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Gay man starts 'Bottom For Hillary' campaign to support presidential hopeful

Hillary Clinton has some support from San Francisco's bottoms.

The former Secretary of State announced she is running for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday. But a month before she even made the announcement, a man named Ryan created the "Bottom for Hillary" campaign in a sign of solidarity.

As Rand Paul launches presidential campaign, HRC calls on him to take position on Indiana’s RFRA

WASHINGTON – Today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, highlighted Sen. Rand Paul’s long history of opposing LGBT equality and called on him to take a position regarding Indiana’s anti-LGBT law signed by Gov. Mike Pence.

Bobby Jindal and the real religious freedom fight ahead in Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), a possible 2016 contender, is a relative unknown among voters; only 1 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents prefer him, according to the most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll.

That could soon change.

Another step toward equality for LGBT workers

Today, President Obama’s Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination goes into effect. It prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Rand Paul appears in new anti-gay documentary

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) briefly appears in a new documentary that argues gay rights are a threat to Christianity.

Seize the moment: Stop anti-gay laws and replace them with real protections for LGBT Americans

As the momentum builds toward a United States Supreme Court decision in favor of nationwide marriage equality, the LGBT community in recent weeks has faced an onslaught of proposed or newly enacted state laws aimed at encouraging government officials, businesses, individuals and other organizations to refuse to serve LGBT people. Some of these laws specifically identify LGBT people as their target; others appear neutral on their face but, in fact, are intended to discriminate against LGBT people, other minorities, and women.

What a spellbinding week!

It's been an extraordinary week for LGBT people in America, as we saw a battle play out in the media that made all of us who support equality -- lesbian, transgender, gay, bisexual, and straight -- feel proud. Major celebrities, media personalities, prominent politicians, and huge corporations -- even some on Fox News -- were standing up against bigots and speaking out for equality. It was exciting, even dazzling.

A new battle at the UN could decide what LGBT means

Each year a group of United Nations experts met to decide, on behalf of the countries of the world, what it means to be healthy, sick, rich, poor, violent, peaceful, and a myriad of other states of well-being. Although this group is not very well-known in the human rights community, it may have more influence on global human rights than most other parts of the UN. The UN Statistical Commission is the department at the UN that decides how to define many of the terms used by governments.

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A brutal Christianity: We'll see more cruel laws like Indiana's until Christian Right is defeated

(Editor's note: This was first published by AlterNet and can be found HERE.)

Discrimination is never a religious value

(Editor's note: The Rev. Debra Haffner is president and CEO of Religious Institute. She is a blogger for our media partner, Huffington Post.)