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Today, HRC responded to White House Press Secretary's inability to answer a question about maintaining President Obama's LGBTQ non-discrimination executive order.

“Let's be clear: The Trump administration was unable to answer whether or not they would maintain basic protections for LGBTQ workers,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “The only good answer to that question is 'yes, of course we will.' And while Mr. Spicer is asking the President for his answer, we'd also like to know if he’ll appoint a pro-equality Supreme Court Justice. Or will he maintain protections for transgender students? Will his nominee for Attorney General, who voted against expanding federal hate crimes law to include sexual orientation and gender identity, actually enforce hate crimes protections? Will his State Department commit to advancing LGBTQ equality abroad? We still don't know the answers to these questions. ”


Author: Rob Flaherty
Posted: January 24, 2017, 12:24 am

Today, HRC released the following statement after it was discovered that the Trump Administration has removed from the State Department website former Secretary of State John Kerry’s apology for the infamous “Lavender Scare” witch hunt in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as other content regarding LGBTQ pride month observances and the State Department’s Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons.

"With each passing hour, the Trump administration continues to show the extent of their contempt for the enormous progress made over the past eight years," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "Secretary Kerry's apology to LGBTQ employees and their families who were targeted, harassed, and fired set the right tone for the State Department, even if it couldn't undo the damage done decades ago. It is outrageous that the new administration would attempt to erase from the record this historic apology for witch hunts that destroyed the lives of innocent Americans. The apology, along with the other important LGBTQ content that has been removed, should immediately be restored, and President Trump should condemn such behavior at all departments and agencies.”

The Trump administration appears to be systematically scrubbing the progress made for LGBTQ people from official websites. On the same day of President Trump’s inauguration, the new administration also removed every mention of LGBTQ people from the White House website and removed the Department of Labor’s crucial report on LGBTQ worker rights.  In the past, Vice President Mike Pence has consistently opposed efforts by the United States to promote LGBTQ equality around the globe.

Secretary Kerry’s apology can be found here via an archive captured by Wayback Machine. The apology on the State Department website was posted here prior to its removal.


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: January 23, 2017, 11:04 pm

Pictured above: Mayor Nancy Vaughan, TX Rep. Celia Israel, and HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse.

Last week, Greensboro, NC Mayor Nancy Vaughan visited the Texas Legislature to warn about the negative impact of anti-LGBTQ bills, after witnessing firsthand the damage caused by HB2 in North Carolina.

Vaughan warned Texas lawmakers against pursuing any anti-LGBTQ legislation, such as the recently introduced, anti-transgender bill SB 6. Vaughan spoke about the “man-made recession” caused in her state after HB2, and about how even though her city received the highest score on HRC’s Municipal Equality Index of any city in both Carolinas, businesses and events would still not come to Greensboro due to the shadow of HB2 statewide.

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan visited #txlege today to warn about the negative impact anti-#LGBTQ HB2 had in North Carolina. pic.twitter.com/ZWyz9dKw6M

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 19, 2017

Along with Vaughan, the panel consisted of a local business owner, a local HRC volunteer and transgender advocate, a mother of a transgender child, and representatives from Equality Texas, the ACLU of Texas, the Texas Freedom Network and the Transgender Education Network of Texas.

This year, advocates are especially concerned with the threats posed by lawmakers in the Lone Star state. The Texas legislature only meets in odd years. With bill filing well under way in the state, it is clear they expect to take up religious refusals, anti-transgender legislation and more in a big way during 2017. When last they met in 2015, Texas lawmakers introduced 23 anti-LGBTQ bills, and anti-LGBTQ politicians like Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick have been crisscrossing the state ever since promising more. It will take the full force of the LGBTQ movement, business and civic leaders, and other stakeholders to ensure Texas does not pass anti-LGBTQ laws this session.

HRC is calling on our members and supporters in Texas to pledge to oppose any discriminatory legislation in the Lone Star State.  Take a stand: Sign HRC’s No Hate in My State Pledge.

HRC is proud to join in coalition with Equality Texas, ACLU of Texas, the Texas Freedom Network, and the Transgender Education Network of Texas as we work together to defeat legislation that threatens the rights of LGBTQ Texans and their families.

