Inside the Trump White House’s Fight Over LGBT Rights

Inside the Trump White House’s Fight Over LGBT Rights


Don’t rely on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s influence. LGBT allies are few in the Trump administration—which could spell disaster for civil rights and equality.

Ireland's next PM could be a gay, half-Indian, conservative politician

Ireland's next PM could be a gay, half-Indian, conservative politician


Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s minister for social protection, is the strong favourite to replace Enda Kenny as Taoiseach of Ireland.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

The 38-year-old, who came out as gay during the same-sex marriage referendum campaign in Ireland in 2015, has dropped to 2/5 with Paddy Power to become the next leader of Fine Gael, which leads a minority government.

On the run from persecution: how Kenya became a haven for LGBT refugees

On the run from persecution: how Kenya became a haven for LGBT refugees


For people fleeing harsh legislation in their own countries, Kenya is offering sanctuary and the chance to live life free from fear

Kannetic and Total Engagement Consulting Launch LGBT Inclusion Builder Solution

Kannetic and Total Engagement Consulting Launch LGBT Inclusion Builder Solution


Stan Kimer, President of Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer, and Darren Noy, CEO of Kannetic, today launch a new cloud-based application to assist businesses and organizations to better plan and execute their LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) diversity initiatives.

Where do LGBT People in the U.S. Live?

Where do LGBT People in the U.S. Live?


I love gender and sexual demography. It’s incredibly important work. Understanding the size and movements of gender and sexual minority populations can help assess what kinds of resources different groups might require and where those resources would be best spent, among others things. Gary J. Gates and Frank Newport initially published results from a then-new Gallup question on gender/sexual identity in 2012-2013 (here).


Matt Skallerud's insight:

At the time, 3.4% of Americans identified as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. It’s a big deal – particularly as “identity” is likely a conservative measure when it comes to assessing the size of the population of LGBT persons. After I read the report, I was critical of one element of the reporting: Gates and Newport reported proportions of LGBT persons by state. As data visualizations go, I felt the decision concealed more than it revealed.

Cleve Jones on Harvey Milk, ‘When We Rise,’ and Fighting for LGBT Equality Under Trump

Cleve Jones on Harvey Milk, ‘When We Rise,’ and Fighting for LGBT Equality Under Trump


Cleve Jones saw his mentor Harvey Milk’s dead body, and has been a passionate activist for 40 years. Now mainstream stardom beckons thanks to ABC drama ‘When We Rise.’

LGBT North Dakotans look ahead after discrimination law fails

LGBT North Dakotans look ahead after discrimination law fails


Reachel Benson sits in a chair in the living room, wearing a bright pink T-shirt and long hair draped across her shoulders. She tells the story of growing up. Animated at times, her voice becomes louder, more forceful — her hands in motion as she recalls trying to figure out who she was.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

Benson is disappointed once again at the failure of North Dakota House Bill 1386, legislation that would have specifically banned discrimination against LGBT individuals in the state on matters from employment to service at a restaurant, with certain hiring and admission exceptions included for religious groups. The bill failed 22-69 in the North Dakota House on Feb. 10.

There's a powerful conservative case to be made for gay marriage in Australia

There's a powerful conservative case to be made for gay marriage in Australia


On January 1 this year, the tiny territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha in the Atlantic became the latest country to allow same-sex marriage. Its elected council voted for the reform after a consultation found that a majority of its 5600 residents supported the change. After all, isn't that what's meant to happen in a representative democracy?


Matt Skallerud's insight:

One after another, countries across the world have legalised gay marriage, usually because that is what their people wanted.  Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the UK, the US and Uruguay have all taken this step.  Finland is about to follow.

This is the shortlist for the British LGBT Awards

This is the shortlist for the British LGBT Awards


The Independent is pleased to announce the shortlist for the British LGBT Awards 2017.  The awards celebrate community activists, public figures and straight allies who work to advance the rights of LGBT communities. The Independent is the British LGBT Awards Media Partner for 2017.

Congressman to keynote inaugural LGBT Housing Policy Summit

Congressman to keynote inaugural LGBT Housing Policy Summit


On March 14, the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals will be hosting its first-ever LGBT Housing Policy Summit at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters in Washington, DC.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

The full day-event will feature well-known LGBT and allied housing leaders from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the National Association of Realtors (NAR), HRC and the LGBTQ Task Force.

Laverne Cox and the Politics of Transgender Beauty

Laverne Cox and the Politics of Transgender Beauty


‘Trans Is Beautiful’ is more than a hashtag, and more than the clothes, makeup, and glamour of celebrities like Laverne Cox. It means that transness itself is beautiful.

LGBT Staff Association Strives for More Diversity

LGBT Staff Association Strives for More Diversity


Todd Sloves, president of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association, said only in a group like his would you consider Republicans part of a diversity effort.

3 ways to make LGBT-friendly policies work at work

3 ways to make LGBT-friendly policies work at work


The World Bank's LGBT advocates have worked hard to push forward fair diversity policies. Here's what they learned along the way.

truth Calls Out Tobacco Industry for Profiling Disguised as Target Marketing

truth Calls Out Tobacco Industry for Profiling Disguised as Target Marketing


Tobacco is not an equal opportunity killer. For decades, African Americans, low-income neighborhoods, LGBTQ communities and those with mental illness have been disproportionately affected by tobacco use—a result of profiling by the tobacco industry.

Who are 2017's LGBT heroes? Tell us about the activists creating change

Who are 2017's LGBT heroes? Tell us about the activists creating change


LGBT people face discrimination all over the world. Help us recognise grassroots campaigners doing inspiring work