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All posts for the month July, 2016


Athlete Allies on July 27, 2016 Unknown

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The NBA Took the All-Star Game Away From Charlotte. Here’s Why It Matters

Time on July 24, 2016 Unknown

The NBA announced Thursday that negotiations had failed. In a statement the league said it had been trying to work for months with officials in North Carolina to “foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change” concerning the controversial law known as HB2, which has been widely criticized as discriminatory against LGBT people. Those […]

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Massachusetts GOP Governor Signs Transgender Rights Bill

ABC News on July 8, 2016 GayMassachusettsAbstr

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill into law Friday guaranteeing that transgender people can use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities. Baker said no one should be discriminated against in Massachusetts because of their identity. Massachusetts becomes the first state this year to enact such a transgender rights bill. Read more here.

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Washington State ‘bathroom initiative,’ fails to make November ballot

Seattle PI on July 7, 2016 Washington-State-Gay-Marriage

The “bathroom initiative” will not be on Washington’s November ballot. Supporters of Initiative 1515 have canceled their Friday appointment to turn in signatures at the office of Secretary of State Kim Wyman, according to a late Thursday statement from spokesman Dave Ammons. The initiative would have rolled back a Washington State Human Rights Commission ruling […]

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Here they are, the ‘enemies of equality’ for LGBT Americans

Washington Post on July 7, 2016 rainbow_usa_sticker_usa_sticker

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans know in their bones there is a “vast right-wing conspiracy” out to deny them their humanity and dignity. A conservative cabal actively working the levers of power to block their rights. Well, now we have the evidence that one actually exists. Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) is a “bipartisan campaign seeking […]


Newark, Ohio city council passes LGBT anti-discrimination law

10TV on July 5, 2016 GayOhioAbstr

The city of Newark has become the latest in central Ohio to pass laws aimed at protecting the LGBT community. On Tuesday, council members unanimously passed an anti-discrimination law at the work place and for fair housing. City leaders in Newark tell 10TV the passage of Ordinance 16-18 is a big step for equality in […]

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The dramatic rise in state efforts to limit LGBT rights

Washington Post on July 1, 2016 rainbow_usa_sticker_usa_sticker

While the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community has become more visible and won more legal protections in recent years, state lawmakers have increased attempts to pass legislation that could restrict civil rights for LGBT people. Since 2013, legislatures have introduced 254 bills, 20 of which became law. According to data collected by the American […]

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Judge Blocks Mississippi Law Protecting Religious Objections To Gay Marriage

NPR on July 1, 2016 GayMississippiAbstr

Almost at the last minute, a federal judge has declared a controversial Mississippi law unconstitutional. The law, HB 1523, would have protected religious objections to gay marriage, extramarital sex and transgender identities. The judge says it favors some religious beliefs over others and would codify unequal treatment of LGBT people. The state’s governor has said […]

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