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.
Texas Republicans, without debate, adopted a party platform that includes support for a widely discredited form of mental health treatment known as “reparative” or “conversion” therapy. Conversion therapy (also referred to as reparative therapy) is a range of treatments that attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. Conversion therapy can be extremely dangerous and, in some cases, fatal. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, […]
A bakery is a business and not a “religious institution.” When the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused a same sex couple’s request for a wedding cake, they broke the law. Under the Oregon Equality Act, private businesses cannot deny anyone services based on sexual orientation. The owners, Melissa and Aaron Klein, are facing up to $150,000 in penalties, but plan to appeal any decision against their right to stand up for “religious freedom.”
Gay refers to a homosexual person, it does not equate to stupid or dumb. Unless you are actually describing a homosexual, this statement is homophobic and is offensive to many LGBT people. When it’s used in a pejorative way, it implies that being gay is somehow less than others.