February 23, 2018 - The Georgia State Senate, by a vote of 35-19, advanced legislation that would allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to deny service to LGBTQ youth and families.
The Leadership Conference Opposes the Confirmation of Ryan Bounds to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
February 22, 2018 - Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to the Senate urging opposition to the confirmation of Ryan Bounds to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Equality CA Announces 2018 Sponsored Legislation, Focusing on the Health and Well-Being of California's LGBTQ Community
Sacramento - February 21, 2018 -Today, Equality California announced its 2018 sponsored legislative package, including seven Assembly bills and one Senate bill. The proposed legislation focuses on the most vulnerable among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, addressing disparities in health and well-being that stem from longstanding discrimination and lack of acceptance towards the LGBTQ community.
BALTIMORE (February 21, 2018) – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), America's premier civil rights organization, has released its Civil Rights Federal Legislative Report Card for the first session of the 115th Congress (January 3, 2017 - December 22, 2017). Since 1914, the NAACP has published a report card assessing the voting patterns of each member of Congress on critical civil rights legislation.
Victory Fund Endorses 19 More LGBTQ Candidates for 2018; Congressional Candidates Key to Electing Pro-Equality Congress
Washington, DC February 21, 2018 – Today LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed 19 candidates from across the nation in positions from school board to the U.S. Congress. Candidates Rick Neal of Ohio and Katie Hill of California received Game Changer endorsements and are running for seats considered crucial to winning a pro-equality majority in the U.S. Congress this year. Rick would be the first openly LGBTQ person elected to Congress from the state of Ohio, and Katie would become the youngest person serving in Congress if elected.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA –Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin released the following statement about the Pentagon's forthcoming plan to implement President Trump's transgender ban: "On Aug. 25, 2017, President Trump directed Defense Secretary Mattis to reinstate a full ban on transgender troops, setting a Feb. 21, 2018 deadline for an implementation plan. As Sec. Mattis prepares to release the road map for implementing President Trump's ban tomorrow, he should keep in mind that four federal courts have blocked the ban from going into effect and have ruled that the only constitutional option is to apply the same standards to every service member, meaning that troops who are fit for duty can serve.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - February 20, 2018 - Six members of the South Carolina House of Representatives have introduced legislation in the Judiciary Committee that purports to undercut the rights of same-sex couples to marriage equality. The "Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act" would define marriage as a "union between a man and a woman," and amend state law to term unions of same-sex couples as "parody marriages."
Boston, MA – The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) will celebrate its 5th annual Bisexual Health Awareness Month (BHAM) with the launch of a social media campaign beginning March 1st, 2018. BHAM aims to both motivate the bisexual community to make changes to improve their health and also inspire friends of the bi+ community to play an active role in improving the health of their bisexual friends, family, and community members. This year, the campaign "BHAM's 5-Year Bi-ography" will reflect on progress of the recent past and highlight actions needed for more substantial change in the future.
Pennsylvania Equality Project (PEP) is counting on Erie County, and our US Congress to take action that our General Assembly in Harrisburg has failed to address. We seek a ban on the use of conversion therapy on minors by health care professionals in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Ideally, a ban would exist statewide.
ALLENTOWN, PA – On February 14, 2018, Lehigh County Executive Phil Armstrong signed two administrative notifications enhancing LGBT non-discrimination protections in the county. The first notification clarified the county's own employment policy and the second mandates that county contractors and grantees also comply with the non-discrimination requirement.
Governor Wolf took an additional step to guarantee equal access to facilities for individuals across the commonwealth. The Wolf administration continues to ensure that commonwealth buildings include universal single occupancy restroom facilities that are safe, accessible, and convenient to all citizens.
The Education Department has said it will not investigate or take action on any complaints of discrimination filed by transgender students who are not permitted to use the facilities that match their gender identity.
SACRAMENTO - February 12, 2018 - California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria has introduced a bill to ensure access to gender affirming care for transgender youth in foster care. Studies have shown that delaying or denying this care for youth can lead to depression, anxiety, social problems, school failure, self-harm, and even suicide. The bill is the first of its kind in the country and is supported by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), ACLU of California, Equality California, Lambda Legal, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
February 9, 2018 - Four bills that would have updated Virginia's laws to include LGBTQ people in nondiscrimination protections were killed in a committee despite the broad support of fair-minded Virginians. Two of the bills had passed in the state's Senate with 75% of the vote.
