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All posts for the month January, 2016

Missouri lawmakers take aim at gender-neutral bathrooms

Kansas City Star on January 31, 2016 GayMissouriAbstr

Steph Perkins couldn’t help but feel under assault. Years trying to persuade the Springfield City Council to outlaw discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens finally paid off in late 2014 when a nondiscrimination ordinance became law. Perkins and his fellow supporters didn’t have long to celebrate. Evangelical groups worked quickly on a petition […]

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Indiana Senate committee passes Trojan horse nondiscrimination bill

Metro Weekly on January 28, 2016 Rainbow_flag_breeze_indiana

Despite attempts to give their state a much-needed public relations makeover, Hoosier lawmakers have fallen short in passing comprehensive protections for Indiana’s LGBT citizens. In a 7-5 vote, the Indiana Senate Rules & Legislative Procedure Committee approved a so-called “nondiscrimination” bill that purports to protect LGB people from unfair treatment in employment, education, credit, housing and public accommodations. […]

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Virginia Senate committee approves nondiscrimination bills

Metro Weekly on January 27, 2016 images

A Virginia Senate committee approved two measures that would prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in public employment and in housing in the commonwealth, with both bills earning bipartisan support as they head for a floor vote later this week. The Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology approved SB12, a measure patroned by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria, Arlington, […]

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POLICY SPOTLIGHT: Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBT People

Movement Advancement Project on January 27, 2016 unnamed

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Quick Facts: Charlotte, North Carolina’s proposed LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance explained

Creative Loafing on January 26, 2016 NorthCarolinaGayAbstr

Charlotte City Council is due to debate a package of LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances next month. The move comes nearly a year after city council defeated the same proposal in a 6-5 vote last March. The defeat last year came in part because councilmembers LaWana Mayfield and John Autry voted against what advocates called a weakened […]

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Time Runs Out Before Florida Senate Panel Can Vote on LGBT Rights Bill

Florida Politics on January 26, 2016 florida-gay-marriage

A bill that would extend protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in Florida was to be debated and voted in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. However, time considerations precluded that from happening so it will come back before the same committee next week. Read more here.

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Virginia legislator compares being gay to cancer as ex-gay therapy bill voted down in Senate subcommittee

GayRVA.com on January 26, 2016 IMG_4105-496x330

Two bills hoping to ban conversion therapy on minors were all but killed in a Virginia Senate subcommittee today, but not before a Senator compared the practice, widely condemned by healthcare organizations around the world, to a doctor treating cancer. “If I have a child who has cancer, there’s a chance we can cure that […]

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Bipartisan effort to enact LGBT protections underway in West Virginia

Sun Times on January 25, 2016 GayWestVirginiaAbstr

West Virginia state lawmakers from both political parties released a video on Monday, voicing their support for LGBT nondiscrimination protections. The state’s current Human Rights Act doesn’t include gender identity or sexual orientation as protected classes. Read more here.

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Universities Seeking LGBT Rights Exemptions Will Now Be Named

Care 2 on January 25, 2016 3165623.large

With news that some schools and universities have specifically sought Education Act exemptions so that they can continue discriminating against LGBTs, the federal government has announced that it will publish details of each exemption online in a move to hopefully create greater transparency. Late last year it emerged that a number of colleges and universities that receive federal funds […]

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Missouri Democrats try again to ban LGBT discrimination

Crux on January 25, 2016 GayMissouriAbstr

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon used his final State of the State address last week to implore lawmakers to bar discrimination against LGBT people, but leaders in the Republican-dominated Legislature say that’s unlikely to happen before Nixon leaves office. It appears more likely that lawmakers will strengthen Missouri’s religious objections laws, which […]

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