Rep. Grijalva Leads Effort to Protect LGBT Unaccompanied Minors

Rep. Grijalva Leads Effort to Protect LGBT Unaccompanied Minors

Today, Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) led 59 House Democrats in sending a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell expressing concern over the lack of adequate protection against discrimination and sexual assault for unaccompanied minors in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The lawmakers urge HHS to implement robust Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) regulations alongside guidance to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth from discrimination.
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Video director for a National Football League team comes out as gay

Video director for a National Football League team comes out as gay

After spending 17 years as a National Football League employee, Rob Brakel is tired of being in the closet. He's come out to the league and his team, the Arizona Cardinals.

In a Outports profile, the video director explains why he decided to be out.

'I don't care anymore,' Brakel said in the 11 December Outsports article.

'Everyone around me knows who I am. I'm a guy who will give the shirt off his back to help you. I'll do whatever I can to help people. And I've had enough.'

The most immediate reason is the new book by Robbie Rogers. In Coming Out to Play, the American soccer pro chronicles how he always knew he was gay but didn't act on it. Read more »

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Clock ticking as Religious Freedom Restoration Act awaits action in Michigan Senate

Clock ticking as Religious Freedom Restoration Act awaits action in Michigan Senate

The fate of a House-approvedReligious Freedom Restoration Act remains uncertain in the Michigan Senate, which is scheduled to meet just four more times this week before ending the 2013-14 session.

Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, said Thursday that the Senate may take up the measure “if we have time.” And while he indicated there may be appetite among his fellow Republicans, he also made clear the upper chamber is looking at a pretty full plate.

“That’s a relatively new thing to our caucus, so I’m not going to let things leapfrog to the front of the agenda, the prioritized agenda, unless I get a clamoring for it,” Richardville said. Read more »

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RELEASE: Major CAP Report Outlines Discrimination Against LGBT People; Calls for Legislation to Extend Protections

Today, the Center for American Progress released a groundbreaking new report outlining the pervasive discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people in core facets of American life. The report, titled, “We the People: Why Congress and U.S. States Must Pass Comprehensive LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections,” is the first comprehensive review detailing the evidence of discrimination against the LGBT community in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and credit. To address these inequities, the report calls for major legislation to extend protections to all Americans. Read more »

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Olympic Committee Will Add Sexual Orientation To Charter's Non-Discrimination Language

Olympic Committee Will Add Sexual Orientation To Charter's Non-Discrimination Language

In what's already being hailed as "a great step forward," the International Olympic Committee has taken a significant move against future intolerance toward the lesbian, gay and bisexual community in the Olympic Games.

The Chicago Tribune reports that IOC members unanimously voted to approve a recommendation which adds non-discrimination language regarding sexual orientation to the Olympic Charter. Read more »

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Rights Bill Sought for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans

Rights Bill Sought for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans

As barriers to same-sex marriage fall across the country, gay rights advocates are planning their next battle on Capitol Hill: a push for sweeping legislation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination, similar to the landmark Civil Rights Act that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed in 1964.

Plans for a so-called comprehensive lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights bill are still in their infancy, and advocates say the campaign could take a decade or longer. With Republicans taking control of the House and the Senate in January, they say the measure has little chance of passing in the next two years.

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Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live

Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live

When young college graduates decide where to move, they are not just looking at the usual suspects, like New York, Washington and San Francisco. Other cities are increasing their share of these valuable residents at an even higher rate and have reached a high overall percentage, led by Denver, San Diego, Nashville, Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore., according to a report published Monday by City Observatory, a new think tank. Read more »

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Planting Peace Launches Holiday HIV/AIDS Campaign In Response To Anti-Gay Pastor's Remarks

An advocacy group is responding to an Arizona pastor's viral anti-gay rant with aheartfelt holiday campaign.

Organizers of Planting Peace, perhaps best known as the organization that brought you the rainbow-colored Equality House across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, launched the new fundraiser in response to Pastor Steven Anderson's claims that "executing" gays will help eradicate HIV/AIDS.

The Planting Peace campaign is raising funds that will go toward helping people with HIV/AIDS, and for every donation made, a lump of coal will be sent to Tempe's Faithful Word Baptist Church, where Anderson is a pastor, in a festive package to be delivered on Christmas Eve. Read more »

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