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More Than 5,000 Taxpayers to Converge on American Bankers Association Convention

After taking $17.8 trillion in taxpayer bailouts and backstops, the ABA and the six largest banks have spent more than $35 million fighting Congressional action on financial reform. Meanwhile, ordinary Americans continue to face rising foreclosures, record unemployment, skyrocketing bank and credit card fees, and vanishing pensions and 401(k)s.

California Divorce Ban Gets Approval for Signatures

In 2009, California passed the “California Protection of Marriage Amendment,” or “Prop 8.” Proposition 8 bravely protected the institution of traditional marriage by making sure that gay people could not participate in it. One man feels Proposition 8 did not go far enough, and that the only way to truly protect the institution of traditional marriage would be a ban on divorce.

HRC Foundation's "Justice For All" Curriculum Expanded to Include Gender Identity in Lesson Plans

The Justice For All curriculum was created in 2006 to provide college and high school educators in the fields of social studies, history, government, and humanities with the tools to discuss issues affecting LGBT civil rights with their students. The gender identity lesson plans are the second expansion of the curriculum, which earlier this year was modified to include sections on the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Secretary of the Army Says Military Ready to Lift Gay Ban

The Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, indicated this weekend that the Army is prepared to lift the ban on openly gay service if the Commander-in-Chief and the Congress decide to end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, a prospect that has gathered steam in recent weeks.

Gay Marriage Fight Fuels Debate Over Petitioners' Rights

The fierce fight over same-sex marriage in California and elsewhere is creating pressure to recognize a new free-speech right that could keep petition signatures secret.

LGBT Americans Think, Act, Vote More Green than Others

Two-thirds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender adults, asked in a new national survey conducted online, say that it is important to support environmental causes, compared with 56% of non-LGBT adults.

8th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance to Take Place November 20th

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999.

MTS Board Approves Stricter Taxicab Penalties

Through intensified vehicle field inspections, the Metropolitan Transit Service found that an alarming number of taxicabs were found to be in unacceptable condition. Inspections between January 2008 and February 2009 resulted in 85% of vehicles being removed from service for poor condition.