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Civil Rights

NORTH CAROLINA: Hate Groups Demand Legislators Sign Loyalty Oath Against Repealing Anti-LGBT Law

The three main anti-LGBT hate groups that conspired to push through North Carolina’s hate law are demanding that state legislators sign a pledge vowing to oppose the repeal of any portion of the law. The Charlotte News & Observer reports: The Keep N.C. Safe Coalition includes three conservative religious organizations: Tami Fitzgerald’s N.C. Values Coalition, Mark Creech’s Christian Action League …

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Target Backs Transgender Rights

Posted yesterday to Target’s corporate blog: Recent debate around proposed laws in several states has reignited a national conversation around inclusivity. So earlier this week, we reiterated with our team members where Target stands and how our beliefs are brought to life in how we serve our guests. Inclusivity is a core belief at Target. It’s something we celebrate. We …

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Democrats Launch HB2 Repeal Website

Via press release: The North Carolina Democratic Party today launched a website to highlight how Gov. Pat McCrory’s job-killing discrimination law, HB2, is hurting North Carolina’s economy. The site lists the more than 400 businesses and organizations that oppose HB2 and spotlights the many good-paying jobs put at risk by this bill. “Governor McCrory’s decision is costing our state good-paying …

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BRITAIN: Foreign Office Warns Travelers About Anti-LGBT Laws In North Carolina And Mississippi

Via Pink News: On the eve of a visit by Barack Obama, the UK government has updated its travel advice for the United States – to warn gay people about new anti-LGBT laws. The Foreign Office updated its guidance this week in the wake of laws passed in North Carolina and Mississippi to permit discrimination based on religious belief. Under …

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Democrats Cheer Transgender Rights Ruling: It’s Time For The GOP To Get Over Their Anti-LGBT Bias

“This court victory affirms that there is no commonsense reason to bar transgender students from using the restroom that aligns with their gender identity and that doing so is discriminatory and harmful. This ruling sets precedent in five states, including North Carolina, where Republican legislators and the Republican governor have embraced the exact type of discrimination that the court today …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Pat McCrory Says He’ll Respect Court’s Ruling In Transgender Rights Case [VIDEO]

McCrory is very unhappy about this “major, major change in social norms.” NC Capitol reports on Facebook: Gov. Pat McCrory spoke to reporters today after getting word about the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the Virginia transgender student case. The ruling could directly affect North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2. The governor says he will abide by the …

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NOM Launches Campaign Demanding Congress Take Action On Anti-LGBT “First Amendment Defense Act”

Hate group leader Brian Brown is VERY UPSET that there’s been no action on the so-called First Amendment Defense Act. He writes: It’s been ten months since Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) protecting the right of Christians and people of faith to live out the truth of marriage in their daily …

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BREAKING: Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals Upholds Transgender Protections In Public Schools

Lambda Legal says this is a “game changer.” Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Department of Education’s interpretation of existing federal civil rights laws to protect transgender people against discrimination in education. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, upheld the department’s interpretation of Title IX of the Education Amendments …

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Belinda Carlisle To Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant: You Are Making Life Hell On Earth For LGBT Citizens

Former Go-Go’s lead singer Belinda Carlisle today published an open letter to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and it’s really something: Governor Bryant, I am scheduled to perform in your great state this Saturday, however given the very recent anti-LGBTQ attacks that your administration has leveled against some of your own citizens I very nearly cancelled my appearance. After discussion with …

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VIRGINIA: Pearl Jam Dedicates I Am A Patriot Song To “Soldiers In The LGBT Community” [VIDEO]

Rolling Stone reports: Hours after Pearl Jam announced they were canceling their Raleigh, North Carolina concert to protest the state’s controversial “bathroom bill,” Eddie Vedder delivered a powerful speech in front of Pearl Jam’s Hampton, Virginia crowd Monday explaining the decision. “We thought we could take the money and give it to them and still play the show, but the …

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Pearl Jam Goes Springsteen On North Carolina

From the band’s website: It is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th. This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation. The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation …

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TENNESSEE: Sponsor Pulls Anti-Trans Bill

The Tennessean reports: The House sponsor of a controversial bill that would require students in public school grades K-12 and higher education institutions to use the restroom that corresponds with their sex at birth is delaying action on the bill until next year. Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, told The Tennessean on Monday that she plans on effectively killing her …

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Rockers Boston Go Springsteen On North Carolina

THREE shows cancelled. From the band’s Facebook page: While the enjoyment of our fans is our central concern, and we have been looking forward to celebrating forty years of history performing for our listeners in North Carolina with spectacular live shows this spring, human rights are more important. It is with deep regret, that I must announce the cancellation of …

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POSTED: My Fifth Column For Pride Life

Back in February, I launched a twice-monthly column for the website of Britain’s Pride Life magazine, a quarterly LGBT rights and lifestyle magazine. Today’s fifth installment is titled This Week In US Politics: Battle Over LGBT Rights Inflames Nation. Hit the link for my status report on the situation in North Carolina and Mississippi. DISCLOSURE: Pride Life is owned by …

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Gov. John Kasich On Anti-LGBT “Right To Discriminate” Laws: Gays Just Need To Get Over It [VIDEO]

From the Democratic National Committee: This morning on CNN’s State of the Union, John Kasich was asked whether he would take steps to try to stop states from passing anti-LGBT “Right to Discriminate” laws. His blunt response? “No, I wouldn’t.” He added, “What I like to say is, just relax, if you don’t like what somebody is doing, pray for …

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WaPo Gives NC Gov. Pat McCrory “Three Pinocchios”

The Washington Post has evaluated North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s statements in the video accompanying last week’s executive order and given him “Three Pinocchios.” They write: By saying he is “taking action to affirm and improve the state’s commitment to privacy and equality” through his executive order, McCrory creates the illusion that there will be more changes than he can …

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CHARLOTTE: Sold-Out Audience Roars In Approval As Duran Duran Slams Anti-LGBT Laws [VIDEO]

Fulfilling their promise, last night Duran Duran interrupted their sold-out concert at Charlotte’s PNC Pavilion to denounce North Carolina’s HB2. Standing before a giant electronic rainbow flag, lead singer Simon Le Bon drew roars from the audience when he expressed support for LGBT rights and then boos when he mentioned that HB2 makes it legal to fire someone for being …

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Pat McCrory On Meet The Press: The “Human Relations Council” Is More Powerful Than The NRA [VIDEO]

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory appeared on Meet The Press this morning, where he claimed that he was recently congratulated by black residents for protecting them from evil LGBTs. McCrory also stumbled over the name of the Human Rights Campaign, calling them the “Human Relations, uh, Rights Council.” McCrory then exclaimed, “My God, they are more powerful than the NRA!” …

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DIGITAL SHORT: SNL Rips On Anti-LGBT Hate Laws

Raw Story sets up the video: In the clip — from the makers of God On The Run and Angel In Denim: The Kim Davis Story — cast member Vanessa Bayer plays a “small town baker without a care” until a same-sex couple demands she bake their wedding cake, causing her faith to be “tested.” Despite being told by a …

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LOS ANGELES: City Council Votes Unanimously To Boycott North Carolina And Mississippi

Add Los Angeles to the lengthy boycott list: The North Carolina law “overturns all state protections for gay and lesbians and puts new discrimination on the books,” according to Councilman Mike Bonin, who proposed the resolution that was approved on a 12-0 vote. Bonin said the Mississippi law allows rental car businesses to turn away gay couples, and allows for …

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