Texas legislative LGBT Caucus re-elected; gains a member

Austin, TX – Democrats had hoped to flip the Texas House in Tuesday’s elections and thus gain control of redistricting the Texas Legislature as well as U.S. congressional seats. And the Texas House LGBT Caucus, which currently has five members, was excited about the possibility of doubling in size. But little changed in the Texas Legislature on Tuesday. Democrats flipped just one seat. That one gain, however, did increase the size of the LGBT Caucus by one with the election of Ann Johnson in Houston.             House Democrats did hold onto gains made in the 2018 election, even though Republicans […]

National AIDS Memorial to honor Anthony Fauci & David Ho

San Francisco, CA – The National AIDS Memorial will bring together powerful voices from the AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2020, for an inspiring discussion about health justice, social activism, remembrance, and hope. During the event the National AIDS Memorial will honor Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and David D. Ho, MD, director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Columbia University, with its National Recognition Leadership Award. As renowned health experts who have been on the frontlines of both the AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics, […]

Equality Forum’s LGBT History Month Icon Rapper Lil Nas X

Philadelphia, PA – Equality Forum celebrates Montero Hill, known as Lil Nas X, as one of the organizations LGBTQ History Minth Icons for 2020. Lil Nas X is a Grammy Award-winning rapper and social media sensation. A trailblazer in the Hip-Hop community as a gay rapper who speaks freely about his sexuality, Nas X entered the international spotlight with his single “Old Town Road.” He has said, “I 100% want to represent the LGBT community.”             Nas X was born outside of Atlanta, Georgia. His father is a Gospel singer. His parents divorced when he was 6, and he spent […]

Gay man defeats Neo-Nazi, becomes out Hawaii Rep.

Honolulu, HA – Hawaii’s Adrian Tam has not only been elected to become the only LGBTQ representative in the state, but he has also defeated Nicholas Ochs, a white supremacist and anti-LGBTQ leader of the neo-Nazi hate group, Hawaii Proud Boys. “I am happy and very hopeful that members of the community realized [The Proud Boys] didn’t represent the values of Hawaii,” Tam told the Daily Beast. “Groups like these will always exist, but it’s up to us to not only tune them out, but to get our message out there and change minds so more people don’t join them.” […]

Supreme Court hears Philadelphia foster care case

Washington, D.C. – Efforts by Philadelphia officials to eradicate anti-LGBT bias within the city’s foster-care system remain at risk, after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week about the contentious dispute. City officials want to phase out a foster-care contract with Catholic Social Services because the agency refuses to help place foster-care children with same-sex couples. City officials say that’s a violation of the city’s antibias policies. CSS maintains the city is violating its religious-freedom rights.             Philadelphia has contracts with about 30 agencies that provide foster-care services for about 5,000 children in the city’s custody. In March […]

Preacher who blamed COVID on LGBTQ people dies from it

An antigay televangelist who claimed LGBTQ people, non-virgin brides, and anyone having sex outside of wedlock were exclusively to blame for COVID-19 has died from the virus. Rev. Irvin Baxter Jr. was the founder of Endtime Ministries and host of the television program End of the Age, which reaches 100 million households in North America and millions more across the globe. In March, he blamed “the sin of fornication” for the COVID-19 pandemic.             “There are 7.5 million couples living together in the United States, this is not worldwide, just in America,” he said. “7.5 million couples. That means 15 […]

Over 500 open LGBTQ candidates are running nationwide

Philadelphia, PA – As the November 3 election looms, most Americans are focused on who will win the presidency, but more than 500 openly LGBTQ candidates are running for a wide range of local and national offices. The roster of LGBTQ candidates is broad and diverse, and nearly every state is represented, including red states Alaska, Iowa, Kansas, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Wyoming and the Dakotas. There are many Black, Latinx and Asian candidates, speaking to the racial diversity LGBTQ candidates represent. Among those running are several candidates in the tri-state area, and openly gay Pennsylvania House […]

Pope calls for civil unions for same-sex couples

The Vatican – In a new documentary that premiered October 21 in Rome, Pope Francis called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples. This is a radical shift in stance from the position held for years by the Vatican’s doctrinal office. Previous popes — particularly Francis’s immediate predecessors, Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II, both staunchly anti-gay — have been unmoved on the issue of same-sex unions of any kind. The film, Francesco, sees Pope Francis speaking at length about pastoral care — a form of emotional, social and spiritual support — for LGBT people. “Homosexuals […]

Maryland’s Sue Nami, queens from all 50 states urge voting

Washington, D.C. – Maryland drag performer Sue Nami joined drag performers from all 50 states in a roll call video for LGBTQ voters hosted by Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, and Eureka O’Hara The hosts and producers behind the Emmy-nominated HBO docuseries We’re Here premiered “We’re Here. We’re Queer. #WeVote,” a roll call video featuring drag talent from all 50 states, as well as DC, urging LGBTQ people and allies to vote in the upcoming election. View the video at https://youtu.be/XXYZJBHx4s0 Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, and Eureka O’Hara, hosts and consulting producers of HBO’s We’re Here, star in the […]

Barrett is a dangerous pick to join the Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. – Leading LGBTQ school campaigners in the US have issued a last-minute plea to the Senate not to confirm Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court. President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett on September 26 and the Senate has been rushing to confirm her before the election on 3 November. The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced her nomination to the full Senate with a vote expected on October 26. Barrett is a conservative catholic with extremist views on many issues. She has been a vocal opponent of abortion rights and gay marriage. Her anti-LGBTQ track record and […]