Live in Texas and want to get more involved in the fight against anti-LGBTQ legislation? Contact HRC Texas Field Manager David Topping for more info.


Author: Hayley Miller
Posted: January 23, 2017, 9:27 pm

9 Ways to Channel Last Weekend’s Energy Into Sustained Action for LGBTQ Rights

Throughout our nation’s history, we’ve faced setbacks in our pursuit of a more perfect union. But even in the darkest of moments, Americans have summoned the courage and persistence to battle forward. That’s why one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, LGBTQ people took to the streets with millions of Women’s March participants around the world to speak out against hate, division, and fear.

And now, upon the March’s conclusion, we must not slow down. We must double down and channel the energy of this past weekend into sustained political action.

It’s more important than ever for us to organize, mobilize, and fight in solidarity against attempts to roll back the rights of vulnerable communities. No matter who sits in the Oval Office, HRC will remain focused and undeterred in our fight for the equal dignity of LGBTQ people everywhere -- and we can’t do it without you.

Here are some actions you can take right now to make a difference:

#1. Call your member of Congress and make sure they know that you care about LGBTQ equality and that you'll be watching how they vote on Trump’s cabinet picks. Ensure they thoroughly vet each nominee for where they stand on LGBTQ rights and ask them to oppose Jeff Sessions, Tom Price, Ben Carson, and any nominee who fails to make clear LGBTQ people should receive full protection under the law. Tell them you want the Affordable Care Act to stay. Ensure they know you support our LGBTQ family and friends who are immigrants. Put your lawmakers’ numbers on speed dial and call frequently. Your persistence matters!

#2. Stay informed on current events and share information. Read the newspaper, follow your favorite non-profits, and help your friends stay up to date on the issues. Sign up to HRC’s AM Equality for daily updates on the fight for equality and share a news tip with HRC’s blog.

#3. Talk to your kids about bullying issues. Let’s help arm them against bullying and harassment and ensure that all kids feel safe in their schools and community. Visit WelcomingSchools.org for tips to share with your child and school.

#4. Speak up. If you hear or see something offensive, please say something if it feels safe. It's our collective responsibility at this moment in history, to help fight against hate and create spaces that are safe and open for all. Let others in the LGBTQ community know that they matter, they are valued, and they have a place in our country.

#5. Reach out to local leaders. Whether it’s your school board member or your state legislators, changes starts in your backyard. Track local laws and policies and reach out to your elected officials wherever you might be.

#6. Follow HRC across social media. Follow HRC on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for up to date news, actions and alerts, including specific news in your city and state. Don't forget to add your email address to our list for the latest news as well.

#7. Volunteer with the Human Rights Campaign. Our volunteer-led events and activities are about engaging LGBTQ people and our allies, educating the public, and raising funds necessary to support the important work of HRC locally and nationally. Join a vibrant, energetic group of leaders in your community. Our work now is more important than ever.

#8. Make a donation to HRC and other non-profits. Your monetary contributions make our work possible. We promise to use your gift to fight for a world in which every single LGBTQ person has the rights, privileges, and protections they deserve.

#9. Share your story. Use your voice to inspire change. Never underestimate the value of your story and its ability to move hearts and minds to the side of equality. We have seen it work before.


Author: Kat Skiles
Posted: January 23, 2017, 7:41 pm

Today, HRC released a new report previewing battles against anti-LGBTQ state legislation expected in the year ahead. With at least 40 anti-LGBTQ bills in 16 states introduced so far, HRC anticipates that, as in 2016, anti-equality activists will push for legislation giving a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people under the guise of religion; measures specifically targeting transgender people; and proposals to eliminate local LGBTQ non-discrimination protections, among others. The new analysis also highlights opportunities to advance LGBTQ equality in 2017.  

“Lawmakers seeking to target LGBTQ people would do well to heed the lessons learned in North Carolina, where legislators are still working to repeal HB2 and undo the damage wrought by that hateful law,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Like last year, we will be working closely with state partners across the country to prevent lawmakers from plowing down a destructive path that threatens LGBTQ people and wrecks a state’s economy and reputation. It’s time to recognize that Americans have moved inexorably in the direction of equality and there is no appetite for anti-LGBTQ politicking.”

