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All posts for the month October, 2015

Missouri Attorney General Koster Reiterates Call for Legislature To Pass New Nondiscrimination Law

The Missouri Times on October 29, 2015 GayMissouriAbstr

Earlier this week, the Western District Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that current state law barring discrimination based on sex is intended to prevent gender-based discrimination only, not discrimination based on sexual orientation. In the majority opinion, Chief Judge James Welch wrote, “No matter how compelling Pittman’s argument may be and no matter how sympathetic […]

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Actress Urges Houston Voters To Pass Nondiscrimination Ordinance

KWTX on October 29, 2015 NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08:  Actress Sally Field attends NYFF 50th Anniversary surprise screening of Lincoln at Alice Tully Hall on October 8, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Film Society of Lincoln Center)

HOUSTON (October 29, 2015) Actress Sally Field says that as a mother of a gay son, she hopes Houston voters will pass a nondiscrimination ordinance on Tuesday. Field, whose mother was born in Houston, says the ordinance also would protect women, minorities, veterans and the disabled from discrimination. Opponents of the ordinance contend it would infringe on religious beliefs […]

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The T Came Later: Here’s one of the earliest LGB nondiscrimination laws in the U.S.

Fusion on October 28, 2015 mn-ordinance-local-nondiscrimination-report

In 1974, the Minneapolis city council amended their local code of Civil Rights Ordinances to protect residents from employment discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation. With the addition of five new words (“…or affectional or sexual preference”), the very first piece of private employment nondiscrimination law covering lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in the United […]

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Winning Our Rights (In Michigan)

PrideSource on October 28, 2015 Unknown

Equality Michigan‘s brand-spanking new executive director gives us great vision for their state: “It’s time. If there’s one thing that LGBT people in Michigan can agree on is that it is clearly time we updated our statewide nondiscrimination law to include all of us. You know it’s time, I know it’s time and 70 percent […]

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Nondiscrimination Bill introduced in Ohio

Human Rights Campaign on October 28, 2015 GayOhioAbstr

Today, Rep. Nickie Antonio introduced an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination bill in the Ohio House of Representatives. The Ohio Fairness Act would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodation. Read more here.

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RESOURCE ROUNDUP: Center for American Progress

Center for American Progress on October 28, 2015 logo_cap1

The LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress has compiled a set of comprehensive products on these three vital areas of LGBT equality: non-discrimination protections, overly-broad Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, and inclusive local, state, and federal data collection.  Despite our nation’s historic progress on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality over […]

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LGBT Policy Spotlight: Local Employment Nondiscrimination Ordinances

Movement Advancement Project on October 28, 2015 policy-spotlight-local-NDOs

Our friends at the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) have released another great report in collaboration with Equality Federation. LGBT Policy Spotlight: Local Employment Nondiscrimination Ordinances examines city and county nondiscrimination ordinances (NDOs) that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in private employment. The report details where these ordinances are geographically, their growth […]

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A Look at State Laws Addressing LGBT Nondiscrimination

Associated Press on October 25, 2015 28states

In the absence of a federal law banning discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, there is a sharp split among the states, with some enacting such protections and a majority opting not to. According to LGBT-rights advocacy groups, here’s the latest breakdown: —28 states have no explicit statewide protections for sexual orientation and […]

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Cuomo Planning Discrimination Protections for Transgender New Yorkers

New York Times on October 22, 2015 GENDER-web-master315

ALBANY — Taking action on a political issue that has long been stalled here, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is poised to announce executive action on Thursday intended to protect transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and other areas. The action is to be announced at a dinner for Empire State Pride Agenda, a prominent […]

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Florida Rubio-Endorsed Lawmaker Files ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill To Make Refusing Service To LGBT People Legal

The New Civil Rights Movement on October 22, 2015 florida-gay-marriage

Marco Rubio’s far-right positions, especially on LGBT people, are well-known. As The New Civil Rights Movement’s Rachel Witkin reported, Sen. Rubio supported Indiana’s “religious freedom” bill that brought international shame to the Hoosier State, he thinks that children can only live in families with a father and a mother – because that’s what the Bible […]

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