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Gay rights groups withdraw support of ENDA after Hobby Lobby decision

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Several major gay rights groups withdrew support Tuesday for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would bolster gay and transgender rights in the workplace, saying they fear that broad religious exemptions included in the current bill might compel private companies to begin citing objections similar to those that prevailed in a U.S. Supreme Court case last…

Children of same-sex couples healthier, says Australian study

Australian Same-Sex Study

Children of same-sex couples experience higher levels of general health and family cohesion than those from traditional families, a study shows. But the researchers warn that the stigma associated with their parents’ sexual orientation is an ongoing challenge for these children. Researchers from the University of Melbourne surveyed 315 same-sex parents with a total of…

Under Obama, Windsor Implementation Constitutes the Largest Conferral of Rights to LGBT People in History

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WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the Justice Department released a report detailing the Obama administration’s broad implementation of the Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor decision, which struck down key components of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last year.  Under the leadership of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, the breadth with which this…

Celebrating Sally’s Ride

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31 years ago today astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space. Almost two years ago, after Dr. Ride’s death, it was revealed that she had been with her female partner, Tam O’Shaugnessy, for 27 years. Today we celebrate her life, her legacy and her love.  

Obama Drafting Executive Order On LGBT Job Discrimination

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has directed his staff to draft an executive order that would ban workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors, a White House official told The Huffington Post. The move is the clearest indication to date that the administration is prepared to take action on LGBT…

Hillary Clinton and Terry Gross with Awkward Exhange On Gay Marriage

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton engaged in an awkward exchange with NPR’s Terry Gross on Thursday when the radio host pushed her on her evolving stance on gay marriage. When Clinton ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, she, like then-candidate Barack Obama, opposed gay marriage. Since then, both Clinton and Obama…

New Bill Calls For Creation Of First U.S. Special Envoy For LGBT Rights

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“For the United States to hold true to our commitment to defending the human rights of all people around the world, we must stand with the LGBT community in their struggle for recognition and equality everywhere.” A special envoy for LGBT rights would be created under legislation to be unveiled later today by Massachusetts Democratic…

America’s Most LGBT-Friendly Cities Ranked By Vocativ’s ‘Queer Index’

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What is life like for the queer community in the United States? That’s the question Vocativ, the global media organization for the Digital Generation, set out to answer with their new Queer Index, “a thorough examination of dozens of quality-of-life factors for America’s LGBT communities, based on Vocativ’s proprietary technology that mines the ‘Deep Web’ –- the…