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PHOTO: Lennie Gerber (left), and her wife Pearl have been together for 48 years. They're among the plaintiffs in a suit challenging Amendment One. Courtesy: Gerber.

RICHMOND, Va. - When it comes to North Carolina's 'Marriage Amendment,' all eyes are on a Richmond, Va. courtroom. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could rule soon on a case challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. Because the Tarheel State is in the 4th Circuit, a ruling could impact ...Read More

PHOTO: Finding safe, stable housing is among the many challenges LGBT homeless youth face in Illinois, according to a new report. The issue also was the topic of a summit in Chicago in May. Photo courtescredit: Windy City Times.

CHICAGO – Voices are being raised about the need to break down the barriers in Illinois that keep many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people living on the streets. A new report details the results of the Chicago 2014 Homeless Summit in May, when more than 300 youth, activists a ...Read More

PHOTO: Optimism is growing among civil rights leaders in Michigan that lawmakers in Lansing will continue the state's civil rights legacy by introducing legislation to protect the rights of the state's LGBT citizens by the end of the year. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. - Independence Day isn't the only reason to celebrate in July. This month also marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. While Michigan was a civil rights pioneer, state leaders say much more work needs to be done. According to Leslee Fritz, dep ...Read More

PHOTO: Tennessee is one of about a dozen states where the rights of same-sex couples to marry are still playing out in court. The next chapter is August 6. Photo credit: Joel Kramer/Flickr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - "Pride Month" is coming to a close, but a couple major legal and policy developments have supporters of equal rights in the state expressing optimism for the future. Chris Sanders, executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project, said efforts were re-energized in June with a ...Read More

PHOTO: With early detection and proper treatment, people with HIV can live long, independent lives and keep the infection from progressing into AIDS. Photo credit: Bordecia33/Flickr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As National HIV Testing Day is recognized today (Friday) across Tennessee and the country, the vision of virtually ending AIDS is slowly moving toward reality. Patrick Luther, chief program officer for Nashville Cares, points out that there are many new advancements and eff ...Read More

PHOTO: June is "Pride Month" in Ohio, with events that aim to increase acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and end inequalities. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While acceptance of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community has grown in Ohio over the years, local activists observing "Pride Month" say their fight continues for equal rights. Bringing marriage equality to the state is an important issue, said Karla Rothan, executive ...Read More

PHOTO: The new attention same-sex marriage is receiving is one reason more legal action is seen on the issue of workplace protections for LGBT employees. Photo credit: innovatedcaptures/iStockphoto.com.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - President Obama's upcoming executive order protecting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender against discrimination as federal contract workers is the latest chapter in an area of law that is evolving along with public opinion. Washington was one of the first states ...Read More

PHOTO: Lauren Scott of Nevada could become the nation's first openly transgender Republican state legislator. Photo courtesy of Lauren Scott.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada could be the first state to elect an openly transgender Republican state legislator. Lauren Scott, a transgender woman, recently won the Republican primary election for State Assembly District 30, capturing 58 percent of the vote. Scott says she believes voters are less c ...Read More

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