz's bills as reported by Bloomberg "would establish a constitutional amendment shielding states that define marriage as between one woman and one man from legal action" and "bar federal courts from further weighing in on the marriage issue until such an amendment is adopted." Ted Cruz's latest radical stunt follows his participation at a head-scratching gay reception in his honor in Manhattan.
WASHINGTON - April 24, 2015 – Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, launched an online ad campaign urging governors in 12 states to reject bills that would put LGBT people at risk for discrimination like the religious refusal bill passed earlier this year in Indiana.
Washington, D.C. - April 23, 2015 — A new report released today documents how systemic failures to protect certain students, recognize modern families, and protect people from discrimination drive and trap lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people of color into a devastating cycle of poverty.
WASHINGTON - April 23, 2015 — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, condemned the actions of anti-equality lawmakers in Texas in moving forward extreme anti-LGBT legislation, despite warnings from major corporations, technology leaders, and child advocacy organizations of the dangerous consequences.
WASHINGTON - April 23, 2015 – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization congratulated Loretta Lynch on her historic confirmation as the Attorney General of the United States. After months of delay due to partisan politics, today the U.S. Senate finally confirmed her appointment.
WASHINGTON - April 23, 2015 — Today, major child advocacy groups joined the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, in opposition to a package of extreme anti-LGBT adoption bills in Michigan that are dangerously close to becoming law. HB 4188, HB 4189, and HB 4190 would enshrine special discrimination rights into Michigan law by allowing adoption agencies contracted by the state to discriminate with taxpayer funds against prospective parents based on "the child placing agency's sincerely held religious beliefs."
WASHINGTON - April 23, 2015 -- Just days before oral arguments on marriage equality are scheduled to begin at the Supreme Court, a new Washington Post/ABC Poll has found overwhelming support for marriage equality.
Kumu Hina is the story of Hina Wong- Kalu, a transgender native Hawaiian teacher and cultural icon who brings to life Hawaii's long-held embrace of mahu — those who embody both male and female spirit, and were traditionally respected as caretakers, healers, and keepers of ancient traditions.
On March 21, 2015, the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) held their first quarterly "GEAE Gives Back!" event of 2015 at the Erie Maennerchor Club, 1607 State St, Erie PA. This family-friendly event was held in order to benefit the Mental Health Association of NWPA's warming center and second-chance computers programs. Participants were encouraged to make donations of new underwear, all-weather boots, and used laptops. More than 50 people stopped by to share pizza, play duck-pin bowling, meet people from the MHA and GEAE, and have a lot of fun. Donations filled five large "lawn and leaf" bags with hundreds of pairs of underwear, about two dozen pair of boots, and five laptops.
Over the past two months, a steering committee from the Northwest PA Pride Alliance (NWPAPA) and the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE) has organized and held two LGBT Roundtable discussions. The committee invited leaders from various LGBT organizations from Erie and the surrounding counties.
The second weekend of April was the 11th where the Erie community hosted Erie's Exclusive Bear Weekend known as Drenched Fur. This year's theme was ‘Pop Goes the 80s' where the ‘Best Little Run for Fun' had a record turnout for the main event; an exclusive night time private event at Splash Lagoon, our local indoor water park resort. In addition to enjoying the fun wet times there, the weekend this year also included karaoke, daytime tours to local beer, food, and wine locations, as well as a comedy game show version of Jeopardy.
Candidates for Erie County Council and Erie City Council were asked about their positions on GLBT issues. Their responses appear below.
WASHINGTON - April 22, 2015 – Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released an open letter addressed to His Holiness Pope Francis asking that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the current Apostolic Nuncio, withdraw from his speaking role at the National Organization for Marriage (NOM)'s "Marriage for Marriage." The March, to be held this Saturday, April 25, will feature some of the most virulently anti-LGBT voices in an effort to convince the Supreme Court to rule against marriage equality in its deliberations this summer. The Apostolic Nuncio leads the Holy See's diplomatic mission to the United States.
