Anti-LGBT activists part of U.S. delegation to UN women’s conference

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The U.S. delegation to an annual U.N. women’s conference includes two representatives of organizations that strongly oppose LGBT and intersex rights.

The State Department on Monday announced the delegation to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women meeting — which began on the same day and will end on March 24 — includes Center for Family and Human Rights Executive Vice President Lisa Correnti and Heritage Foundation Associate for Social Issues at the U.N. Grace Melton. The U.S. has also asked the Washington-based Organization of American States to formally recognize C-FAM in order to participate in its activities.

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HRC prefers ‘Lion’ over ‘Moonlight’ for Best Picture?

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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One week before the 89th Academy Awards ceremony was set to take place in Hollywood on Sunday night, Feb. 26, a full-page ad appeared in the New York Times arts section on Feb. 17 listing Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin as one of “21 voices on why Lion is the Best Picture of the Year.”

The ad includes a quote from Griffin praising “Lion,” a highly acclaimed film about an adopted child from India who, as a young adult, searches for his biological family and self-identity. The film doesn’t have any LGBT-related content or storyline.

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Evan Rachel Wood gets candid about being a bisexual woman

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Evan Rachel Wood opened up about being a bisexual woman while accepting the HRC Visibility Award at the 2017 Human Rights Campaign North Carolina Gala on Saturday.

The 29-year-old actress confessed she found herself attracted to women at age 12 but didn’t think it was unusual.

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Watermark readers respond: HRC endorses Hillary Clinton

By : Jamie Hyman
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You guys had a lot to say about the Human Rights Campaign’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for U.S. President.

Read a round-up of Watermark reader comments after the jump: 

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Surprise! Ben Carson hops the bathroom bigot bandwagon

By : Billy Manes
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(Photo via Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters)

Everybody’s favorite Republican mistake of 2015 so far – and we’re including Donald Trump, here (while pouring acid onto our keyboards) – Ben Carson has already made it clear that he knows nothing about anything of substance, but he certainly has a lot to say about the wind drifting between his ears and eventually puffing in a softened manner out of his meditative mouth. Carson’s already taken severe flack for his affiliation/non-affiliation with a snake-oil supplement from Mannatech that was (not) proven to cure cancer (it’s that easy!). He’s also gone all Biblical by rebuking the accepted knowledge of the purpose of the Egyptian pyramids, which he suggests were utilitarian grain silos built by Joseph and not tombs for the pharoahs (it’s like meta-fiction!). Now, on the heels of the Houston nightmare ordinance-refusal that flew in our faces this week, a move which, among other things, says that transgender Texans cannot have bathroom passes to the places where they ought to be able to relieve their most basic of needs, Carson’s leaking gibberish again. Guess what! Ben Carson doesn’t like LGBT people.

Today, the Human Rights Campaign released its response to Carson’s latest missive on  toilet politics, a position which is likely boiling the roaches up from the conservative bases to push Carson to the top of the polling heap. How is this happening? Don’t ask us. Here’s the latest as released in an email from HRC. Read, weep.

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Human Rights Campaign Alabama names new director

By : Wire Report
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s only openly gay legislator is the new state director of a group that advocates for gay rights.

Democratic state Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham was introduced April 17 as the new state director of the Human Rights Campaign in Alabama.

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Hillary Clinton to announce 2016 presidential run

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton will launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on April 12.

That’s according to people familiar with Clinton’s plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss them publicly.

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HRC says Arkansas religion bill hurts high-tech effort

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The nation’s largest gay rights group is stepping up its opposition to a religious protection bill in Arkansas, with an ad targeting Silicon Valley while the state’s Republican governor tries to lure more high tech industry.

The Human Rights Campaign on March 26 announced it was running a full-page ad in the San Jose Mercury News highlighting its opposition to a measure that would prohibit state and local government from infringing on someone’s religious beliefs without a “compelling government interest.” The bill could go before the state Senate as soon as March 26 afternoon.

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Super Bowl, World Series champs back marriage equality

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Washington – The New England Patriots are for same-sex marriage. So are the San Francisco Giants. The reigning baseball and football champions, along with baseball’s small-market Tampa Bay Rays, are among the thousands of businesses, religious groups, advocacy organizations and politicians who are filing legal briefs at the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage.

The cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee will be argued April 28, and a decision is expected by early summer. Roughly six dozen briefs backing pro-gay rights plaintiffs in the four states were expected by the deadline. Included is a ”people’s brief” filed by the Human Rights Campaign with the signatures of 207,551 people.

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Alabama counties slowly following marriage laws, but a majority still refusing federal ruling

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Only 23 of Alabama’s 67 counties have followed a federal ruling declaring a ban on same-sex marriages there unconstitutional. That means 44 counties—which encompasses 56% of Alabamians—have refused to follow federal law. According to the HRC, 16 counties have refused to follow the ruling and have only given marriage licenses to opposite-gender couples. Twenty-eight counties have decided not to issue marriage licenses to any couples at all.

“Alabama’s probate judges are tasked with following the law,” said Sarah Warbelow, HRC’s Legal Director. “Unfortunately, some judges are willfully disobeying a federal court order, and harming loving, committed couples of all kinds in the process. It’s time for order to be restored and for the law to be followed.”

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Exxon Mobil updates anti-discrimination employment policy

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IRVING, Texas (AP) – Exxon Mobil Corp. has updated its corporate policies to protect employees from discrimination for sexual orientation or gender identity.

Spokesman Alan Jeffers said Jan. 30 that the Irving, Texas-based oil giant added these protections to comply with federal law.

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Local panel to discuss the impact of Florida’s same-sex marriage ruling

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Orlando – HRC Orlando/Central Florida is hosting a discussion panel about the impact of Florida’s same-sex marriage ruling.

The event is called “Marriage 101: A Panel Discussion on the Practical and Legal Impacts of Florida’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling” and will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando on Jan. 22.

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