Justice Department Will Now Support Transgender Discrimination Claims In Litigation

Justice Department Will Now Support Transgender Discrimination Claims In Litigation

Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department’s position going forward in litigation will be that discrimination against transgender people is covered under the sex discrimination prohibition in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The decision is a reversal of the department’s prior position on the matter. Read more »

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Studies Show Voters Can Be Swayed on Gay Marriage, Abortion

Studies Show Voters Can Be Swayed on Gay Marriage, Abortion

Holidays bring family gatherings, snug pants and arguments. If you live in a family with divided political views (and who doesn’t?), you probably know the kind: Sides are taken in an ever-extending battle encompassing logic, data, news coverage, experiences and values – the latter most of all.

Values – cemented from years of life experiences and often intertwined with religion – are nearly impossible to change. And they motivate stances on hot-button issues, particularly same-sex marriage and abortion access. Read more »

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Apple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in South

Apple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in South

Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, is donating money to help fund a gay rights initiative in his native Alabama and two other Southern states, organizers said Thursday.

The amount of Cook’s contribution to the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign wasn’t disclosed, but the advocacy organization called it “substantial.” Organizers said it would help fund a three-year, $8.5 million campaign launched in April in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. Read more »

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Lesbians earn more than straight women - but gay men are penalised

Lesbians earn more than straight women - but gay men are penalised

Lesbians earn significantly more than their heterosexual colleagues while gay men earn less, according to a World Bank study exposing unexpected links between sexuality and salary.

In Britain, lesbians are paid an average of eight per cent more than straight women, with the trend even more extreme in other western countries. In the US, the difference is 20 per cent.

Conversely gay men face a pay penalty, earning five per cent less than heterosexual men in the UK - rising to nine per cent in Germany and 12 per cent in Canada.

Dr Nick Drydakis, senior lecturer in economics at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK who authored the World Bank report, said pay differentials were explained by the career and lifestyle choices that gay women were more likely make. Read more »

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Businesses lead social-justice fight for LGBT Arizonans

Businesses lead social-justice fight for LGBT Arizonans

After the October legalization of gay marriage, many human-rights advocates pointed out that same-sex couples could marry that Friday but be fired Monday for putting wedding photos on their desks at work.

That's because Arizona is one of 29 states without workplace protections based on sexual orientation and one of 32 without workplace protections based on gender identity or expression.

Sixty-five percent of Arizonans are not covered by anti-discrimination policies encompassing sexual orientation or gender expression in housing, workplaces, or leisure activities like lodging, restaurants or entertainment, according to calculations done by One Community, a human-rights and business-advocacy organization, Read more »

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Rep. Grijalva Leads Effort to Protect LGBT Unaccompanied Minors

Rep. Grijalva Leads Effort to Protect LGBT Unaccompanied Minors

Today, Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) led 59 House Democrats in sending a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell expressing concern over the lack of adequate protection against discrimination and sexual assault for unaccompanied minors in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The lawmakers urge HHS to implement robust Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) regulations alongside guidance to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth from discrimination.
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