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REPORT: Groundbreaking Analysis of Hate Crime Laws

With a rise in hate violence across the country, a new report from the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and 16 leading civil rights organizations provides a groundbreaking analysis of state and federal hate crime laws.

September 21, 2021
Equality Federation Reacts to Supreme Court Decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

Today, Equality Federation responded to the Supreme Court’s decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case involving a religiously affiliated and taxpayer-funded foster care agency that refused to certify same-sex couples as foster parents in violation of Philadelphia’s nondiscrimination protections.

September 21, 2021
REPORT: A Call to Action: LGBTQ+ Youth Need Inclusive Sex Education

A Call to Action: LGBTQ+ Youth Need Inclusive Sex Education details the urgent need for LGBTQ+-inclusive sex education programs and supports. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth – particularly those who are at the intersection of multiple marginalized communities – need to be able to learn in settings that are inclusive of their experiences and that give them the necessary tools to stay safe and healthy.

September 21, 2021
Equality Federation Statement on the Atlanta-area Attacks

“As a queer AAPI person, I want to acknowledge that this has been a particularly difficult week for those of us who hold these identities. For those members of the community that are suffering this week, I see you, and I stand with you,”

September 21, 2021
On Eve of Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, National Leaders Rally In Support of the Equality Act

Unprecedented Support for the Equality Act Comes from Civil Rights Leaders, Women’s Advocates, Business and Corporate Leaders, Educators, Faith Leaders, Medical Community, and Millions of Americans

September 21, 2021
150+ Grassroots Organizations Announce Support of Equality Act

Freedom for All Americans, Equality Federation join local and state groups following decades of on-the-ground work to pass federal nondiscrimination legislation for LGBTQ people in virtually every area of life

September 21, 2021
LGBTQ State and Local Groups Praise the Introduction of the Equality Act and Call for Its Immediate Passage

We, the undersigned, a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) state and local organizations, make the following statement in response to the introduction of the Equality Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.

September 21, 2021
2020 State Equality Index

The State Equality Index (SEI) is a comprehensive state-by-state report that provides a review of statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families.

September 21, 2021
10 Things to Know About Executive Director Fran Hutchins

New year, new executive director. We’ve known her for many years as Equality Federation’s deputy director, but this week Fran Hutchins started her new role as executive director. Get to know a little about Fran!

September 21, 2021
Equality Federation Names Fran Hutchins as New Executive Director

Today, Equality Federation announced that Fran Hutchins, the organization’s current Deputy Director, will lead the organization as Executive Director starting January 1, 2021.

September 21, 2021
Municipal Equality Index: A Nationwide Evaluation of Municipal Law

The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and the city leadership’s public position on equality.

September 21, 2021
Fulton v. City of Philadelphia Hearing

On November 4 the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case (Fulton v. City of Philadelphia) that will determine whether taxpayer-funded child welfare services agencies have a right to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

September 21, 2021
Equality Federation Denounces Confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

Equality Federation responds to the news that the United States Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

September 21, 2021
150 Groups Urge Senate to Oppose Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Nomination

Over 150 Civil Rights and Public Interest Groups Urge Senate to Oppose Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court Nomination

September 21, 2021
Equality Federation Opposes Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court

Equality Federation responds to the news that President Trump’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court will be Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

September 21, 2021
Equality Federation Mourns the Passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Words fall short to describe the woman who led some of the fiercest legal battles in service of making this country more just — more equal.

September 21, 2021
Supreme Court Affirms Federal Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBTQ Americans

Today in a historic 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that employers can’t unfairly fire or otherwise discriminate against LGBTQ people in the workplace.

September 21, 2021
LGBTQ Organizations Unite to Combat Racial Violence

We, the undersigned, recognize we cannot remain neutral, nor will awareness substitute for action. The LGBTQ community knows about the work of resisting police brutality and violence.

September 21, 2021
Tell the FDA to lift the blood donation ban on gay and bisexual people

Earlier this month, the FDA decided to relax its rule of banning donations from gay men, bisexual men, and trans people from 12 months to 3 months. This is a good start but it's not a win. Any ban based solely on identity is wrong.

September 21, 2021
Meet Our Director of Advocacy and Civic Engagement

As Director of Advocacy and Civic Engagement, Vivian Topping works with state-based LGBTQ organizations to craft smart, effective legislative and electoral campaigns.

September 21, 2021
Building Trans Political Power

Our Legislative Action Center curated a conversation about building trans political power with experts Emmett Schelling, Executive Director at Transgender Education Network of Texas, and Dylan Waguespack, president of the board of directors for Louisiana Trans Advocates. Check out some of the highlights from our conversation.

September 21, 2021
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