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MD lawmaker’s bid to force referendum on state’s new transgender law fails miserably

A Maryland lawmaker’s attempt to force a referendum on a recently signed state transgender law banning discrimination, was stymied after he collected less than one third of the signatures needed to be placed on the November ballot. State Del. Neil Parrott (R-Washington County), emailed supporters telling them he was only…

Sen. Heller’s support for ENDA kills GOP hopes for filibustering LGBT rights bill

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) on Monday almost certainly put an end to his party’s plans to filibuster a bill to prevent discrimination against LGBT people. Democratic leaders in the Senate confirmed last week that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was expected to come up for a vote on Monday. It…

Violence, discrimination slow advances by women: UN

Women around the world enjoy more rights than ever before but still face discrimination in the workplace and far too often fall victim to violence at home, a UN report said Wednesday. The document issued by UN Women, the new agency headed by Chile’s former president Michelle Bachelet, hailed the…

New AIDS guidelines target global discrimination of gays

GENEVA — The World Health Organisation published Tuesday new global guidelines for expanding AIDS treatment, focusing for the first time on homosexuals, who face discrimination in many countries. “If we do not pay major attention to the epidemic in key populations, we will not be able to eliminate HIV” —…

Wal-Mart gender discrimination decision could change rules for class action suits

The Supreme Court handed down a decision Monday morning that not only impacts the treatment of women within the Wal-Mart corporation, but could also change the rules of class action lawsuits, and give companies permission to look the other way from unfair practices, the National Women’s Law Center said. “We…

U.N. backs equal rights for gays

GENEVA (Reuters) – The top U.N. human rights body declared Friday there should be no discrimination or violence against people based on their sexual orientation, a vote Western countries called historic but Islamic states firmly rejected. The controversial resolution marked the first time that the Human Rights Council recognized the…

Over 100 Omaha-area pastors call for end to anti-LGBT religious discrimination

More than 100 Omaha Christian ministers fed up with the stereotype that Christians are anti-LGBT have signed a proclamation calling for an end to religious and civil discrimination based on sexual orientation. The proclamation was started by Rev. Eric Elnes, minister at the 1,500 members strong Countryside Community Church. Leaders…

Nevada Republican governor signs transgender job discrimination bill

Despite opposition from within his own party, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) signed a bill prohibiting job discrimination against transgender people into law on Tuesday. The law makes Nevada the 14th state to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in the workplace. Hawaii became the 13th…

Democratic lawmaker introduces LGBT-inclusive immigration reform bill

Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) wants to do something about the nearly 6 million people that have been separated from their spouses, minor children, sisters or brothers for years because of an immigration backlog. The congressman announced Thursday that he was introducing the Reuniting Families Act (H.R. 2709) to reform the…

Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie signs gender identity discrimination bill

Hawaii became the 13th U.S. state to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity after Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a new employment discrimination bill into law on Tuesday. House Bill 546 prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in employment and as a matter of…

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