News & Updates

Statement on the Passing of Fred Phelps, Sr.

For Immediate Release: March 20, 2014 Media Contact: Heather Cronk, heather@getequal.org, 202-491-7240 GetEQUAL Statement on Passing of Fred Phelps, Sr. WASHINGTON, DC — Early this morning, Fred Phelps Sr., founder of Westboro Baptist Church, died in hospice care. GetEQUAL — a national social justice organization working toward the full equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,  Read More »

GetEQUAL Issues Statement on Brewer’s Veto; Good Decision in Long Line of Very Bad Decisions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 26 February 2014 Media Contact: Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, felipe@getequal.org, 305-321-1784 Statement on Governor Brewer’s Veto of SB 1062 WASHINGTON, DC — In response to Governor Jan Brewer’s veto of SB 1062, Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, co-director of GetEQUAL, issued the following statement: “Governor Jan Brewer stood on the right of history today by vetoing SB  Read More »

Statement on Passage and Signing of Uganda’s ‘Anti-Homosexuality Bill’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 24 February 2014 Media Contact: Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, felipe@getequal.org, 305-321-1784 Statement on Passage and Signing of Uganda’s ‘Anti-Homosexuality Bill’ WASHINGTON, DC — In response to President Museveni’s signing of Uganda’s “Anti-Homosexuality Bill,” GetEQUAL — a national grassroots social justice organization focused on winning full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)  Read More »

LGBTQ Kansans to Protest Legislature’s Attempt to Enact Discriminatory Laws

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 21 February 2014 Media Contacts: Jen Harris, 913-575-6795, writing.frances.sutton@gmail.com Ryan Wilks, 913-952-2832, ryan.wilks.k@gmail.com LGBTQ and Alllied Kansans Rally on Tuesday to Show Opposition to Legislature’s Attempt to Enact Discriminatory Laws Though Bill is Stalled in Senate, Residents Stand Up Against Out-Of-State Efforts to Legislate Discrimination TOPEKA, KANSAS — After a recent attempt  Read More »

MEDIA ADVISORY: “Block Party” This Thursday at U.S. Capitol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 20 Nov 2013 Media Contact: Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, felipe@getequal.org, 305-321-1784 MEDIA ADVISORY: “Block Party” This Thursday at U.S. Capitol Progressives Throw a “Block Party” to Call For an End to John Boehner’s Obstructionism WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday morning, progressive organizations working on a range of issues — including  environmental justice, voter protection,  Read More »

Concern Grows Over Role of Religious Exemptions in ENDA

As the Employment Non-Discrimination Act edges closer to a Senate vote (promised by Harry Reid to take place before Thanksgiving), GetEQUAL is raising concerns about the broad religious exemptions contained in the bill. While many LGBT organizations insist that ENDA maintains the same exemptions as the Civil Rights Act, there is a key, important difference  Read More »

Speaker Boehner: Clear Our Path to Citizenship!

Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez I’m participating in this action because I believe that we all deserve full equality, and for most of my community, that process begins with a path to citizenship. This past year, the House of Representatives has held our country hostage on a number of issues that minorities across this country depend on for  Read More »

Across the South, Youth Resist Racism and Homophobia

The South Beach community gathers two months after the killing of Israel “Reefa” Hernandez. (Credit: Reuters) E-mail questions, tips or proposals to studentmovement@thenation.com. For earlier dispatches on student and youth organizing, check out the previous post. Edited by James Cersonsky (@cersonsky). 1. At the Border, Dream 30 Hand Their Fate to ICE With a record 2 million deportations  Read More »

Hope is Rising in Mississippi

Hope is Rising in Mississippi: A Response to the Harmful Anti-GLBT Church Conference in Hattiesburg, MS Blog post by CeCe Garrett, co-pastor of Walk Fellowship (www.walkfellowship.org) “Y’all must be crazy.” “Have you considered what this means for your family? No retirement plan? No guaranteed income What about your kids’ safety?” “Seriously, you’re not even gay.”  Read More »

Powerful Messages of Support for LGBTQ Youth in Mississippi

Though it has been proven over and over again to not only be ineffective, but to also be dangerous, “ex-gay therapy” or “conversion therapy” continues to be practiced in communities across the country. This week, a local church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, hosted a conference on “ex-gay therapy.” In response, the local LGBT and allied community  Read More »