The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today called on community members and allies to contact the Recording Academy and sign an online petition protesting the recent Grammy nomination of reggae singer Buju Banton’s album “Rasta Got Soul,” and urging Recording Academy members to not support his nomination.
NBJC congratulates Simone Bell on her historic victory as she becomes the first Black lesbian state representative in the country. Ms. Bell won a runoff in yesterday’s Georgia election to represent District 58 covering the Atlanta area and will be the second openly LGBT member of the Georgia State House of Representatives, following Representative Karla Drenner. Atlanta voters also elected Alex Wan as the City Council’s first gay man, and first Asian American, on Tuesday. Wan will represent City Council District 6.
IN THE LIFE, the only national public television series documenting the people and issues shaping the gay experience, commemorates World AIDS Awareness Month with CREATING SOLUTIONS, an episode dedicated to the scientists working tirelessly for a cure, the advocates speaking out about the stigma of HIV and AIDS, and the innovative approaches to prevention and education around the virus.
In time to kick-off of the holiday shopping season, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today released a guide to hundreds of popular American brands rated on businesses’ treatment of LGBT employees. “Buying for Equality 2010” divides businesses and their consumer products into red, yellow and green categories based on their score on the HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, a nationally recognized benchmark of LGBT inclusion.
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, was troubled by Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) remarks supporting the misguided Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) military policy. During Dr. Clifford Stanley’s confirmation hearing today for Undersecretary of Personnel and Readiness at the Department of Defense, Senator McCain expressed his opposition to the repeal of DADT and believes that this policy is currently working despite evidence proving otherwise, including studies from military think tanks and official pentagon publications.
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, today praised the full U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for marking up H.R. 2517, the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act (DPBO). Held by Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-NY), the 23-12 vote moves the bill out of committee and readies it for future consideration by the House of Representatives.
Today the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted 23-12 in favor of the Domestic Partner Benefits and Obligations Act (DPBO). If enacted, DPBO will provide the same family benefits to federal civilian employees in LGBT-headed families with same-sex domestic partners as are provided to employees with different-sex spouses.
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, joined leaders and advocates among the LGBT community today in the launch of Our Families Count (www.ourfamiliescount.org) — a new voluntary public education initiative promoting LGBT visibility and participation in next year’s U.S. Census.