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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 …

Government

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 …

LGBTQ

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,” …

Equality

Appeals court: Existing law bans anti-gay discrimination

Updated 04/05/17 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 …

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 …

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 …

LGBTQ

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 …

Equality

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 …

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 …

Rights & Freedoms

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

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 …

LGBTQ

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 …

Rights & Freedoms

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 …

Rights & Freedoms

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, …

Walmart

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 …

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 …

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." …

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, …

LGBTQ

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: …

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