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Right now, all across the country, there are dozens of outdated laws based on old stereotypes, not science, that treat people living with HIV differently.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...

The Leader of Basic Rights Oregon on How She Resists

Nancy Haque, leader of Basic Rights Oregon, made us laugh, cry, and feel charged up and ready to resist the Trump Administration’s attacks on all our communities. In this FEDTalk, she describes her reaction to the election as a single mom and having an immigrant...

Cruel & Heartless: We Stand Against Trump’s Attacks on Immigrants

President Trump’s announcement that he will end DACA, a program that protects undocumented young people who grew up in America from deportation, is a cruel and heartless attack on 800,000 families. That any young person could be ripped away from their parents,...

Trump Signs Discriminatory Anti-Transgender Military Directive

Today President Trump signed an unnecessary and divisive directive that bans the military from recruiting transgender service members, and bans the Department of Defense from providing necessary medical care for current transgender service members. At press time, it...

Equality Delaware and One Iowa Join Equality Federation!

The state-based movement for LGBTQ equality and justice is broad and diverse. That's why we strive to ensure that our membership reflects the whole country. While we don't actively recruit new member organizations regularly, we do seek out strong partners in the...

Victory! Texas Defeats Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bans

Today we join transgender Texans and their families in celebration because, after many months of courageous storytelling and coalition building, the efforts to pass anti-transgender bathroom ban legislation have FAILED. “This victory for fairness is a testament to the...

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