Tag Archives: LGBT rights

Human Rights Campaign Announces New President

The Associated Press reports: Alphonso David, a civil rights lawyer who has been serving as chief counsel to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was named Tuesday as the new president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ-rights organization in the U.S. David, 48, is the first African American to lead the Human Rights Campaign since its founding in 1980. …

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Survey: Acceptance Of LGBTs Declines Among Young

Just in via press release: GLAAD today announced the findings of its fifth annual Accelerating Acceptance Index, a national survey among U.S. adults conducted on GLAAD’s behalf by The Harris Poll. The Index measures American attitudes toward LGBTQ people. The percentage of non-LGBTQ adults reporting being ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ comfortable with LGBTQ people across seven scenarios remained stable (49%) after …

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American Psychoanalytic Association Apologizes For Having Once Labeled Homosexuality As Mental Illness

The Hill reports: The American Psychoanalytic Association apologized on Friday for previously labeling homosexuality a mental illness. “It is long past time to recognize and apologize for our role in the discrimination and trauma caused by our profession,” Lee Jaffe, the group’s president, said in a statement. “We all know that hearing the words ‘we are sorry’ is important to …

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Indiana Jesuit School Defies Order To Fire Gay Teacher, Archdiocese Yanks Recognition As Catholic Institution

NBC News reports: A Jesuit-run prep school in Indianapolis is defying a demand by the local archbishop that it fire a veteran teacher who is in a same-sex marriage, prompting the archdiocese to revoke recognition for the school as a Catholic institution. In a letter to parents, the leaders of the Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School said Archbishop Charles Thompson’s “direct …

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New Madonna Video Pays Tribute To Resist Movement, LGBTQ Rights, #MeToo, Social Justice Activism [VIDEO]

Time Magazine reports: “Freedom,” sings Madonna, “is what you choose to do with what’s been done to you.” This lyric from the artist’s new song “I Rise,” off her 14th studio album Madame X, is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. A new video inspired by the song, created by Madonna and TIME Studios, weaves together footage …

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Poll: Only 24% Approve Of Trump’s LGBT Rights Policies

The Hill reports: Only 24 percent of U.S. adults approve of the Trump administration’ handling of LGBTQ rights while 38 percent disapprove, A Hill-YouGov poll has found. Republicans expressed stronger support than Democrats, but neither political party expressed overwhelming support for the administration’s LGBTQ policies. Just 8 percent of Democratic respondents either somewhat or strongly approve of the administration’s handling …

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“Embarrassed” High School Football Coach Suspends Players For Posting Video Of Burning Pride Flag [VIDEO]

Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate reports: Two students have been indefinitely suspended from the Kearns High football team for a social media post showing a Pride flag being burned and threatening LGBTQ people. A player posted a video on Snapchat last week where someone lights an LGBTQ Pride flag on fire and laughs. Someone in the video is heard saying …

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Franklin Graham: “Progressive Socialists” Who Expect Service From Businesses Are God-Hating Communists

“Religious freedom should be cherished by all of us. But the progressive socialists in our country want to strip us of those freedoms and regulate those freedoms. That’s the same thing Communism did in Russia and Eastern Europe, and is still doing today in places like Cuba and China. These people hate God and despise those who worship Him. This …

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SCOTUS Punts Again On Gay Wedding Cake Case

NBC News reports: The Supreme Court declined Monday to decide whether an Oregon baker can refuse on religious grounds to design a cake for a same-sex wedding – a question it carefully sidestepped last year. The case would have given the court’s conservative majority the chance to expand upon its narrow 2018 ruling in favor of a Colorado baker. That …

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Brazil High Court Criminalizes Anti-LGBT Discrimination

USA Today reports: Even as activist groups continue to raise concerns of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s [photo] views toward LGBT people, Brazil’s supreme court voted to criminalize homophobia and transphobia similarly to its laws on racism. Eight of Brazil’s 11 Supreme Federal Court justices ruled today to include homophobia and transphobia within the country’s laws prohibiting racism — a clause …

