Advocacy

How Do We Really Hold Law Enforcement Accountable?

In January 2015, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that it would order 3,000 of Taser’s X26P smart weapons, which “record the date, time and duration of firing, and whether Taser wires actually strike suspects and how long the thousands of volts of electricity pulse through them,” as reported by Reuters. This follows a December … Continued


Burned Alive: Can the U.S. Continue to Justify Lethal Injection?

For most Americans, the phrase “death penalty” conjures images of an orange-clad inmate strapped to a metal gurney, his last shallow breaths behind glass in a sterile room. Others with longer memories might see the grim outline of an electric chair or a hooded figure edging toward the hangman’s noose. But Salem Witch Trial-style stake … Continued


Ireland to Vote on Marriage Equality

Ireland is poised to become the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage by popular vote. On Friday, May 22, voters in Ireland will be asked to consider whether “[m]arriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinctions as to their sex.” If the polls are correct, Ireland is … Continued


Snow Days were Hell Weeks for America’s Working Poor

Among the many alarming effects of climate change, one receives far less attention than it deserves: its economic effect on the working poor. Most discussions of climate change acknowledge its disproportionate effect on poor communities in developing countries, primarily due to the risk of famine, displacement and disease from rising sea levels, and increases in the severity and frequency of … Continued


Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Most Americans Side With Gays In Religious Freedom Disputes

WASHINGTON (Reuters/Steve Holland) – A majority of Americans believe businesses should not be allowed to refuse services based on their religious beliefs in the wake of controversies in Indiana and Arkansas over gay rights and religious freedom, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday. The poll, conducted April 6 to 8, also found that 52 percent … Continued


Entities That May Boycott Indiana Over New LGBT Discrimination Law

Businesses and entertainers are vowing to pull events out of Indiana after the governor signed a bill into law that gives business owners the right to refuse to serve gay and lesbian customers. On Thursday, Gov. Mike Pence signed the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act in a private, closed-door ceremony.  Hillary Clinton was among the high profile critics … Continued


Activists Turned An Anti-Gay Politician’s Website Into An LGBT Resource

​Paul Shepherd is an Idaho state representative who wants Congress to impeach any federal judges who allow same sex marriage. Now, the site hosted at the former home of Shepherd’s official website is an LGBT resource center. Dylan Hailey, a 21-year-old college junior, noticed earlier this month that Shepherd’s hold on www.paulshepherdusa.com was expiring, so … Continued


California Proposal To Legalize Killing Gays Hard To Stop

For less than the cost of an Apple iPad, Matt McLaughlin started a statewide legal conversation. An attorney from Huntington Beach, McLaughlin in late February spent $200 to propose a ballot measure that authorizes the killing of gays and lesbians by “bullets to the head,” or “any other convenient method.” McLaughlin’s “Sodomite Suppression Act” now … Continued


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