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National Connecticut Drops Mississippi Charity from Campaign

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Mississippi-based charity has been disqualified from receiving donations through the Connecticut state employee annual charitable giving campaign. READ MORE.

Activist Launches 'We Won't Go Back' National Equality Movement

LOS ANGELES - Jared Milrad, an award-winning actor, writer, filmmaker, lawyer and activist, has launched We Won't Go Back, a people's movement for Americans of all backgrounds fighting to protect the country's highest ideals of inclusivity, equality, justice and opportunity. READ MORE.

GLSEN Celebrates No Name-Calling Week

The popular young adult novel "The Misfits" by author James Howe has inspired No Name-Calling Week Jan. 16-20. READ MORE.

Trump's First 100 Days: How Bad Could It Get?

The most pro-gay Republican presidential candidate in history will take office as President of the United States on January 20, and yet the LGBT community has much to be anxious about. While Donald Trump used his campaign pulpit to urge the American people to stand in "solidarity" with the LGBT community following the Orlando nightclub massacre, his picks for key administration roles have been people with a history of standing solidly against that community. No matter what Trump might do as president to signal his unique level of comfort with LGBT people compared to his Republican conservative base, the departure of President Obama, indisputably the most pro-gay president in history, will stand in stark contrast to what many LGBT people fear will become an inevitable string of disappointing inactions (at best) and hostile attacks (at worst). READ MORE.

Michigan John Kerry Apologizes for State Department's LGBT Discrimination

On behalf of the U.S. State Department, John Kerry has issued a formal apology for the department's pattern of discrimination against LGBT employees during a period beginning in the 1940s and stretching for decades. READ MORE.

National 2016: Year in Review

2016 will go down in the LGBT history books as a year of sobering pushback against the many gains won in the years prior. READ MORE.

Progress and Struggles Reflect in Top Race Headlines of 2016

Of the many events marking the closing year of Barack Obama's time as the nation's first black president, none had deeper resonance than his opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall. READ MORE.

A Lawmaker's Solution for Marriage Debate: Remove the State

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Republican saw last year's debate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would have protected businesses that deny services to same-sex couples bring lawmakers to tears and grind legislative work to a halt. READ MORE.

In Red States, Businesses Gearing Up to Fight Bathroom Bills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Sean Henry, the president of Tennessee's NHL team, is stunned he even has to explain why he hopes state legislators will snub bills similar to North Carolina's transgender bathroom law, which has consumed that state for months and scared off businesses and sporting events. READ MORE.

Republican Success Opens Door to Amending US Constitution

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The November election put Republicans in full control of a record number of state legislatures around the country, a level of power that gives the party an unprecedented opportunity: change the U.S. Constitution. READ MORE.

Pop Superstar George Michael Dies Of Heart Failure At 53

LONDON (AP) - George Michael's moment of liberation followed what seemed at first to be a time of deep humiliation. READ MORE.

Time to Close the Immigration Loophole: End Illegal Profiling

At critical moment, as Obama Administration dismantles Muslim special registry, guidelines to end profiling in immigration enforcement gains urgency and momentum. READ MORE.

Michigan Gays with Guns?

An LGBT advocacy group called the Pink Pistols thinks that rather than place restrictions on gun sales, members of the gay community should arm themselves for protection against hate crimes. READ MORE.

Franklin Graham, Other Anti-LGBT Clergy Booked for Trump Inauguration

A host of anti-LGBT clergy members will participate in Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, including Rev. Franklin Graham and Archbishop Timothy Dolan. READ MORE.

McCormick and Francis: LGBT Youth Should Be a Top Priority in CPS Overhaul

Gov. Greg Abbott's recent directive to officials at the Department of Family and Protective Services to ramp up their efforts to protect endangered children in the foster care system has placed the spotlight on some of the systemic flaws that impact our state's most vulnerable youth. READ MORE.

'Merry Christmas Everybody': Obamas Share Final Holiday Address

President Barack Obama and the first lady shared a bittersweet goodbye -- and a few laughs -- in their final Christmas video message to the country released Saturday. READ MORE.

Salvation Army Works to Uphold Non-Discriminatory Values

Around 28,000 people slept in a bed last night provided by the Salvation Army. More than likely, some of those people are LGBT. And according to the organization, they are welcome to take advantage of the organization's services regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation. READ MORE.

National Pulse Owner Decides not to Sell Club to City of Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The owner of the Florida nightclub where the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place said Monday that she is no longer interested in selling the property to the city of Orlando. READ MORE.

Months after Brother Died at Pulse, Sister Reopens his Salon

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Six months after her brother and his longtime partner were killed in Orlando's gay nightclub massacre, Jessica Silva is re-opening the couple's beauty salon. READ MORE.

Michigan North Carolina Legislature Fails to Repeal 'Bathroom Bill'

North Carolina legislators failed to repeal the state's "bathroom bill" on Wednesday during a special session called for that purpose. READ MORE.

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