Civil Rights

TEXAS: GOP State Sen. Bob Hall Introduces Bill To Overturn All Local LGBT Rights Ordinances Statewide

Texas GOP state Sen. Bob Hall today introduced a bill that would nullify all local LGBT rights ordinances across the state and block any municipality from enacting new protections. The New Civil Rights Movement reports: Hall’s bill is the first anti-LGBT measure filed in advance of next year’s Texas Legislature, which convenes in January. Today marks the first day of …

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NORTH CAROLINA: State GOP Calls For Recount, Gov. Pat McCrory Accuses Election Officials Of “Malfeasance”

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: Gov. Pat McCrory, trailing in a close race for re-election behind Attorney General Roy Cooper, claims there was “malfeasance” in tabulating votes in Durham County and “irregularities” reported around the state. Cooper’s campaign said nothing improper happened in Durham, and accused McCrory of trying to undermine the election. A formal protest filed Saturday with …

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NORTH CAROLINA: State GOP To Deploy “Dozens Of Lawyers” To Challenge Validity Of Votes For Cooper

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is furious that Roy Cooper has claimed victory before elections officials have called the race. Via Raw Story: “Claiming an outcome before the process has concluded is irresponsible and disrespectful to the voters of North Carolina whose voices have yet to be heard,” McCrory campaign strategist Chris LaCivita said in a statement. The campaign and …

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ACLU To Trump: We’ll See You In Court

The Hill reports: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is warning President-elect Donald Trump that it will “see him in court,” threatening to use its “full firepower” if he tries to follow through on controversial campaign promises on immigration, torture and other issues. “These proposals are not simply un-American and wrong-headed, they are unlawful and unconstitutional,” Anthony Romero, executive director …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Gubernatorial Race May Not Be Called For Ten Days Despite Cooper’s Victory Claim

ABC News reports: The race for North Carolina Governor still remains too close to call after Election Day, as Democratic challenger Roy Cooper’s campaign claims victory. The battle between incumbent Pat McCrory, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper remains as close as ever, with over 99-percent of precincts reporting their ballots. Cooper led the incumbent McCrory by …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Roy Cooper Claims Victory But Razor-Thin Margin May Hinge On Provisional Ballots

The Charlotte Observer reports: The race for North Carolina governor appeared headed into overtime with Democrat Roy Cooper clinging to a paper-thin lead over Republican Gov. Pat McCrory early Wednesday morning. Cooper was leading by around 3,000 votes out of 4.7 million cast. The race could hinge on so-called provisional ballots expected to be counted by the time of a …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Roy Cooper +3 In Final Poll

IMPORTANT CORRECTION: I had the numbers flipped in my first wrong, wrong, wrong draft of this post. Raleigh’s ABC affiliate reports: Hours before Election Day, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows races couldn’t be closer in North Carolina. Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump 47 percent to 45 percent – well within the margin of error. In North Carolina’s Senate race, …

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UNITED NATIONS: 54 African Nations Introduce Resolution To End New LGBT Rights Watchdog Position

Reuters reports: African states launched a bid at the United Nations on Friday to halt the work of the first U.N. independent investigator appointed to help protect gay and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, created the position in June and in September appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand, who has …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Homocon GOP Commissioner Pens Op-Ed In Support Of Re-Electing Gov. Pat McCrory

Some of you might remember back in 2004 when Mike Rogers outed then-RNC National Field Director Dan Gurley for seeking “bareback sex with multiple partners” in a Gay.com chat room while reportedly overseeing George W. Bush’s abstinence and anti-gay marriage crusades. Gurley later appeared in Kirby Dick’s award-winning 2009 documentary on outing, Outrage. These days Gurley sits on the North …

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Tony Perkins Celebrates Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s Campaign To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Yesterday nine states, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, filed a federal appeals court brief in support of an on-hold Mississippi law that would legalize anti-LGBT business discrimination. This morning hate group leader Tony Perkins lavishes praise on Gov. Phil Bryant’s appeal. Via press release: Governor Phil Bryant (R-Miss.) has enough on his plate. He shouldn’t have to do …

