Latest Sexual orientation discrimination News

Groups slam Florida over removal of anti-bullying resource

Dec. 08, 2021 14:15 PM EST

TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) — Advocacy groups are criticizing the Florida Department of Education for removing an anti-bullying webpage from its site, saying the decision will harm LGBTQ students. A spokesman for the state education department on Wednesday said it removed the portal...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Dec. 03, 2021 16:24 PM EST

Portland Press Herald. December 1, 2021. Editorial: Some of our state’s most serious crimes go unreported The rate of offenses continues to fall in Maine, but that figure doesn’t say it all. There’s a lot to learn from...

Honolulu LGBTQ nightclub files federal discrimination suit

Nov. 22, 2021 21:54 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Liquor Commission and the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is discriminating against a Honolulu LGBTQ nightclub and its community, according to a federal lawsuit. The owners of nightclub Scarlet Honolulu said in the lawsuit...

Judge: Iowa Medicaid denial of sex change surgery unlawful

Nov. 22, 2021 18:09 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa law that prohibits Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents violates state law and the state constitution, a judge ruled in a decision made public Monday. Judge William Kelly ordered the Iowa Department...

Florist who refused same-sex wedding job settles with couple

Nov. 18, 2021 22:14 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A florist in Washington state who was in an eight-year legal battle that reached the U.S. Supreme Court will retire after settling with the same-sex couple whose wedding job she refused. Barronelle Stutzman of Richland, Washington, announced the...

Texas school district under civil rights investigation

Nov. 18, 2021 17:05 PM EST

SOUTHLAKE, Texas (AP) — A Texas school district is under civil rights investigation amid allegations of discrimination based on race and sexual orientation. The Civil Rights office of the U.S. Department of Education is conducting three investigations involving the...

Lawsuit challenges North Carolina rules on transgender ID

Nov. 16, 2021 15:33 PM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's requirement that transgender people undergo sex reassignment surgery as part of establishing their identity is discriminatory and does not align with a majority of states and medical organizations, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal...

Investigator examining discrimination complaints by officers

Nov. 15, 2021 10:13 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida city has hired an outside investigator to look into allegations of racial, gender and sexual-orientation discrimination in its police department. The city of Fort Lauderdale hired former prosecutor Gregg Rossman to look into...

North Carolina leaders remain divided about LGBT protections

Nov. 07, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than two years after a law limiting local protections for gay rights in North Carolina was enacted, leaders remain sharply split over whether House Bill 2 was needed and what protections should be afforded to LGBTQ people. A narrow majority of...

South African gay chef cancels Zimbabwe visit amid protests

Nov. 05, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A trendy Zimbabwean restaurant has reopened but without an appearance by a South African gay celebrity following complaints by a group of conservative churches and ruling party members. The cancellation of a visit by TV celebrity Somizi Mhlongo...