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All posts for the month April, 2016

Hanceville, AL eyeing transgender restroom ordinance

Cullman Times on April 29, 2016 GayAlabamaAbstr

HANCEVILLE — The City Council here is considering passing a controversial ordinance approved in Oxford this week which would require individuals to use public restrooms based on their biological gender or face penalties. Read more here.

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Missouri House Committee Kills Radical Antigay Bill

The Advocate on April 27, 2016 GayMissouriAbstr

Missouri’s House Emerging Issues Committee today voted down a controversial anti-LGBT “religious freedom” bill with a tie 6-6 vote. That effectively kills the bill for this legislative session. Read more here.

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Missouri ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Defeated In House Committee Vote

NPR on April 27, 2016 GayMissouriAbstr

Missouri’s so-called religious freedom bill may be dead for this year. The amendment to the state Constitution would have protected people who didn’t want to provide services related to same-sex marriages, including clerks, clergy and businesses. Wednesday’s 6-6 vote by a House committee stopped the measure from advancing, The Associated Press reports. Three Republicans joined […]

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National Expert: Anti-LGBT “Bathroom Predator” Fears Are “Very Misinformed”

Media Matters on April 21, 2016 1024px-Bathroom-gender-sign

Palumbo said the “bathroom predator” talking point is based in “a lot of misinformation” about how sexual assault occurs. Palumbo said the myth operates off of the “wrong assumption that we know who predators are and what they look like or what they behave like. Most people who experience sexual violence are harmed by someone that […]

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LGBT-friendly companies outperform others, study shows

on April 21, 2016 gay-637453_960_720

It pays for companies to hire members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, according to a new study. Companies that are LGBT friendly by either employing openly LGBT management, having employees who are part of local LGBT networks or voted as being among leading LGBT companies tend to outperform the broader market when […]

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UK issues travel warning about anti-LGBT laws in U.S. states

CNN on April 21, 2016 k31839287

North Carolina and Mississippi’s controversial new laws affecting LGBT rights are already threatening to cost the U.S. states millions in lost business and tourism. That situation could be set to worsen after the UK government updated foreign travel advice warning British citizens about risks visiting America’s south. The update issued by the UK Foreign Office on its […]

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Teen Added to North Carolina LGBT Law’s Challenge After Ruling

ABC News on April 21, 2016 3a1d31cbbf2771c239b301cddbd9c462

A transgender high school student joined a lawsuit Thursday challenging a law that limits protections for LGBT people, just days after a federal appeals court sided with a transgender student in a Virginia case. Read more here.

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White House LGBT Summit in Dearborn looks at school policies, transgender youth

Michigan Radio on April 21, 2016 Unknown

White House and federal officials met with LGBT advocates in Metro Detroit on Thursday, as part of a summit focused on creating safe schools and improving health for transgender youth. The Department of Education has said for more than a year now that under Title IX, schools are legally required to treat transgender kids “consistent […]

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Louisiana Governor Expands LGBT Protections, Rescinds Jindal’s Anti-Gay Executive Order

The New Civil Rights Movement on April 13, 2016 louisiana1

Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards minutes ago rescinded former Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s anti-LGBT “religious freedom” executive order, and expanded nondiscrimination protections for LGBT state employees. Governor Edwards’ executive order provides “employment protections for state employees and employees of state contractors on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, […]

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on religious liberty: ‘I see what’s happening in North Carolina, Mississippi’

Atlanta Journal-Constitution on April 13, 2016 LGBT-Map-of-Georgia-State

Gov. Nathan Deal said the uproar in North Carolina and Mississippi over new laws that critics say curb gay rights should give supporters of the “religious liberty” measure in Georgia second thoughts, and warned that he’s willing to pull out the veto pen again next year if similar legislation lands on his desk. Read more here.

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