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Department of Labor Issues Family and Medical Leave Guidance Including Children of Same-Sex Couples PDF Print E-mail
Jun 23, 2010 at 08:27 AM

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – praised a Department of Labor interpretation of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that permits an employee to take FMLA leave for a child for whom he or she is acting as a parent, even if the employee does not have a legal or biological relationship to that the child.

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New HRC Analysis: Hospitals Nationwide Poised to Add LGBT-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Policies PDF Print E-mail
Jun 07, 2010 at 10:50 AM

A new analysis of healthcare equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation found that the vast majority of U.S. healthcare facilities don’t have fully inclusive policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, but that sweeping new changes will soon dramatically alter how LGBT people interact with the healthcare system.

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White House Announces Further Benefits for Same-Sex Partners of Federal Employees PDF Print E-mail
Jun 03, 2010 at 11:08 AM

The Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – commended the announcement by the White House that federal agencies will provide additional benefits to same-sex couples to the extent allowed under current statutory restrictions. Some of the benefits announced today were part of HRC’s Blueprint for Positive Change, a document recommending policy changes that could be made by the administration to better the lives of LGBT people.

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NBJC Encourages Congress to Pass ENDA Immediately PDF Print E-mail
May 18, 2010 at 10:35 AM

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released the following statement today following participation in a press conference earlier today demanding immediate action in both the House and Senate on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a federal bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The press conference was part of a series of nationwide actions this week calling for a vote on ENDA.

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"Testimony: Equality on Trial" education campaign launches at Thursday press conference PDF Print E-mail
May 11, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Together with some of the nation's leading voices from the faith, labor and equality communities, Courage Campaign Equality will launch an unprecedented national public education campaign for LGBT equality this Thursday at a press conference in San Francisco.

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We Can't Wait on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" PDF Print E-mail
May 05, 2010 at 12:11 PM

After President Obama declared his intention to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military this year, the Pentagon initiated a working group to determine how to implement the repeal. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates noted in his testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this year that, “the question before us is not whether the military prepares to make this change, but how we best prepare for it.” In keeping with this goal, members in both the House and Senate have moved forward with legislation to repeal this discriminatory law.

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Over 300 Veterans to Lobby Congress Next Week on Repealing DADT This Year PDF Print E-mail
May 04, 2010 at 12:53 PM

With just one week until National Veterans Lobby Day on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" – sponsored by Servicemembers United and the Human Rights Campaign on May 10th and 11th – more than 300 gay and lesbian veterans and their straight veteran allies from across the country have already registered to come to Washington, DC to tell Congress to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law this year. This is expected to be the largest lobbying event on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to date. The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s letter from Defense Secretary Robert Gates urging Congress not to move forward on repeal until the Pentagon Working Group's implementation study has been completed.

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Soulforce Concludes Equality Ride 2010, Helping Advance LGBTQ Policy Changes at Universities PDF Print E-mail
Apr 30, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Soulforce, a national non-profit organization dedicated to nonviolently confronting and ending anti-LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) discrimination, concluded its 4th annual Equality Ride on April 23. Twenty-five members of Soulforce Q, the organization's young adult program, visited 15 university campuses on a 50-day tour to advance changes in policies and practices that discriminate against LGBTQ students and faculty.

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