State Equality Index: How Does Your State Score?

Today, Equality Federation Institute and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the released their annual State Equality Index (SEI), a comprehensive state-by-state report detailing statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families and...

Breaking: Supreme Court Lets Discrimination Continue…

The  Supreme Court has denied to review two cases that challenged Mississippi’s dangerously broad anti-LGBTQ law, HB 1523. The law, which opens the door for businesses to refuse service to LGBTQ people,  is based on three discriminatory beliefs: marriage is only...

30 LGBTQ State Leaders Attend West by Midwest (WxMW) 2017

Our regional summits are growing! This year’s West by Midwest (WxMW) Leadership Summit was our biggest and best ever. For the third year in a row, we’ve invited members from the Western states to join us at what used to be the Midwest Leadership Summit. Thirty people...

The Boot Camp for Executive Directors in the LGBTQ Movement

On a cold December night in Chicago, Fran Hutchins, our deputy director, and I hustled from our hotel to dinner with four executive directors who’ve stepped up to lead in their states in 2018. We’d just wrapped up the first of two intensive days of training at our New...

Businesses Serving the Public Should be Open to All

When two-year-old Katie fell and knocked her tooth out, her mom, Jane, did what any mom would do, she rushed her crying, bleeding child to the dentist. But when she arrived, the dentist told her, “A child cannot have two mothers so the ‘real mom’ has to be here.” She...

Honor Trans People on November 20 and Every Day

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of people who were killed in acts of anti-transgender violence. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the...

Freedom Oklahoma targeted by gunfire over the weekend

In 2017, there have been multiple attacks, drive-by shootings, and episodes of vandalism targeting LGBTQ advocacy organizations and community centers in New Jersey, Florida, and Tulsa. Freedom Oklahoma appears to be the latest victim. When the cleaning crew arrived on...

Transgender Candidates Make History! [updated with more]

Update: Raven Matherne won a seat on the Stamford Connecticut Board of Representatives and is believed to be the city's first openly transgender lawmaker. On Tuesday, November 7th EIGHT transgender candidates made history! Danica Roem was elected to the Virginia House...

How Did Your Town Score? 2017 Municipal Equality Index

Equality Federation is proud to participate in the annual Municipal Equality Index with HRC, which illustrates both the tremendous progress we have achieved as well as the challenges that still lie ahead in our fight for equality in the communities we call home. This...

The Most Significant LGBTQ Equality Case of Our Time?

Equality Federation joined an amicus brief (see below) filed by Lambda Legal in what is shaping up to be one of the most significant LGBTQ equality cases of our time, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Don't be fooled by the name or the...

#GetCovered: The Health Insurance Marketplaces are Open for Business!

Since 2013, the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) has made it possible for LGBTQ people and families get access to quality, affordable health insurance. Thanks to the law, the rate of uninsured low- and middle-income LGBTQ people has dropped by 35%! More people in...

Victory: California Updates HIV Laws

Right now, all across the country, there are dozens of outdated laws based on old stereotypes, not science, that treat people living with HIV differently. California is now leading the nation in changing course with the passage of SB 239. Federation member Equality...

Equality California Sues Trump

From Equality California: Equality California has filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s Aug. 25 directive prohibiting transgender people from joining the military and banning military healthcare plans from providing vital services to transgender...

Breaking: DOJ Issues Anti-LGBTQ License to Discriminate

Attorney General Jeff Sessions just issued guidance granting an anti-LGBTQ “license to discriminate.” Federal government staff and contractors will now be able to claim a broad religious exemption from federal laws, rules and regulations meant to protect LGBTQ people...

Watch: #TAKEIT: I’M PREP’D

https://youtu.be/w-B5gHZl8_4 Guest post by Tony Hoang, Deputy Director, Equality California Equality California's #TakeIt:I'm PrEP'ed program is a statewide educational campaign to educate the LGBTQ community and healthcare providers on the availability and benefits...

Gov. Brown: Sign the Gender Recognition Act

Equality Federation applauds Transgender Law Center and Federation member Equality California for their leadership on this legislation and calls on Governor Brown to sign it into law. Statement by Mark Snyder, Director of Communications I hope Governor Brown does the...

How to Help After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

The hurricanes that have battered the southeast over the past month have left devastation in their wake. Our friends in Texas, Florida, the Caribbean, and beyond have a long road ahead. SC Equality stepped up this weekend by partnering with Equality Florida and...

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