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