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All posts for the month December, 2014

ACLU Asks Whitefish, Montana to Pass Nondiscrimination Ordinance

NBC Montana on December 31, 2014 wint_22

The ACLU of Montana and the Montana Human Rights Network are pushing the City of Whitefish to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance. This comes just more than a month after the state legalized gay marriage. Under current state law, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people can be fired from their jobs, or denied housing. The ordinance […]

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Montana Pushes Statewide Nondiscrimination Bill

Great Falls Tribune on December 29, 2014 montanaWD

Coming off a successful effort in the 2013 Legislature to strike unconstitutional language banning gay sex from the state’s “deviate sexual conduct” law, combined with a recent federal court ruling overturning Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage, supporters of a statewide nondiscrimination measure hope to have some momentum heading into 2015. Read more here.

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BEST PRACTICE: Equality Utah Launches Video Series to Shine Light on Trans Utahns

Equality Utah on December 22, 2014 Unknown

It is critical that nondiscrimination campaigns at the local and state level highlight the stories of transgender individuals and their families. Most Americans lack a mental template for transgender individuals, making them less likely to support protections based on gender identity, particularly in public accommodations. An effective way to build that positive mental template is […]

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LDS Church Clarifies Position on Utah’s Nondiscrimination Legislation

Deseret News on December 21, 2014 1459540

SALT LAKE CITY — The LDS Church issued a statement Sunday that it has not changed its position on legislation that protects gays from discrimination in housing and employment. On Friday, a draft of a new version of Mormon.org, went live on the Internet and included a statement about nondiscrimination ordinances that some interpreted as […]

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Transgender Law Center Applauds Attorney General Memo on Transgender Discrimination

Transgender Law Center on December 18, 2014 Eric-Holder-Meme

Transgender Law Center praises an official memo released today by United States Attorney General Eric Holder committing that the Department of Justice will stop making arguments in litigation suggesting that transgender people are not covered by Title VII, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in employment. Read more here.

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NEW REPORT: The LGBT Divide: A Data Portrait of LGBT People in the Midwestern, Mountain & Southern States

The Williams Institute on December 18, 2014 Unknown

LGBT Americans face greater social and economic disparities in the South, Midwest, and Mountain states, according to a new Williams Institute report sponsored by Credit Suisse, a longtime partner of the Williams Institute. The report reviews social climate, demographic, economic and health indicators, and highlights disparities between the 21 states that currently have non-discrimination laws […]

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Governor-elect of Massachusetts Opposes Expansion of Transgender Nondiscrimination Protections

Mass Live on December 16, 2014 16284861-mmmain

Massachusetts governor-elect Charlie Baker would not support expanding the state’s nondiscrimination law to add protections for transgender people in public accommodations, such as restaurants or theaters. Massachusetts is the only state with gender identity protections in employment and housing but not public accommodations. Read more here.

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Can’t Have Your Cake, Gays Are Told, and a Rights Battle Rises

The New York Times on December 16, 2014 images

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Jack Phillips is a baker whose evangelical Protestant faith informs his business. There are no Halloween treats in his bakery — he does not see devils and witches as a laughing matter. He will not make erotic-themed pastries — they offend his sense of morality. And he declines cake orders for same-sex […]

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State of LGBT Rights: Married on Sunday, but Fired on Monday

The Daily Beast on December 14, 2014 1418557521473.cached

The victories for same-sex marriage are amazing. If you asked most anyone in America how things were going for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, they would probably respond, “Great!” But in 14 of those states in which a gay or lesbian person is allowed to marry the person they love, one can get married […]

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Parts of Montana Lack Legal Protections While Acceptance Grows for LGBT Community

Great Falls Tribune on December 13, 2014 montana_pride_postcard-r2cb58a62856d4daf897ebe5a7d28c3ee_vgbaq_8byvr_324

In Montana, while same-sex people can now marry, many still worry about employment and housing rights, bullying in schools, adoption and family law, and laws regarding transgender people in transition. Read more here.

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