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PUERTO RICO: Governor Shelves Anti-LGBT “Religious Freedom” Bill After Public Complaint From Ricky Martin

NBC News reports: Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló backed down from a “religious liberty bill” after international star Ricky Martin published an open letter Thursday slamming the legislation that would exempt government employees from serving constituents if they believe it clashes with their religious beliefs. “As a defender of human rights and a member of the LGBT community, I am …

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Gallup: Slim Majority Back New Civil Rights For LGBTs

Just in from Gallup Polling: A slight majority of Americans (53%) say that new civil rights laws are needed to reduce discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This comes one month after the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing and other settings. Gallup found similar support for …

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ECUADOR: High Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Gay Star News reports: Ecuador has voted in favor of marriage equality in a landmark ruling today (12 June). Confirming the hopes of local activists, the country’s Constitutional Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in the country. Today’s ruling centered on whether the Inter-American Court Ruling of January 2018, which recognized same-sex marriage, compels Ecuador to legalize same-sex marriage. Judges …

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REUTERS POLL: 45% Wrongly Believe LGBT Americans Already Have Federal Anti-Discrimination Protections

Reuters reports: Almost half of all Americans incorrectly believe that federal law protects lesbian, gay and bisexual people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released this week. The Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 45% of respondents believed federal anti-discrimination protections already exist for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, including 40% of those aged …

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BOTSWANA: High Court Decriminalizes Homosexuality

The Independent reports: Botswana has decriminalised homosexuality. The southern African nation’s High Court rejected sections of the penal code that criminalise same-sex relations and impose up to seven years in prison .Activists and rights groups cheered the unanimous ruling, which called the sections unconstitutional. High Court said in its ruling that penalising people for who they are is disrespectful, and …

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WASHINGTON: State Supreme Court Upholds Previous Ruling Against Anti-LGBT Florist Barronelle Stutzman

The Associated Press reports:  The Washington State Supreme Court has unanimously upheld its previous ruling that Baronelle Stutzman violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws by refusing to provide flowers for a gay couple’s wedding in 2013. “Washington state law protects same-sex couples from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, the same way it protects Washingtonians from discrimination based on their religion, …

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MISSOURI: Restaurant Refuses Rehearsal Dinner For Lesbian Couple Over Their “Unhealthy Relationship”

CBS News St. Louis reports: A St. Charles County couple says an O’Fallon, Mo. restaurant refused to host their rehearsal dinner after learning of their sexual orientation. Mindy Rackley and Kendall Brown are getting married on June 15. They planned to host a rehearsal dinner two days prior at Madison’s Café. Kendall said she was speaking with someone at the …

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Tennessee DA Won’t Enforce Domestic Violence Laws For Same-Sex Couples: There’s No Marriage To Protect

NBC News reports: Craig Northcott, a district attorney in Tennessee’s Coffee County, a rural county between Nashville and Chattanooga, is facing calls to resign for saying he would not enforce domestic violence laws for people in same-sex marriages because he does not believe in same-sex marriage. Northcott said he concluded, based on his own analysis and not on the fact …

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Obama Wishes Happy Pride To Student Whose Rainbow Turban Went Viral: You’re Making The USA More Equal

Reuters reports: Former President Obama on Tuesday praised the graduate student who went viral for his rainbow turban celebrating Pride Month. Obama told Jiwandeep Kohli, a clinical psychology graduate student and former contestant on “The Great American Baking Show,” that he had “a lot to be proud of.” “Thanks for everything you do to make this country a little more …

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Biden Declares LGBT Rights Will Be His Top Legislative Priority In Speech To Human Rights Campaign [VIDEO]

Axios reports: Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden vowed at the Human Rights Campaign’s gala Saturday his legislative priority was preserving Equality Act protections for LGBTQ people, as he accused the Trump administration of committing “immoral” acts against the community. “You can get married because the Supreme Court now says that, but you can walk into your place of employment in …

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