In recent years, the steady increase in public support for LGBTQ equality has been met with a wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation being introduced in state legislatures. As lawmakers begin new sessions in state capitols around the country, HRC is bracing for a repeat of the 2015 and 2016 sessions, with hundreds of anti-LGBTQ bills filed. In 2016, legislators in 38 states filed more than 250 bills meant to restrict the rights of LGBTQ individuals and their families. With hard work, collective cooperation, and tight focus throughout the state and national LGBTQ equality movement, only 8 of those bills passed both legislative chambers, and after gubernatorial vetoes, just 5 bills actually became law. However, with the 2016 election results, 2017 has the potential to be even more challenging. As the 2017 legislative sessions begin, more states will have Republican single-party control in the House, Senate, and Governor’s office than in the previous legislative period.

The discriminatory legislation targeting LGBTQ people is taking many different forms across the country. They range from measures specifically targeting transgender people and seeking to prevent them from accessing sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity; legislation aimed to authorize individuals, businesses, and taxpayer-funded agencies to cite religion as an excuse to refuse goods or services to LGBTQ people; and bills seeking to eliminate the ability of local governments to protect LGBTQ residents and visitors from discrimination, among other proposals.

Continued Southern Focus

Most of the anti-LGBTQ legislation considered in 2016 was introduced in southern states, and 2017 is expected to be the same with significant concerns being raised in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. In fact, in these and other states, more than three dozen bills are already on the docket for consideration, and there is no doubt there will be more as the legislative sessions progress.

Advocates are especially concerned with the threats posed by lawmakers in the Lone Star State. It is clear the Texas Legislature expects to take up religious refusal bills, anti-transgender legislation, and other discriminatory proposals. It will take the full force of the LGBTQ movement, business and civic leaders, and other stakeholders to ensure Texas does not pass anti-LGBTQ laws this session.

Pro-Equality Legislation

Although the legislative environment in a majority of states will not likely be open to considering pro- equality bills, there are a few places where movement is possible. Leaders in New Hampshire and New York will continue to consider whether to add gender identity to their state non-discrimination laws. Legislators in California are expected to remain on the cutting edge of passing laws protecting LGBTQ people. In Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and Ohio, legislators will again be presented with the opportunity to add sexual orientation and gender identity to state non-discrimination laws, while in Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Rhode Island, consideration could be given to laws protecting minors from incredibly harmful conversion therapy.

Ballot Initiatives

Last year marked one of the rare recent years where there was not a repeal of pro-LGBTQ state or local legislation on the ballot anywhere. Unfortunately, the future holds several challenges in attempts by anti-equality activists to undo important legislative protections for LGBTQ people.

Activists in Massachusetts have already secured enough signatures to place a repeal of the new gender identity public accommodations law on the ballot in November of 2018. Freedom Massachusetts, the campaign that includes the Human Rights Campaign and other organizations that secured the legislative victory, is already at work to protect the law when it goes to the ballot. Meanwhile, opposition forces in Washington State were unable to secure enough signatures in 2016 to take a repeal of the state’s 10-year- old non-discrimination law to the ballot, but are expected to make another attempt in 2017. And in Maine, extremists have received approval to collect signatures to place on the ballot the removal of “sexual orientation” from the state’s Human Rights Act.

After the governor’s veto of discriminatory anti-transgender student legislation in South Dakota, anti-LGBTQ forces in the state have threatened a ballot referendum if a bill similar to the one vetoed by Governor Daugaard does not pass in the 2017 legislative session.

The full report -- Preview 2017: Pro-Equality and Anti-LGBTQ State and Local Legislation -- can be found here.


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: January 23, 2017, 4:18 pm

PRESIDENT TRUMP SWORN IN; HRC VOWS TO HOLD HIM TO HIS WORD TO BE A SERVANT FOR ALL AMERICANS: On Friday, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. During his inaugural address, he made the claim that there was “no room for prejudice” in a patriotic nation, despite running on a campaign of hate and division, and making countless nominations post-election of people who have run their careers similarly. “When Donald Trump took the oath of office today, he vowed to be a servant for all Americans. We will hold him to that oath,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “It is more important now than ever before for us to organize, mobilize, and fight in solidarity against hate and any attempts to roll back the rights of LGBTQ people. No matter who sits in the Oval Office, HRC won't back down an inch in the fight for full equality and the equal dignity of each and every American. Forward."

