• FBI’s Los Angeles Office Urges Victims To Report Hate Crimes

    (CNS) – The FBI’s Los Angeles field office launched a multi-lingual campaign Wednesday to raise awareness about hate crimes and encourage victims to report them. The FBI considers hate crimes to be criminal offenses against a person or property that is motivated at least in part “by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, […]

  • Cinema Diverse Filmmaker on Gender Identity in “Dress Code”

    Melanie Notinger wrote and directed the short film “Dress Code” as a way to understand gender identity.  The result is a poetic look on representation and finding your truth.  I spoke with Notinger about the making of her film on NBC Palm Springs’ The Morning Show. “Dress Code” premieres Sunday, September 19th at 12:15 pm […]

  • Virginia governor signs bill banning conversion therapy for minors

    (CNN) — Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed into law a bill banning the controversial practice of “conversion therapy” for minors, according to a release from his office Tuesday. The legislation, House Bill 386, adds the commonwealth to a growing list of states that have issued similar bans on the widely discredited practice, which attempts to forcibly […]

  • Utah bans conversion therapy for LGBTQ children

    Utah is now the 19th state to outlaw conversion therapy for minors after a new rule from its governor went into effect late Tuesday. The ban issued by Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, comes a year after an effort to end the practice in the conservative state stalled in the legislature. Conversion therapy is an attempt […]

  • House passes sweeping LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill in historic vote

    The House on Friday passed a sweeping LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill that would modify existing civil rights legislation to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, jury service, education, federal programs and credit. “The LGBTQ community has waited nearly 250 years for full equality in our country,” said Rep. […]

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