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A diverse Congress is worth celebrating — but it’s just a start, experts say

It’s an early contender for the most repeated political factoid of 2019: The 116th Congress is the most diverse in U.S. history. But the physical presence of people of color in Congress, which is one form of representation, does not automatically equal robust political advocacy. That could wind up disappointing some of ...

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Dorothy Beam, gay-rights activist and archivist of son’s writings

The turning point in the life of Dorothy Beam and the spark to her activism came after a landlord informed the retired Philadelphia guidance counselor that her only child had died. With her grief in 1988 came many questions. She was proud that Joseph Beam had edited In the Life, the ...

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Grieving family looking for answers in senseless shooting of HBCU student

It is hard enough to bear the weight of an unsolved shooting. Besides the grief, there’s the pain of seeing the media omit important details about a victim’s life in the brief narrative about the shooting. For many survivors, there’s also the realization that they’ll need to raise thousands of ...

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House conservatives protest LGBT protection in Mexico-Canada trade deal

Protections in the new North American trade pact for LGBTQ people are roiling conservative lawmakers in the House, who are urging President Donald Trump to rescind them. They are displeased that the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement contains requirements that workers be protected from discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual orientation ...

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Meet Black Athletes Paving the Way for LGBTQ Equality

HRC celebrates some of the sports stars who have become society’s role models, exhibiting the discipline, courage and determination that motivates us in our own lives. Their unapologetic commitment to being out and proud gives much-needed visibility to Black voices in our LGBTQ communities. HRC is proud to honor these ...

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Local filmmaker answers the call to document history of DC Black Pride

DC’s annual LGBTQ film festival, Reel Affirmations, showcased a wide variety of films that highlight LGBTQ subjects and issues during its four-day run in early November. Notably, the film roster included a 50-minute TV special by first-time producer Marvin Bowser titled DC Black Pride: Answering the Call, which archives a disappearing ...

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Seaside Heights targeted Karma over too many black, gay patrons: Lawsuit

SEASIDE HEIGHTS – The owner of Karma nightclub has sued Seaside Heights in federal court, claiming police and borough officials unfairly targeted his business because he would not accede to their demands to stop hosting events that could attract African-American and gay patrons. The borough’s’ mayor, council, municipal employees and ...

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Racial tension divides Pa. town after first black, gay mayor is elected

Some days, just for a moment, Mark Barbee thinks about stepping aside as mayor of Bridgeport, Pa., and extricating himself from the divisiveness of first nine months in office. Since Mr. Barbee took over in January as the first African-American and the first openly gay mayor of a town in ...

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Billy Porter Talks Getting Married Before Trump’s Presidency On “Wendy”

Legendary multi-hyphenated entertainer Billy Porter has been in show business for three decades and is now enjoying the height of his career with starring roles on hit television shows, critically-acclaimed Broadway performances, iconic status among the millennial generation and a highly-lauded return to music by fans and peers. This week, ...

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LGBT MANAGERS HELP COMPANIES REPORT HIGHER OVERALL PERFORMANCES, STUDY SAYS [VIDEO]

While many companies continue to deny promotions to their LGBT employees citing half-cocked fairytales, a new report, Examining the Impact of LGBT Senior Leadership Representation on Business Outcomes, tells the truth. Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce partnered with Dr. Jennica Webster from Marquette University to administer this survey that investigates ...

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