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Michigan Exclusive: Mayor Buttigieg Backs Notre Dame Walkout of Pence Speech

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said Sunday he supports the students at University of Notre Dame who walked out on Vice President Mike Pence during his commencement speech over his anti-LGBT views and the Trump administration's approach to marginalized communities. READ MORE.

Trump Delivers Speech in Saudi Arabia

President Trump on Sunday in a speech that he delivered in Saudi Arabia made no mention that consensual same-sex sexual relations remain punishable by death in the kingdom. READ MORE.

Lesbian Visibility Shines Through in Memoir by Federal Prop 8 Plaintiffs

A joyous celebration occurred May 13 in Highland Park as lesbian and straight women artists and performers launched an exhibition of archived work from the historic Women's Building, the one-time "feminist mecca" for women's culture in downtown Los Angeles. Already marginalized by mainstream society, the artists refused to be invisible even unto each other. READ MORE.

Court: Transgender People Can Sue Under ADA

A federal court for the first time has ruled transgender people can sue under the Americans with Disabilities Act, despite the law's explicit exclusion of claims based on gender identity. READ MORE.

Trump Blasted for Silence on Gay Atrocities #EyesOnChechnya

Since assuming the presidency, Trump has remained silent about the government-ordered atrocities against the LGBT community in the Russian Republic of Chechnya. And some Los Angeles leaders are calling him out. READ MORE.

National Groundswell Announces Fund to Support Women of Color and Trans People of Color

In the wake of a game-changing election, Groundswell Fund, the largest funder of the U.S. Reproductive Justice movement will launch a new national Liberation Fund to support the strongest grassroots organizing efforts led by women of color and transgender people of color across social justice sectors. READ MORE.

Michigan 49 House Members Urge HHS to Restore LGBT Questions to Elder Survey

A group of 49 U.S. House members this week called on the Department of Health & Health Services to restore questions allowing responders to identify as gay, lesbian of bisexual to a federal survey for elders. READ MORE.

DNC Hires First Lesbian CEO, Former Head of EMILY's List

The Democratic National Committee has for the first-time ever hired an out lesbian at its chief executive officer, appointing the former head of EMILY's LIST to the top leadership position. READ MORE.

White House 'Not Aware' if Trump Briefed on Chechnya Anti-gay Abuses

The White House said Tuesday it was unaware of whether President Trump brought up the issue of anti-gay abuses in Chechnya with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a meeting Wednesday. In fact, it's not clear that Trump has been briefed on the abuses at all. READ MORE.

Comey Firing Heightens Suspicions of Trump Wrongdoing

President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey as he was conducting an investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia has stunned America and ignited a firestorm of controversy -- and LGBT advocates are among those railing against the termination as evidence Trump has something to hide. READ MORE.

National Schumer Latest to Oppose Mark Green Over Nominee's Anti-LGBT Views

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has become the latest to come out against the confirmation of Mark Green over the nominee's anti-LGBT views, urging his fellow members of the Democratic caucus to reject his appointment as Army secretary. READ MORE.

Michigan Log Cabin Meets with Education Dept. Over Trans Issues

In the aftermath of the Trump administration revoking Obama-era guidance assuring transgender kids have access to school restrooms consistent with their gender identity, the Log Cabin Republicans met with Education Department officials Tuesday to propose a new plan that would support transgender kids and local authority in schools. READ MORE.

Gavin Grimm to Speak at Capital Pride

Gavin Grimm, the transgender male student at a Virginia high school who petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to gain the right to use the school bathroom that matches his gender identity, will be a special guest speaker at D.C.'s Capital Trans Pride events on May 20. READ MORE.

Alabama, Tennessee Governors Sign Anti-LGBT Bills

Governors in Alabama and Tennessee have signed into law a pair of measures that could allow discrimination against LGBT families seeking to adopt a child or jeopardize their ability to obtain state benefits. READ MORE.

Anti-LGBT State Senator Withdraws Nomination for Army Secretary

Mark E. Green, who President Trump nominated last month to be Secretary of the Army, withdrew from contention for the position on Friday following a month-long campaign by LGBT advocacy groups to publicize his anti-LGBT record as a Tennessee state senator. READ MORE.

ACLU Now Says It Won't Sue Over Trump Executive Order

After conducting a careful review of the "religious freedom" executive order that President Donald Trump signed on Thursday the ACLU says it has decided not to file an immediate lawsuit to challenge the order. READ MORE.

White House: 'Religious Freedom' EO Will affect Churches, Not LGBT People

An expected "religious freedom" order from President Trump will address the tax-exemption status of churches as opposed to undermining LGBT rights, according to multiple media reports of a White House background briefing. READ MORE.

In Uphill Fight, Democrats Make Case for Equality Act

At an event Tuesday at the Rayburn Room of the U.S. Capitol, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), lead sponsors of the legislation in their respective chambers of Congress, touted the Equality Act as a means to extend LGBT progress in the face of current obstacles. READ MORE.

National LGBT Rights Leaders Flunk Trump on First 100 Days

With the 100-day mark of President Trump's time in the White House fast approaching, LGBT rights supporters are giving him failing grades as the nation evaluates him at the benchmark. READ MORE.

Rep. Hoyer urges Trump to Recall Mark Green Nomination

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has the joined the growing choir of voices opposing the confirmation of Mark Green as Army secretary, urging President Trump to rescind the nomination. READ MORE.

NOM's Anti-LGBT 'March for Marriage' Set for June 17

The annual anti-gay "March for Marriage" in Washington D.C. will take place on June 17, the anti-LGBT organization behind the event announced in an email blast April 27. READ MORE.

19 Senators Urge Trump's HHS to Restore LGBT Questions to Elder Surveys

A bipartisan group of 19 senators led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Robert Casey (D-Pa.) are calling on the Department of Health Human Services to restore LGBT questions to a federal survey intended to evaluate government services for older Americans. READ MORE.

VoteRunLead Seminars Prepare Women to Run for Office

After the last federal election, 6,545 women signed up with VoteRunLead.org to learn how to run for civic and political leadership positions. READ MORE.

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