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All posts for the month August, 2015

PA Lawmakers To Try Again For Anti-Discrimination Protection For LGBT People

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Pennsylvania lawmakers are trying, once again, to change the state’s anti-discrimination law. A pair of bills have been introduced that would update the Human Relations Act, making it illegal for someone to be fired from a job, turned away from a business and evicted from or denied housing because of sexual orientation or gender identity. […]

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Scottsdale, Arizona May Proceed with LGBT Protections, After All

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SCOTTSDALE — The Scottsdale City Council might reconsider moving forward on a law that would protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In March, the majority of council members chose not to pursue an anti-discrimination ordinance for LGBT members, saying the measure could be divisive in the community and add unneeded government […]

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Tennessee Man Claims He Was Fired Because He is Gay, Files EEOC Complaint

WKRN on August 28, 2015 gayTN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A gay worker said he was fired after he gave another worker, who bad mouth gays, his walking papers. That gay worker has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and claimed he was wrongfully terminated because of his sexual orientation. Read more here.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas Ordinance: the Good vs. the Perfect

Arkansas Times on August 27, 2015 Fayetteville_collage

The ordinance has real flaws in terms of the breadth of its religious exemptions. In the end, however, the substantive and symbolic gains for LGBT rights in the state that would come from a victory by the measure outweigh the ordinance’s very real flaws. Read more here.

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Equality PA Applauds the Introduction of the Pennsylvania Fairness Act

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Harrisburg – Today the PA Fairness Act was introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to update the Human Relations Act to ensure that no one can be fired from a job, turned away from a business, or evicted from a home just for being gay or transgender. Read more at Equality Pennsylvania’s website.

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Proposed Charter Amendment Defines Gender Identity in Houston

KTHR AM on August 25, 2015 **ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY AUG. 26**A sign marks the entrance to a gender neutral restroom  at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

The Texas Supreme Court is awaiting a response by the city of Houston over a possible ballot question that would redefine gender identity in the city charter. Dave Wilson, a Houston Community College trustee, believes his proposal would provide a permanent fix to recent controversy over the mayor’s equal rights ordinance which allows for protections […]

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John Oliver Advocates for a Federal Anti-Discrimination Law on ‘Last Week Tonight’

The Wall Street Journal on August 24, 2015 john-oliver-hbo_article_story_large

Before John Oliver and the “Last Week Tonight” team headed off on a two-week hiatus Sunday night (the HBO news-satire program returns with new episodes Sept. 13), they left us with some food for thought. In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage earlier this summer, Oliver devoted his main story to discrimination against LGBT people. He then closed […]

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Indiana’s LGBT Civil Rights Debate Still Simmers

South Bend Tribune on August 23, 2015 GayIndianaAbstr

After the spring’s national furor over Indiana’s passage of a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, several Hoosier cities this summer quietly extended civil rights protections to those of differing sexual orientation or gender identities. Quietly, that is, until proposed Elkhart and Goshen ordinances in the last several weeks drew outsiders from both sides to Michiana. The […]

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Pastor: Thanks But No Thanks to Florida’s Homophobic Protection Act

Orlando Sentinel on August 23, 2015 florida-gay-marriage

On the whole, a pastor’s job is not particularly dangerous. Most of us who serve communities of faith aren’t called upon to jump out of airplanes or to put out forest fires. It’s true, clergy are at higher risk of heart disease, stress and depression than the general population, but that’s because too many of […]

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Human-Rights Ordinance Could Give Carmel, Indiana Economic Edge

Indiana Business Journal on August 22, 2015 CityOfCarmelLOGO

Carmel’s adoption of an anti-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation as a protected class would give it an edge in economic development over other communities that aren’t pursuing such measures. That’s the view of economic development experts and site-selection consultants—who say that, while businesses consider many factors before choosing where to locate, a community’s openness […]

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