Year after year, Democrats chase the votes of white women, frequently to no avail—white women voted for Romney over Obama in 2012 (56 percent to 42 percent), for McCain over Obama in 2008 (53 percent to 46 percent), and Bush over Kerry in 2004 (55 percent to 44 percent)—while dismissing the women who are the key to their victories.

Not only do political campaigns ignore Black women, but our contributions to Democratic victories frequently go unrecognized. After Terry McAuliffe’s victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race, for example, many mainstream media outlets claimed that “women” won the election for him. While that is true, generally—because Black women are women too—claims that women won the election for McAuliffe obfuscate an important fact: that McAuliffe won 91 percent of Black women’s vote while winning only 38 percent of white women’s votes.

Women of color, and Black women in particular (because we have the strongest turnout among women of color), could hand Clinton the White House on a silver platter. But not if she doesn’t work for it. And that means addressing issues that uniquely face us.

Today #BiHealthMonth highlights ways to support bisexual youth at home and in both schools and communities. The HRC’s Bi Youth Report provides several recommendations to improve the lives of bisexual youth, including:

  • Calling out biphobia and stereotypes about bisexuality when you see it
  • Using inclusive language in programs and services
  • Learning about bisexuality and issues affecting the bi community in order to effectively address the needs of bi youth
  • Inviting bisexual leaders to speak at LGBTQ+ events so that bi youth can see themselves represented and celebrated

What else can we do to improve the mental health and well-being of bisexual youth?

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Last night, members of the HIV/AIDS action advocacy group ACT UP protested outside the Waldorf Astoria, where the Human Rights Campaign was holding its annual New York fundraising gala. Here’s why they were there, according to ACT UP:

HRC has created an LGBT equality index to score the Fortune 500 companies, but there’s no mention of HIV and the thousands of LGBT people with HIV in the workplace. We demand that HRC include several criteria to evaluate companies on their treatment of employees living with HIV, as well as their contributions to organizations and causes relate to reducing the incidence of HIV among LGBT Americans, particularly among the young. For over 30 years, too many have been fired, harassed, outed and discriminated against at work for having HIV. Also at this gala, many of the corporations that HRC will honor actively work against the interests of middle-class and poor Americans, including people with HIV. ACT UP denounces this frequent practice of ’“pinkwashing” whereby corporations with policies and practices that undermine the people’s well-being are given positive publicity in exchange for maintaining LGBT-friendly (or just equal) workplaces. This is short-sighted and divisive. We demand that HRC develop other criteria that takes into account the impact of companies’ policies on every American, not just LGBT Americans.

Whoa. (photos via Benjamin Heim Shepard, story via Joe. My. God.)

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FUCK YES HILLARY 2016

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Join The Human Rights Campaign in The People’s Brief. This is the first time Americans that support marriage equality can have the opportunity to have their voices be heard in a civil rights case this large. Imagine your voice being heard in the Supreme Court! You can read The People’s Brief HERE and show your support by signing it HERE!

“I really hate the word “diversity”. It suggests something…other. As if it is something…special. Or rare. Diversity! As if there is something unusual about telling stories involving women and people of color and LGBTQ characters on TV. I have a different word: NORMALIZING. I’m normalizing TV.“

-Shonda Rhimes at the HRC Gala, accepting her Ally for Equality Award