Pride Month, celebrated annually in June, offers an opportunity for LGBTQ folks and their allies to celebrate increased visibility. This year, Pride Month comes at a time of deep frustration for many in this vibrant community. In February, the Trump administration rescinded federal guidelines instructing public schools to welcome and create safe spaces for transgender and gender non-conforming students. Directly thereafter, the Supreme Court announced that it was sending an important case about the right of transgender high school students to use the bathrooms corresponding with their...Read More
On Sunday, June 12, 2016, the largest and deadliest mass shooting in American history occurred at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. This incident, later classified as both a terrorist attack and the worst LGBTQ hate crime in American history, left 49 individuals dead and over 53 injured. As we approach the one-year anniversary of this terrible act at the intersection of gun violence and hate crime, we are called to remember those who were taken from our world too soon, and act on their behalf to ensure a safer and more inclusive future.
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The rise in anti-immigrant rhetoric has the potential for serious policy ramifications. Concerns that the budget (or the continuing resolution to maintain funding without a new budget) would have provisions for a down payment on a US-Mexico border wall, allocate funds for the hiring of 500 new Customs and Border Protection agents and 1,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, and increase the detention and removal of undocumented immigrants have been assuaged for now. Potential budgets down the line could contain these very provisions, or similar ones. Within these big-...Read More
There are currently over 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, many of whom came to this country in hopes of providing a better life for themselves and their families, to reunite with loved ones or to escape persecution in their home countries. Regardless of the reasons for their undocumented status, the length of time they have lived in this country or the positive contributions they make to our communities, there is currently no pathway to citizenship for these individuals. Our own people’s history as “strangers” - living in others’ lands - reminds us of the many...Read More
On May 2, 2017, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) reintroduced reintroduced the Equality Act. In the 114th Congress, this bill garnered 178 cosponsors in the House and 42 cosponsors in the Senate.
The Equality Act would amend existing civil rights legislation to explicitly ban discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, federal funding, education, credit, and jury selection based on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity and prohibit sex discrimination in public accommodations and federal funding.
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