Bookmark this for the next four years: During the inauguration, HRC shared messages of love, equality and encouragement from its members around the world. Check them out on HRC’s Facebook.

For the #LGBTQ community, the time has come for full equality, nothing more, nothing less. pic.twitter.com/AMcEanNVr2

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 20, 2017

“NO ROOM FOR PREJUDICE” EXCEPT APPARENTLY ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITES: Within moments his swearing in, the Tump Administration removed all mentions of LGBTQ people and issues from the White House website, and removed the Department of Labor’s (DOL) report on Advancing LGBTQ Workplace Rights from the DOL website as well. “Moments ago, President Trump pledged to serve all Americans, while simultaneously scrubbing every mention of LGBTQ people from the White House website. The Department of Labor’s crucial report on worker rights has also disappeared,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “If President Trump truly believes in uniting the country, now is the time to make clear whether he will be an ally to the LGBTQ community in our struggle for full equality. We are prepared to do whatever it takes to protect our community and our progress.” As of Saturday morning, the DOL report had reappeared online. More from HRC and The Washington Post.

HRC JOINS WOMEN’S MARCH -- ONE OF THE LARGEST EVER PROTESTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY: On Saturday, in all 50 states and in over 70 countries, more than one million advocates marched for equality and justice just one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump. HRC joined these marches, from the flagship march in Washington, DC to Austin, Texas to Little Rock, Arkansas and beyond.

.@HRC is proud to stand up and speak out for fairness, equality and justice for all at the #WomensMarch. #WhyWeMarch #LoveTrumpsHate pic.twitter.com/XzmRSpxgJ9

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 21, 2017

MUST WATCH MONDAY (and get your tissues ready!): On President Obama’s final day in office, Ellen DeGeneres sent him a star-studded “thank you” on behalf of the LGBTQ community. The video included Nathan Lane, Evan Rachel Wood, Colton Haynes, Jim Parsons, Jonathan Groff, Sia, Alan Cumming, Macklemore, Debra Messing, Lily Tomlin, George Takei, Kristen Bell, Neil Patrick Harris, Lance Bass, Laverne Cox, Guillermo Diaz, Dan Bucatinsky, Tom Daley, Sarah Silverman, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tig Notaro, Portia de Rossi, Chris Colfer and Drew Barrymore. Watch the full video here.

TOMORROW -- ANOTHER HEARING FOR TOM PRICE: Tomorrow, the Senate Finance committee will hold a hearing for President Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price (R-SC). Last week, HRC sent a letter of opposition to Congressional offices regarding Rep. Price’s decades-long career of opposition to LGBTQ equality and the stakes for the LGBTQ community if he is confirmed. Partnering with anti-LGBTQ organizations, Representative Price has vocally opposed legislation that would protect our community not only from discrimination, but also from acts of violence. He has also dedicated the past seven years to systematically undermining the Affordable Care Act -- one of the most significant tools this country has ever had to combat health disparities in our community. It also includes his belief that LGBTQ people, equality, and same-sex relationships have negative public health and economic implications for the nation. More from TIME.

TRUMP APPOINTS LAWYER WHO DEFENDED ANTI-LGBTQ HB2 TO KEY CIVIL RIGHTS POSITION: President Donald Trump has selected John Gore for a key role in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Gore is the lawyer who defended the University of North Carolina in a suit challenging the school’s enforcement of the discriminatory HB2. Abovethelaw.com first broke the story, citing an internal memo from Gore’s law firm, Jones Day. Talking Points Memo also filed a more detailed story on Gore. More from HRC.

