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Terry McAuliffe Is First Virginia Governor To Proclaim June As Pride Month

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:22 AM June 21, 2014
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Governor Terry McAuliffe became the first Virginia governor to recognize June as LGBT Pride Month when he issued an official proclamation this week.

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Soldier Discharged For Being Lesbian Gets Honorable Discharge After 35 Years

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:51 PM June 20, 2014
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Thirty-five years after being discharged for being a lesbian, Lisa Weiszmiller has had her discharge status changed from “other than honorable” to “honorable”.

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Judge Eviscerates North Carolina Legislature’s New Protest Rules

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:38 AM June 17, 2014
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A judge has restrained the North Carolina state legislature from enforcing their new rules which were meant to impede the weekly Moral Monday protests.

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Mayor De Blasio Says He Won’t March In Any Parade Not LGBT Inclusive

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:20 PM June 16, 2014
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“You will see Chirlane at this parade, and me at this parade, but you will not see us at a parade that excludes members of the LGBT community. – New York Mayor de Blasio

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See Allstate’s Pride Month Ad Campaign: Everyone Should Be Able To Be ‘Out Holding Hands’

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:09 AM June 14, 2014
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Allstate has rolled out a Pride Month ad campaign that features the new original song “Safe In My Hands” by gay singer Eli Lieb. Give it a listen.

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California Lawmakers Pressure San Francisco Archbishop To End Ties With NOM

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 4:05 PM June 12, 2014
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Eighty notables have signed a letter asking San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone not to attend NOM’s protest rally in Washington next week.

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Judge Rules Conversion Therapists Can Be Sued For Consumer Fraud

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:10 AM June 10, 2014
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New Jersey Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. has refused to dismiss a first of its kind lawsuit seeking damages against the conversion therapists of Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, (JONAH).

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Internal Affairs To Investigate Officer Who Refused To Serve At Pride Parade

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:48 PM June 7, 2014
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An officer who has refused an traffic control assignment at Salt Lake City’s Pride Parade has been placed on administrative leave.

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Another First! The U.S. Army Will Supply A Color Guard For Today’s D.C. Pride Parade

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:40 AM June 7, 2014
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Today, for the first time in history, a U.S. military color guard will march in a Gay Pride parade.

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General Mills Chooses Lucky Charms To Celebrate Pride Month

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:41 AM June 6, 2014
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“Hearts, Stars, and Horseshoes. Clovers and Blue Moons. Hourglasses, Rainbows, and Tasty Red Balloons.” Lucky Charms is celebrating Pride Month.

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Jackson Responds To Mississippi’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Law By Passing Non-Discrimination Resolution

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:59 PM June 5, 2014
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“I know there is more good in Jackson than bad. I want to make sure when the history books are written there was no question where the City of Jackson was.” – Council President Melvin Priester

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What’s Your Favorite? Facebook Celebrates Pride Month With New LGBT Icons

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:35 PM June 5, 2014
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June is officially Pride month, and to celebrate, Facebook has introduced a “Pride Pack” of LGBT emoticons. Have a look and choose a favorite.

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Fashionistas Draw First Blood – Sultan of Brunei Cancels Annual Fashion Prize

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:30 AM June 4, 2014
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The boycott of properties owned by the Sultan of Brunei has scored a victory, as fashion designers force the Dorchester Collection to cancel its annual Fashion Prize.

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On Our Radar – Emily Letts – Yet Another Courageous Shero In The War On Women

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:39 AM June 1, 2014
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She wanted to show women “abortion isn’t scary, and that there is such a thing as a positive abortion story,” so she taped her own procedure. Today the courage of Emily Letts is On Our Radar