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Pride Houston

This multi-day celebration takes place in Houstons Montrose neighborhood on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26. Beginning on Friday, we host the Fashion Show a display of LGBT designers and retailers. On Saturday, the streets of Montrose come alive for the Pride Festival, beginning at 1pm, followed by the Pride Parade at 9pm.

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HRC Calls on the Republican National Committee to Reject Texas Republican Party Platform

The Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – today condemned the Texas State Republican Party for including anti-LGBT language in its 2010 State Party Platform. The language, which goes far beyond the usual conservative talking points on “traditional family values,” sinks to a new low of intolerance and hate. In an email to members and supporters nationwide, HRC is calling on RNC Chairman Michael Steele to publicly repudiate the anti-LGBT language in the State Party Platform.

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Arcus Foundation Research on 21st Century Equal Rights and the Cross Section of the LGBT and African American Communities

Yesterday, the Arcus Foundation hosted a panel discussion at the Center for American Progress focused on fostering a more meaningful and strategic relationship between the LGBT and African American communities. Panelists included Cornell Belcher, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, C. Nicole Mason, Rashad Robinson and Hilary O. Shelton; the panel was moderated by the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart.

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Department of Labor Issues Family and Medical Leave Guidance Including Children of Same-Sex Couples

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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Dallas Area Rapid Transit passes Gender Identity Protections

Transgender Education Network of Texas applauds the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) board's unanimous decision to add Gender Identity as a protected class in their nondiscrimination policy.  Sexual Orientation has been included in there EEO policy since 1995, and this step shows that they have the intention of protecting all of their employees.  Although the language in the policy is not as clear as TENT would like it to be, it is a step in the right direction.  Additionally, the board stated their commitment to clearly protect their employees based on Gender Identity and Expression.

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TUNE IN: This Thursday for CNN's "Gary and Tony Have a Baby"

The upcoming special, "Gary and Tony Have a Baby";  the true story of two gay men, Gary Spino and Tony Brown, and their fight to form a traditional family through surrogacy. Watch Soledad O'Brien's "In America" report: "Gary and Tony Have a Baby," June 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Statement from GetEQUAL on Tonight's White House LGBT Pride Reception

Today, GetEQUAL – a direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – issued the following statement ahead of tonight's White House pride month reception:

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Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle To Possibly Veto Civil Unions Bill

Equality Hawaii, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, today announced disappointment in Governor Linda Lingle’s decision to place HB 444, Hawaii’s Civil Unions legislation, on the list of potential vetoes.

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Sharon Gless to receive gay police award, Hannah Free DVD release party in Chicago

Multi-award winning actress Sharon Gless (Burn Notice, Queer As Folk, Cagney & Lacey) will be in Chicago for two events Saturday, June 26, Pride Weekend. She will be honored by international LGBT law enforcement members, and attend a Chicago DVD release party for Hannah Free.

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Department of Justice Interprets Federal Domestic Violence Law to Protect Lesbian and Gay Victims

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – praised the Department of Justice for issuing a legal opinion that clarifies that criminal provisions of the Violence Against Women Act cover crimes against victims of same-sex domestic violence.  The memorandum, which was produced by the Office of Legal Counsel, provides that criminal provisions related to domestic violence, stalking and protection order violations apply to conduct when the offender and victim are the same sex.

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Ellen -'I Don't Think Anyone Can Replace Simon'

Ellen DeGeneres spoke exclusively with "Extra" about the future of "American Idol," the signing of Greyson Chance, and what we can expect from her new "Somewhat Special Special."

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Iraqi police raid Karbala safe house

There is growing concern that the Iraqi government is stepping up a witch-hunt against gays and lesbians in the country after a police raid on a Karbala safe house.

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Is there any link between increased volcanic activity and global warming?

It’s impossible to pin isolated natural phenomena—like an individual volcanic eruption—on global warming, but some researchers insist that there is a correlation between the two in some instances.

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Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Secures Asylum for Gay Uzbek Man

Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic has won asylum for a gay man who feared persecution because of his sexual orientation if forced to return to his native Uzbekistan.

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Theodore Olson Demonstrates Prop. 8’s Denial of Equal Protection Under the Law

The American Foundation for Equal Rights brought together Olson and David Boies, who notably faced-off in Bush v. Gore, to demonstrate that Prop. 8 violates Americans’ U.S. constitutional rights by creating separate classes of people with different laws for each, in conflict with the nation’s founding principles, including equal protection under the law. Prop. 8 unconstitutionally stripped away the right of same-sex couples to marry in California .

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Rep. Ike Skelton distrcit office protest tomorrow
Tomorrow, GetEQUAL, a direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, Show Me No Hate, a Missouri based LGBT civil rights organization, and other Missouri LGBT equality advocates are set to protest the Jefferson City, MO offices of House Armed Services Chair Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) over the congressman’s refusal to apologize for homophobic remarks he made last week regarding the repeal of the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.
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June 20, 2010 is World Refugee Day, yet the cries of LGBTI refugees still go largely unheard.

LGBTI persons are hounded, harassed, persecuted and murdered in tens of countries around the world, propelling thousands to flee their homes. This past year alone, we witnessed barbaric homophobic acts and anti-gay mob violence across Africa, and the execution of gays in the Middle East.  While several governments -- notably the US -- made long-overdue statements condemning the fast-spreading epidemic of hatred, none took the bold new steps necessary to take in and protect those who succeeded in escaping imminent danger.

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REAL-TIME WORD FOR WORD LIVE BLOGGING OF CLOSINGS;TEXT ALERT OF DECISION THROUGH EQUALRIGHTSFOUNDATION.ORG

The American Foundation for Equal Rights, which launched and brought together Theodore Olson and David Boies to argue the landmark Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, will provide a real time, word for word live blogging of the closing arguments being delivered on Wednesday June 16.

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