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History in the Making

"We must use this moment to educate and keep the momentum going so that we can continue to make progress on the local, state and federal levels. Yes, legislation takes a long time — often years of work. Yet, our community is on the cusp of passing much-needed protections."

President Barack Obama Signs Hate Crimes Legislation Into Law

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act honors the memory of Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming college student brutally murdered in an act of hate violence in 1998, and James Byrd, an African-American man who was dragged to death in Jasper, Texas, in 1998.

NY Governor David Paterson Pledges Support for Marriage Equality

(New York City) - While speaking at a star-studded major gay rights event last Thursday evening, Governor David Paterson renewed his pledge to bring the marriage equality act up for a vote when state legislators return for a special session within the next few weeks.

Bea Arthur Estate Leaves 300K to Ali Forney Center

The Ali Forney Center offers emergency shelter and transitional housing in seven residential sites in New York City, and operates two drop-in centers offering food, clothing, medical and mental health treatment, HIV testing, treatment and prevention services, and vocational and educational assistance. It provides services to over 1000 young people each year.

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.

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.