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There are still 8 US states that ban discussion of gay issues in school

While same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 US states there ares still some remaining anti-LGBTI laws functioning at a state level in the United States and the worst of these may be so-called ‘No Promo Homo’ state laws that ban discussion of LGBTI issues in public schools. Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma,

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Hillary Clinton launches Presidential campaign with video featuring gay couple

Hillary Clinton has formally announced her plans to run for President of the United States again in 2016. In a video, Mrs Clinton declared: “I am running for president”. “Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times,” she said, “but the deck is still stacked in favour of those at the top. “Everyday

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Millions of US LGBT workers gain workplace discrimination protection

An Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination will affect all those working for federal contractors and subcontractors.  President Obama’s Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination has now come into effect. The US President signed the bill last July and it came into effect yesterday (8 April). It is now forbidden for federal contractors and subcontractors

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Obama calls for end to ‘gay conversion therapies’

US President Barack Obama has condemned psychiatric therapies designed to “repair” gay, lesbian and transgender youth. Mr Obama’s statement was in response to an online petition calling for a ban on conversion therapies. It gained over 120,000 signatures in three months. The petition was inspired by Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender youth who committed suicide

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Puerto Rican government to no longer defend marriage ban

The Puerto Rican government on Friday announced it will no longer defend the U.S. commonwealth’s same-sex marriage ban. “Because of sexual orientation, Puerto Rico has denied rights that others enjoy,” said Justice Minister César Miranda during a press conference in San Juan. “This is not correct.” The announcement coincides with a brief Gov. Alejandro García

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LGL Signs Global LGBT Rights Letter to President Obama

In December 2014 LGBT* rights activists, from all regions of the world, came together and signed a joint letter to US President Barack Obama. Twenty four representatives of the world’s leading LGBT* rights organizations, including the national LGBT* rights association LGL, called on the President to actively contribute to the overall effort to bring justice and

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President Obama sending lesbian sports icon Billie Jean King to Olympics in Sochi

Billie Jean King, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, is part of the delegation that will be representing the US at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. King, 70, is not only one of the world’s most famous athletes, she’s also one of the world’s most famous lesbians and a tireless advocate