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Michigan New Trump Communications Chief Scaramucci Backs LGBT Rights

Marking an unusual shift for the Trump administration, the new White House communications chief has declared support for LGBT rights and professed to have donated to LGBT groups. READ MORE.

Rep. Hartzler Wants Another Shot at Anti-Trans Military Amendment

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) is looking for another shot at her amendment that would have barred the Pentagon from paying for transition-related health care for transgender service members, according to Politico. READ MORE.

Trumpcare Appears Defeated, But LGBT Opponents Remain Wary

After Republican support crumbled for Trumpcare, LGBT advocacy groups that sought to preserve the Affordable Care Act are quietly confident it will remain in place -- although they say they're keeping a watchful eye. READ MORE.

Rhode Island Becomes 10th State to Ban 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

The governor of Rhode Island signed into law Wednesday a measure that bans widely discredited "ex-gay" conversion therapy for minors, the 10th state in the nation with such a prohibition. READ MORE.

States Urged to Ensure Bathroom Access for Trans Kids Under Title IX

With the Trump administration giving up its authority to ensure transgender kids have access to the school restroom consistent with their gender identity, a coalition of 50 advocacy groups is turning to the states to enforce federal law on the issue. READ MORE.

LGBTQ People of Color's Experiences with Law Enforcement Explored

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report on law enforcement in New Orleans that focused primarily on racial bias and discriminatory practices. READ MORE.

No Justice No Pride Holds March for Trans Rights

About 100 activists gathered at Freedom Plaza on Thursday for a rally and march to call attention to the marginalization of transgender women of color and to end the criminalization of sex work. READ MORE.

Washington Florist Seeks OK From Supreme Court to Refuse Service to Gays

A Washington State florist who refused to service a gay couple's wedding for religious reasons is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse state court rulings that she violated the state's LGBT non-discrimination law. READ MORE.

House Narrowly Rejects Hartzler Amendment Against Trans Health Care

The U.S. House narrowly rejected on Thursday an amendment that would have barred transgender service members from being eligible for transition-related health care, including gender reassignment surgery. READ MORE.

Sessions: DOJ Guidance on 'Religious Freedom' on the Way

Guidance from the U.S. Justice Department assuring protections for "religious freedom" -- which is considered code among conservatives to mean anti-LGBT discrimination -- is coming shortly, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this week. READ MORE.

Sen. Warren's New Bill Could Give Gay Couples Refund on Back Taxes

A new bill led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in the U.S. Senate would make gay couples potentially eligible for a refund on their back taxes if they married more than three years before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. READ MORE.

Human Rights Campaign Launches $26 Million Campaign for 'Grassroots Army'

On July 11, HRC announced an historic investment of $26 million in HRC Rising, a new grassroots campaign to "resist the politics of hate, fight anti-LGBTQ legislation, and fuel pro-equality candidates and initiatives." READ MORE.

Rep. Hartzler Seeks to Bar Transgender Health Care in U.S. Military

On the heels of her tirade in committee over allowing transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) has proposed an amendment that would bar the Defense Department from providing transition-related care for troops. READ MORE.

Anti-trans Bathroom Measure Fails to Qualify in Wash. State

A citizen-initiated measure in Washington State seeking to bar transgender people from using public school restrooms consistent with their gender identity has failed to qualified for the 2017 ballot. READ MORE.

Trump's Voter-data Collection Efforts Could Be Disastrous for LGBT Voters

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla was among the first secretaries of state in the country to refuse to comply with the Trump administration's demand to turn over voter data to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. READ MORE.

Supreme Court Next Stop for Argument Gays Protected Under Title VII

The legal team behind a lawsuit seeking redress for a Georgia worker allegedly fired for being a lesbian is poised to seek review from the U.S. Supreme Court, potentially set up a decision establishing a nationwide prohibition on anti-gay workplace discrimination. READ MORE.

Sessions to Enforce Hate Crimes Law 'Aggressively' for Trans Murders

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- criticized for his long anti-LGBT record -- pledged June 29 to enforce the federal hate crimes law "aggressively and appropriately" in cases of ongoing transgender murders. READ MORE.

Polis Could Make History with Colorado Gubernatorial Bid

If Jared Polis wins the race for governor of Colorado, he would become the first openly gay person to win a gubernatorial race in the United States - but breaking through the pink ceiling isn't a distinction that's a priority for his campaign. READ MORE.

Study Reveals LGBT Rental Housing Discrimination

A newly released study by the D.C.-based Urban Institute found that some landlords that were subjected to discrimination "testing" in the D.C. metropolitan area showed a bias against renting apartments to applicants who self-identified as transgender compared to applicants not identifying as transgender. READ MORE.

National America's Newest Museum Recognizes LGBTs in our Revolution

America's newest museum, Museum Of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, does something quite revolutionary: It recognizes the LGBT community as having played a part of that revolution. And it does so with several exhibits. READ MORE.

Barbershops and Salons Join the Strands for Trans Campaign

A movement to create more trans-friendly barbershops and hair salons launched on June 20. Transgender discrimination is a daily occurrence - especially when it comes to gender-specific institutions. READ MORE.

Michigan Texas Supreme Court Rules Against Benefits for Same-sex Couples

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court extending marriage equality nationwide -- and a recent declaration from justices affirming that decision -- the Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled against spousal benefits for married same-sex couples. READ MORE.

4th Circuit Tosses Challenge to N.C. Anti-gay Marriage Law

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out on Wednesday a lawsuit challenging a state law allowing state magistrates to opt out of performing same-sex marriages for religious reasons, citing a lack of standing by plaintiffs in the litigation. READ MORE.

Senate Delays Trumpcare Vote as LGBT Advocates Raise Alarm

The U.S. Senate shelved on Tuesday a plan to vote this week on a measure seeking to repeal and replace Obamacare as LGBT rights supporters continue to raise the alarm about its impact both for LGBT people and America at large. READ MORE.

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