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National Her T is Not Silent: Andrea Jenkins Makes History

Andrea Jenkins was a guest on "Collections by Michelle Brown" in March where she talked about her work as an artist, poet, trans oral historian and throwing her hat into the political ring. And now she is the first transgender woman of color elected to a major city council in the country. READ MORE.

New FBI Data Shows Increased Reported Incidents of Anti-LGBTQ Hate Crimes in 2016

On Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) URL released hate crime statistics for 2016 https:ucr.fbi.govhate-crime2016hate-crime. This information, released at the start of Transgender Awareness Week, highlights the ongoing epidemic of anti-transgender violence READ MORE.

Michigan Colorado Baker's Defense for Denying Service to Gay Couple 'Upends' First Amendment, Legal Experts Argue

Top legal experts and scholars joined the ACLU in a teleconference today to discuss the exploitation of the First Amendment in the Supreme Court case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. READ MORE.

Walmart's Score Suspended in Human Rights Campaign Rankings

The retail giant Walmart, which has long been the subject of criticism over its employment practices, has found a new critic in the Human Rights Campaign's latest corporate scorecard. READ MORE.

Gill Action Fund 'Shut Down': Sources

The Gill Action Fund, a prominent LGBT political organization founded by gay philanthropist Tim Gill, has effectively been "shut down" according to two knowledgable sources. READ MORE.

Gay Candidate Loses Race for Mayor of Hoboken

Gay City Council member Michael DeFusco of Hoboken, N.J., lost his race for mayor on Tuesday less than a week after someone altered one of his campaign flyers to make it appear that he was accusing his lead opponent of being a potential terrorist. READ MORE.

LGBT Candidates Win 55 Percent of Races Nationwide

Tuesday was a good night for LGBT candidates and an historic one for transgender candidates. READ MORE.

National Deja vu at Supreme Court

"I remember the signs that said 'Whites Only' and 'Colored Only'," said U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a leader of the black civil rights movement and a strong ally of the LGBT civil rights movement. "I remember when, everywhere you looked, there was blatant discrimination against people based on the color of their skin. It's time you learn that the tactics may change, but the will remains the same. Each and every one of us has an obligation to speak up and speak out for the right of each and every person to be treated with dignity and with respect." READ MORE.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Loses Funds Due to LGBTQ Training

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- A Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter in West Virginia will suspend mentoring services for underprivileged children after donors pulled funding earlier this month in response to an LGBTQ-awareness training program. READ MORE.

Tyler Clementi Foundation Appoints New Executive Director

The Tyler Clementi Foundation announced on Oct. 24 the appointment of its new Executive Director, Jason Cianciotto, MPA. Hired as the result of an extensive nationwide search, Cianciotto brings over 15 years of progressive leadership at nonprofit advocacy, research, and direct service organizations. READ MORE.

Court Affirms Ruling Against Pro-LGBT Louisiana Executive Order

A state appeals court in Louisiana has affirmed Gov. John Bel Edwards' executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination in the state government and among state contractors is unconstitutional. READ MORE.

Michigan GSA Accused of Omitting LGBT People from Non-Discrimination Rules

The U.S. General Services Administration is being accused of leaving out LGBT workers from its employment non-discrimination policy, which would contradict executive orders prohibiting such discrimination in the federal workforce, although the U.S. agency is pushing back on that claim. READ MORE.

Live Proud Holidays Campaign Works to End LGBT Youth Homelessness

Forty percent of America's 1.6 million youth experiencing homelessness are LGBT. In an effort to raise awareness about this issue AT&T has partnered with True Colors Fund to launch the Live Proud Holidays Sweepstakes. READ MORE.

OutCasters Discuss LGBTQ Issues in Newly Released Audio Pieces

OutCasting, public radio's LGBTQ youth program, has three new audio pieces for listeners this month. READ MORE.

National Senate Confirms MI Justice Larsen, Three Other Conservative Judges to Lifetime Judicial Appointments

"After reviewing the records of Justice Larsen, we have concluded that her views on civil rights issues are fundamentally at odds with the notion that LGBT people are entitled to equality, liberty, justice and dignity under the law," the joint letter read. "First and foremost, we continue to have serious concerns about Justice Larsen's willingness to comply fully with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges," the 2015 decision granting marriage equality for all.In a written statement Peters defended his vote saying,"(I)reviewed Larsen's record on LGBT equality and raised it with her in person. She committed to upholding existing legal precedents and the hard fought protections the LGBT community has won." READ MORE.

Michigan House Dems Take Stand Against Anti-Gay Baker Before Supreme Court

As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a challenge to Colorado's non-discrimination law filed by a Christian baker who refuses to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, House Democrats gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to promote a bicameral friend-of-the-court brief against the anti-gay baker. READ MORE.

Senate Dems Urge DOJ to Reinstate Trans Protections Under Title VII

A group of 44 Senate Democrats led by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) urged the Justice Department on Thursday to reinstate its interpretation of existing civil rights law to prohibit anti-transgender discrimination. READ MORE.

Out2Enroll Launches LGBT Coalition to Promote Obamacare Under Trump

With President Trump taking action seen to undermine Obamacare -- such as shortening the window of time for new insurance enrollments -- a new LGBT coalition of more than 60 groups is launching to promote insurance options under the law. READ MORE.

National White House Must 'Check Into' Egypt Anti-Gay Bill Before Condemning

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stopped short of condemning a proposal in Egypt that would criminalize homosexual acts in Egypt with up to five years in prison, saying she'd have to "check into" the situation. Sanders made the remarks Oct. 27 in response to a question from the Washington Blade on whether she'd condemn the measure, which Egypt lawmakers seem ready to pass amid a general anti-gay crackdown in the country. READ MORE.

Michigan Key Supporters File Amicus Briefs in Masterpiece Cakeshop SCOTUS Case

The ACLU held a teleconference Monday highlighting supporters of the same-sex couple who have filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. READ MORE.

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Parents Inspired By Gay Son, Give Back to LGBTQ Youth

Madelyn and Jim Cosens are known for serving up some of the best mac 'n' cheese for dinner at the Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park every fourth Monday of the month.

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