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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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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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Breaking down the DOMA Repeal Vote, Part 2: Why it matters to the movement

Breaking down the DOMA Repeal Vote, Part 2: Why it matters to the movement

In part 1 of “Breaking down the DOMA Repeal Vote,” we looked at the difficult legislative path ahead for the “Respect for Marriage Act” (RFA) that the Senate Judiciary Committee passed last week which would repeal the anti-gay “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA). With all the roadblocks and uncertainty around the actual passage of the…

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Breaking down the DOMA Repeal Vote, Part 1: Where the bill goes from here

Breaking down the DOMA Repeal Vote, Part 1: Where the bill goes from here

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 to pass the “Respect for Marriage Act” (RFA). This legislation, introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), would repeal the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA), which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages. The vote was down strict party lines, with the 10 Democrats voting for repeal of…

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