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The Week in LGBT Equality: August 17

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

From a strong showing from LGBT Olympians in London, to more support for marriage equality in Washington State, to young conservatives speaking out for marriage in advance of the Republican convention – get caught up on this week’s advances in LGBT equality:

  • Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry wrote a letter to the RNC urging platform committee members not to oppose marriage equality in the 2012 platform. The Republicans are expected to draft their platform next week, in advance of their convention in Tampa.
  • The Democratic Party’s full platform committee unanimously approved the party’s 2012 platform, which for the first time included support for marriage equality; as well as advocating for a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The full platform now must be ratified at the party’s convention next month in Charlotte, N.C.
  • With her promotion to Army brigadier general, Tammy Smith became the highest-ranking openly gay service member. Smith’s wife participated in her promotion ceremony.
  • The FAA released new certification procedures that eliminate burdensome, medically-unjustified psychological testing for transgender pilots. The new procedures ensure that transgender pilots are treated with the same respect as their peers.
  • Ten of the 23 out LGBT Olympians took home medals at this year’s Summer Olympic in London.
  • REI became the latest company to endorse marriage equality in Washington State. It’s the latest in a long list of companies to support equality, joining organizations like Microsoft, Starbucks, Vulcan, Nike, Google, Amazon, and Alcoa.
  • Actor Greg Rikaart ran an op-ed in the Huffington Post refocusing the Chick-fil-A debate on the heart of the matter: the organizations Chick-fil-A donates money to, and what those organizations do to LGBT people.
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