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White House: ‘Religious freedom’ EO will affect churches, not LGBT people

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) An expected “religious freedom” order from President Trump will address the tax-exemption status of churches as opposed to undermining LGBT rights, according to multiple media reports of a White House background briefing. On the call Wednesday …

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Unchecked Homophobia Leads to Scenarios Like Chechnya

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. When the atrocities of the Holocaust came to light over 70 years ago, the international community declared it would “never again” turn away from a group being systematically persecuted. Yet today, in Russia’s southern republic of Chechnya, the government has opened a concentration …

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Should Companies Lead the LGBT Equality Revolution?

This post originally published by Towleroad. Apple CEO Tim Cook Last week, Nikki Haley, America’s ambassador to the United Nations, issued a statement reaffirming U.S. commitment to non-discrimination and calling for accountability for Chechen authorities who, according to reports, haveg arbitrarily detained, tortured and killed gay men in concentration camps, …

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Trump Moves to Dump Trans-Inclusive Health Care Rule

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. The Department of Health and Human Services filed documents in court today indicating that it’s backing away from a trans-inclusive nondiscrimination rule applying to the Affordable Care Act. In December, a federal judge in Texas blocked HHS “from enforcing the Rule’s prohibition against …

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