AFL-CIO president resigns from Trump manufacturing council

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Tuesday resigned from President Trump’s manufacturing council.

Trumka in a statement said he and AFL-CIO Deputy Chief of Staff Thea Lee, who was also a member of the council, “cannot sit on a council for a president who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism.

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LGBT groups condemn white nationalist rally in Charlottesville

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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LGBT rights groups are among those who have condemned a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday that descended into violence.

“Everyday we partner with people and organizations across the state to make Virginia a more inclusive place where all can thrive,” Equality Virginia Executive Director James Parrish told the Washington Blade in a statement. “Through sharing our stories, listening to intersectional voices, and working for fairness we strive for a more equal commonwealth. Intimidating communities with taunts and violence has no place here. Anyone who doesn’t strongly condemn the Unite for the Right rally is complicit in supporting this dangerous and racist agenda.”

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Why the Kim Davis story needs to be told

By : Jamie Hyman
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JamieHymanHeadshottAs a dedicated LGBT ally, the most powerful tool I have at my disposal is what you are reading right now – my access to the readership as a writer for Watermark. Last week, like many other members of the media, I used this access to illuminate some reprehensible discrimination unfolding in Kentucky, where Kim Davis, a county clerk of courts, refused to issue legally entitled marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing her (non-existent) religious freedom to do so.

Many times the equality black holes go beyond the story itself, although Davis can certainly use all the enlightenment we can throw at her. No, many times it’s only after the story is released, when the LGBT community members react, do we find that, while we attempt to educate America about equality, internally, we still have a lot of work to do.

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Jelly Belly chair under fire for anti-transgender donation

By : Staff Report
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You can add Jelly Belly candies to the list of foods you should stop spending your money on because of expressed bigotry, following Barilla pasta and Chick-Fil-A.

Herman Rowland Sr., Chairman of the Board for Jelly Belly, donated $5,000 to a group dedicated to overturning California Assembly Bill 1266, a law that guarantees transgender students have equal access to bathrooms, locker rooms, sport teams and other gender-segregated facilities at school. A group called Privacy for All Students is gathering signatures to have the law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in August, repealed. The group is run by Frank Schubert, well-known for his messaging on behalf of the National Organization for Marriage in its quest to stop the legalization of same-sex marriage.

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