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OH: Campaign to Keep Bowling Green’s LGBT Ordinances Ahead

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Ohio Gay MarriageThe campaign to preserve Bowling Green’s LGBT-inclusive equality ordinances appears to be winning, but the contest will be close, and additional resources are needed. How the measures stand with voters won’t be known until Election Day, said campaign director Kim Welter. “There has been no poll, and that’s been because we cannot afford one.”

Welter then explained that, based on the conversations that campaign volunteers are having with voters as they canvass, the ordinances are winning in three of the city’s four wards, and losing slightly in the most conservative one.

The two measures, passed in August 2009, were challenged by a petition campaign that put them on the November 2 ballot. They are the only LGBT issues on any U.S. ballot in this election, so the campaign has drawn attention on both sides.

Full Story from the Gay People’s Chronicle

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MI: Holland City Council Considering Anti Discrimination Bill for Gays/Lesbians

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Dustin Lance BlackDustin Lance Black has his fingers crossed. The Academy Award-winning screenwriter has his eye on Holland this week, with city officials revisiting the idea of an anti-discrimination ordinance that would protect gay residents from housing or job discrimination.

It’s a particularly poignant topic, Black says, considering the high number of gay teens who have committed suicide in recent months. “I’m very happy to hear Holland is having those conversations,” Black said. “It;s become clear that people listen to the messages of their communities, which way too often are saying gay and lesbian people are somehow second class or not worthy of protection.”

Holland’s Human Relations Commission tackles the thorny issue at 6 p.m. today at City Hall. It’s unclear yet if the panel will vote on whether to add protections for residents based on their sexual orientation; they have been studying the issue during the summer.

Full Story from the Holland Sentinel

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Where Racial Justice Intersects With LGBT Equality

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

A new report on the relationship between racial justice organizations and LGBT communities was the focus of a workshop and discussion Sept. 24 at the Facing Race conference held in Chicago.

The report, titled “Better Together,” was issued by the Applied Research Center, which sponsored the three-day national conference held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. ARC has offices in New York, Chicago and Oakland and works to popularize the need for racial justice and empower people and groups to fight for it. ARC President and Executive Director Rinku Sen led the workshop on “Better Together.”

Sen took workshop attendees through the report, which surveyed 41 racial justice groups and 40 LGBT groups, with follow-up interviews with 32 LGBT activists working to build bridges between such groups.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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Panama: Government Considers Anti Discrimination Law for Gays, Lesbians

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The Panamanian National Assembly started to discuss a new law that would protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Dayra García, from the website Corresponsales Clave [es], wrote: The National Assembly’s Commission of Government, Justice and Constitutional Affairs approved during a first debate (five votes to one) the proposal of Law No. 50, “which dictates measures to prevent discriminatory acts based on sexual orientation and gender identity” and that was presented by the Association of New Men and Women of Panama (AHMNP).

The article also quotes Ricardo Beteta, the president of the AHMNP [es]: “The lack of legislation against discrimination toward gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender individuals positions the country behind an international trend to extend rights to the population with different sexual orientation.”

Full Story from Global Voices

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MO: Governor Expands Anti Discrimination Policy to Cover Gays/Lesbians

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

It’s relatively basic: Laws are created after the Legislature approves a bill and the governor signs it. But that is not the only way for chief executives to enact policy.

Gov. Jay Nixon used such an alternative method earlier this month, approving an executive order that expands Missouri’s nondiscrimination policies to cover people who are gay and those who served in the military.

Under the order – which applies to the executive branch of state government – people cannot be treated differently based on sexual orientation or veteran status for jobs and various state services such as licensing, job training and financial assistance.

Full Story from KansasCity.com

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UK: Minister for Equalities Pledges to Amend Remaining Inequalities for LGBT Citizens

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Liberal Democrat politician and Minister for Equalities, Lynne Featherstone, has vowed to amend the last remaining legal inequalities within the gay community, today.