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Texas Leads Nine States In Federal Appeals Court Demand To Legalize Anti-LGBT Business Discrimination

The Austin Statesman reports: Joined Thursday by Republican officials from eight other states, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton urged a federal appeals court to reinstate a Mississippi law that had been struck down as discriminatory against gay and transgender people. The Mississippi law, Paxton told the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a legal brief, was intended to protect …

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FRANCE: Court Rules “Homophobe” An Illegal Slur

A French court has ruled it a criminal offense to call somebody a homophobe. Laure Pora, the former head of Paris ACT UP, has been fined $2500 for using the word on a poster of La Manif Pour Tous president Ludovine Rochere, seen above marching in NOM’s 2014 hate parade in Washington DC. Gay Star News reports: In 2013, ACT …

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NORTH CAROLINA: State GOP Files Election Board Complaint To Stop Public Forum On Anti-LGBT Hate Law

The Charlotte Observer reports: The North Carolina Republican Party has filed an elections board complaint against the Charlotte Observer and others who are planning a public forum about House Bill 2, alleging that the event will serve as an “infomercial” for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper. On Wednesday night, the Observer plans to host a forum on HB2, the controversial …

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New FRC Ad: Vote Donald Trump Or We Won’t Able To Impose Our Religion On Others Anymore [VIDEO]

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: A presidential term doesn’t last a lifetime — but their Supreme Court picks do! So when voters head to the polls next Tuesday (or before), they’re not just voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton — they’re voting for at least one, and maybe as many as three or four, high …

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Virginia Newspaper Endorses North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory For Sending So Many Jobs To Their State

From the editorial board of the Roanoke Times: Which candidate would do the most to help our local economy? That’s easy. It’s Pat McCrory, the Republican governor of North Carolina, who’s seeking his second four-year term in the November election. We can point to specific and multiple ways he has helped the economy — our economy. North Carolina panicked and …

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BREAKING: Supreme Court To Consider Challenge To Obama Administration’s Regulations On Trans Rights

USA Today reports: The Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up the controversial issue of transgender rights, instantly transforming what had loomed as a holding-pattern term with only eight justices into one featuring another major social policy issue. The justices will consider a Virginia school district’s challenge to Obama administration regulations requiring that schools allow transgender students to use restrooms …

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BUFFALO: Trump Surrogate Carl Paladino Flips Out After School Board Approves Transgender Student Rights

The Buffalo News reports: The Buffalo Public Schools have a new gender identity policy to dictate how transgender students are treated. The polarizing policy allows a transgender student to use the restroom and locker room that corresponds to the student’s consistently expressed gender identity at school. Students can access the alternate restrooms as soon as their parent or legal guardian …

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Transwoman Faces Bathroom “Stress Test” In New Ad For Procter & Gamble’s Secret Deodorant [VIDEO]

LGBTQ Nation reports: Leave it to a deodorant company to get what so many elected officials in this country can’t quite wrap their heads around — that there is no “one way” to express gender. And while right wing politicians and talking heads spend no shortage of time obsessing over how they, and most importantly their pure and innocent daughters, …

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SCOTLAND: Government Moves For “Automatic Pardon” For Gay Men Convicted Under Old Sodomy Laws

The BBC reports: The Scottish government is to move to pardon men who were convicted of same-sex offences before laws against homosexuality were scrapped. The UK government has announced plans for posthumous pardons for men who were convicted under laws now abolished. There was controversy after an SNP members’ bill on the topic was “talked out” at Westminster, with Theresa …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Petulant State Officials Demand That PayPal Return Pre-HB2 Ceremonial Wooden Bowl

The Charlotte Observer reports: Over the last year, when companies announced plans to grow their footprints in North Carolina, state leaders have presented them with an unusual gift: An oak bowl carved from wood from the state capitol grounds. So when PayPal unceremoniously canceled its plans for an expansion in Charlotte over opposition to House Bill 2, state officials did …

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