Category: Discrimination

GLAAD Calls on CBS to Address Apparent Bias in Super Bowl Advertising Decisions

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, called on CBS to publicly explain its advertising standards following its decision to exclude an ad with gay content from the Super Bowl broadcast.






Promoting Murder is not a “Cultural Perspective” Says Coalition Calling for Action During Grammy Telecast

In a full page ad in today’s special Grammy-edition ofVariety, more than 20 progressive organizations, lead by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, have called on the head of The Recording Academy to use Sunday night’s Grammy telecast to denounce music that promotes or celebrates violence against any group of people and the artists who perform such music.











Call on CBS to Explain Super Bowl Advertising Decision

GLAAD joined the United Church of Christ in expressing concern about CBS’s decision to accept a Focus on the Family advertisement for broadcast during the nationally televised Super Bowl on Sunday, February 7, after having refused ads in 2004 from the United Church of Christ focusing on the church’s commitment to inclusion.











Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2010 Introduced in U.S. House

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, applauded the introduction of the Student Non-discrimination Act of 2010 (SNDA), H.R. 4530, which would prohibit discrimination against any public school student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.  In addition, the SNDA prevents discrimination against any public school student because of the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of a person with whom that the student associates or has associated.  The bi-partisan SNDA was introduced by Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) and has 60 co-sponsors.











Human Rights Campaign Sends Letter Condemning CBS Late Show with David Letterman Skit

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, sent the following letter today to David Letterman and CBS Corp. in response to a Late Show sketch mocking the appointment of Amanda Simpson to a senior position at the U.S. Department of Commerce.











Significantly More Teens Think ‘That’s So Gay’ is Wrong as GLSEN’s Ad Council Campaign Enters Second Phase

After a remarkably successful first year of the “Think Before You Speak” campaign that accompanied significant shifts in teenage attitude toward the phrase ‘that’s so gay,’ the Ad Council and GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, today launched a much harder-hitting second phase that will focus more directly on the consequences of anti-gay language, as covered in The New York TimesMedia Decoder blog on Wednesday.











New York State Senate “Embraces Discrimination” by Rejecting Marriage Equality, GMHC says

New York, NY — Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) expressed deep disappointment that the New York State Senate today failed to extend marriage benefits and protections to same-sex couples.   The Senate rejected the Marriage Equality Bill (S4401) by a vote of 38 to 24.  According to the Empire State Pride Agenda and the New York City Bar Association there are currently are 1,324 benefits and rights that are not afforded to same-sex couples under state law because they are unable to marry.











Human Rights Campaign Responds to Misleading Claims by Organizations Seeking to Discriminate

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today responded to the “Manhattan Declaration” produced and released by 145 evangelical, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders indicating that they will not cooperate with laws that conflict with their beliefs, including those recognizing same-sex couples. The document also references the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) as a threat to religious liberty.  Yet ENDA – which prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity – broadly exempts religious organizations.  The declaration also argues that religious groups that receive public funds to perform social services are unfairly burdened by state and local laws on marriage equality and non-discrimination.











Human Rights Campaign Launches National Action Alert on Workplace Discrimination

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced today that as Congressional action looms on the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), it is extending the grassroots “No Excuses” campaign to increase constituent contact with Congress and awareness of the comprehensive website: www.PassENDANow.org.











U.S. Senate Holds First Hearing on Fully-Inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, praised the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today for holding the Senate’s first-ever hearing on a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that includes both sexual orientation and gender identity.  The lead sponsors of the measure are Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Susan Collins (R-ME).