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GLAAD film report finds lack of LGBT characters in movies

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GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, today released its second annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI), a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during the 2013 calendar year.

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New York Giants hire former player who supports “ex-gay” therapy – David Tyree

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Yesterday the New York Giants announced that former player David Tyree would be the organization’s next Director of Player Development. In 2011 during the public campaign surrounding marriage equality legislation in the New York state legislature, Tyree stated that he would have rather lost the Super Bowl than allow gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, claiming that it would lead to “anarchy.” He then took to social media, where he repeatedly promoted the idea that a person can change their sexual orientation. This practice has been debunked and condemned by every major medical and mental health organization in the country, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, and many others.

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NY Giants Defend David Tyree After Heinous Anti-Gay Comments Come to Light

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Yesterday at a press conference, New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese defended the organization’s new Director of Player Development, David Tyree, even after it was discovered that he had repeatedly promoted the dangerous and debunked idea that a person can or should try to change their sexual orientation. Saying, “He’s a terrific fit for us and we’re happy to have him on board,” Reese went on to defend Tyree by arguing, “Sometimes you say some things that maybe you don’t want to say or shouldn’t have said and things can get blown out of proportion to a degree. But I’m not here to talk about social issues or somebody’s personal opinion about their beliefs.”

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After the Brutal Murder of Mia Henderson, HRC Calls for Stronger Laws and Increased Protection of Transgender Women

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In response to the discovery of 26-year-old Mia Henderson’s body in West Baltimore, the sixth transgender woman of color murdered this year – the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has called for more concerted efforts to protect transgender women from unprecedented levels of violence and harassment.

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HRC Foundation’s Major Conference Supporting LGBTQ Youth – THRIVE – To Be Held in Portland, Oregon

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The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, in partnership with the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association, is proud to announce that it will be holding its nationally acclaimed Time to THRIVE conference in Portland, OR., from Feb. 13-15, 2015. In its second year, the conference will address safety, inclusion and well-being for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth as well as bring together a wide range of youth-service professionals to discuss the best practices for serving LGBTQ youth and their families in schools, community centers, healthcare systems and beyond.

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TLDEF Applauds President Obama for Signing Executive Order Protecting LGBT People Who Work for the Federal Government and Federal Contractors

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The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) praises President Barack Obama for signing an executive order that prohibits the federal government as well as federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees.

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With Executive Order, Obama Takes His Place in History

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In a White House ceremony this morning, President Obama will sign a sweeping executive order protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers from job discrimination. The order, profoundly consequential in its own right, dramatically underscores President Obama’s own LGBT legacy of achievement, unmatched in history: three landmark pieces of legislation; 90 significant policy or regulatory changes, including the largest conferral of rights in history to LGBT people via the implementation of the Windsor decision; and 15 federal judicial and seven ambassadorial appointments.

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Florida Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional by State Court

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Today Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia, appointed by Republican Governor Jeb Bush, ruled against Florida’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making the Sunshine State the latest to see such a ban struck down in court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June.