Cheers to Pennsylvania!

Congratulations to Pennsylvania! The federal government struck down the Pennsylvania’s ban on marriage equality on May 20th, declaring:

“We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

Following this decision, Gov. Tom Corbett stated that the state would not appeal the ruling.

Image from the Human Rights Campaign

What does this mean? It means as of today:

29 states have either enacted marriage equality through legislation or the ballot, or had their state marriage bans struck down as unconstitutional. Same-sex couples can legally marry …read more

Gay Marriage – The State Laws are falling like Dominoes, but Are Things Changing?

As 2013 comes to an end, the progress to marriage equality for all moves forward state by state. Same sex couples can now marry in 18 states and the District of Columbia.

Photo – Advocate, December 23 2013

Who would ever imagine gay couples having the right to marry in Utah of all places? Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act was overturned by the Supreme Court in June and federal benefits are now available to all married couples. Progress continues and more and more people are able to live their life together with full rights, but …read more

The Arc of History Bends towards Access for Everyone

For 35 years, “care” has been at the center of Baltimore-based healthcare provider, Chase Brexton’s mission. At their Cathedral Street location, they have served thousands of community members in the areas of medical care, behavioral health, dental care, pharmacy services and specialty services, to name a few.

Chase Brexton Health Services groundbreaking (Photo credit: MDGovpics)

For months, we have watched as the beautiful old Monumental Life Building on Charles Street was transformed into Chase Brexton Health Services’ new home. The 178,000 square foot building allows the service provider to throw open its doors even wider, and to better honor …read more

What’s Next for Marriage Equality?

Anxious to find out what the outcomes of the Supreme Court arguments on Prop. 8 and DOMA a few weeks ago will be? Take a look at some of the ‘more likely’ outcomes developed by the Human Rights Campaign below.

Created by the Human Rights Campaign

The More You Know: Make your money red too

Money… (Photo credit: jah~)

We vote with our wallets. We affirm organizational missions and business practices over and over again based on where we spend our money. This creeps up suddenly, and while we think we know the image and corporate and social responsibility efforts of a particular company, we can often be mistaken. Among my family and friends we eliminated consumption at retailers like Walmart years ago, and opted for Target instead. Yet, in 2010, when news broke of Target’s giving to an anti-gay political group, we were at a loss, “Wait, we can’t shop at Target now …read more

FYI Street Harassment is not Smile Inducing

Cat

If there is one thing that annoys me pretty much more than anything it’s being told to smile. Just to be clear I am in fact a human and not a robot. Thus I have been endowed with the ability to think and feel on my own. So if I feel like smiling I do. What definitely makes me not want to smile? Being told to by total strangers on the street.

This may sound weird to some readers but I’m willing to go out on what I predict is a pretty sturdy limb and say most females have …read more

Valentines for VAWA

This Tuesday the senate finally passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization. The bill passed with a vote of 78-22. It’s worth noting that all of those opposed to its passage were Republican men, including Marco Rubio (R- FL), the now infamous water guzzler from Tuesday night, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The bill now moves on to the House where further opposition is expected.

Those opposing the bill in the Senate offered unsuccessful amendments to remove protections for Native American women, LGBT individuals and undocumented immigrants. So what’s their issue with these issues?

Native American Women

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Transgender rights takes center stage… sort of

Vice President Joe Biden made waves at a campaign event in Sarasota, Fl. when he called transgender discrimination “the civil rights issue of our time.”

According to reports, this statement was made to Sarasota resident Linda Carragher Bourne. She told the Biden that her daughter was Miss Trans New England and asked if he would help trans people in his second term. The conversation was largely inaudible to pool reporters, but his interlocutor later said Bourne described the abuse faced by her trans friends.

After her conversation with the Vice President, Bourne told pool reporters that “a lot of my …read more