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GetEQUAL, Missouri Advocates Launch National Campaign Demanding Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) Apologize for Homophobic “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Remarks PDF Print E-mail
Jun 14, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Today, GetEQUAL -- a direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization -- and local Missouri LGBT rights organizations announced the launch of a national campaign demanding Representative Ike Skelton (D-MO) apologize for the homophobic remarks he made last week when speaking about the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law and immediately stop his effort to undercut the repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

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Pentagon: Investigations and Discharges Under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Will Continue PDF Print E-mail
Jun 09, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), responded today after a Pentagon spokesperson confirmed to the Denver Post that investigations and discharges of gay and lesbian service members will continue.  Cynthia Smith, a Pentagon spokesperson, said: "The law is still in effect, and if someone were to out themselves, we would have to begin the discharge process."

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Is it true that the BP oil leak is much more of an environmental threat than previous spills from tankers, and if so why? PDF Print E-mail
Jun 08, 2010 at 11:56 AM

No one knows for sure how the ongoing oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico will affect the deep sea ecosystem, but scientists are not optimistic. Oil from what is now considered the nation’s second largest spill, 1989’s Exxon Valdez mishap, slicked 11,000 square miles of ocean surface and 1,300 miles of pristine Alaskan coastline while killing hundreds of thousands of birds and marine mammals and untold numbers of fish and fish eggs.

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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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The Path Forward on the Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” PDF Print E-mail
Jun 02, 2010 at 09:45 AM

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), released a guide today on the path to repeal.

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Senator Ben Nelson Announces Support for DADT Repeal Amendment PDF Print E-mail
May 26, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Servicemembers United, the nation's largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans, proudly applauded the announcement today by  Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) that he would support the amendment to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law being offered this week by Senator Joeseph Lieberman (I-CT) in the Senate Armed Services Committee markup of the National Defense Authorization Act.

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Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2010 Introduced in U.S. Senate PDF Print E-mail
May 20, 2010 at 11:56 AM

The Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – today applauded the Senate introduction of the Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2010 (SNDA), which would prohibit discrimination against any public school student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, SNDA prevents discrimination against students because of the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of a person with whom that student associates or has associated. SNDA was introduced by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and has 22 co-sponsors. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., introduced a nearly identical version of the Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 4530) in January 2010.

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