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World’s First Transgender Minister is a Global Inspiration

A photo of Audrey Tang, the world's first transgender minister.

  Audrey Tang may very well be the world’s only transgender cabinet minister. Appointed in 2016 to the Chinese Lin Chaun cabinet in Taiwan, she is a minister without portfolio—or a minister who does not have a particular office but maintains a right to vote on ministry matters. A genius of the software world, her […]

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Record Number of Openly Gay Athletes at the Winter Olympics

American figure skater Adam Rippon (who has come out as gay) competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

  While the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio blew away previous LGBT participation with 53 out athletes, Winter Olympics have always been less queer. This year, nine openly gay Olympians set a new record for the winter games, beating 2014’s four. From the USA: Figure skater Adam Rippon has been making the most headlines so […]

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The Trump Presidency Means A Four-Year Battle for LGBTQ+ Rights

A fist decked out in rainbow colors.

  The LGBTQ+ community (among others) is going to spend the next four years fighting tooth and nail for its rights and freedoms. The Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress is going to make every effort to erode the civil rights of gay and transgender individuals. Before Trump even got elected, Congressional Republicans were working […]

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Civil Rights Pioneer Virgil D. Hawkins Honored in Lakeland, FL

Virgil D. Hawkins at the Florida Supreme Court in 1983.

Lakeland lawyer Larry Hardaway organized an event in Lakeland recently as a vigil for the late Virgil Hawkins, a respected civil rights pioneer in Florida. Hawkins’ story begins in 1949, when the then 43-year-old’s application to the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law (which boasts impressive legal alumni such as U.S. Ambassador to Egypt […]

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Hillary Clinton Reassures Gay Youth in Viral Facebook Photo

Hillary Clinton

Hilary Rodham Clinton offered moral support to a distraught gay youth who shared his anxiety about his future in a viral photograph that was posted on the Humans of New York Facebook page. The boy who is not named in the photo is shown frowning and holding his head in his hands while sitting on […]

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Harvard Business School Launches Gender Initiative

Harvard Business School Gender Initiative

Higher education institutions have long had a problem with gender equality. Many prestigious colleges and universities like Harvard and Brown didn’t allow female students until the 1970s, and sexism continues to run rampant (although often in highly subtle ways) in many co-ed institutions today. Harvard, which didn’t allow female students to attend until 1977 (yes, […]

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Bruce Jenner Interview Draws Huge Ratings

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Around 16.9 million people watched the Diane Sawyer interview with Bruce Jenner this past weekend. The 20/20 episode was the strongest showing in 15 years according to a recent press release from ABC. In the interview, the former Olympian announced he was transgender. The show was the highest-rated non-sports telecast on a Friday night since […]

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OUT Magazine Announces 2015 Power 50

OUT Magazine Power 50 2015

OUT Magazine has released their 2015 Power 50, a list of the most powerful and influential LGBT individuals of the year. While the list includes returning faces from 2014, including Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, and Neil Patrick Harris, it also lists some newer faces who are changing the way the world looks at LGBT leaders. […]

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CPAC Chairman: ‘Gay Conservatives, You Are Welcome Here’

openly gay republicans head to congress

LGBT issues and politics have long been polarizing entities, a trend that has only just started to shift in recent years as lawmakers consider important issues like marriage equality and workplace discrimination. This is not to say that LGBT people are not political, or that politicians never lean in favor of progressing initiatives that support […]

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Out Leadership Announces Creation of Global Advisory Board

Out Leadership

Earlier this month, Out Leadership announced the formation of its new Global Advisory Board, a group of senior leaders who will provide guidance to the organization’s management team for global initiatives. The formation of this Advisory Board means that Out Leadership, an organization dedicated to leveraging LGBT opportunities across a range of industries, will have […]

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