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Bigotry found places to grow on social media platforms including Facebook.

We join Muslim Advocates calling on Facebook to take active steps to combat the growing white supremacist violence and groups that found a home on Facebook:
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Washington, DC – Today, 15 civil rights and advocacy organizations – including Muslim Advocates, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational…
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No one should be denied health care because of their identity.

Yet recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule that would give healthcare providers a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people and other marginalized populations based on "religious or moral beliefs."

Please tell HHS this is wrong by sending them a comment using this link: http://bit.ly/tellHHS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a …
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We're applauding Emma González for speaking out for gun violence prevention. Emma is an 18-year-old high schooler from Parkland, Fla. who identifies as Latinx and bisexual.

In a recent speech which has galvanized the movement, she stated: "If the President wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened, and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, I'm going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association."

The 18-year-old inspiring real change is also the president of her high school's GSA.
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We're supporting the efforts of these amazing young survivors fighting for gun violence prevention.
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“Y’all got this. Y’all strong. Make sure your voices are heard."
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On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear a history-making case on Labor Unions in Janus v AFSCME. If they rule against AFSCME, it could devastate the strength of unions by making it far more difficult for them to collect dues.

Unions are important not just to unionized workers--they improve conditions for all workers, as is illustrated in this Op-Ed: "While the advantages of belonging to a strong union like New York State United Teachers are clear, what’s less well-known is that because of New York’s strong public-sector unions, all workers in the region enjoy a higher standard of living."

Every worker, unionized or not, benefits from New York’s strong public-sector unions.
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We're celebrating "Queer Black Joy as Radical Resistance" at our Black History Month Reception next Tuesday at 530pm. RSVP: http://ngltf.convio.net/site/Survey…

Join us at our office (1325 Massachusetts Av NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC, 20005) to celebrate the present and future of the black queer community. Together with National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), DCI Group, and Demos, we will celebrate the contributions of black LGBTQ people of faith, and those who advocate for reproductive justice, economic justice, criminal justice, disability and democracy. Let's #RootForEverybodyBlack!

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We should be passing LGBTQ non-discrimination laws--not passing laws to make it EASIER to discriminate

Yet while only 19 states and DC have statewide LGBTQ non-discrimination laws, a rash of new state laws are intended to legalize justifying discrimination based on "religious and moral beliefs" including in adoption and foster care, health care, and access to goods and services. The Human Rights Watch interviewed 112 LGBT people, service providers, and advocates in states where these religious exemptions recently have been enacted into law for a new report: https://www.hrw.org/…/united-states-state-laws-threaten-lgb…

The rash of new “religious exemption” laws passed by state legislatures around the country represent a thinly-veiled assault against the rights of LGBT people.
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It's President's Day, and we're not celebrating. As we announced on January 25, the Task Force no longer calls Trump the President.

He has vacated the responsibilities of the office, and actively works to undermine the Constitution he is sworn to uphold. With his abdication of his role, we have a responsibility as an LGBTQ movement to be a moral voice of resistance--as our Executive Director Rea Carey and Deputy Executive Director Kierra Johnson urged us to do in their "State of the Movement" address on January 25. WATCH it below!

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What President? Since Trump has morally and ethically vacated the responsibilities of the office, we have no current President to celebrate on President's Day.

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Congress disgraced itself with their refusal to pass legislation to protect Dreamers. Their inaction will throws 1.8 million lives into crisis, casting them into a purgatory of darkness.

Three measures — including one backed by President Trump — failed to garner the 60 votes required to open Senate debate. The next steps are unclear.
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BREAKING: Mueller's investigation defends democracy with indictments.

Each defendant was charged with “conspiracy to defraud the United States.” Allegations include encouraging U.S. minority groups not to vote.

The indictments are a blow to Trump, who has continuously denied that Russians sought to help elect him president.
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This is why we are working every day to change the conversation around faith and LGBTQ people--because we know the majority of people of faith accept and support LGBTQ people and LGBTQ rights.

United States also most likely among 27 countries to believe that being transgender is a mental illness
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Silence=Death.

Trump wants to strip away millions of dollars from HIV/AIDS funding in the US in his newest budget--including $40 million from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's HIV prevention work. We can't let his budget pass!

“It’s all part of Trump’s attacks on marginalized communities,” said an LGBTQ advocate.
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BREAKING: Today, the House passed HR 620, which attacks disabled people's ability to use the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure businesses provide accessible facilities and buildings.

The ADA has helped millions of LGBTQ people with disabilities--including HIV/AIDS. We stand with those saying #HandsOffMyADA!

The ADA Education and Reform Act and other hostile efforts show that many still see us as beggars, takers, and undesirables, says Rebecca Cokley.
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National LGBTQ Task Force updated their cover photo.
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BREAKING: The 4th Circuit Federal Appeals Court has ruled that Trump's most recent travel ban "exhibit[s] a primarily religious anti-Muslim objective" and is likely unconstitutional.
#NoMuslimBanEver

"To the objective observer, the Proclamation continues to exhibit a primarily religious anti-Muslim objective," a judge wrote in the main opinion.
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