Top UK department store goes gender neutral

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Selfridges, one of the U.K.’s top department stores in London’s Oxford Street is going gender neutral the Huffington Post reports. The high-end store is removing its separate men and women’s departments and will instead have three floors of unisex clothing, according to The Daily Mail. Some of the brands featured will include KTZ, Trapstar and [...]

Chinese face first ever gay workplace discrimination lawsuit

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In what is believed to be the first of its kind, ChinaPost.com.tw is reporting that a man, known pseudonymously as Mu Yi, has filed a 50,000 yuan (US$8,000) gay discrimination lawsuit against a former employer after a video he was in went viral revealing his sexual orientation. “We’re very optimistic,” Liu Xiaohu, a lawyer for [...]

LGBT groups launch campaign to highlight need to update state nondiscrimination laws

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Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people (206+ million) and their families live in a state that still needs to update or clarify its laws to include protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Yesterday, Equality Federation, alongside 30 statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups from Georgia Equality to [...]

California High Court bars judges from non-profit youth organizations that discriminate against LGBT people

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The California Supreme Court has barred judges from non-profit youth organizations like the Boy Scouts of America that discriminate against LGBT people. The change to judicial ethics rules will effectively prevent judges in California from participating in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which bans gay and lesbian adults from serving as leaders in the [...]

Saks withdraws assertion claiming transgender people are not protected by Title VII

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HOUSTON, TX — In two major victories for transgender civil rights, today Saks Fifth Avenue withdrew a motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which Saks had argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect transgender workers, and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a historic statement of interest in the [...]

Civil rights organizations condemn Oklahoma’s eight anti-LGBT bills

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and Freedom Oklahoma strongly condemned eight shocking anti-equality bills filed in the Oklahoma legislature. Submitted moments before the filing deadline, these appalling bills viciously target LGBT families and young people across the state. The harmful bills include: 1. an [...]

Meet the U.S. Pastor Council, the group working to repeal Texas’s non-discrimination laws

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A number of cities in Texas have taken the historic step of passing non-discrimination laws protecting LGBT people, only to see those laws challenged by the extreme right-wing U.S. Pastor Council – a group that has called Houston Mayor Annise Parker a “sodomite” and labeled gay people “forces of spiritual darkness,” reports Media Matters for America. Jan. 20, opponents [...]

HRC highlights California’s LGBT protections, laws and legislative proposals in inaugural national report

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WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in partnership with the Equality Federation, has released its first national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBT equality across America, including in California. The inaugural State Equality Index (SEI) reveals that, even with progress on marriage equality, there are extraordinary state-to-state disparities in LGBT non-discrimination protections, including [...]

San Diego Human Dignity Foundation purchases University Heights home of Diversionary Theatre and Lambda Archives

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San Diego Human Dignity Foundation closed escrow yesterday on 4545 Park Ave. taking ownership of the building from Diversionary Theatre Productions, the non-profit organization that provides year round LGBTQ theatrical productions at the site. This smooth change of ownership will have no impact on the Diversionary Theatre’s work. Housed in the building as well is [...]

Federal Court strikes down Alabama ban on marriage equality

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U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade has ruled in favor of equality, striking down Alabama’s discriminatory constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. Granade, appointed by President George W. Bush, stated in her ruling yesterday: There is no law prohibiting infertile couples, elderly couples, or couples who do not wish to procreate from marrying. Nor does [...]

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