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LGBT Trump Supporters Dismayed Over Pride Marches Becoming 'Resist' Events

In more than 50 marches across the states, LGBT people and their allies gathered to stand in solidarity against the Trump administration over the weekend.<p>In Washington, D.C., people gathered in droves. Troy King, a 47-year-old gay man from Atlanta, marched to continue to pressure politicians to …

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LGBT Activism And Gun Control One Year After The Pulse Shooting - 1A

Monday, Jun 12 2017 • 10 a.m. (ET)<p>LGBT Activism And Gun Control One Year After The Pulse Shooting<p>Angel Santiago and Luis Roldan, survivors from Pulse …

Gun Control

LGBT community prepares for a march -- and a fight

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two years after the White House was adorned in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, gay rights activists and lawmakers are preparing to march on Washington again, saying the current President threatens to erase those gains.<p>Gay …

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Same-Sex Marriage Is Not A Western Idea, Says Lead Lawyer In Historic Taiwan Ruling

"It was not easy, but after all, we won."<p>Posted on May 25, 2017, 05:19 GMT<p>The lead lawyer in Taiwan's historic marriage equality court decision says same-sex marriage is not the sole domain of Western nations and that the ruling is a "good start" for other Asian countries.<p>Taiwan Alliance for Civil …

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Taiwan becomes the first place in Asia to recognise same-sex marriage

After months of anticipation, protests, and campaigns, Taiwan made history on Wednesday as the first country in Asia to recognise same-sex marriage.<p>The ruling panel, made of 14 judges, has ruled that it is unconstitutional to ban same-sex couples from getting married.<p>Taiwan's government has two …

Equality

People are sharing their amazing love stories after Taiwan's same-sex marriage ruling

In a landmark development on Wednesday (May 24), Taiwan's top court issued a ruling that would pave the way for the island to become the first territory in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage.<p>10 of the top court's 14 judges voted to rule that marriage should not be restricted to a man and a woman. …

Same-sex Marriage

Republicans concerned about report Trump shared secrets with Russia

Updated 05/15/2017 08:59 PM EDT<p>The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee joined Democrats in slamming Donald Trump on Monday over a report the president divulged highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador.<p>"To compromise a source is something …

H. R. McMaster

Florida LGBT rights push reflects changing times

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - A Republican, a Democrat and a lobbyist for leading businesses in Florida huddled this spring at the state Capitol, mapping out the next move in a campaign to enact the first statewide LGBT anti-discrimination law in the U.S. South.<p>A record number of Republican …

Clinton knocks Trump on LGBT rights: ‘Let's remember 2018’

Hillary Clinton hammered the Trump administration's rollback of LBGT protections Thursday night, urging advocates to voice their opposition at the polls during the 2018 midterms elections.<p>“We have to face the fact that we may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues,” …

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Appeals court: Existing law bans anti-gay discrimination

Updated 04/05/2017 04:02 PM EDT<p>A federal appeals court has ruled that federal law on the books for more than half a century protects gays and lesbians from discrimination in the workplace.<p>The full bench of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 8-3 on Tuesday to overrule a series of prior …

Equality

Gay rights organizations hail court ruling as 'game changer'

CHICAGO (AP) — Companies cannot discriminate against LGBT employees in the workplace because of their sexual orientation, a federal appeals court said, in a ruling that a gay rights group called a "game changer."<p>The 8-to-3 decision Tuesday by the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is …

Equality

How a court ruling that a lesbian was illegally passed over for a job could be a ‘big moment’ for LGBT rights

As of Tuesday evening, if someone is fired in the United States for being gay (which there are no laws against in more than half the states), they can now file a discrimination lawsuit and reasonably expect it to succeed.<p>That's because a federal appeals court in Chicago ruled Tuesday that the 1964 …

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Federal Appeals Court Issues Historic Ruling In Favor Of Job Protections For Gay Workers

WASHINGTON — Existing civil rights laws protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation, a federal appeals court ruled in a historic nationwide first on Tuesday.<p>It is a "common-sense reality," the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held, "that it is actually impossible to …

LGBTQ Americans Won’t Be Counted in 2020 U.S. Census After All

LGBTQ advocacy groups are outraged after proposed questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity were quickly removed Tuesday from a just-released draft of the 2020 U.S. Census.<p>The U.S. Census Bureau, which is part of the Department of Commerce, is required to issue a list of categories …

