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Posts tagged ‘LGBT Rights’

 

Michigan Civil Rights Commission Urged to Adopt Interpretive Statement

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was recently urged to expand a non-discrimination law's application to include LGBTQ individuals.

November 28th, 2017

In two letters from August, 41 House and Senate members urged the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to adopt an interpretive statement to expand a law’s application. Concurrently, the group Equality Michigan asked the commission to contemplate whether they should investigate sexual orientation and gender identity complaints under the definition of sex discrimination that is already Read More


New Jersey Passes Pro-Trans Law for the State’s Public Schools

Transgender public school students in New Jersey will be protected from discrimination thanks to a new law signed by Governor Christie.

November 10th, 2017

  A group of newly signed pro-trans bills includes a law that public schools in New Jersey will not be able to force transgender students to use bathrooms or locker rooms that conflict with their gender identities. Instead, public schools are required to offer reasonable alternative arrangements to make sure that students remain safe and Read More


Affordable Housing for Seniors in New York

LGBT seniors are particularly vulnerable to housing discrimination.

September 19th, 2017

Statistics reveal that there are close to 600,000 LGBT individuals living in New York City, of which 100,000 are senior citizens. About 48% of LGBT same sex couples who applied for affordable housing, however, have suffered discrimination in relationship to living conditions. An organization called SAGE has taken up efforts to create affordable housing for Read More


Supreme Court Scheduled to Hear Bakery Case

A bakery owner refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple due to his religious beliefs.

August 24th, 2017

  The United States Supreme Court announced at the end of June that the court will hear a case involving a bakery owner who refused to make a cake for a couple on the basis of the baker’s religious views concerning same-sex couples. The case is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court in October. Read More


The First Amendment Defense Act

LGBT USA Flag New discriminatory legislation

June 21st, 2017

The First Amendment Defense Act is proposed legislation that has encountered several obstacles in the course of the Act’s attempt to become a bill. The First Amendment Defense Act prohibits the federal government from taking any type of action against an individual or corporation that discriminates against LGBTQ individuals. More specifically, the First Amendment Defense Read More


LGBTQ Individuals Excluded from Census

Americans included in the next census.

June 19th, 2017

Numerous Congress members recently urged the Trump administration to include statistics about how many LGBTQ individuals live in the United States when the government conducts its next census. In a letter that was sent to the Trump administration, these members of Congress asked that the administration clarify the reasons behind the decision to leave this Read More


Florida Public School Teacher Faces Lawsuit Over Banning Cross Necklaces

The Montana Department of Revenue is fighting a program whereby public money is used to pay for the education of students in religious schools.

June 16th, 2017

A public school district in Florida faces a lawsuit after a teacher banned students from wearing cross necklaces in her classroom and began advocating for LGBTQ rights. This case highlights some interesting issues about the interplay between religious rights and public education. The Activity of the Riverview High School Teacher At the beginning of the Read More


Mississippi Governor Blocks LGBT Discrimination Law

A rainbow flag flying in support of LGBT laws

December 16th, 2016

The Governor of Mississippi has requested that a federal appeals court pass a state law allowing merchants and governments employees to deny services to same-sex couples on the basis of religious beliefs. Because Mississippi’s Attorney General has refused to appeal this hearing, the case is being handled by private attorneys include some legal counsel at Read More


National Park Service Considers Naming LGBTQ Locations as Historic Sites

Historic Registry Plaque

November 1st, 2016

  The National Park Service released a study recently on National Coming Out Day that surveys historic sites in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer rights for potential preservation and protections. This report marks the first step in potentially recognizing significant sites in the history of LGBTQ rights in the National Historic Read More


Same Sex Adoption in the United States: LGBT Couples Finally See Equal Rights

An infant clutching an adult finger.

September 15th, 2016

People have been adopting children in our country since before we were a country. Adoption then was a very different process from adoption today. In large part, prior to 1851, adoption was less focused on child rearing than it was the burden to adults. In the mid 1800’s however, Massachusetts passed the 1851 Adoption of Read More