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All posts for the month March, 2016

Boycotting Bigotry

MetroWeekly on March 31, 2016 3a1d31cbbf2771c239b301cddbd9c462

Ian Palmquist, the director of leadership programs for Equality Federation, agrees that the decisions by corporations or major employers in a state to speak out against anti-LGBT legislation can have an impact on the legislative process. The outcome in a specific state may depend on various factors, such as the makeup of the legislature and […]

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REPORT: Striking a Balance: Advancing Civil and Human Rights While Preserving Religious Liberty

The Leadership Conference Education Fund on March 31, 2016 images

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Mississippi Senate Passes Most Sweeping Anti-LGBT Legislation in the U.S.

New York Magazine on March 30, 2016 GayMississippiAbstr

Just a week after an anti-LGBT law passed in North Carolina, and only two days after Georgia’s governor vetoed a similar religious-exemption bill, Mississippi’s Senate has passed what critics call the most sweeping anti-LGBT legislation in the United States. On Wednesday, the Senate voted 31-17 to pass House Bill 1523, which protects people, businesses, and religious organizations that refuse to […]

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Arkansas appealing ruling on city’s LGBT protections

The Gayly on March 30, 2016 arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ attorney general is appealing a judge’s ruling that a city ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity doesn’t conflict with a state law aimed at blocking local protections for gays and lesbians. Read more here.

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North Carolina’s new bathroom law: Uncomfortable encounters have begun

CNN on March 29, 2016 3a1d31cbbf2771c239b301cddbd9c462

Charlie Comero was disappointed when he learned last week that he had to start using the women’s restroom in North Carolina, thanks to a new state lawsigned by Gov. Pat McCrory. Under the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, in schools and government buildings people must use the bathroom that corresponds with their “biological sex,” defined as […]

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North Carolina Lawmakers make it harder for fired workers to sue

WRAL on March 24, 2016 3a1d31cbbf2771c239b301cddbd9c462

RALEIGH, N.C. — Although most of the attention over legislation the General Assembly passed and Gov. Pat McCrory signed within 12 hours Wednesday has been focused on who uses what bathroom and the lack of LGBT protections against discrimination, the new law also makes it harder for a worker to sue an employer for discriminatory firing. […]

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North Carolina governor signs bill undoing state LGBT ordinances

Washington Blade on March 24, 2016 3a1d31cbbf2771c239b301cddbd9c462

Ian Palmquist, a North Carolina resident and director of leadership programs for the Equality Federation, a national umbrella group for state LGBT groups, condemned McCrory in a statement that called House Bill 2 “the most extreme, anti-LGBTQ legislation in the country.” “If the governor had met personally with gay and transgender North Carolinians he would […]

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VIDEO: Lessons from Municipal Nondiscrimination Campaigns

Equality Federation on March 23, 2016

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Kansas students to get $2,500 payout if they rat on transgender schoolmates for using ‘incorrect’ restroom

Gay Star News on March 23, 2016 Kansas-Gay-Flag-1024x537

Two new bills introduced during the Kansas legislation session aim to ban transgender students from using restrooms that match their gender, and to pay other students $2,500 if they encounter someone transgender in their school’s restroom. The Student Physical Privacy Act which is supported by complementary bills, SB 513 and HB 2737 requires students of all public schools and universities […]

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Tennessee Senate Committee advances anti-transgender legislation

LGBT Weekly on March 23, 2016 gay-29

Today, by a vote of 7 to 2 the Tennessee Senate Education Committee advanced SB 2387  – a bill that targets transgender students in public schools and universities. The measure seeks to force transgender students to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent with their gender identity. The vote to advance the Senate bill comes as […]

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