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HRC weekly update September 24, 2006 10:25 AM

Dear Friend, It's another one of those weeks where things never slow down. But, fortunately, there are many positive developments to report. On Tuesday, we released our Corporate Equality Index, our annual scoring of companies based on their GLBT policies. This year, an impressive 138 companies scored 100% - up from 101 the year before. And just think about this: we've had a ten-fold increase in "100 percenters" in just 4 years! Our Workplace Project team continues to do amazing work in both researching and actively helping companies to improve. It just goes to show that long before the politicians in Washington figure it out, corporate executives around the country are discovering that GLBT-inclusive policies are good for their bottom line. To learn more or to download your own copy of the report, go to: Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee reported out a bill to reauthorize the Ryan White CARE Act. As all of you know, the THE AGENDA On Monday, tune in to XM Satellite Radio channel 200 from 6-8 p.m. Eastern to hear Iraq veteran and Democratic Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth, on “The Agenda with Joe Solmonese.” Learn more here. HRC NATIONAL DINNER Don’t forget to book your tickets for the HRC National Dinner on Oct. 7! Go here today. program provides a critical lifeline of medical and supportive services to over half a million Americans living with HIV/AIDS. But, there is both good news and bad news. We are happy that the bill is moving forward, because it needs to be passed by October 1st. (If Congress doesn't meet its deadline, we won't see important changes that we want to take effect in 2007.) Unfortunately, the bill is not adequately funded to meet the needs of many communities, and we anticipate losses in places such as New York and San Francisco. We will be working closely with congressional allies to try to improve the bill over the next week. I continue to criss-cross the country. This week, it's Philadelphia and New Orleans. In Philadelphia, we organized a "Take Action" meeting to mobilize volunteers and get ready for key races. Booting Senator Rick Santorum and helping HRC-endorsed congressional candidates, Joe Sestak and Patrick Murphy, are big priorities for us and we are also targeting key state-level races. We had a great turn-out of Philadelphians ready to pitch in, and the polling numbers look encouraging. In New Orleans, this weekend, we are presenting the movie, "Dirty Laundry" at one of our Historically Black Colleges and Universities partners, Dillard University. We wanted to end our movie tour in New Orleans as a special tribute to the community there, still trying to rebuild after Katrina. Finally, for those of you coming to our National Dinner in Washington on October 7th, we have an incredible program taking shape. We will be honoring pioneers, Frank Kameny and Billie Jean King. There are a number of guest appearances and surprises in the works, so go find those perfect new Manolos or dust off your old tux, because it's going to be a night to remember. For more about the dinner, go to: That's all for this week. Have a great weekend! Warmly, Joe Solmonese signature Joe Solmonese President, Human Rights Campaign  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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