civic equality

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What can you do about human rights abuses? [video]

Everyone can help fight forced labor and other human rights abuses. Watch this video to learn how you can make a difference.
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How do sign language interpreters work?

Learn about the federal laws that require sign language interpreters in the United States and where you'll regularly find them.
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West Point honors Buffalo Soldiers

West Point is honoring Buffalo Soldiers who taught horsemanship to white cadets. Learn about these early African American soldiers.
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Number of LGBTQI+ elected officials is growing in the United States

A new report shows that the number of LGBTQI+ elected officials in national, state and local government roles continues to rise in the U.S.
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U.S. supports Uyghurs in ‘Voices of Xinjiang’

Relatives of Uyghurs harassed or detained in the People's Republic of China are sharing stories through the State Department's Voices of Xinjiang project.
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Why do many Americans list pronouns on social media profiles?

Read on to learn why it matters what pronouns you use to refer to people and how the United States embraces sharing pronouns.
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Juneteenth: A day to celebrate Black communities’ strength

Learn about Juneteenth, an African American holiday that celebrates what historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. calls "the shining promise of emancipation."
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Love is love: How same-sex marriage became a right in the...

The U.S. Supreme Court decision ensuring a nationwide right to same-sex marriage was a major milestone on the path to equal rights for LGBTQI+ Americans.
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U.S. protects the rights of LGBTQI+ people [video]

The U.S. is committed to promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms for the LGBTQI+ community and all people. Learn more with this video.