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

Why it’s still not ‘Mission Accomplished’ for LGBT workers in the UK

Why it’s still not ‘Mission Accomplished’ for LGBT workers in the UK


Award-winning journalist Matthew Todd gives his verdict on the current situation facing LGBT employees.

China’s transgender Oprah

China’s transgender Oprah


CHINA’S favourite chat-show host has had an extraordinary career. Jin Xing was the country’s most successful dancer before becoming a colonel in an army entertainment troupe. He won fame in America, where the New York Times called him “a Chinese genius”. He trained dancers in Brussels and Rome, before returning to China for a sex-change operation. As a woman, she resumed her career as a ballerina, set up the country’s first private ballet company, ran a bar in Beijing and married a German businessman. 


Matt Skallerud's insight:

In a conservative society where even homosexuality is frowned upon, let alone sex-reassignment, her life would seem to place Ms Jin well outside the stodgy mainstream of Chinese broadcasting (she is pictured at her home in Shanghai). Yet Ms Jin, who is 49, is the country’s most popular television judge. She began with a local version of “So You Think You Can Dance” and hit the jackpot with “The Jin Xing Show”, a variety and chat programme with an audience of around 100m. She has appeared with her husband on the Chinese version of “The Amazing Race”, in which couples race each other around the world. Her latest venture, “Chinese Dating”, is in its first season.

LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education Announce 2017 Institute: Removing Barriers and Building Pathways

LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education Announce 2017 Institute: Removing Barriers and Building Pathways


 LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education have announced their third annual Institute designed to support LGBTQ leaders who are looking to advance within higher education. The Institute will take place in Seattle from June 23-25, 2017.

How being a gay man can make your body issues worse

How being a gay man can make your body issues worse


Body image is an issue for many men, regardless of sexuality. But it seems to be more of a problem in the gay community. When it comes to appearance, gay men hold themselves - and one another - to far more exacting standards.

The Profit North Carolina Sees in LGBT Prejudice

The Profit North Carolina Sees in LGBT Prejudice


North Carolina is already counting the multimillion-dollar cost of its ‘bathroom bill.’ But for the bill’s backers, anti-LGBT ideology trumps economics.

Bride & Prejudice's Chris and Grant speak on relationship

Bride & Prejudice's Chris and Grant speak on relationship


Chris plans to get married to his long-term partner in Palm Springs next month - against the wishes of his homophobic parents.