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West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio places travel ban on city-funded trips to Mississippi

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(GayWebSource.com – West Palm Beach, Florida) — In the wake of Mississippi’s enactment of HB 1523, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio became the first mayor in Florida — and the second in the nation after Seattle Mayor Ed Murray — to place a travel ban on city-funded trips to Mississippi.
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1 Song for Equality and Peace by Craymo

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(GayWebSource.com) Orlando, FL 1/1/2017
Indie gay Orlando singer/songwriter Craymo releases an inspirational new music video for the re-release single of his reggae pop song One Love One World (We Are One). One Love One World is a heartfelt song promoting world peace, equality, love, tolerance, brotherhood and human rights.
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Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Ban on the Freedom to Marry

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

Today a Republican-appointed federal judge ruled that Kentucky’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from the freedom to marry is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1992, on the recommendation of current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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Labor Department to Protect Transgender Workers from Employment Discrimination

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

Yesterday the Department of Labor announced that it would be updating enforcement protocols and anti-discrimination guidance clarifying the reach of the federal non-discrimination laws enforced by the Department and ensuring full protection for transgender individuals covered by these laws.
“The Department of Labor’s actions over the past months to fully implement the historic Macy decision represent a national sea-change for transgender employees,” said Human Rights… Read the rest


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President Obama Announces Executive Order Banning Workplace Discrimination Based on Gender Identity for Federal Employees

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

Tonight at the White House LGBT Pride Reception, President Obama announced he would be issuing an executive order to protect transgender federal employees from workplace discrimination.  Once issued, it would expand upon an executive order from President Bill Clinton, which banned workplace discrimination among federal employees on the basis of sexual orientation.  The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender… Read the rest

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LGBT Groups react to Hobby Lobby Decision

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in two cases, collectively known as the Hobby Lobby case, in which the Justices were asked to decide whether requiring a corporation to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a “substantial burden” on the corporation, and violates Christian business owners’ religious freedom rights. The Court ruled that closely held for-profit… Read the rest


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CARE WITH PRIDE To Deliver $500K to LGBT Charities

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

Johnson & Johnson’s corporate-wide anti-bullying and LGBT equality initiative is expanding as it kicks off its third year in June.  Since 2012, donations raised through CARE WITH PRIDE have supported PFLAG’s anti-bullying efforts and this year, The Trevor Project and Family Equality Council are newly added beneficiaries.  By the end of 2014, it is projected that CARE WITH PRIDE ™ will have raised more than… Read the rest


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Survey Reveals 82 Percent of Grindr Users are Out

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

WHILE MAJORITY OF GRINDR USERS ARE OUT AND PROUD,
MANY STILL HESITATE ABOUT DOING SO IN THE WORKPLACE
18 Percent of Users on Grindr are Still in the Closet
In honor of Pride events happening all over the globe, Grindr, the premier all-male meet-up app, surveyed its huge user base to find out how Grindr guys came out, why they decided to come out and… Read the rest


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Utah Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

Federal Appeals Court Declares Utah Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit declared that Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. This marks the first time that an appellate-level court has ruled on state marriage bans following the dismantling of a key section of the federal “Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA),” and sets the stage for the Supreme… Read the rest


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Federal Judge Rules Indiana Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

Today U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that Indiana’s state constitutional amendment denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry violates the U.S. Constitution, becoming the latest of more than 20 federal and state judges to rule in favor of the freedom to marry in recent months. The decision came after a temporary restraining order was issued in April, which ordered the state of Indiana to… Read the rest


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New LGBT Business Partnership in Developing Countries

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

Ground-Breaking Partnership between National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and USAID to Create Opportunities for LGBT Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries
National Security Advisory Rice Announced Agreement at White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights

In a historic announcement, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice announced a $2.7 million partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Gay & Lesbian… Read the rest


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Marriage Equality Landscape

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

One Year Later, Historic Supreme Court Marriage Equality Rulings Still Center Stage as Courts Strike Down Marriage Bans
In the year since Windsor and Perry, 13 federal court decisions have used high court opinions to strike down state marriage bans
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Seattle Advertising Campaign Invites LGBTQ Couples to Marry

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

Mayor Ed Murray Will Officiate, More than 50 Local Companies
Will Donate Wedding Services
Today Visit Seattle announced a new national travel advertising campaign to promote Seattle as a destination for LGBTQ marriage. The Marry Me in Seattle campaign will appear in national LGBTQ travel and lifestyle media and include an innovative sweepstakes for engaged couples to win hosted trips and weddings in the Emerald… Read the rest


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Administration Moves to Provide Federal Protections to Same-Sex Couples

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

Same-Sex Couples in Most States Still Face Discrimination, Denial of Crucial Social Security Protections
Today Freedom to Marry applauded the Obama Administration’s announcement that it will take additional steps to more fully meet the constitutional requirement of equal treatment of married gay couples.  These include ensuring that same-sex couples can take leave from work to care for one another in times of emergency under the… Read the rest


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Point Foundation Will Help 80 LGBTQ Full-Time Students

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

Point Foundation (Point) announced this morning that it is awarding scholarships to 23 students. The new scholarship recipients bring Point’s total to 80 full-time students who will receive financial assistance and programmatic support from Point during the 2014 ˆ 2015 academic year. Point is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students; many of whom have faced obstacles such… Read the rest


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ExxonMobil Lies About Its Non-Discrimination Policies

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

Blatantly misleading statement tries to paper over a history of discrimination
 Following today’s announcement that President Obama will soon issue an executive order extending essential workplace protections to the employees of federal contractors, all eyes turned to the Exxon Mobil Corporation—a Fortune 100 corporation and one of the nation’s largest federal contractors. ExxonMobil has long resisted instituting non-discrimination protections for LGBT employees, digging in their… Read the rest


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NGLCC Applauds President Obama’s Decision to Prohibit Federal Contractors from LGBT Discrimination

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, which represents thousands of local LGBT business owners across the country, sees President Obama’s historic decision that will ban LGBT discrimination by federal contractors as a major step in the right direction. It also looks forward to ensuring nondiscrimination is not only in the workplace but also extends to taxpayer funded federal contracts
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Houston City Council Passes Equal Rights Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

Ordinance will protect public and private workers from anti-LGBT discrimination
Today the Houston City Council passed the Equal Rights ordinance by a vote of 11-6.  The ordinance, which was introduced by Mayor Annise Parker last month and amended by Councilmember Davis to extend critical protections to transgender people that ensure they will be afforded the respectful, safe access to places of public accommodation to which… Read the rest


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National LGBTQ Organization Calls on President Obama to Act on LGBTQ Equality

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

GetEQUAL Calls on President Obama to Create a Roadmap for Full Equality Instead of a Study
Yesterday afternoon, GetEQUAL — a national grassroots social justice organization working toward the full equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals — launched an online petition demanding that President Barack Obama create a roadmap to end legal discrimination against LGBTQ people. This call came after the… Read the rest


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Celebrate “educate2impact day” on May 21

(GayWebSource.com – Gay News & Press Network) – Posted by Michael Lamb – Echelon Magazine

Event will empower the LGBTQ community by promoting equal access to education
Point Foundation today announced May 21, 2014 as the date for the inaugural educate2impact day and launched the website www.educate2impact.org. Everyone deserves equal access to education and educate2impact day will bring attention to the importance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students attending and graduating from high school and college.
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