Category Archives: National News

LGBTQ Films that Rocked the World

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June is LGBT Pride Month, and traditionally it’s been both a time for reflection on gay history and struggles (originally created to commemorate the Stonewall riots of June 1969), along with a colorful, pride-ful celebration of many important achievements and milestones. Since Independent Lens is naturally a film-centric space, we decided to honor the occasion by reaching out to a few filmmakers who’ve made documentaries for Independent Lens, asking them to contribute their own picks for the gay-themed films (features or documentaries) that affected them most profoundly. While one important film deservedly gets mentioned twice, it’s an appropriately diverse list. [updated 2016; originally posted 2014]

Click through to pbs.org for the full list and trailers.

Check out Danny Devito’s short film, featuring two grumpy old gay men

Danny DeVito’s latest short film, Curmudgeons, hopes to dispel some of the myths surrounding love, age and sexuality. It’s hilarious, heartbreaking and only 15 minutes long.

The film was directed by DeVito, and played at the Tribeca Film Festival, introducing audiences to two grumpy old gay men, who just happen to be head-over-heels in love.

Just a heads-up: copious amounts of cursing ahead!

Curmudgeons from Jersey 2nd Avenue on Vimeo.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Same-Sex Adoption Across State Lines

NPR.org – March 2016 – The U.S. Supreme Court, without hearing oral argument, has unanimously reversed an Alabama Supreme Court ruling that denied parental rights to a lesbian adoptive mother who had split with her partner. The decision is a direct repudiation of an Alabama Supreme Court decision that refused to recognize a Georgia adoption. Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Same-Sex Adoption Across State Lines

ACLU issues travel advisory against trips to Texas

The ACLU has issued a warning to would-be travelers to the state of Texas that their visit may result in a violation of their constitutional rights.

On May 9, the American Civil Liberties Union issued a “travel alert” informing anyone planning to travel to Texas in the near future to anticipate the possible violation of their constitutional rights when stopped by law enforcement. Continue reading ACLU issues travel advisory against trips to Texas

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

Continue reading Russian Republic Of Chechnya Accused Of Targeting Male Homosexuals

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.”

Continue reading HB2 Repealed, but not without controversy

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