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VIDEO: John Oliver Stumps for Federal Equal Rights Law; Outs Candidates for Anti-LGBT Stance

On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” show, John Oliver took on LGBT discrimination, pointing out that 31 states still do not have anti-discrimination laws in place and saying this makes it “surprisingly easy for people to be fired, evicted or refused service just because they are gay.”

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Chelsea Manning Found Guilty of Violating Prison Rules, Given Restrictions

The good news is that convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning isn’t facing solitary confinement for an indefinite stretch of time.

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Pentagon Working on Plan to Allow Transgender People to Serve Openly in Military

Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday paved the way for transgender people to serve openly in the U.S. military. Some estimates put the number of transgender people in the military at 15,000.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Chelsea Manning

Sitting in prison on the Fourth of July for exposing some harsh truths about U.S. war crimes, the whistleblower should actually be honored as a true patriot.

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VIDEO: John Oliver: Get on the Right Side of History and Support Transgender Rights

“We know how this thing ends,” explains the “Last Week Tonight” host. “If you take the anti-civil rights side, and deny people access to something they’re entitled to, history is not going to be kind to you.”

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Chelsea Manning: SCOTUS’ Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Doesn’t Rule Out Need for LGBT Movement

In an essay published in The Guardian after the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, Chelsea Manning traced the arc of progress on the issue of LGBT rights, starting from the moment California’s controversial Proposition 8 was passed in 2008 to Friday’s stunning SCOTUS victory.

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The Charleston Church Shooting Is Another Example of How ‘Anti-Intellectualism Is Killing America’

At a time when in-depth discussions are more necessary than ever, ignorance will prevail over intellectualism; a third of Americans can’t tell you what the term “transgender” means; meanwhile, propaganda is a powerful factor behind the growing prison problem we face in the U.S. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Hope and Hate in Charleston

Even if Dylann Roof, the man arrested in the church massacre in South Carolina, acted alone, he is not alone in his hateful views. And it is up to white Americans to defeat the poison of racism in this country.

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Obama Supports Ban on ‘Conversion’ Therapies for LGBT Youths

Remember when President Obama wasn’t making the strongest case for securing the civil rights of LGBT Americans and wouldn’t, for example, come out in favor of gay marriage? Looks like things are a bit different for our 2015-edition POTUS.

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Hate Doesn’t Pay

Indiana certainly doesn’t want to be remembered for being a bastion of hatred. So why did Indiana Gov. Mike Pence legalize a new wave of intolerance by signing into law Indiana’s controversial “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA)?

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Jon Stewart on Widespread Efforts to Limit Gay and Trans Rights in the United States

Whether it’s refusing to sell boutonnières for same-sex weddings or refusing to let transgender people use public bathrooms, an anti-LGBT backlash is underway in several U.S. states.

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Chinese Sympathetic to Sex Guru’s Personal Revelation

China’s leading advocate of one-night stands, sadomasochist sex, the decriminalization of pornography and the legalization of same-sex marriage has announced that her partner of 17 years is a transgender man. The reaction has been overwhelmingly supportive.

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Pope Francis Likens Transgender People to Nuclear Weapons

The head of the Catholic Church is quoted in a new book as saying that nuclear weapons and “the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory … does not recognize the order of creation,” GayStarNews reports.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Leslie Feinberg

The obituary of the pioneering transgender activist and author of the award-winning 1993 novel Stone Butch Blues reads like a biography of the instinct for justice.

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The Hypocrisy of Criminalizing Unsupervised Kids Playing at a Park

A majority of Americans think children under the age of 10 shouldn’t be left without a guardian at parks; the Brits are developing the first transgender sitcom; meanwhile, college is probably not “doomed,” despite speculation to the contrary. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Chelsea Manning Given Go-Ahead to Legally Change Her Name

Wednesday was an “exciting day” for Chelsea Manning, who was granted the right to a legal name change by a judge in Kansas.

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The Next Step in Equality: Genderless Bathrooms

Transgender people face discrimination every time they go to restrooms marked men or women; as the NSA destroys our sense of privacy, perhaps rather than looking to Orwell’s “1984,” we should brush up on our Kafka; meanwhile, journalist Phyllis Richman responds decades later to a misogynistic letter from a Harvard professor regarding married women pursuing graduate studies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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AIDS Conference Excludes Many of Those Most Affected

The International AIDS Conference returned to the United States this week after a 22-year hiatus, thanks in part to President Obama’s lifting of a 1987 ban on entry into the country by people with HIV or AIDS. But sex workers and drug users, two groups most affected by the epidemic, remain shut out.

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Perry Makes No LGBTQ Friends With New Campaign Ad

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry made a bigger gaffe than his debate choke from a few weeks ago with the release of his new ad, “Strong,” in which he frames President Obama’s repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in the military as “wrong” for faith-based reasons.

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Obama Administration Exports GLBTQ Rights

A more cynical perspective on Team Obama’s announcement that it would scrutinize other nations’ positions on GLBTQ rights when doling out assistance might take into account the upcoming presidential election and the need for President Obama to make up for some shortcomings on that front on his home turf.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Prisons to Provide Treatment for Transgender Inmates

Federal prisons must now provide “current, accepted standards of care” for transgender inmates. “Care” could mean therapy, hormones and possibly even gender reassignment surgery. The change in policy was outlined in a May memo sent by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to 116 federal facilities. (more)

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Sodomy Laws Live On Despite High Court Rejection

More than eight years after a groundbreaking Supreme Court ruling that made criminalizing the LGBT community through sodomy laws unconstitutional, 18 U.S. states have yet to rewrite their laws to reflect that decision.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE


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Hillary Clinton to LGBTQ Youth: ‘Hang in There’

None other than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has jumped aboard the “It Gets Better” train, delivering a video pep talk to young Americans struggling with issues of sexuality and discrimination and urging them to look forward to a better future.

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PR Guru Helps Stars Come Out

Despite Hollywood’s reputation for being a liberal hotbed, some stubborn forms of prejudice persist, such as the lingering notion that it’s a potential career-killer for certain high-profile types to come out of the closet. Luckily, those who are willing to try have at least one industry expert ready to give them a hand with the press, the public and their risk-averse bosses.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE



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Redefining Hate

The House has voted to strengthen the definition of hate crimes to include those carried out on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation, marking a step toward protecting gay, lesbian and transgender people under the federal statute. The bill still needs to go through the Senate and be signed by President Obama.

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama’s Immigration Conundrum

One of the worst messes facing the Obama administration is the disgraceful state of the federal government’s immigration detention centers.

Posted on Feb 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Asks Gay Bishop to Lead Pre-Inaugural Prayer

Clearly Barack Obama and his legion of inauguration planners have registered the gay community’s dismay over the selection of the Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation on Jan. 20, as Obama has tapped the openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson to lead the prayer session at an event two days prior.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009 READ MORE


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Stars Align for Anti-Hate Ad

Outkast’s Andre 3000, the original Miss Jackson (if you’re nasty), Ashanti, Portia di Rossi, T.R. Knight and other celebrities put their fame to work in this public service announcement geared toward raising awareness about discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Posted on Mar 11, 2008 READ MORE


Transgender Sportswriter Surprised by Tolerance

One would think the sports world would be the last place a transgender person could happily transition from one sex to another, but to Christine Daniels’ surprise, the opposite has been true. Daniels tells Newsweek about the fallout—or lack thereof—from her decision to stop being Mike Penner, a popular sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and resume her career with confidence, a new wardrobe and no writer’s block.

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