White House announces its intention to nominate
Daniel Baer - the current Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor - as the next Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). >>>
There was speed dating, a talent show and a baby naming. But there was also a locked Facebook page. And a strict rule: Attendees should not disclose the retreat’s exact location. That’s because the 85 people who gathered in the Pennsylvania woods over Memorial Day weekend had come from 19 states and three countries for a somewhat surprising event: a three-day LGBTQ Muslim and Partners Retreat. >>>
Facebook Inc admitted its systems to remove hate speech haven't worked as well as the company had hoped, amid reports that advertisers were pulling their brands off the social network in the face of a backlash from women's groups. >>>
For millions of gay and lesbian employees, much has changed since 1999, when no states recognized gay marriage, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” effectively barred people who were openly gay from serving in the military, Matthew Shepard’s murderer was convicted — and Exxon Mobil shareholders were first asked to protect gay and lesbian employees from discrimination. One thing hasn’t: Exxon Mobil’s implacable opposition to adding sexual orientation to its official equal employment opportunity statement. >>>
A group of Toronto city councillors will file a motion on 28 May to cut the grant to Toronto Pride unless the organisers agree to ban the participation of a pro-Palestinian LGBT group, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid. They also want to ban the use of the term Israeli apartheid. >>>
Announcing the release of a research paper published by the LGBT Representation and Rights initiative at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "Out in Office: LGBT Legislators and LGBT Rights around the World" is based on "Representation and Rights: The Impact of LGBT Legislators in Comparative Perspective," American Political Science Review, Vol.107, No.2 (May 2013).
'They say court martial!—We say Grand Marshal!' exclaim supporters of anti-war whiste blower. Governing officials of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade are facing a severe backlash after u-turning on their decision to make embattled military whistleblower Bradley Manning an honorary Grand Marshal at the city's well-attended and much celebrated LGBT event in June. >>>
Over the past few weeks there have been several music-related media stories making the rounds in the LGBT community: the homophobic rant by Michelle Shocked and the subsequent fallout, and the Indigo Girls' commitment to stand with the trans community at the iconic Michigan Womyn's Music Festival (MWMF). The way these two stories developed exemplifies the difference in power and influence between the two communities, gay and trans, which are united except when they're not.
The organizing committee want activists, artists, educators, journalists, policy-makers, students and others involved in sexual orientation and gender identity human rights work to submit presentations to be considered to be shown at The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014. >>>
The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College is pleased to announce 15 finalists for the $25,000 Kalamazoo College Global Prize and 3 finalists for its $5,000 Southwest Michigan regional social justice leadership award. >>>
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new LGBT Global Development Partnership, a public-private partnership between the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute (GLVI), the Williams Institute, and Olivia Companies, which further promotes foreign assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in emerging markets and developing countries.
During a Supreme Court hearing to determine whether Proposition 8 (marriage shall only be between one man and one woman) was constitutional, a number of anti-gay marriage arguments got spectacularly demolished. >>>
(CNN) -- Edith Windsor, who filed the original case that could upend the Defense of Marriage Act, says just getting the case to this point is a kind of victory.
"We've made a huge step forward and a huge difference in how people look at us," she said. "And so, it'll happen. Another year if not now."
It was the death of Windsor's life partner, Thea Clara Spyer, that led to the case. >>>
The American Academy of Pediatrics declared its support for same-sex marriage for the first time on Thursday, saying that allowing gay and lesbian parents to marry if they so choose is in the best interests of their children. >>>