Category Archives: National News

North Carolina Governor to Issue Executive Order For Full LGBTQ Rights

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) vowed Tuesday to issue an executive order  to increase protections for LGBTQ people in the state. The pledge follows the state’s controversial partial repeal of HB2, a law barring local governments from passing any anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

“I had a choice. Do I continue to make a statement and pound the table and nothing happen? Or do I take a positive step, make progress and continue to fight?”

Russian Republic Of Chechnya Accused Of Targeting Male Homosexuals

From The New York Times

Police in Chechnya have reportedly detained more than 100 gay men. Some have been tortured. United Nations experts demanded on Thursday that Chechnya halt the abduction, detention, beating and killing of gay and bisexual men, after weeks of reports about violent repression there.

LGBTQ rights activists at the March Against Hatred in St. Petersburg, Russia, November 2014 Photo by Valya Egorshin/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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HB2 Repealed, but not without controversy

— As quickly as House Bill 2 was enacted 53 weeks ago, the controversial state law limiting LGBT rights and transgender bathroom access was knocked down on Thursday.

About 12 hours after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders reached a compromise to repeal House Bill 2 late Wednesday, the measure was speeding through its lone committee hearing, and it had cleared the Senate and the House by mid-afternoon Thursday. Cooper then quickly signed the bill into law.

“We are a welcoming state – our people are welcoming – but House Bill 2 was not,” Cooper said during an afternoon news conference. “Today, our laws are catching up with our people.”

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Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Equality Buying Guide

Now more than ever, it is important to support businesses that support equality. To read the 2017 Buying for Workplace Equality, visit: http://www.hrc.org/apps/buyersguide/


From Airbnb to Audi, companies used their advertising airtime during the 2017 Super Bowl to embrace the values of inclusion and equality. And those values are increasingly shared by consumers looking to spend their dollars to make a statement for equality. Continue reading Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Equality Buying Guide

Kaiser Permanente Acquires Group Health Cooperative

Feb. 1, 2017

Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative became final today, and with that, Group Health’s more than 651,000 members and more than 6,000 employees in Washington are now part of the largest integrated health system in the nation. With the acquisition, Kaiser Permanente now serves more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, providing both care and coverage. Continue reading Kaiser Permanente Acquires Group Health Cooperative

What Would an Anti-LGBTQ Executive Order Mean?

By: Stacey Sampson, contributing author

On Monday, January 30, 2017, unconfirmed sources began to spread news that President Donald Trump was preparing to repeal a 2014 executive order introduced by President Barack Obama that protects LGBTQ employees who work for federal contractors from workplace discrimination. This order banned discrimination by companies performing federal work against LGBTQ employees. News and rumors of this potential repeal grew rapidly, with no official comment from the White House early on. As of Tuesday Morning, the White House released a statement vowing to keep the Obama administration protections to LGBTQ federal workers intact.

A draft executive order to repeal these protections began circulating last weekend, prompting the rumors. This draft included multiple revisions to the previous administration’s policy, including possible exemptions for adoption agencies and groups receiving federal funds, to provide the right to deny services to LGBTQ individuals based upon religious freedom. So far, no comment has been made regarding these potential revisions.

So what would it look like if anti-LGBTQ legislation was passed into law?

One in five workers across the country could be affected by a potential revision or repeal of Obama’s prior order protecting federal workers’ rights. If, per the White House statement, that order does remain untouched, another potential hammer looms above the head of the LGBTQ community.

President Trump has previously indicated his support of a proposed First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which would allow for businesses and individuals citing a religious belief to discriminate against people in the LGBTQ community, and would prohibit the federal government from taking discriminatory action against the parties for doing so.

Introduced in 2015, the FADA bill failed to pass due to its potential discrimination against LGBTQ people, unmarried heterosexual couples, and unwed mothers. However, President Trump previously vowed to pass FADA into law, were it to be reintroduced during his term. Though the bill is deceptively presented as the federal government taking “discriminatory action” against a business or an individual that discriminates against LGBTQ people, the underlying concept of the bill paves the way for widespread discrimination, and protection of those that engage in discrimination, with little to no recourse.

A new version of FADA has yet to be introduced. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold its final hearing and vote on President Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. Sessions is one of the original FADA bill’s sponsors and has been outspoken about his support of it.

Millions March on Washington and Around the World

The pink-hatted crowds march in Washington D.C. Photo: Women’s March on Washington

Hundreds of thousands of women and men alike gathered in Washington on Saturday in a kind of counter-inauguration after President Trump took office on Friday. A range of speakers and performers cutting across generational lines rallied near the Capitol before marchers made their way toward the White House.

Millions more across all 50 states and cities around the globe joined in an extraordinary display of dissent against the Trump presidency, unification for reproductive rights, and voices expressing distaste in the rhetoric surrounding one of the more divisive elections in modern American history. Continue reading Millions March on Washington and Around the World

White House Press Secretary says Fate of LGBT Nondiscrimination Order Uncertain

Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, said today he isn’t sure if the new president will repeal or maintain President Obama’s executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination by companies that have contracts with the federal government.

“I just don’t know the answer,” Spicer said in response to a question from the Washington Blade at a press briefing Monday. Continue reading White House Press Secretary says Fate of LGBT Nondiscrimination Order Uncertain