Settlement Reached in Landmark Federal Lawsuit Against SC DMV on Behalf of Transgender Teen Forced to Remove Makeup for
New York, NY - April 22, 2015 - The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) announces a settlement in a historic federal lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on behalf of Chase Culpepper. Chase is a transgender girl who was targeted for discrimination in March 2014 when she attempted to get her first driver's license. She was told by DMV employees that she could not take her photo unless she removed the makeup that she wears on a regular basis. They told her that she needed to "look male" in her license photo and refused to provide her with her driver's license if she did not remove the makeup she was wearing.
WASHINGTON - April 21, 2015 - Results from a new national survey commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, reveal a significant uptick in the number of Americans who say they personally know or work with someone who is transgender, and a corresponding increase in favorable feelings toward transgender people.
WASHINGTON - April 21, 2015 – Taking part in a "faith forum" for mayoral candidates on Sunday, Mayor Ivy Taylor of San Antonio, Texas attacked a recently-enacted non-discrimination ordinance protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) city employees and contractors from discrimination.
April 21, 2015 - President Obama and Cuban leader, Raul Castro, made history in April of 2015 with a handshake. On April 28, leaders of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) will make history by traveling to Cuba at the invitation of leaders of the Baptist LGBTQ group, Abriendo Brechas de Colores, from the Federación de Iglesias Bastistas de Cuba. Leaders of Abriendo Brechas de Colores are bringing together LGBTQ people and their supporters at the Evangelical Seminary of Matanzas, Cuba. There, they will share their experiences of almost 50 years of ministry with people of faith who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ), and increasingly ministering to a people who are not LGBTQ but who are looking for a more open church community.
Today is not yesterday and today is not tomorrow. It is today and you can get started on your way to wellness…today!
There will be a conference on cyberbullying on Friday, May 15th at the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center, Penn State Behrend, 4701 College Drv, Erie PA as part of Penn State BEHREND, Prevention of Aggression Resource Center Annual Conference for 2015. For more information, please visit our website. Register before May 1, 2015, to receive our special discounted rate.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 17, 2015 – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) backed several legislative efforts this week to end discrimination and provide equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
(New York - April 17, 2015) - The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) today raised serious concerns about discriminatory provisions in a law signed by Malawi's President Mutharika that is expected to go into effect today. The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Law creates new forms of legal discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals. While the law raises the minimum marriage age to 18—a positive move to combat child marriage—it also promotes a policy of exclusion against LGBTI Malawians that would likely translate into discrimination in education, housing, jobs and elsewhere.
WASHINGTON - April 16, 2015 – Today, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, sent a new case study to state lawmakers across the country urging them to reject anti-LGBT bills like the religious refusal bill in Indiana that would put LGBT people at risk for discrimination. The case study comes after the Indianapolis Star reported this week that the state "plans to spend millions to repair [its] image after RFRA."
Why Are Gay & Lesbian Troops Excluded From the Military Equal Opportunity Program and Non-Discrimination Policy?
WASHINGTON - Today, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military spouses and their families, highlighted that although Indiana may have recently been in the nation's crosshairs over a battle encompassing non-discrimination protections for LGBT people, there's another sector of society that lacks these protections that is being completely overlooked. Its members number over 2.5 million, and they're the very people trusted to safeguard the rights and freedoms of all Americans: the United States military.
WASHINGTON - April 14, 2015 – Today, the Human Right Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced that Verizon's Chairman & CEO Lowell C. McAdam, Executive Vice President & President of Operations John G. Stratton, and Executive Vice President & President of Product Innovation & New Businesses Marni M. Walden added their names to a historic statement calling for comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. The news comes as more than 100 anti-LGBT bills make their way through state legislators across the country. The leaders from Verizon join over 120 other prominent leaders in the tech industry who have taken the unprecedented stance of calling for an end to anti-LGBT legislation and for nationwide protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
NCLR Welcomes Congresswoman Speier's Resolution Calling on States to Protect LGBT Youth from Conversion Therapy
(San Francisco, CA, April 14, 2015)—Today, U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14th) introduced the "Stop Harming Our Kids" (SHOK) Resolution of 2015, calling on states to pass laws protecting LGBT youth from conversion therapy, a set of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to be able to change sexual orientation and gender identity. Congresswoman Speier has been a longtime advocate for efforts to end conversion therapy, having introduced a similar resolution in 2012. Her move comes one week after the White House, Surgeon General, and other national leaders joined the call to support LGBT youth by ending these ineffective and harmful practices for good.
Washington DC - April 14, 2015 —Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier re-introduced the Stop Harming Our Kids (SHOK) Resolution, the first proposed federal action to put an end to so-called "conversion therapy." The Stop Harming Our Kids Resolution calls on states to protect minors from efforts that promote or promise to change the gender identity or sexual orientation of individuals.
WASHINGTON - April 14, 2015 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reacted to news that the state of Indiana's Economic Development Corporation has retained a public relations firm to help repair the damage caused by the recent passage of anti-LGBT legislation that led to a national outcry. The news emerged the same day that new polling commissioned by HRC revealed that 75 percent of Hoosiers believe the legislation damaged the state's economy—and that Governor Mike Pence's approval rating has dropped by nearly 20 points since February.
WASHINGTON April 13, 2015 – Governor Mike Pence finds himself deeply damaged following the fight over Indiana's "religious refusal" bill that put LGBT Hoosiers at risk for discrimination, according to a brand new poll of Hoosiers by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). And in a warning sign to governors in other states where similar anti-LGBT bills are pending, a stunning 75 percent of Hoosiers report that Pence's push for the "religious refusal" bill has damaged Indiana's business climate.
(New Orleans, LA, April 13, 2015)—A national Mississippi-based finance company fired a transgender man after he refused to agree to dress and be treated as female, according to a federal employment discrimination lawsuit filed today by civil rights advocates.
There are certain memories that glow unexpectedly brighter than the other million moments cataloged in my mind. Their significance demands attention, and for good reason. The accumulation of those quick seconds is the DNA that creates who I am. DNA being the acronym for Dyke Now and Always.
Dark Day in Sunshine State: Florida House Votes for Discrimination, Against Best Interest of Children
WASHINGTON April 9, 2015 - Today, Equality Florida, the civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, condemned a vote by the Florida House that embraces a virulently anti-LGBT adoption measure that would use state taxpayer money to discriminate against LGBT and a host of other qualified foster and adoptive parents.
April 9, 2015 - A new poll released by Reuters/Ipsos today is the latest to show that voters reject so-called Indiana-style "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA) bills that allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT citizens, the latest sign of growing momentum to ensure LGBT Americans are protected against discrimination.
We would like to invite you to take a new survey about your opinions and preferences, from an LGBT perspective. There's power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors-and minds-around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries! You may have seen Community Marketing & Insights quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, etc.
Congratulations to you both. You are both completing chapters of your life that you can each be proud of: finishing high school and a Master's program, respectively. Approaching major life changes usually brings up anxiety. What comes next is unknown, and for most of us, that's pretty damn scary.
Join the Erie County Human Relations Commission for our 9th Annual Housing Seminar on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 from 8:30AM to 5:00PM (8:00AM registration) at the Hirt Auditorium, Blasco Library, 160 E. Front Street, Erie, PA. Charge is $10. Registration Requested. Continental Breakfast/Lunch Included.
On Sunday, April 12, Nathan Johnson and Jared Milrad were out near their home in Chicago, Illinois, doing some shopping for their wedding, which they're looking forward to this summer after more than six years together as a couple.
