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Compelling data at ENDA hearing

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Compelling data at ENDA hearing WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House Education and Labor Committee held a full committee hearing Sept. 23 on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would bar workplace discrimination, preferential treatment and retaliation on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in companies with 15 or more employees. The results of …

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Anti-tobacco effort readied

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Anti-tobacco effort readied WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Youth Advocacy Coalition has received a $100,000 award from the American Legacy Foundation to create a national tobacco working group targeting LGBT, questioning and intersex young adults ages 18-24, a demographic with much greater than average tobacco use. The working group will develop a tobacco needs assessment …

Youth charity to honor Bea Arthur

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Youth charity to honor Bea Arthur NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Ali Forney Center (AFC), the nation’s largest agency dedicated to homeless LGBT youth, plans to name a residence in honor of Bea Arthur. A formal announcement will be made at a memorial service on Sept. 14 at the Majestic Theater in New York City. …

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APA exposes ‘ex-gay’ myth

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APA exposes ‘ex-gay’ myth TORONTO — The American Psychological Association adopted a resolution Aug. 5 stating that mental health professionals should avoid telling clients that they can change their sexual orientation through therapy or other treatments. The approval, by APA’s governing Council of Representatives, came at APA’s annual convention, during which a task force presented …

HRC launches ‘No Excuses’

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‘No Excuses’ for inaction WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign has launched a national effort called “No Excuses” to lobby Congress on key issues of equality. Timed to take advantage of the congressional summer recess, when members are in their local offices and meeting with constituents, the campaign calls for HRC’s 750,000 members and …

Congress considers gay bills

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Congress considers gay bills WASHINGTON, D.C. — A trio of bills seeking to advance the rights of LGBT Americans have been introduced on Capitol Hill and are currently making their way through the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. The bills tackle the critical issues of hate crimes, employment non-discrimination and health disparities for LGBT …

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Coalition pursues policy changes

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Coalition pursues policy changes NEW YORK, N.Y. — A coalition of 17 LGBT equality organizations has announced the New Beginning Initiative, designed to push for concrete federal administration policy and regulatory changes benefiting LGBT people and eliminating discrimination from federal policies. This is the first time such a coalition of LGBT and allied organizations has …

Foster child returned

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Court ruling returns foster child CHARLESTON, W.V. — The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia ruled June 5 that a foster child should be returned to her lesbian foster parents, Kathryn Kutil and Cheryl Hess, reversing an anti-gay lower court ruling that sought to remove the child on the basis that her placement was …

N.H. legalizes gay marriage

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N.H. legalizes gay marriage CONCORD, N.H. — On June 3, Gov. John Lynch signed legislation that will give the legal protections of marriage to gay and lesbian couples in New Hampshire. Lynch signed the bill only an hour after the legislature took the final vote on the issue. The state Senate voted 14-10 in favor …

D.P. bill before Congress

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D.P. benefits bill before Congress WASHINGTON, D.C. — National gay leaders hailed the introduction of the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act in the U.S. Congress earlier this month. The legislation would provide domestic partner benefits for federal employees and their partners. The bill was introduced by U.S. Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen …