Civil Rights

TENNESSEE: Two More Anti-Trans Bills Advance

Talking Points Memo reports: The Tennessee state legislature on Wednesday advanced two separate pieces of legislation that target LGBT individuals, eliciting outcries from the business community. The state House on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow counselors to deny services to individuals based on sincerely held beliefs, letting them refuse to help gay individuals. State Rep. Dan Howell [PHOTO] …

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Ellen Denounces Mississippi’s Hate Law [VIDEO]

Ellen DeGeneres has delivered a heartfelt, yet amusing reaction to Mississippi’s hate law. Watch below. An excerpt: So, if you don’t know, the Governor of the state signed a religious freedom bill, which might sound good because the word freedom is in it. But here’s what it means. Under the law, if you say for religious reasons you can ‘deny …

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Funny Or Die Takes On Mississippi [VIDEO]

Somehow I missed this yesterday. From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger: The folks at Funny or Die posted a mock Mississippi tourism video after Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523, the religious objections bill, into law on Tuesday. Before you ask, “Why is this news?” it’s important to note this online spoof will eventually be seen by millions. And this is …

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SOUTH CAROLINA: Nutjob State Sen. Lee Bright Introduces North Carolina-Style Anti-Transgender Bill

You may remember South Carolina GOP state Sen. Lee Bright from his wacko rant about the White House lighting up in the “abomination colors.” Today he’s back in the news with an anti-transgender bill that mimics the one just enacted in North Carolina. Bright’s bill differs from North Carolina’s in that his state doesn’t even HAVE any pro-trans laws to …

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When Trans People Need #ID2P [VIDEO]

Over 600K views for the below skit posted to Facebook a few days ago by Moovs. Watch as trans men and women are forced by law into the wrong bathroom. This is the new reality for thousands of trans Americans in North Carolina.

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Montana Democrats Invite PayPal To Set Up Shop

NBC Montana reports: Following PayPal’s decision to cancel its expansion plans in North Carolina, Sen. Jon Tester and Gov. Steve Bullock today invited the multi-billion dollar company to open up shop in Montana. Tester and Bullock’s letter to PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman outlined the many reasons why Big Sky Country is best place to do business and create …

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Charles Barkley: The NBA Should Move Their All-Star Game From Charlotte Over North Carolina’s Hate Law

“I think the NBA should move the All-Star game from there next year. As a black person I’m against any form of discrimination, against whites, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, however you want to phrase it. It’s my job, with the position of power that I’m in and being able to be on television, I’m supposed to stand up for the people …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Flagship Trade Show Slams “Appalling” Law, Says Boycott Calls Are “Misplaced”

Last week worried organizers of North Carolina’s High Point Market Week, which bills itself as the world’s largest home furnishings industry trade show, revealed that they were being deluged with cancellations in the wake of the state’s anti-LGBT hate law. Yesterday event CEO Bob Maricich issued a statement which slams the “appalling” law and declares that any anger directed towards …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Greensboro City Council Approves Resolution Denouncing State’s Hate Law [VIDEO]

Greensboro was one of the North Carolina cities whose LGBT rights ordinance was overturned by HB 2. The lone dissenting vote last night came from the council’s only Republican. Of course. From Greensboro’s Fox affiliate: City council members voted 8-1 Tuesday in favor of a resolution opposing House Bill 2. HB2, or the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, is …

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New York, Vermont, And Washington Governors Order Mississippi Travel Ban Over Anti-LGBT Hate Law

From the Spokesman-Review: Washington employees were banned from most government-related travel to Mississippi because of that state’s new law allowing businesses owners to refuse service to gay, lesbian and transgender customers for religious reasons. Gov. Jay Inslee issued the ban on non-essential travel Tuesday afternoon, saying Washington has strong laws against discrimination that covers sexual orientation and identity, and its …

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MISSISSIPPI: Billboard Mocks Anti-LGBT Hate Law

