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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 …

LGBTQ

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 …

Equality

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 …

Assisted Suicide

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>…

Gender

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 …

North Carolina

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 …

The City

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 …

North Carolina

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 …

North Carolina
Equality

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, …

21st Century

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

(CNN)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 in …

LGBTQ

What a Trump presidency could mean for LGBT Americans

(CNN)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 …

Government

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

<b>Editor's note:</b> On Feb. 8, 2017, President Donald Trump tweeted a link to a piece in the <i>Federalist</i> that labels the following story as "fake news." …

LGBTQ

Transgender advocates fear reversal of civil rights under Trump

| NEW YORK<p>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 Office, …

Equality

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 …

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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: …

U.S. Congress

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 …

Equality

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, …

TV

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 …

Elections

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 …

LGBTQ

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 …

North Carolina

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 …

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Democrats Draw Line Over LGBT Provision in Defense Authorization Bill

Senate Democrats strongly oppose amendment they say would allow for discrimination<p>Senate Democrats and the White House are drawing a line in …