Category: News

Human Rights Campaign Releases Comprehensive State-By-State Legislative Report

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, today released a comprehensive state-by-state report detailing LGBT-related legislation in 2009 and an outlook for 2010.  The report indicates that despite disappointments in 2009, we witnessed a banner year for positive legislation affecting the LGBT community with as many positive bills passed this past year as in 2007 and 2008 combined.






Courage Campaign Institute joins rally in support of marriage equality immediately before Proposition 8 federal trial begins Monday morning

The Courage Campaign, which on Friday delivered 140,761 signatures urging Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker to publicly televise the proceedings in the federal case to overturn California’s Proposition 8, will join Marriage Equality USA and other organizations opposing Prop. 8 on Monday (January 11) morning at the Federal Building in San Francisco immediately prior to the start of the trial.











Statement on 9th Circuit court denial of Proposition 8 lawyers’ attempt to delay federal trial

Rick Jacobs, Chair of the 700,000-member Courage Campaign Institute, released the following statement today regarding the failed attempt by lawyers representing supporters of Proposition 8 to delay the federal trial in response to Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling to allow YouTube broadcasts:











More than 50,000 people ask U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker to televise Prop 8 trial

Facing a Friday deadline, the Courage Campaign Institute and CREDO Action launched an unprecedented signature drive Tuesday to ensure that the most important equal rights trial in a generation be accessible to the public. The signature drive — which has gathered more than 50,000 signatures in less than 12 hours — asks U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker to publicly televise the proceedings in the federal case to overturn California’s Proposition 8.











EXTREMELY URGENT: Should Prop 8 trial be televised?

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker — who will be overseeing a federal court challenge to Prop 8 starting this Monday (January 11) — is considering whether or not to open the court room to TV cameras.

The court just announced that it is seeking public comment on the proposal to televise the trial — and that all comments must be submitted to the court by a Friday deadline.











GLAAD Signs on as an Institute Associate for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today announced an official relationship with the Sundance Institute for a multi-day programmatic event, cineGLAAD, presented by Bud Light and Abreva, which will take place during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.











Legislation Offering Equal Employment Benefits for LGBT Federal Employees Clears Senate Committee

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, today praised the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for marking up S. 1102, the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act (DPBO).  Held by Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT), the 8-1 vote moves the bill out of committee and readies it for future consideration by the Senate.  Similar legislation cleared the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on November 18.











New York Governor Extends Protections to Transgender New Yorkers

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today praised the New York Governor David A. Paterson for issuing an executive order extending anti-discrimination policies to gender identity for state employees.











New Report Documents ‘Decade of Progress’ on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality in America

As the decade draws to a close, a new report shows the past 10 years have been a period of dramatic gains in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in America. Two-thirds of the 36 statistical indicators compiled in A Decade of Progress on LGBT Rights showed significant advances, including sharp increases in the number of LGBT Americans protected by nondiscrimination and family recognition legislation at the state level.  Just over a quarter of the indicators were negative, and two showed mixed results. The report is a joint project of the LGBT Movement Advancement Project and the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr., Fund.











GLAAD Responds to Recording Academy Statement on Buju Banton’s Grammy Nomination

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today responded to a statement issued by the Recording Academy following GLAAD’s petition drive protesting the recent Grammy nomination of reggae singer Buju Banton’s album “Rasta Got Soul.”