Speaking to PinkPaper.com behind the scenes at Pride London, she told us that equality remains a goal.

“Trans hate crime doesn’t have the same aggregating factor as race crime, which is unfair. 89 per cent of trans people experience hate crime, so this is important. Likewise, if you change your gender identity and you’re married, you have to get divorced – which is ridiculous.”

Full Story from the Pink Paper

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Malta: Parliament Committee Talks About Gay Rights

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

What happens in the bedroom is, up to a point, the government’s business, because it often had to solve problems caused there, the chairman of the House Social Affairs Committee, Edwin Vassallo said.

Speaking during a sitting on Tuesday where the Malta Gay Rights Movement gave a presentation to the committee on the situation of homosexuals and transgender individuals in Malta, Mr Vassallo said: “What we’re learning in this committee is that what happens in the bedroom often ends up before the state to do something about it.” As examples, he cited single parents and teenage pregnancies.

The MGRM’s Gabi Calleja presented to the committee a 2008 report detailing problems gay people faced in Malta. One of the major topics was the issue of homosexual couples and children. Even though Malta did not allow adoption by gay couples, Ms Calleja said “we’re creative and still find a way to have children”. These methods included surrogacy, artificial insemination and IVF and also intercourse with a member of the opposite sex.

Full Story from the Times of Malta

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ILGA, Amnesty International Release International Reports on GLBTI Rights

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Two reports released by international human rights defenders have put the spotlight on global GLBTI rights. The Amnesty International Report 2010 and the ILGA 2010 State-Sponsored Homophobia report paint a worsening situation in Africa, and improvements in parts of Asia and the Americas.

Both reports singled out Uganda for its notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill which aims to criminalise the so-called “promotion” of homosexuality and impose the death penalty in some cases.

Nigeria, which has a similar law before Parliament, was criticised, as was Burundi for criminalising same-sex relations. In Senegal and Cameroon, men faced arbitrary arrest, detention, torture and unfair trials when suspected of being gay. In Malawi, two men were sentenced to 14 years in prison for “indecent practices between males”.

Full Story from SSO

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PA: Annual Equality Forum Draws Thousands

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Unseasonably sultry weather drew tens of thousands of people to the Piazza in Philadelphia on Sunday, May 2, for the annual Equality Forum.

Dozens of same-sex couples exchanged wedding vows under a blazing sun as the Rev. Timothy Safford, rector of Christ Church Philadelphia, Rabbi Linda Holtzman of Mishkan Shalom and Elder Joseph Tolton, pastor of the Rehoboth Temple Christ Conscious Church in New York, officiated. Rafael de Jesus and Bruce Atzer of Conshohocken, Pa., were among those who decided to take part. Atzer, who has been with de Jesus for three years, said he hopes the ceremony sent a message to state lawmakers.

“Same-sex marriage is not legal in Pennsylvania; maybe this will help to push that here,” he said.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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FL: Leon County Considering Gay Anti Discrimination Ordinance

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Lisa Comingore, an assistant attorney general for the state of Florida, knows what it’s like to be forced out of a job over sexual orientation. Comingore, 39, took a job as a staff attorney with a state agency Nov. 1, 2006, and by the following February, she’d put in her notice. She’d been told that if she didn’t, she;d be fired.

The reason why, she says, had nothing to do with job performance – a supervisor wanted her out because she’s a lesbian. Comingore, a Tallahassee resident who was recovering from breast cancer, decided to leave on her own. She knew if she was fired, she’d have a hard time landing another state job and keeping her health insurance. “It just felt extremely unfair,” Comingore said. “Just being discriminated against and having no recourse – it’s very demoralizing.”

Currently, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community aren’t protected from workplace discrimination in local, state or federal law. They also aren’t protected from housing discrimination in state or federal law. The county’s housing code has a protection for gays and lesbians, but LGBT advocates say it has no enforcement mechanism and is ineffective.

Full Story from Tallahassee.com

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