The group that created the rainbow flag house across from Westboro Baptist Church has struck again. The Daily Mail reports: A humanitarian nonprofit has mocked Mississippi’s latest anti-LGBT legislation with a hilarious billboard. The sign, installed in Jackson, depicts an appalled Jesus saying: ‘Guys, I said I hate figs and to love thy neighbor’. Planting Peace, which advocates for LGBT …

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MISSISSIPPI: Jackson City Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Denouncing State’s Anti-LGBT Hate Law

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger: A long Jackson City Council meeting Tuesday night ended on a high note — one that rang out, “We do not discriminate.” Councilmen unanimously passed a resolution in response to the Religious Liberty Accommodations Act, a bill Gov. Phil Bryant signed Tuesday which the city says “could be construed as anti-gay and lesbian and transgender.” “Regardless …

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Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Gay Man Arrested For “Nudity” At 2011 San Diego Pride Festival

From the San Diego Union-Tribune: A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit over a man’s public nudity citation Tuesday, ruling there is evidence that San Diego police possibly discriminated against him at the annual gay pride event in Balboa Park. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means the lawsuit is headed back to the lower district …

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Democrats Denounce “Shameful” Mississippi

Via press release: Upon news that Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has signed the discriminatory House Bill 1523 into law, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement: “It’s embarrassing, shameful, and truly perplexing that the Republicans still don’t get it. LGBT Americans are entitled to equal protection under the law, just as everyone else. No exceptions. No allowances …

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NEW YORK: Gay Lawmaker Daniel O’Donnell Asks Gov. Andrew Cuomo To Extend Travel Ban To Mississippi

Via press release from openly gay New York Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell: It is once again time for New York to send a strong message to the country that we will not allow state funded travel to states that allow discrimination against LGBT individuals. These laws, veiled as religious freedom, are simply attempts to skirt around the Supreme Court ruling last …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Marketing Firm May Pull Massive Charlotte Expansion Over State’s Anti-LGBT Hate Law

This one could ultimately mean thousands of lost jobs. From Charlotte’s Fox affiliate: Red Ventures is also considering pulling out of their 500 person expansion in 2016 after HB2 was passed. “HB2 does not reflect the values of our people, our state or our democratic process. The speed with which it was passed and lack of constituent input enabled a …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Anti-LGBT Activists Announce April 11th Rally To Support State’s Hate Law [VIDEO]

Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch: Anti-gay activist Mark Creech of the Christian Action League, who once declared that gay marriage is “an attempted gang rape of our culture,” is organizing a show of support for North Carolina’s recently passed anti-LGBT law. In a video posted on his website, Creech asks people to demonstrate their “strong support” for the …

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MISSISSIPPI: Gov. Phil Bryant Signs Hate Bill Into Law

Fire up the boycott machine. From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger: Gov. Phil Bryant announced Tuesday via Twitter that he signed controversial House Bill 1523, the religious objections bill. Groups have protested HB1523, which they say will allow discrimination against LGBT people, and urge businesses to pressure Bryant and House Speaker Phil Gunn to fix or kill the legislation. The Mississippi Economic …

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Atlanta Joins North Carolina Travel Ban

This one is especially noteworthy considering that Georgia nearly got its own anti-LGBT hate law. From Atlanta’s ABC affiliate: Atlanta’s mayor has issued a travel ban to North Carolina. This comes after controversy over a nondiscrimination bill that some believe allows for discrimination. Mayor Kasim Reed’s office issued the following statement Monday: “As a result of Governor Pat McCrory’s decision …

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MISSISSIPPI: State Sen. Jenifer Branning Defends Hate Bill On Radio Show Of Whackjob Bryan Fischer [VIDEO]

Many of us here watched the live-stream last week while Mississippi state Sen. Jenifer Branning presented HB 1523, which legalizes anti-LGBT discrimination in public accommodations, housing, and employment. Branning called into the radio show of hate group leader Bryan Fischer on Friday to defend the bill, claiming that anti-Christian bigotry is sweeping the nation. “All you have to do is …

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