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All posts for the month November, 2015

After a Defeat in Houston, the Fight for Gay Rights Shifts to Jacksonville

New York Times on November 28, 2015 29jacksonville-articleLarge

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The first major gay rights showdown since Houston’s rancorous vote to repeal its anti-discrimination ordinance is shaping up here in Jacksonville, the largest city in the nation whose leaders have never enacted civil rights protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Like Houston, Jacksonville is a growing Southern city where religion […]

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Equality Federation: Indiana Nondiscrimination Bill ‘a cynical piece of legislation that would promote and codify discrimination’

Rebecca Isaacs, Equality Federation Executive Director on November 20, 2015 Rebecca_Isaacs_insert_courtesy_Equality_Federation-300x200

Equality Federation is concerned Indiana’s Senate Bill 100, introduced by Senate Republicans, would not cover many Hoosiers from discrimination. While the authors are framing the bill as nondiscrimination legislation, it includes broad exemptions allowing discrimination by a host of organizations and businesses. The bill discourages people from filing discrimination complaints and would preempt many towns […]

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STRATEGY: How Data and Analytics Build Power for the Long Haul

Sam Gehler, Organizing Director, Equality Pennsylvania on November 19, 2015 fbookmeta

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Kentucky Businesses Band Together to Fight for Statewide Fairness Law

Louisville Business First on November 19, 2015 gaykentuckyflag_1

A coalition of Kentucky businesses, ranging from some of the state’s biggest employers to small companies, are working together in the hopes of getting a statewide fairness law passed. The law would update Kentucky’s Civil Rights Act to add protections for LGBT Kentuckians against discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. Read more here.

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Wisconsin Transgender ‘Bathroom Bill’ Set for Public Hearing

The Cap Times on November 19, 2015 wh4tzS4L

A controversial bill that would regulate transgender students’ school bathroom use will be heard by the Assembly education committee on Thursday. The bill, introduced by Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, and Sen. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, would require school boards to designate school restrooms and locker rooms for use by one gender exclusively. In other words, transgender students would […]

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News Analysis: Michigan’s Pre-ballot Battle

Pride Source on November 19, 2015 Unknown

Two weeks ago Dana Nessel, the attorney who first brought the DeBoer case — one of four marriage cases decided by the Supreme Court in June which led to full marriage equality in the United States — announced that she was driving an initiative to place on the 2016 presidential ballot a question to expand […]

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Studies Show Billions at Risk for Georgia in ‘Religious Liberty’ Fight

Atlanta Journal-Constitution on November 19, 2015 GAY MARRIAGE

Two of Atlanta’s leading business groups say lawmakers have more than a billion reasons not to pass legislation that some believe would allow for discrimination against gay Georgians. And it’s green, as in dollars. For the first time, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau have separately produced studies that show […]

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REPORT: High Rate of Employment Discrimination Against Transgender Job Applicants

DC Office of Human Rights on November 18, 2015 QualifiedAndTransgender_SocialMediaGraphic

The DC Office of Human Rights released a groundbreaking report that shows high rates of discrimination against the transgender community during the job application phase. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first government-run resume testing project in the nation to study ‪discrimination against ‪‎transgender and gender non-conforming job applicants. We think it has potential to […]

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Indiana Republicans Introduce The Most Anti-LGBT LGBT Rights Bill Ever

Think Progress on November 18, 2015 indiana

After last spring’s disastrous “religious liberty” legislation and months of chatter, Indiana Republicans have cooked up some new legislation to protect LGBT people from discrimination. Unfortunately, a draft of the new bill reveals that it is designed to accomplish the complete opposite. The bill, which will be known as Senate Bill 100, does add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the […]

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Indiana Republicans’ LGBT Protections Bill Draws Criticism on Both Sides

Indy Star on November 17, 2015 GayIndianaAbstr

In the opening salvo of what is likely to be a long and arduous debate, Indiana Senate Republicans introduced legislation Tuesday that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s civil rights laws while carving out several exemptions for those with strong religious objections. The measure would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people against discrimination in housing, employment […]

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