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LGBTQ Advocates Horrified By Trump Administration's Civil Rights Health Pick

“It is going to have a serious, probably devastating impact," one advocate said.<p>WASHINGTON ―While the nation was fixated on the meltdown of Trumpcare, the Donald Trump administration quietly appointed a former conservative think-tank staffer to head the Civil Rights Office at the Department of …

Rights & Freedoms

Those Bigoted Boston Parade Organizers Are Out of Allies

This week in the laboratories of democracy.<p><i>(Permanent musical Accompaniment To This Post)</i><p><i>Being our semi-regular weekly survey of what's goin' down in the several states where, as we know, the real work of governmentin' gets done, and where a man can't give his address out to bad company.</i><p>We begin …

LGBTQ Advocates Fear 'Religious Freedom' Bills Moving Forward In States

There are renewed efforts at the state level to pass so-called religious freedom bills. LGBTQ rights advocates believe that's because local lawmakers are anticipating support from the Trump administration.<p>In Alabama, there's a bill that allows adoption agencies that are religiously affiliated to …

Equality

Don't Forget Exxon's Lousy Record On Gays And Women

Rex Tillerson, Trump's nominee for secretary of state, has spent his career in an "old boys' club."<p>With so many other issues surrounding the nomination of former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, his company’s history on women’s rights and gay rights hasn’t gotten much attention.<p>…

Women's Rights

3 more states are proposing 'bathroom bills' that critics are calling discriminatory

Lawmakers in three states have filed bills that would regulate bathroom access in public buildings, despite cries from critics who call the bills discriminatory against transgender residents.<p>Language used in the proposed "bathroom bills" — filed in Texas on Thursday, and Virginia and Kentucky …

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One of the City's most powerful LGBT campaigners will be made a dame in the New Year's Honours list

Inga Beale, the chief executive officer of the Lloyd's of London insurance market, is to be made a dame in the 2017 New Year's Honours list.<p>Beale — a vociferous campaigner for LGBT rights, and possibly the City's most high-profile member of the LGBT community — has been given her honour "for …

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In bitter divide, repeal of North Carolina LGBT law fails

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Amid deepening acrimony, a supposedly bipartisan deal to kill the North Carolina law known as the "bathroom bill" fell apart Wednesday night, ensuring the likelihood that global corporations and national sports events will continue to stay away from the state.<p>The law limits …

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North Carolina Republicans issued a bizarre statement that put repeal of 'bathroom law' in jeopardy

North Carolina Republicans issued an unusual statement early Wednesday morning signaling that the repeal of the state's contentious "bathroom law" may be in jeopardy.<p>The law, called House Bill 2 or HB2, limits LGBT rights across the state. One provision mandates that transgender residents use the …

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ACLU expecting more religious freedom bills in 2017 than ever

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The ACLU expects more religious freedom bills to be introduced in 2017 than ever before following the election of Donald Trump.<p>More than 200 bills were introduced nationally in 2016 that the ACLU characterizes as discriminating against gay people in the name of religious …

Freedom of Religion

Wal-Mart to settle U.S. lawsuit over benefits for same-sex spouses

Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Friday said it would pay $7.5 million to settle a U.S. lawsuit claiming it discriminated against gay employees nationwide by denying health benefits to their spouses.<p>Wal-Mart and lawyers for Jacqueline Cote, the worker who filed the 2015 lawsuit in federal court in Boston, …

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University of California digs in to fight Trump on illegal immigrant protections

Former Obama administration official Janet Napolitano, now head of California’s public university system, is digging in for a fight with President-elect Donald Trump over illegal immigration.<p>Napolitano, who served as secretary of Homeland Security during Obama’s first term, announced Wednesday that …

Immigration

A Voice for LGBT Staffers

Clinton’s Michigan communications director returns to the Hill and LGBT staffer group<p>Mitchell Rivard, the LGBT Congressional Staff Association’s …

Mike Pence's new neighbors put up LGBT pride flags in protest

<b>(CNN) —</b> Some Washington residents who disagree with Mike Pence's positions on gay rights are making their values known to their new neighbor.<p>Until he moves into the Naval Observatory after taking office, the vice president-elect is renting a $6,000-a-month home in Chevy Chase, a swanky neighborhood …

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What a Trump presidency could mean for LGBT Americans

<b>(CNN) —</b> The election of Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence set off panic in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities across the country, as people worried which of their divisive campaign promises would come true.<p>Would the President-elect make good on his pledge to repeal the …

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