Just in time for Black Friday and the holiday shopping season, the Human Rights Campaign released its consumer guide to hundreds of American companies rated on their LGBT-inclusive policies and practices.
Gay activists are hoping Pope Francis will preach tolerance toward homosexuals, and even go so far as to condemn violent attacks against gays during his upcoming visit to Uganda. Church leaders, however, are praying he’ll avoid the issue altogether.
The divergent expectations underscore the acrimonious state of the gay rights debate on a continent where homosexuality remains taboo and homosexuals are greatly despised. In Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal and where attacks against gays have forced many to seek refuge abroad or lead secret lives at home, gay leaders nevertheless hope Francis when he comes on Friday will weigh in with a firm message of tolerance.
They call each other “Sister” when they don their habits. In their street clothes, Sister Causa de Change calls Sister Mae Nora by a different name: Mom.
As members of the gleefully over-the-top Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Joshua Shumaker and Lynne Stiglitz are believed to be the only mother-son combo in this global order that spans 32 North American cities and 17 other locations around the world. The two are active in the Milwaukee chapter, the Abbey of the Brew City Sisters, which was founded in 2008 and has a membership of 12.
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, condemned today’s decision by the Wisconsin Assembly’s Republican leadership to allow a hearing on legislation that the group contends would encourage discrimination against transgender students.
Assembly Bill 469, dubbed the “Student Privacy Protection Bill” by its backers and the “bathroom bill” by its critics, seeks to ban transgender students in K-12 schools from using the gender-segregated facilities that align with their gender identity rather than their birth gender. It would require school districts to repeal anti-discrimination reforms and accommodations policies.
The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus announced on Nov. 17 the creation of the new Transgender Equality Task Force, to be chaired by Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif.