Lee Knight Joins the Southern Advisory Council

posted on Wed, Mar 25 2015 12:44 pm by Jaime Bellemare, Digital Associate

Lee Knight lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her wife, Dana and their two children, Miller (6) and Margot (4).  

Lee is very active in LGBTQ advocacy in Charlotte, currently serving on the board of the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund. The Fund is a collective aimed at giving fund and endowment to positively impact the underfunding of nonprofit organizations serving the LGBTQ community. Lee previously served on the board of Time Out Youth, a local organization dedicated to providing support, advocacy and education to LGBTQ youth.

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New Bill in Congress Would Ensure All Spouses Can Access Social Security Benefits

posted on Thu, Mar 19 2015 3:04 pm by Michael Porcello, Legislative Counsel

This Tuesday, Representative Ron Kind of Wisconsin introduced the Social Security and Marriage Equality Act (HR 1404), a piece of federal legislation that would ensure that all same-sex spouses are eligible to receive and access Social Security spousal benefits, regardless of where they live. Currently, federal law only permits same-sex couples to access these crucial spousal benefits if they live in a state that recognizes their marriage.

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Richard Alalouf Joins the Southern Advisory Council

posted on Thu, Mar 12 2015 10:04 am by Jaime Bellemare, Digital Associate

Richard Alalouf was born in Montreal, Canada a million years ago (or as he says, just after the ice age). Richard spent much of his time in Toronto, where he attended Centennial College.  He graduated with a degree in business management and was also politically involved as President of the Student Association and as sitting Governor on the College Board. 

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Jenny Rain joins the Outspoken Generation

posted on Tue, Feb 24 2015 1:42 pm by Rebecca Day, Digital Communications Intern

Name: Jenny Rain

City: Washington, DC

Family Facts: Jenny has 2 dads!

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VICTORY! New Labor Rule Allows Employees Across the U.S. to Take FMLA Leave to Care for a Same-Sex Spouse

posted on Mon, Feb 23 2015 3:04 pm by Michael Porcello, Legislative Counsel

This morning, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued a new rule allowing employees to take unpaid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave to care for their same-sex spouse, regardless of where the couple lives. Previously, employees were only eligible to take FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse if they lived in a state that recognized their marriage – meaning couples living in the states that do not recognize same-sex marriages could not access this critical benefit. Today, same-sex couples living in every state are permitted to take FMLA leave to care for one another, as long as their marriage was valid in the state where it was celebrated.

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