WASHINGTON - April 14, 2015– Tomorrow's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) deadline for filing taxes can be a stark reminder for thousands of legally married same-sex couples of the inequality they face if they happen to live in a state that doesn't recognize their marriage. While they are able to file jointly at the federal level, tax day can be even more of a headache for these families because of the discrimination they face from their state.
Washington DC - April 8, 2015 —This evening, President Obama issued a response to the White House "We the People" petition calling for an end to so-called conversion therapy. The response was issued to the over 120,000 supporters who signed the petition. In the response, President Obama said:
WASHINGTON Apr 8, 2015 - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, joined Equality Utah in expressing deep disappointment in recent comments by Mormon Apostle L. Tom Perry disparaging LGBT families and children as "counterfeit."
(San Francisco, CA, April 8, 2015)—Today, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency charged with enforcing federal workplace anti-discrimination laws, ruled that an employer's refusal to allow a transgender employee access to restroom facilities consistent with his or her gender identity is sex discrimination under Title VII.
Groundbreaking EEOC ruling finds the Army discriminated against transgender employee by denying bathroom access, pronoun
April 8, 2015 -- In a landmark ruling issued on April 1, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) determined that some of the most common forms of harassment faced by transgender employees constitute unlawful discrimination under Title VII, the federal sex discrimination law. The decision found that the Department of the Army discriminated against Tamara Lusardi, a transgender employee who transitioned from male to female on the job, by barring her from using the same restroom as all other female employees, and by her supervisors' continued intentional use of male names and pronouns in referring to Ms. Lusardi after her transition. Transgender Law Center represented Ms. Lusardi with the pro bono assistance of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein.
WASHINGTON April 8, 2015 – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, praised the local leaders and advocates on the ground in Springfield, Missouri, for their tireless work on behalf of equality and the city's LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance that the city council passed earlier this year. Yesterday, residents narrowly voted to repeal the ordinance.
NEW YORK (April 7, 2015) – GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, made the following statement on the release of the 'Every Child Achieves Act of 2015' (ECAA), the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee's proposed bill for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
(Monroe, Louisiana, April 7, 2015)—Today, Carroll High School Principal Patrick Taylor and Monroe City School Board President Bishop Rodney McFarland Sr. contacted Claudetteia Love, who is being represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), to inform her that she will be allowed to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom on April 24.
WASHINGTON April 6, 2015 – Over 100 technology leaders – including titans of the industry such as Yahoo!'s Marissa Mayer, Google's Eric Schmidt and Larry Page, Microsoft's Satya Nadella and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg & Sheryl Sandberg – have joined in an unprecedented statement calling on legislators around the country to immediately pass non-discrimination laws that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Launched last week in conjunction with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in response to a host of anti-LGBT bills pending or signed into law in various states, technology leaders from coast to coast continue to sign on with their support in this historic call to action.
WASHINGTON - April 6, 2015 –- Reflecting an ever-increasing wave of support for LGBT equality, more than 100 technology industry leaders and counting have joined in an unprecedented statement to legislators calling for the addition of non-discrimination protections for LGBT people to civil rights laws. Launched last week in response to a host of anti-LGBT bills pending or signed into law in states around the country, technology leaders from coast to coast continue to sign on with their support in this historic call to action.
As the Northwest PA (NW PA) Pride Alliance begins its fifth year, we are delighted to see how much we have grown. The support of individuals and organizations in our community has been the catalyst for furthering the Alliance's mission: Improving the visibility of the LGBTQIA community and facilitating communication and collaboration between groups and individuals. We are asking for your support in 2015.
How should a dyke or a gay man celebrate the winter holidays? 'm pretty spiritual, but I'm nowhere near religious. What if I don't observe any of the holy days this time of year, but celebrate the spirit of all of them? I've had Christmas trees with Solstice lights and a menorah burning on the mantle. I've wrapped speculums in aluminum foil and hung them from a collective Solstice tree. I spent one Christmas Day crying into my Crystal Geyser over a break up, fearing the season had been ruined forever.