Another Victory: Task Force applauds DOL Family Medical Leave Act decision


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Another Victory: Task Force applauds DOL Family Medical Leave Act decision

WASHINGTON, DC, June 20, 2014: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force welcomes the decision by the Department of Labor to extend Family and Medical Leave Act protections to all eligible employees in same-sex marriages.

“Every family in America deserves the same opportunity and support to deal with a serious medical problem or a family crisis, regardless of where they live. On behalf of the many LGBTQ families that this change will help, thank you Secretary Tom Perez for your leadership in fully implementing the Supreme Court’s groundbreaking Windsor ruling.”

Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force


Task Force Action Fund give AG’s report an “A” grade



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Task Force Action Fund give AG’s report an “A” grade

WASHINGTON, DC: June 20 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is giving Attorney General Eric Holder’s report on progress in extending federal benefits to same-sex married couples top marks for the tireless efforts to bring full equality to the LGBTQ community.

“The US Attorney General and the Administration deserves an ‘A’ grade for their efforts to fully implement the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision, a long list of changes that deeply and positively impacts the lives of millions of same-sex couples and their families. Moreover, it speaks volumes about the values of inclusion and diversity that underpins President Obama’s approach to delivering freedom and justice for all Americans. Of course, this report also clearly reveals how little Congress has done to listen to the American people on popular issues such as protecting people from discrimination, fixing our broken immigration system, delivering pay check fairness and tackling racism. Doing nothing on these key issues has a profoundly negative impact on people’s lives.”

Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

Rick Santorum Weighs In On Pennsylvania Legalizing Marriage Equality

Amanda Terkel | Huffington Post | June 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, has been largely silent on the legalization last month of marriage equality in his state, after U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III struck down the state’s ban. The situation was slightly awkward for the former GOP presidential candidate because he had supported Jones’ nomination in 2002.

When asked about Jones Friday by The Huffington Post, Santorum said, “We’re all entitled to a mistake.”

His comments came after his speech at the Road to Majority Conference, a gathering of social conservatives sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

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45 Trailblazers Who Changed The World, From Pride 1969 To Pride 2014

Graham Gremore | Queerty | June 20, 2014

This year’s New York City Pride marks the 45th anniversary of the historic 1969 Stonewall riots.

At 1:20 a.m. on June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay dive in the New York’s Greenwich Village. The evening quickly turned from raid to riot, with patrons refusing to hand over identification and fighting back against authorities. Only one known photograph was taken during the night of the riots. It appeared on the front page of the New York Daily News the following day and depicts several homeless youth taking on the police.

This event is widely considered the catalyst for the the modern gay rights movement, which has birthed many notable heroes – as well as some notable antiheroes. We couldn’t possibly list them all, but we’ve done our best to compile a diverse list of 45 people — both well-known heroes and everyday folks, with a decided emphasis on the latter (no celebs) — who have made a lasting impression in the ongoing fight for equality. Please add your own suggestions in the comment section, and Happy Pride 2014.

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Veterans and Zombies

Paul Krugman | The New York Times | June 20, 2014

ou’ve surely heard about the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs. A number of veterans found themselves waiting a long time for care, some of them died before they were seen, and some of the agency’s employees falsified records to cover up the extent of the problem. It’s a real scandal; some heads have already rolled, but there’s surely more to clean up.

But the goings-on at Veterans Affairs shouldn’t cause us to lose sight of a much bigger scandal: the almost surreal inefficiency and injustice of the American health care system as a whole. And it’s important to understand that the Veterans Affairs scandal, while real, is being hyped out of proportion by people whose real goal is to block reform of the larger system.

The essential, undeniable fact about American health care is how incredibly expensive it is — twice as costly per capita as the French system, two-and-a-half times as expensive as the British system. You might expect all that money to buy results, but the United States actually ranks low on basic measures of performance; we have low life expectancy and high infant mortality, and despite all that spending many people can’t get health care when they need it. What’s more, Americans seem to realize that they’re getting a bad deal: Surveys show a much smaller percentage of the population satisfied with the health system in America than in other countries.

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Texas GOP chairman mocks his own party’s endorsement of discredited ex-gay therapy

Tom Boggioni | Raw Story | June 20, 2014

The recent decision by the Republican Party of Texas to throw their support behind voluntary ‘reparative therapy’ for gays and lesbians has not been met with approval with all Texas Republicans, including Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri.

Speaking with Texas Public Radio, Munisteri said he doesn’t believe  LGBT individuals can be converted to heterosexuality simply by talking to them.

“And I just make the point for anybody that thinks that may be the possibility: Do they think they can take a straight person to a psychiatrist and turn them gay?” Munisteri explained.

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House Votes 293-123 to Cut Funding for NSA Spying

Megan Geuss | Ars Technica | Reader Supported News | June 20, 2014

n a surprising vote late Thursday night, a strong majority of the House of Representatives voted to cut funding to NSA operations that involve warrantless spying on Americans or involve putting hardware or software “backdoors” into various products. The amendment to a defense appropriations bill, offered by Reps. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Thomas Massie (R-KY), passed 293 to 123.

The amendment specifies that, with a few exceptions, “none of the funds made available by this Act may be used by an officer or employee of the United States to query a collection of foreign intelligence information acquired under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1881a) using a United States person as an identifier.”

In addition, “none of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the National Security Agency or the Central Intelligence Agency to mandate or request that a person…alter its product or service to permit the electronic surveillance…of any user of said product or service for said agencies.” Since Edward Snowden began leaking documents about the NSA’s tactics in June of last year, security experts have worried about reports of intentional weaknesses left in widely used cryptography specifications.

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Kyrgyzstan parliament passes anti-gay propaganda law

Gay Asian News | June 20, 2014

Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan’s parliament on June 17 has passed an anti-gay propaganda law that now makes any type of information on same-sex relations a crime punishable by fines and a jail sentence.

Nicole Kiil-Nielsen of the European Parliament Delegation to Kyrgyzstan says it’s only been 16 years since Kyrgyzstan decriminalized same-sex relations.

“It is unacceptable that people might again be put in jail for being who they are, or even for sharing objective information about different sexual orientations. I urge the Kyrgyzstan not to go back to state-sponsored homophobia,” reported the official as saying.

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