NOW is committed to fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, health services, child custody and military policies. NOW is committed to educational efforts that combat the adverse effects of homophobia, promote positive images in the media and ultimately ensure civil rights protection for all. NOW asserts the right of lesbians to live their lives with dignity and security, and marriage equality for all.
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We’re collecting signatures for full marriage equality. It’s time to tell your representatives that Americans should have the freedom to marry the person they love, no matter their sexual orientation.
Today, voting rights are still challenged by right-wing voter suppression tactics designed to restrict the participation of voters whose support would likely favor the anti-Citizens United, pro-woman and pro-labor agenda.
We used to hear the saying, “As General Motors goes, so goes the nation,” but to gauge where we stand and where we’re going as a society, maybe we should substitute “Netflix” for the automaker’s name. Consider the case of transgender rights. This is a landscape that is rapidly changing, breaking convention, busting stereotypes and forcing new ways of thinking on large segments of the population.
The Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule that would extend the definition of the word “spouse” with regard to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include same-sex couples working in states that do not recognize their marriage.
The passage of the Affordable Care Act—colloquially known as Obamacare—marked a victory in providing comprehensive, accessible health coverage to low-wage women.
O’Neill’s passion about public policy that works for the benefit of women is evident. She talks about every point with a conviction that seems born directly out of personal experience. While much of our conversation focused on economic justice, that’s just one of the six core issues NOW works to change. Constitutional equality, reproductive rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, and ending violence against women are also high on the NOW priority list. O’Neill says the equality for women can’t truly be achieved unless all of those issues are addressed.Read more
Jeffrey Gettleman writes for the New York Times: “In front of an overflowing courtroom in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, a panel of five judges announced that the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which punishes some homosexual behavior with life in prison, was inva… Read more »Read more
NPR interviews Laura Erickson-shroth: “The new book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a collection of essays describing the varied experiences of transgender people — and the social, political and medical issues they face. It’s written by and for transgend… Read more »Read more
Meredith Talusan writes for The Nation: “By failing to connect the plight of trans women to the struggles of all women, feminists overlook the same culture of male entitlement they seek to combat.”… Read more »Read more
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Definitions for the many words related to same-sex marriage.