Category: News

Middle School LGBT Students Face Extreme Levels of Harassment, Higher than Their High School Peers,

NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2009 – Middle school LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students are significantly more likely to face hostile school climates than high school LGBT students, yet have less access to school resources and support, according to a new research brief from GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, released as the New York Times Magazine publishes a cover story on students coming out in middle school.






U.S. House Holds Hearing on Employment Non-Discrimination Act

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, praised the House Education and Labor Committee today for holding a full committee hearing on an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit employment discrimination, preferential treatment, and retaliation on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The lead sponsors of the measure are Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA), IIeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jared Polis (D-CO), Michael Castle (R-DE), George Miller (D-CA), Mark Kirk (R-IL), John Conyers (D-MI), Todd Platts (R-PA), Rob Andrews (D-NJ), and Leonard Lance (R-NJ).











Majority of Workers Still Hide Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity at Work

A majority – 51 percent – of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers continue to hide their identity from most or all co-workers, according to a new report released today from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that examines the real-life experiences of LGBT workers.  The report, “Degrees of Equality: A National Study Examining Workplace Climate for LGBT Employees,” found that, despite significant advances in employment policies at major U.S. corporations, a majority of LGBT workers continue to experience a range of negative consequences because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.  Younger workers are even more likely to hide their LGBT identity – only 5 percent of LGBT employees ages 18 to 24 say they are totally open at work, compared to more than 20 percent in older age cohorts.  The report is available for download at www.DegreesOfEquality.org.











A New Voice for the LGBT Community

You’ve heard his voice. If you watch television, listen to radio or go to the movies you have heard Ben Patrick Johnson.

Ben is one of the top voice over announcers in Hollywood. He’s the guy who says, “In a world . . . “ for major motion pictures like Disney’s Lilo & Stitch, Borat, and just about every Adam Sandler movie you can name. His voice is also heard on all major networks promoting shows like Cold Case and House. His voice is literally heard hundreds of times every day by millions of Americans.











GLSEN First LGBT-Issues Focused Organization to Join America’s Promise Alliance

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is pleased to announce that it has joined America’s Promise Alliance (the Alliance), the nation’s largest partnership alliance of more than 300 corporations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and advocacy groups that are dedicated to improving lives and changing outcomes for children.











GLAAD Commends FOX for Inclusion of Same-Sex Couple on “So You Think You Can Dance” Following Meeti

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today commended FOX on the inclusion of same-sex dance couple Jacob Jason and Willem De Vries on the September 16, 2009 episode of “So You Think You Can Dance.” It was also announced today that openly gay director and choreographer Adam Shankman will become a permanent judge on the show beginning October 27.











Human Rights Campaign Applauds Ohio House of Representatives for Approving Anti-Discrimination Bill

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, released a statement today on the Ohio House of Representatives voting on Tuesday 56 to 39 to approve the Equal Housing and Employment Act (HB 176), which would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, public accommodations, housing, education, and credit practices.  The bill now moves to the Ohio Senate for consideration.  If passed by the state senate and signed into law, Ohio will become the twenty-second U.S. state to ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and the thirteenth to ban such discrimination on the basis of gender identity.











Human Rights Campaign Praises the Nomination of Chai Feldblum for Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Emp

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, praised President Barack Obama today for announcing his intent to nominate Chai Feldblum for Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 











The Human Rights Campaign Joins Ya es Hora to Help Latino/a Residents Become Citizens

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, is continuing its partnership with ya es hora, a coalition of faith, labor, media, and community-based organizations, to host a series of volunteer citizenship workshops as part of a civic engagement campaign aimed at providing immigrants with resources to apply for citizenship and to become active participants in U.S. democracy.  Participating partners will hold press conferences in Boston, Chicago, San Diego, and Phoenix to highlight the importance of the campaign.