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Some gay candidates win, but overall election results cloud prospects for federal rights bill

Massachusetts became the first state to elect an openly gay attorney general, while the gay candidate in Maine’s gubernatorial race narrowly lost his chance to make history. Nationally, gay-rights activists worried that conservative gains in Congress would hamper their bid for federal anti-bias legislation.In all, it was a sobering election for the gay-rights movement, contrasting  Read More »

MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Conference Saturday in Support of LGBTQ Equality in Houston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 31 October, 2014Media Contacts:Heather Cronk,, 202-491-7240Angela Peoples,, 202-553-0271MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Conference Saturday in Support of LGBTQ Equality in HoustonLocal Faith Leaders Gather to Extend Message of Love and InclusionHOUSTON, TX — This weekend, fair-minded Houstonians will gather at a local church to spread a message of love, welcome, and inclusion  Read More »

RELEASE: LGBTQ Org Raises Questions About Sec. Clinton’s Politics Ahead of Speech by Pres. Clinton

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2014Media Contact: Angela Peoples,, 202-553-0271PRESS RELEASE: LGBTQ Organization Raises Questions About Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Politics During Speech by Former President Bill Clinton at LGBTQ FundraiserWASHINGTON, DC — Preceding this evening’s speech by former President Bill Clinton during the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner, activists with GetEQUAL — a national  Read More »

Amid Wave of Marriage Equality Successes, LGBTQ Americans Call for Full Federal Equality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 10Media Contact: Heather Cronk,, 202-491-7240Amid Wave of Marriage Equality Successes, LGBTQ Americans Call for Full Federal EqualityWASHINGTON, DC — On Monday, October 6, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear challenges to multiple pro-equality marriage rulings from circuit courts across the country. In doing so, the Court expanded the  Read More »

The Real Question Progressives Should Ask About the New Attorney General

(Cross-posted from RH Reality Check)by Heather Cronk, GetEQUAL and Angela Peoples, GetEQUALWe must examine the potential new attorney general’s lived experiences to uncover what their priorities are, whom they’re accountable to, and what values they’ll take into this appointment. (U.S. Embassy / Flickr)Attorney General Eric Holder’s retirement announcement was met with a predictable amount of adulation and criticism, as  Read More »

EEOC sues companies over anti-transgender discrimination

In the first Title VII action taken by the federal government on behalf of transgender workers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed two lawsuits against companies accused of discriminating against employees on the basis of gender identity.The federal complaints, first reported by BuzzFeed, were filed Thursday in Florida and Michigan, marking the latest effort  Read More »

RELEASE: As Obama Signs LGBT Exec Order, GetEQUAL Congratulates President and Calls for More Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 21, 2014Media Contact: Heather Cronk,, 202-491-7240As President Signs Federal Contractor Executive Order, GetEQUAL Congratulates White House and Calls for More ActionWASHINGTON, DC — Today, surrounded by leaders in the LGBTQ movement, President Obama signed a much-anticipated executive order which now bars federal contractors from discriminating against their employees on the  Read More »

GetEQUAL Responds to Executive Order Without Religious Exemptions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2014Media Contact: Heather Cronk,, 202-491-7240LGBTQ Activists Celebrate President Obama’s Announcement That LGBTQ Executive Order Will Be Signed Without Religious ExemptionsToday GetEQUAL congratulated the White House in its announcement that President Obama will sign an executive order on Monday barring LGBTQ discrimination by federal contractors, and that the order will  Read More »

Obama to Issue Order Barring Anti-Gay Bias by Contractors

WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to sign an executive order on Monday that protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees from discrimination by companies that do federal government work, fulfilling a promise to a crucial Democratic constituency, White House officials said on Friday. But the directive will not exempt religious groups, as many of them  Read More »

No religious exemption from Obama order on LGBT workplace protections

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision may have opened the door to a number of potential horrors, but tarnishing President Obama’s legacy on LGBT equality won’t be one of them.Bucking calls from more than a dozen high-profile faith leaders – some his own allies – Obama has decided to leave out a religious exemption in two upcoming executive orders regarding  Read More »