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Springfield, IL reinstates civil union partner benefits after public outcry

Springfield, IL reinstates civil union partner benefits after public outcry

After raising a firestorm of anger and disbelief, the Springfield, Illinois Joint Labor/Management Insurance Committee voted to unanimously reinstate health benefits for the civil union partners of city employees. This was a complete reversal from the December decision that shocked and angered LGBT activists and civil rights organizations. The committee had voted to keep its…

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Telling Our Stories: Why I Became an Activist

Telling Our Stories: Why I Became an Activist

In the next part of the Telling Our Stories series (which reminds us all of the power that we can have to change hearts and minds by highlighting online messages of equality), I was asked to share my own personal story about how I got involved in LGBT activism. You can catch a video interview…

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Telling Our Stories: Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita's Marriage Equality PSA

Telling Our Stories: Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita’s Marriage Equality PSA

In the next part of the Telling Our Stories series (which reminds us all of the power that we can have to change hearts and minds by highlighting online messages of equality), we look at the power of straight allies coming out in brave and unexpected ways to support our cause in Cleveland Browns linebacker…

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Telling Our Stories: "Two Lesbians Raised A Baby & This Is What They Got"

Telling Our Stories: “Two Lesbians Raised A Baby & This Is What They Got”

In the next part of our Telling Our Stories series (which reminds us all of the power that we can have to change hearts and minds by highlighting online messages of equality), we look at the moving and personal speech by 19-year-old Zach Wahls, who speaks eloquently about his two lesbian mothers and the strength…

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Telling Our Stories: "NOISE" An Anthem for Equality

Telling Our Stories: “NOISE” An Anthem for Equality

In the next part of our Telling Our Stories series (which reminds us all of the power that we can have to change hearts and minds by highlighting online messages of equality), we look at Broadway leading man Gavin Creel’s new LGBT activism anthem called “Noise.” “Gay rights are human rights, and if we want…

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Telling Our Stories: Second City's Rick Perry Spoof

Telling Our Stories: Second City’s Rick Perry Spoof

In the latest edition of our Telling Our Stories series (which reminds us all of the power that we can have to change hearts and minds by highlighting online messages of equality), we look at the power of satire and humor to make a searing point against homophobia in Second City’s amazing spoof of Rick…

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Hillary Clinton to UN: "Gay Rights are Human Rights"

Hillary Clinton to UN: “Gay Rights are Human Rights”

This has to be one of the major moments this year from the world of politics with historic and long-lasting international impact. On December 6, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a game-changing speech at the United Nations in Geneva for International Human Rights Day declaring that LGBT rights are human rights: The full transcript…

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Video Update: Thursday's Prop 8 Hearing Cheat Sheet

Video Update: Thursday’s Prop 8 Hearing Cheat Sheet

California’s marriage equality-stripping Proposition 8 is back in the courts on Thursday, Dec 5th. Marriage News Watch’s Matt Baume, of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), gives a great update on the nationally important Prop 8 trial and what to expect at the proceedings. Perry v. Schwarzenegger is in the 9th Circuit Court of…

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Telling Our Stories: "It's Time" for Marriage Equality

Telling Our Stories: “It’s Time” for Marriage Equality

As part of our Telling Our Stories series (which reminds us all of the power that we can have to change hearts and minds by highlighting the power of short, simple messages of equality), the first video I wanted to feature is one that has been making its way around social media sites called simply…

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The 'Telling Our Stories' Series: Changing Hearts & Minds

The ‘Telling Our Stories’ Series: Changing Hearts & Minds

As we move quickly into the holiday season, where many of us will be spending more time with family and friends, it’s important to remember the impact we all can have on equality by simply telling our personal stories. As a reminder of the power that we all can have to change hearts and minds,…

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