WASHINGTON - February 9, 2018 – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' time in office: "Jeff Sessions is not an Attorney General for all people. His first year in office has ushered in unprecedented rollbacks of civil and human rights at the expense of people across this country – particularly the most vulnerable. By attacking voting rights, undercutting criminal justice reforms, rolling back protections for LGBTQ individuals, and undermining or eliminating a slew of anti-discrimination policies, Sessions has advanced an anti-civil rights agenda from day one.
WASHINGTON – February 8, 2018 Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee today voted, on a party-line basis, to advance the nomination of Howard Nielson to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Utah: "Yet again, the Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans are rubber stamping Trump's extreme judicial nominees. The courts are being remade in his image by the Senate's advancement of nominees who have very troubling records.
February 7, 2018 - Ali Erol, leading LGBTIQ human rights defender, and co-founder of Kaos GL Association, Turkey's first registered LGBT organization, was released from detention yesterday. Erol was arrested in the home he shares with his partner early Friday morning, February 2nd, in Ankara.
LOS ANGELES - February 7, 2018 - The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), ACLU Foundation of Southern California, ACLU of Northern California, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, Los Angeles LGBT Center, and legal scholars filed an amicus brief this week in California's 2nd District Court of Appeal in support of the minor plaintiff in A.G. v. County of Los Angeles.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - February 6, 2018 - The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Alabama filed a lawsuit today challenging Alabama's policy of restricting access to driver's licenses for transgender people that accurately reflect their gender identity. The lawsuit, Corbitt v. Taylor, was filed on behalf of three people who experienced this discrimination.
WASHINGTON - February 5, 2018 – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights submitted comments to the Department of Labor (DOL) in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to rescind portions of tip regulations DOL issued in 2011 pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Leadership Conference noted the proposed rule deviates from DOL's longstanding position, threatens the economic security of millions of working people and their families, and will have a disproportionate impact on women – particularly women of color.
Transgender Woman in Men's Prison Seeks Preliminary Relief in Doe v. Massachusetts Department of Correction
(BOSTON, MA - February 5, 2018) Lawyers for a transgender woman incarcerated in a Massachusetts men's prison filed a motion for preliminary injunction on Friday, seeking her immediate transfer to a women's facility. The case, Jane Doe v. Massachusetts Department of Correction, was first filed by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Prisoners' Legal Services, and Goodwin Procter LLP in October 2017 in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 2, 2018 - Today, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) - the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military spouses, families, and allies - strongly condemned a Republican National Committee (RNC) vote passing a resolution backing President Trump's attempt to kick transgender service members out of the military and block qualified transgender recruits from entering the military. The resolution states the military should consider transgender people as having 'a disqualifying psychological and physical' condition."
February 2, 2018 - On Friday morning, Ali Erol, a prominent Turkish human rights activist and a founder of Kaos GL Association, Turkey's first registered LGBT organization, was arrested and detained in a home he shares with his partner.
(BOSTON, MA - February 2, 2018) One year after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a decision in Partanen v. Gallagher establishing that children born to unmarried same-sex couples stand on equal footing with all other children, the Commonwealth has yet to implement the decision, leaving parents and their newborn babies in legal limbo.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 2, 2018 - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released a new report, A Path To Victory In 2018: The Power Of The Equality Voter, on the growing political power of the LGBTQ movement and HRC's groundbreaking work to mobilize millions of "Equality Voters" in the 2018 elections.
WELLESLEY, Mass., Feb. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- #QTHEVOTE, a digital voter registration platform for the LGBTQ community and their allies, launched today as its flagship website went live at www.qthevote.com. #QTHEVOTE was founded by serial entrepreneur Trevor Burgess who was the first openly gay CEO of a publicly traded bank in the United States. #QTHEVOTE leverages cutting-edge voter registration tools from vote.org and aims to register as many LGBTQIA+ Americans as possible in advance of the November 2018 elections.
Equality California Joins Amicus Brief Urging the U.S. Supreme Court to Protect the Rights of Unions
Los Angeles - January 31, 2018 -Today, Equality California announced that it has signed onto an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief with The National Women's Law Center, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and 85 additional organizations in Janus vs. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The brief urges the U.S. Supreme Court to stand by the rights of unions, who provide crucial professional and economic opportunities for workers in the United States, including for women, people of color and the LGBTQ community.
January 31, 2018 - In its first year, the Trump administration has launched an across-the-board assault on our nation's civil and human rights. Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights issued a timeline of the Trump administration's rollbacks on civil and human rights. That list is pasted below and is available here: https://civilrights.org/trump-rollbacks/.