NORTH CAROLINA MAYOR WARNS TEXAS LEG ABOUT ANTI-LGBTQ BILLS: Last week, Greensboro, NC Mayor Nancy Vaughan visited the Texas Legislature to warn about the negative impact of anti-LGBTQ bills, after witnessing firsthand the damage caused by HB2 in North Carolina. Vaughan warned Texas lawmakers against pursuing any anti-LGBTQ legislation, such as the recently introduced, anti-transgender bill SB 6. Vaughan spoke about the “man-made recession” caused in her state after HB2, and about how even though her city received the highest score on HRC’s Municipal Equality Index of any city in both Carolinas, businesses and events would still not come to Greensboro due to the shadow of HB2 statewide. Along with Vaughan, the panel consisted of a local business owner, a local HRC volunteer and transgender advocate, a mother of a transgender child, and representatives from Equality Texas, the ACLU of Texas, the Texas Freedom Network and the Transgender Education Network of Texas. More from WFMY.

HOW HUD IMPACTS THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: Everyday the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) supports millions of individuals and families nationwide through lifeline programs providing assisted and public housing, emergency shelter and supportive housing, and mortgage and loan assistance. Throughout his public life, Ben Carson, Donald Trump’s choice for HUD Secretary, has made clear he opposes equality for LGBTQ people -- and his confirmation hearing last week was no exception. When asked by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) whether he would enforce LGBTQ housing protections, Carson said, “... I don’t think anyone should get ‘extra rights’.”As Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson would be in charge of:

●Addressing the epidemic of homeless youth, up to 40 percent of whom identify as LGBTQ.

●Ensuring LGBTQ Americans receive access to the protections of the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) by reiterating and promoting guidance encouraging an interpretation of the statute that prohibits discrimination based on both sex stereotyping and gender nonconformity as unlawful sex discrimination.

●Ensuring access to HUD-funded housing units to LGBTQ people without discrimination.

●Ensuring equal access to emergency shelters, FHA loans, and assisted housing, and enforcing federal regulations that require entities that provide such services to treat recipients in accordance with their gender identity.

NUMBER OF LGBTQ-OWNED BUSINESSES TRIPLE IN FIVE YEARS: The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce reports that 900 businesses are certified as LGBTQ owned, up from 300 in 2012. More from Bloomberg.

SUFFOLK, VA POLICE DEPARTMENT BRINGS ON TWO LGBTQ COMMUNITY LIAISONS: Detectives Sean Rowan and Tiffany Whitten will serve as the department’s first liaisons to the LGBTQ community. More from The Virginian-Pilot.

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Author: HRC staff
Posted: January 23, 2017, 2:39 pm

President Donald Trump has selected John Gore for a key role in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Gore is the lawyer who defended the University of North Carolina in a suit challenging the school’s enforcement of the discriminatory HB2.

“President Trump just appointed someone who defended one of the most discriminatory laws in the land to a key role in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. This is shameful,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. If these reports are true, anybody who cares about civil rights should be gravely concerned. Among other things, HB2 places transgender North Carolinians in harm's way and bans cities from passing non-discrimination protections, which has cost the state more than $600 million. President Trump appears to be assembling an anti-LGBTQ team to lead the very agency charged with ensuring every American is protected from discrimination.”

Abovethelaw.com first broke the story, citing an internal memo from Gore’s law firm, Jones Day. The Talking Points Memo also filed a more detailed story on Gore.


Author: Jay Brown
Posted: January 21, 2017, 2:34 am

January 20, 2017

Yesterday, Greensboro, NC Mayor Nancy Vaughan traveled to Austin to warn Texas lawmakers against pursuing anti-LGBTQ legislation similar to North Carolina’s HB2. Vaughan cautioned that HB2 created a “man-made recession” in her state, and that Texans who oppose discrimination and placing the state’s future in jeopardy must speak out against any attempt to curtail the rights of their LGBTQ friends and neighbors. Read more about the visit here.

January 19, 2017

The Texas Legislature has gaveled in for 2017 and will remain in session until the end of May. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst’s anti-transgender bill, SB 6, ignores the national fallout from North Carolina’s HB2 and seeks to deny the rights of transgender people in the Lone Star State.

SB 6 has drawn swift and strong opposition from the Texas Association of Business, which warned that discriminatory bills such as SB 6 are likely to lead to massive economic losses and a toxic, harmful environment for businesses and organizations looking to do business in Texas.  The “Keep Texas Open for Business” coalition recently released a study commissioned by the Texas Association of Business that shows that the state could suffer a loss of $8.5 billion in GDP and 185,000 jobs if the state moves forward on anti-LGBTQ bills.

