Marriage Equality

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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 News

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 …

Women's News

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 …

LGBTQ

Repeal of North Carolina LGBT law fails in bitter divide

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A deal to undo the North Carolina law known as the "bathroom bill" fell apart Wednesday night when legislators couldn't agree on a plan to the repeal the measure, a sign of the bitter political divide within the state.<p>The North Carolina General Assembly was called into a …

American South

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 …

American South

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 …

Justice

Walmart Settles Discrimination Suit Over Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Walmart announced on Friday that it had settled a lawsuit that accused the company of discriminating against gay and lesbian employees when it denied health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses.<p>Under the deal, Walmart will set aside $7.5 million, mostly to compensate employees affected by the …

Walmart

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

(Reuters) - 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 …

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

Mitchell Rivard, the LGBT Congressional Staff Association’s president, says LGBT staffers will need a voice with Donald Trump in the White …

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 …

LGBTQ

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 …

LGBTQ

A primer on executive power: Trump can't end same-sex marriages, but he could speed up deportations

Starting Tuesday night, as Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election started coming into focus, anguished questions flooded social media:<p>Could Trump overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide?<p>Could he abolish same-sex marriages?<p>Could he increase …

Politics

Trump Victory Alarms Gay and Transgender Groups

The election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency sent panic through much of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, which for the first time in eight years will face an administration hostile to its civil rights goals and a president-elect who has expressed a desire to reverse many …

LGBTQ

Trans group reports suicides post-election; LGBTQ hotline calls surge

The upcoming Donald Trump presidency is already weighing heavy on the shoulders of transgender youth — and at least two have committed suicide.<p>In a …

Transgender advocates fear reversal of civil rights under Trump

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Transgender advocates vowed on Wednesday to resist any effort to reverse or slow down an expansion of transgender rights made under President Barack Obama, fearing a rollback of his directives once Donald Trump succeeds him in the White House.<p>During his eight years in the Oval …

For First Time, Openly LGBT Governor Elected: Oregon's Kate Brown

For the first time, a U.S. state has elected an openly LGBT governor.<p>The landmark was reached in Oregon, where the Associated Press projects that Kate Brown has won the gubernatorial election.<p>Brown was the incumbent in her race — but running for election for the first time.<p>She stepped in as …

LGBTQ

Election Results for 2016's Openly LGBTQ Candidates

Here are the 18 openly LGBTQ congressional and gubernatorial candidates NBC OUT tracked on Election Day and the results of their races.<p><b>Kate Brown (Incumbent)</b><p><i>Governor, Oregon (D)</i><p>Result: Brown won Oregon's gubernatorial race<p>.<p><b>Mark Pocan (Incumbent)</b><p><i>U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin (D)</i><p>Result: …

Elections

Federal Court Backs Protections For Gay Worker Under Existing Law

“There is no more obvious form of sex stereotyping than making a determination that a person should conform to heterosexuality,” US District Court Judge Cathy Bissoon writes.<p>WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Pittsburgh ruled on Friday that existing civil rights laws banning sex discrimination also …

LGBTQ

TV Is Better for L.G.B.T.Q. Characters than Ever—Unless You’re a Lesbian

GLAAD gives real numbers for the trend that had the Internet up in arms earlier this year.<p>There are more L.G.B.T.Q. characters on TV than ever, on a wider range of platforms, and playing a huge array of roles. It’s never been a better time to be a queer person looking to see yourself on TV—that is, …

Civil Rights

Breaking with national group, local Log Cabin chapters endorse Trump

The Log Cabin Republicans (LCR), the largest and oldest gay conservative organization in the United States, declined to endorse the Republican Party's nominee for President earlier this month. However, a number of local chapters are breaking away from the decision of the national group in order to …

Donald Trump

2016 Has Been A Mixed Bag For LGBT Politics

At just about every Hillary Clinton campaign event this year, and much of last, you could find lots of rainbows and posters with the letters "LGBT" on them in the crowd. The average Hillary Clinton event has a healthy amount of gay, lesbian and transgender Clinton supporters in attendance.<p>This past …

Politics

LGBT law, hurricane jostle close N. Carolina governor's race

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has been unable to quash the firestorm over his signing of a law limiting protections for LGBT people, while trying to focus his re-election bid on North Carolina's economy, taxes, teacher pay and his recent response to historic flooding.<p>That …

OBAMA LEGACY: A quiet mission to export gay rights overseas

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the world was watching America's gay rights transformation, the Obama administration was pursuing a quieter mission to try to export the same freedoms overseas to places like sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and eastern Europe.<p>The U.S. has deployed its diplomats and spent …

Democrats Draw Line Over LGBT Provision in Defense Authorization Bill

Senate Democrats and the White House are drawing a line in negotiations over the defense authorization bill, signaling strong opposition to a …

Emails show Clinton's response to LGBT backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hacked emails released in daily dispatches over the weekend by the WikiLeaks group showed Hillary Clinton's campaign staff worried about a response to the gay community's backlash over a comment concerning former first lady Nancy Reagan and AIDS. Also among the documents are …

Why Same-Sex Marriage Bans Risk Native American Sovereignty

When tribes don’t allow gay couples to marry their chosen partners, they invite negative perceptions about their unique legal status.<p>Cleo Pablo and her wife Tara Roy-Pablo were married under Arizona law in 2015. But Pablo’s tribe, the Ak-Chin Indian Community, refused to recognize their union.<p>Cleo …

Indigenous Peoples

WHY IT MATTERS: LGBT

NEW YORK (AP) — THE ISSUE: Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but there are other battlegrounds related to civil rights and nondiscrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. Two polarizing questions: What sort of access should transgender people have to …

Equality

Roy Moore, Alabama Chief Justice, Suspended Over Gay Marriage Order

Nine months after instructing Alabama’s probate judges to defy federal court orders on same-sex marriage, Roy S. Moore, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, was suspended on Friday for the remainder of his term for violating the state’s canon of judicial ethics.<p>It was the second time in …