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August 13, 2015 3:55 pm ET

STUDY: Houston Media Help Misrepresent Equal Rights Ordinance

Television news stations in Houston have misrepresented the city's Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which will be up for public repeal in November. Media outlets have uncritically parroted myths about the ordinance's protections for transgender people and failed to tell viewers that HERO prohibits discrimination on the basis of a wide range of characteristics, including sex, race, and religion. 

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July 28, 2015 10:34 am ET

The "First Amendment Defense Act" Is The Next Attack on LGBT Rights

In response to the Supreme Court's historic marriage equality ruling, conservative media has endorsed a newly proposed federal bill called the "First Amendment Defense Act" (FADA). Though conservatives have touted FADA as an effort to protect religious liberty, critics warn the bill would undermine the government's ability to combat anti-gay discrimination.

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June 03, 2015 12:53 pm ET

17 School Districts Debunk Right-Wing Lies About Protections For Transgender Students

The collective experience of 17 U.S. school districts has shattered the right-wing myth that says prohibiting discrimination against transgender students causes confusion and inappropriate behavior. Years after implementing their own anti-discrimination policies, none of the schools have experienced any problems. 

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April 08, 2015 10:01 am ET

REPORT: How National Media Outlets Cover Transgender News Stories

Cable, broadcast, and Spanish language news networks largely ignored an “epidemic of deadly violence” against the transgender community in the first two months of 2015, despite devoting coverage to various transgender stories. When networks discussed transgender issues, they often failed to include the voices of transgender individuals, especially transgender women of color.

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July 30, 2014 1:13 pm ET

REPORT: Hate Group Leader’s Appearances Plummet On CNN And MSNBC, Hold Steady On Fox News

Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins has appeared significantly less frequently on CNN and MSNBC in the wake of petitions calling on the networks to stop hosting him. Perkins, whose organization has been labeled an anti-gay “hate group,” continues to appear frequently on Fox News.

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June 27, 2014 2:16 pm ET

REPORT: Houston Media Outlets Fail To Debunk Misinformation About Equal Rights Ordinance

Houston media outlets have failed to hold anti-LGBT activists accountable for the misinformation they have spread about the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), currently the focus of a repeal effort. Media outlets have allowed myths about the ordinance’s protections for transgender people to go unchallenged and have disproportionately cited anti-LGBT groups and advocates in their reporting on the measure.

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April 22, 2014 10:02 am ET

Cable Evening News Ignores Major HIV/AIDS Stories

Despite major developments in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and research in 2013, cable evening news shows devoted scant time to covering developments in the fight against HIV/AIDS in 2013. The lack of coverage of HIV/AIDS stories has continued into the first quarter of 2014.

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March 20, 2014 10:00 am ET

15 Experts Debunk Right-Wing Transgender Bathroom Myth

Experts in 12 states -- including law enforcement officials, government employees, and advocates for victims of sexual assault -- have debunked the right-wing myth that sexual predators will exploit transgender non-discrimination laws to sneak into women's restrooms, calling the myth baseless and "beyond specious."

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March 17, 2014 1:31 pm ET

Right-Wing Media Denounce Guinness For Protesting Parade's Homophobia

Guinness announced that it will not participate in the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade due to the parade's exclusion of LGBT groups, prompting outrage and calls for boycott from right-wing media figures.

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February 27, 2014 2:34 pm ET

Conservative Media Are Outraged That Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill Was Vetoed

Several right-wing media figures reacted with outrage on Twitter after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have permitted businesses and individuals to refuse to serve gay couples and individuals.

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January 27, 2014 11:12 am ET

Right-Wing Media Freak Out Over Same-Sex Marriages At The Grammys

Right-wing media figures condemned the weddings of 33 same-sex and opposite-sex couples at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, describing the ceremony as an attack on Christianity.

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January 22, 2014 10:21 am ET

REPORT: Fox News Silent On Anti-Gay Human Rights Crises

Fox News has been all but silent in reporting on major human rights crises facing gays and lesbians in Uganda, Nigeria, and India over the past few weeks, continuing the network’s pattern of turning a blind eye to significant international stories about the LGBT community.

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December 19, 2013 2:24 pm ET

Fox News Employees Rush To Defend Duck Dynasty Star’s Anti-Gay Comments

Fox News employees are rushing to defend Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson after A&E placed him on indefinite hiatus for making anti-gay remarks in which he called homosexuality a sin, illogical, and akin to bestiality.

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December 03, 2013 2:25 pm ET

REPORT: World AIDS Day Gets 15 Seconds On Fox News

Both CNN and MSNBC devoted significant coverage to the Obama administration’s commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 2. Fox News, on the other hand, spent less than 20 seconds acknowledging President Obama’s speech outlining significant new efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.

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November 26, 2013 1:23 pm ET

Fox News Spent Less Than 5 Minutes Covering Former Employee Liz Cheney's Anti-Gay Controversy

Fox News spent under five minutes covering the controversy between Republican Wyoming Senate candidate and former Fox News contributor Liz Cheney and her openly gay sister Mary Cheney over Liz's opposition to marriage equality - significantly less than CNN and MSNBC, who both devoted more than one hour.

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November 08, 2013 1:10 pm ET

REPORT: Fox News Spends 19 Seconds Covering Senate Passage Of ENDA

In its latest effort to downplay the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Fox News spent a mere 19 seconds covering its historic passage by the Senate on November 7.

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November 07, 2013 11:03 am ET

REPORT: Fox News Ignores Historic ENDA Senate Vote

Fox News largely ignored a historic vote on November 4 when the U.S. Senate voted to take up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that bans workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. While CNN and MSNBC covered the vote, Fox devoted half of its already-scant coverage to dismissing ENDA as a "distraction."

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November 02, 2013 3:43 pm ET

Debunking Conservative Lies About The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

As the Senate prepares to take its first vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in over a decade, prominent social conservatives and right-wing media outlets have begun peddling long-debunked myths about the measure, which would protect employees from mistreatment on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.

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August 14, 2013 3:06 pm ET

"The Biggest Con In The World": Fox News Reacts To California Student Gender Identity Bill

Fox News launched a smear campaign against a historic California law that would allow transgender public school students to have access to school facilities and athletic teams that match their gender identity. The network peddled a number of myths about the measure, adding to Fox's long history of promoting damaging transphobic misinformation.

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August 09, 2013 11:58 am ET

REPORT: NBC News’ Olympic Coverage Ignores Controversy Over Russia’s Anti-Gay Law

NBC Sports has pledged to expose Russia’s anti-gay “propaganda” law during its exclusive coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Since the law’s passage on June 10, however, NBC’s news programming has almost completely ignored the controversy surrounding the measure, raising concerns about their willingness to report on the law during the event next February.

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