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National From the Kitchen Table to the Global Table: Astraea Celebrates 40 Years

Around a kitchen table in New York back in 1977 a group of women decided that if there was going to be a women's movement that prioritized the needs of lesbians and women of color they would have to fund it themselves. These phenomenal women were described as "a cross-class, multi-racial group of women activists." READ MORE.

LGBTQ Discrimination Explored in NPR Report

On Tuesday, NPR released the fifth portion of the series "You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America." READ MORE.

Victory Fund Endorses Three Gubernatorial Candidates

The Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed three candidates in their races for governor - with the potential to triple the number of LGBTQ governors in the nation in 2018. READ MORE.

SCOTUS Preview: Masterpiece Cake Case ....

Of the nine substantial LGBT-related decisions in front of the Supreme Court since Hurley, the LGBT side has won eight times. The only loss was in 2000 with Boy Scouts v. Dale. That case, too, involved a state law against discrimination based on sexual orientation in public accommodations. READ MORE.

Michigan Tillerson Acknowledges Transgender Day of Remembrance

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday issued a statement that acknowledges the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. READ MORE.

NGLCC Changes Name to National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

The NGLCC on Nov. 18 announced it has changed its name to the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. READ MORE.

National Her T is Not Silent: Andrea Jenkins Makes History

Andrea Jenkins was a guest on "Collections by Michelle Brown" in March where she talked about her work as an artist, poet, trans oral historian and throwing her hat into the political ring. And now she is the first transgender woman of color elected to a major city council in the country. READ MORE.

New FBI Data Shows Increased Reported Incidents of Anti-LGBTQ Hate Crimes in 2016

On Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) URL released hate crime statistics for 2016 https:ucr.fbi.govhate-crime2016hate-crime. This information, released at the start of Transgender Awareness Week, highlights the ongoing epidemic of anti-transgender violence READ MORE.

Michigan Colorado Baker's Defense for Denying Service to Gay Couple 'Upends' First Amendment, Legal Experts Argue

Top legal experts and scholars joined the ACLU in a teleconference today to discuss the exploitation of the First Amendment in the Supreme Court case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. READ MORE.

Walmart's Score Suspended in Human Rights Campaign Rankings

The retail giant Walmart, which has long been the subject of criticism over its employment practices, has found a new critic in the Human Rights Campaign's latest corporate scorecard. READ MORE.

Gill Action Fund 'Shut Down': Sources

The Gill Action Fund, a prominent LGBT political organization founded by gay philanthropist Tim Gill, has effectively been "shut down" according to two knowledgable sources. READ MORE.

Gay Candidate Loses Race for Mayor of Hoboken

Gay City Council member Michael DeFusco of Hoboken, N.J., lost his race for mayor on Tuesday less than a week after someone altered one of his campaign flyers to make it appear that he was accusing his lead opponent of being a potential terrorist. READ MORE.

LGBT Candidates Win 55 Percent of Races Nationwide

Tuesday was a good night for LGBT candidates and an historic one for transgender candidates. READ MORE.

National Deja vu at Supreme Court

"I remember the signs that said 'Whites Only' and 'Colored Only'," said U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a leader of the black civil rights movement and a strong ally of the LGBT civil rights movement. "I remember when, everywhere you looked, there was blatant discrimination against people based on the color of their skin. It's time you learn that the tactics may change, but the will remains the same. Each and every one of us has an obligation to speak up and speak out for the right of each and every person to be treated with dignity and with respect." READ MORE.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Loses Funds Due to LGBTQ Training

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- A Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter in West Virginia will suspend mentoring services for underprivileged children after donors pulled funding earlier this month in response to an LGBTQ-awareness training program. READ MORE.

Tyler Clementi Foundation Appoints New Executive Director

The Tyler Clementi Foundation announced on Oct. 24 the appointment of its new Executive Director, Jason Cianciotto, MPA. Hired as the result of an extensive nationwide search, Cianciotto brings over 15 years of progressive leadership at nonprofit advocacy, research, and direct service organizations. READ MORE.

Court Affirms Ruling Against Pro-LGBT Louisiana Executive Order

A state appeals court in Louisiana has affirmed Gov. John Bel Edwards' executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination in the state government and among state contractors is unconstitutional. READ MORE.

Michigan GSA Accused of Omitting LGBT People from Non-Discrimination Rules

The U.S. General Services Administration is being accused of leaving out LGBT workers from its employment non-discrimination policy, which would contradict executive orders prohibiting such discrimination in the federal workforce, although the U.S. agency is pushing back on that claim. READ MORE.

Live Proud Holidays Campaign Works to End LGBT Youth Homelessness

Forty percent of America's 1.6 million youth experiencing homelessness are LGBT. In an effort to raise awareness about this issue AT&T has partnered with True Colors Fund to launch the Live Proud Holidays Sweepstakes. READ MORE.

OutCasters Discuss LGBTQ Issues in Newly Released Audio Pieces

OutCasting, public radio's LGBTQ youth program, has three new audio pieces for listeners this month. READ MORE.

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