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All posts for the month May, 2016

4th Circuit Leaves Pro-Trans Ruling in Place, Teeing Up Possible Supreme Court Review

Slate on May 31, 2016 4th-circuit-map

On Tuesday, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decided not to reconsider a recent ruling affirming the Department of Education’s interpretation of “sex discrimination” to encompass gender identity discrimination. That ruling, issued by a three-judge panel, could have been reheard by every judge in the circuit, and possibly reversed. But on Tuesday, the circuit declined to take that […]

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RESOURCE: A New Wave of Anti-LGBTQ Bills – What Can Funders Do?

Funders for LGBTQ Issues on May 31, 2016 FLIG_logo_2c

In recent months, states across the country have passed or introduced extreme anti-LGBTQ bills. From North Carolina’s HB2 law to Mississippi’s “religious exemption” bill, LGBTQ communities, and transgender people in particular, are being targeted during this year’s legislative cycle in an effort to roll back gains in recent years for LGBTQ equality. North Carolina’s new […]

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Michigan Republicans Want Their Chance In The Anti-Trans Spotlight, Too

Think Progress on May 27, 2016 Unknown

Michigan’s Republican lawmakers seem to be feeling a bit left out of the anti-transgender backlash sweeping state legislatures and attorneys general’s offices. This week, it got its own bill limiting restroom use for transgender students and made its own attempt to push back on the Obama administration’s guidance protecting them from such restrictions. State Sen. Tom Casperson […]

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Republicans Kill Spending Bill Over Its LGBT Protections

Huffington Post on May 26, 2016 rainbow_usa_sticker_usa_sticker

WASHINGTON — House Republicans unexpectedly sunk their own $37.4 billion water and energy spending bill on Thursday because it included a provision ensuring that people who work for government contractors can’t be fired for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Read more here.

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The Latest: 11 states sue over federal transgender directive

Associated Press on May 25, 2016 rainbow_usa_sticker_usa_sticker

Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools. The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Louisiana, Utah, Arizona and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the […]

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Vermont governor signs conversion therapy ban

Washington Blade on May 25, 2016 vermont_rainbow

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday signed a bill that bans so-called conversion therapy to minors. Lawmakers in the Green Mountain State approved Senate Bill 132 last month. The measure will take effect on July 1. “It’s absurd to think that being gay or transgender is something to be cured of,” said Shumlin in a statement. “Our […]

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South Dakota city plans to withdraw anti-discrimination ordinance

KSFY on May 24, 2016 lgbt-south-dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls City Council will not be making any decisions on a measure addressing LGBT protections. The city attorney’s office plans to withdraw the ordinance, which would have added gender identity and sexual orientation to the list of classes protected by municipal rules. City council members couldn’t say exactly why the city […]

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Oklahoma Bill Calls for Impeachment of President Barack Obama for Protecting Transgender Students

The New Civil Rights Movement on May 19, 2016 okprideflag

Oklahoma lawmakers Thursday filed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama for protecting transgender students. Last week the Dept. of Justice and the Dept. of Education issued a letter to all public schools stating transgender students cannot be discriminated against. That directive states trans students must be allowed to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond […]

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House GOP Refuses To Budge On Anti-LGBT Amendment In Defense Budget Bill

Think Progress on May 18, 2016 rainbow_usa_sticker_usa_sticker

Republican leaders in Congress have quashed a bipartisan attempt to remove the so-called Russell Amendment — a sweeping “religious liberty” provision that would allow federal contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees — from this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. The defense budget bill now heads to the floor of the House with the anti-LGBT language […]

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REPORT: Talking about religious exemptions laws

Movement Advancement Project on May 17, 2016 talking-about-religious-exemptions-laws

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