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We must push toward protecting LGBTQ service members at home

Military Times • June 2, 2021, 10:15 am As we marked Military Appreciation Month in May, I held a special place in my thoughts for the transgender service members who are feeling honored for the first time, now that transgender people are able to serve openly. That’s a result of President Biden’s reversal of the Trump administration’s anti-transgender military ban, which kept transgender service members in fear of being discharged for living as their most authentic selves.
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LGBTQ protections deserve support, this military veteran says

Omaha World-Herald • May 29, 2021, 4:10 pm As a veteran who served in the Army, I have always been devoted to defending the freedoms that all Americans hold dear. This Military Appreciation Month, I’m asking Congress to do the same, and ensure those freedoms for millions of LGBTQ Americans by supporting a federal law that prohibits LGBTQ discrimination nationwide.
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Federal anti-discrimination laws should extend to military

Times Herald-Record • May 27, 2021, 10:25 am Military Appreciation Month is celebrated every May, which is why it’s a special month for me as a veteran. I served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army for nearly three decades. I dedicated my life to this country and proudly served in Bosnia and Iraq. When I joined the Army, I couldn’t fully be myself as a gay American because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” or DADT, a notorious policy that barred openly LGBTQ Americans from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces until its repeal in 2011. I had to hide who I was and yet I put my life on the line to protect the freedoms that we all cherish as Americans.
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Alaska’s LGBTQ veterans deserve legal protection

Anchorage Daily News • May 26, 2021, 4:08 pm Any veteran will tell you that the transition back to civilian life can be difficult for a returning soldier. For LGBTQ veterans like me, the discrimination we face in housing, employment, health care and day-to-day life makes this transition even more complicated.
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We must protect all veterans

Quad-City Times • May 25, 2021, 4:06 pm As Military Appreciation Month draws to a close this month, I’m thinking about all of the ways that the U.S. military has evolved in just the past few years. Conversations are opening up around gender equality, and the long-in-the-shadows realities about the horrifically high rates of sexual assault of female service members is beginning to come to light. This summer marks a full decade since gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members can serve openly without fear of being discharged under the archaic "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy. And transgender service members are finally free from the constraints of the cruel anti-trans military ban.
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How People Living With HIV Can Benefit From the Equality Act

Plus Magazine • May 25, 2021, 4:01 pm The federal legislation — waiting for a vote in the Senate — will end numerous aspects of discrimination against people with HIV.
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Euphoria Star Hunter Schafer’s Dad Mac on Why His Faith Calls Him to Support Trans Equality

PEOPLE • May 25, 2021, 3:57 pm The Reverend Dr. Mac Schafer is a pastor in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has served in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for 28 years. He has his Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In this op-ed for PEOPLE, the reverend opens up about supporting his daughter Hunter Schafer, a model and LGTBQ activist who stars in HBO's critically acclaimed hit Euphoria alongside Zendaya — and showing up for the LGBTQ community.
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NC Faith Leader Calls On Tillis, Burr to Back Equality Bill: ‘Love Thy Neighbor … Means Every Neighbor’

Cardinal & Pine • May 25, 2021, 10:14 am If we listen to some special interest groups and politicians, we might think there’s a deep divide among people of faith about how to relate to the LGBTQ community. But when we look closely at faith communities and listen to the people living their faith, we see the truth of their support for the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people.
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Republicans, Take the Next Step in Fight Against Discrimination

RealClearPolitics • May 23, 2021, 3:51 pm One year ago, the Supreme Court issued the groundbreaking ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County that bans employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In his 6-3 majority opinion, Justice Neil Gorsuch, a conservative jurist appointed by President Trump, noted that “an employer who fires an individual for being gay or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex.”
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We Have a Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Protect LGBTQ People From Discrimination. Will the Senate Take It?

TIME • May 21, 2021, 3:49 pm It’s been just over 40 years since the assassination of Harvey Milk, the trailblazing gay activist who became one of the country’s first out LGBTQ public officials when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. And on May 22 we mark the pioneer’s birthday with Harvey Milk Day. In the time since his death, hundreds of LGBTQ people have been elected to public office in the United States and around the world. The country has changed indelibly, opening its hearts and minds to the LGBTQ community.
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Equality is for all God’s children: Black, brown, white, straight and LGBTQ

The Hill • May 18, 2021, 3:47 pm In his first joint address to Congress, President Biden said young transgender people are “so brave” and urged lawmakers to pass the Equality Act, which would expand federal civil rights laws to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in virtually all areas of American life. The president’s request for federal legislation comes as state legislatures around the country have passed anti-LGBTQ laws targeting transgender youth, including bills that ban best-practice medical care and restrict participation in school sports. Biden is right: we need immediate federal action to guarantee equal protection under the law for transgender youth.
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Honoring the Past, Looking to the Future

The Detroit Jewish News • May 14, 2021, 3:44 pm Bella Abzug was a force of nature. She was the first Jewish woman elected to the U.S. Congress and a leader in the women’s movement. Abzug, who died 23 years ago, served three terms in the House of Representatives in the 1970s. Ahead of her time, she championed progressive changes, co-authored and shepherded through passage of the Freedom of Information Act and the Right to Privacy Act. Abzug personified the beautiful Jewish tradition of tikkun olam by fighting for women’s rights and LGBTQ equality and nondiscrimination protections.
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Catholic bishops opposed a suicide prevention hotline. Why?

National Catholic Reporter • May 6, 2021, 3:41 pm The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has hit a stomach-churning new low. I say that as someone who is extremely proud of my faith, despite the struggle it has taken to remain a Catholic. In an article published on March 24, National Catholic Reporter national correspondent Christopher White broke the news that the bishops' conference had "quietly lobbied behind the scenes" to scuttle legislation passed by Congress last fall that established a national toll-free hotline to prevent suicide. Their objection? The legislation contained funding targeted at addressing the staggering epidemic of suicide and suicide attempts by LGBTQ people, especially youth.
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Help expand LGBTQ protections nationwide, Senator Ernst

Des Moines Register • May 6, 2021, 3:37 pm It’s been 15 years since the Iowa Legislature passed a law protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing, employment, and public spaces. It was a momentous achievement, yet the fight for equality is far from over when our neighbors in Nebraska and South Dakota, and 27 other states across the nation remain unprotected.
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Ohio businesses like mine back LGBTQ rights. Equality Act would add to protections

cleveland.com • May 4, 2021, 3:36 pm A strong economy is a nimble and expanding economy. It’s one which rapidly adapts in response to the ever-changing world. As president and CEO of NatureVation Outdoor Adventures, a small business which tells the stories of Ohio’s history through nature, I know that diversity enriches business and that adapting, be it to pandemic restrictions or to client interests, is critical for business survival.