On June 12, 2016, a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. He was killed by Orlando police after a three-hour standoff. This event marks the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in the United States, and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in the United States. Pulse was hosting a Latin Night and most of the victims were of Hispanic descent. Support the victims, survivors and […]
Friday, June 26, 2015 marked a landmark victory for marriage equality when the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges making the right for same-sex couple to marry legal in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy authored the majority opinion that is celebrated here.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act [ENDA] would provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It currently includes a broad exemption for religious organizations. A recent U.S. Supreme court ruling in a case brought by Hobby Lobby said family-owned businesses do not have to offer their employees contraceptive coverage that conflict with the owners’ personal religious beliefs. As a result of this ruling, six of the nation’s leading LGBT rights advocacy groups withdrew their support for […]
The FDA’s lifetime ban on blood donation from gay men is discriminatory and perpetuates negative stereotypes. Gay men are currently prohibited from giving blood based on an antiquated policy put in place before the advances in testing that are available today. Many medical groups, including the American Medical Association and American Red Cross have voted against the FDA’s lifetime ban calling it medically and scientifically unwarranted. Based on research from the Williams Institute, if the FDA lifted the ban completely, there […]
It is legal in 29 of the U.S. states to fire or refuse to hire someone simply because of his or her sexual orientation. Pass ENDA now. The following list of states have no employment non-discrimination law covering sexual orientation or gender identity: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Gender reassignment surgery is being forced on gay, lesbian and transsexual citizens to conform to societal norms in Iran. Iran is one of the countries where homosexuality in punishable by death. Living as an openly gay man or lesbian is not possible and gay citizens are being coerced into having gender reassignment surgery to cure them of their homosexuality. They are even offered loans to pay for the surgery, as the Islamic Republic is confusing gender identity with sexuality. Family members threaten to murder their gay relatives […]
There are 78 countries where homosexual acts are illegal. Punishments range from fines to prison sentences, hard labor, forced psychiatric treatment, banishment, whippings, and death by public stoning. ILGA [International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association] 2014 Report
LGBT Jamaicans are subjected to physical and sexual violence with many living in a perpetual state of fear. They are taunted, threatened, fired from their jobs, thrown out of their homes, or worse: beaten, stoned, raped, or killed. “LGBT people in Jamaica face intolerable levels of violence and cannot rely on the police,” said Graeme Reid, LGBT rights director at Human Rights Watch. “The authorities from the prime minister on down need to call a halt to the violence and discrimination, […]