Additionally, a coalition of businesses and tourism groups held a press conference earlier last week outside the Texas Capitol to oppose SB 6, as part of the “Texas Welcomes All” campaign. The speakers rightly claimed these harmful bills are not indicative of “southern hospitality,” and that they would be incredibly costly for all Texans.

The economic fallout seen in North Carolina after passing HB2 -- including more than $600 million in lost business -- has continued to grow, as companies concerned with protecting their consumers and employees have moved conventions, trainings, operations, productions, and other events out of state. The NBA, NCAA and business leaders have made clear that cities like Orlando and New Orleans -- cities with fullly inclusive LGBTQ protections -- can best ensure the safety of their employees and fans. Texas can not afford to repeat North Carolina’s mistake.

Additionally, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus cautioned legislators not to do anything that could hurt the state’s ability to be competitive economically, a veiled reference to SB 6 which he has said in the past is not a priority for him this session.

The writing is on the wall in Texas. Anti-LGBTQ legislation in the state could not only cost the state billions, it could damage the reputation of the state while discriminating against LGBTQ Texans.

HRC is calling on our members and supporters in Texas to pledge to oppose any discriminatory legislation in the Lone Star State.  Take a stand: Sign HRC’s No Hate in My State Pledge.

HRC is proud to join in coalition with Equality Texas, ACLU of Texas, the Texas Freedom Network, and the Transgender Education Network of Texas as we work together to defeat legislation that threatens the rights of LGBTQ Texans and their families.

Live in Texas and want to get more involved in the fight against anti-LGBTQ legislation? Contact HRC Texas Field Manager David Topping for more info.

January 6, 2017

SB 6 is receiving criticism from high-profile Texans. Rick Riordan, the novelist who writes the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series, recently turned down an opportunity to be honored by the Legislature due to “this nonsense.”

Just turned down an invite to be honored by TX state legislature as a Texas author. If they want to honor me, they could stop this nonsense. https://t.co/UuH5QLCRNe

— Rick Riordan (@camphalfblood) January 6, 2017

January 5, 2017

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst introduced SB 6 -- dishonestly titled the “Privacy Protection Act” -- a bill expressly intended to discriminate against and block facility access for transgender Texans. The bill would overturn non-discrimination ordinances currently providing critical protections in several major Texas cities; further, it would force state agencies, municipalities, public schools and public universities to discriminate against transgender people. By making it illegal for transgender people in Texas to be afforded access to facilities consistent with their identity, it opens them up to increased discrimination and harassment as they simply live their everyday lives. It also exposes Texas to tremendous risk of the kind of financial, legal, and political blowback that North Carolina has continued to reckon with after the passage of HB2.

Dow Chemical immediately in opposition to SB6 with their statement on Twitter:

Equality is a fundamental right of all, and in all locations in our communities. Dow opposes #SB6 in Texas. #txlege #keeptxopen

— Dow (@DowChemical) January 5, 2017

Author: Ryan Wilson
Posted: January 20, 2017, 9:49 pm

Within moments of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Trump Administration removed all mentions of LGBTQ people and issues from the White House website, and removed the Department of Labor’s (DOL) report on Advancing LGBTQ Workplace Rights from the DOL website as well. Today, HRC called on President Trump to reinstate the pages immediately.

“Moments ago, President Trump pledged to serve all Americans, while simultaneously scrubbing every mention of LGBTQ people from the White House website. The Department of Labor’s crucial report on worker rights has also disappeared,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. If President Trump truly believes in uniting the country, now is the time to make clear whether he will be an ally to the LGBTQ community in our struggle for full equality. We are prepared to do whatever it takes to protect our community and our progress.”


Author: Rob Flaherty
Posted: January 20, 2017, 8:38 pm

Today, HRC released the following statement on the inauguration of President Donald Trump:

"When Donald Trump took the oath of office today, he vowed to be a servant for all Americans. We will hold him to that oath,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “It is more important now than ever before for us to organize, mobilize, and fight in solidarity against hate and any attempts to roll back the rights of LGBTQ people. No matter who sits in the Oval Office, HRC won't back down an inch in the fight for full equality and the equal dignity of each and every American. Forward."


Author: HRC staff
Posted: January 20, 2017, 5:41 pm

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