Latest Sexual orientation discrimination News

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks at a rally held by Fairness Campaign to advance LGBTQ rights, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in the Rotunda at the State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Governor makes history by attending gay rights rally

Feb. 19, 2020 7:02 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear spoke against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and supported a ban on conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth during a historic appearance at a gay-rights rally Wednesday at Kentucky’s Capitol. Beshear became Kentucky's first sitting...

Appeals court supports Oregon school's transgender policy

Feb. 12, 2020 5:22 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A school district near the Oregon state capital can allow transgender students to use locker rooms and bathrooms of the gender they identify with instead of their birth gender, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesdays. Some parents and students at a high school in Dallas, Oregon, had...

Judge rules Oklahoma transgender inmate lawsuit can proceed

Feb. 12, 2020 4:37 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A transgender inmate can sue the state of Oklahoma and prison officials who she says stopped her hormone therapy because they thought she was faking her gender identity, a federal judge has ruled. A physician's assistant ordered an end to Glenn Porter's hormone therapy after a staff...

In this Oct. 19, 2017 photo, Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol Quick Response Force line in front of the Phillips Center on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Fla.,  ahead of white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech,  White supremacist propaganda circulated on college campuses nearly doubled in 2019, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League published Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.  (Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

White supremacist propaganda spreading, anti-bias group says

Feb. 12, 2020 1:38 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Incidents of white supremacist propaganda distributed across the nation jumped by more than 120% between 2018 and last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League, making 2019 the second straight year that the circulation of propaganda material has more than doubled. The Anti-Defamation...

FILE - In this June 22, 2017, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a news conference in Dallas. Paxton on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a California law that forbids California state employees using taxpayer-funded business trips to expos or conferences in Texas. California adopted the sanctions in response to a 2017 Texas law allowing foster care and adoption agencies to deny services based on religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Texas asks Supreme Court to repeal a California travel ban

Feb. 11, 2020 2:47 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a California law prohibiting state employees from using taxpayer-funded business trips to expos or conferences in Texas. Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the high court to reverse the ban on Monday, the Houston...

St. Louis County police chief announces retirement

Feb. 10, 2020 3:47 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The police chief in St. Louis County announced Monday that he is leaving the department, months after his leadership was called into question when a gay officer was awarded $20 million in a discrimination lawsuit. Jon Belmar, 56, has led the department, one of Missouri's largest with 1,362...

A person holds a flag during a meeting of the 'yes to protection of lesbians, gays and bisexuals committee' in Bern, Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Swiss voters are delivering their verdict Sunday on a measure that would make it illegal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)

Swiss voters approve outlawing anti-gay discrimination

Feb. 9, 2020 11:10 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss voters approved by a wide margin Sunday a measure that will make it illegal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation. Switzerland's parliament in late 2018 approved expanding the country's existing anti-discrimination law to make it illegal to publicly...

Swiss to decide fate of recent 'anti-homophobia' legislation

Feb. 8, 2020 3:55 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters head to the polls on Sunday to decide whether to support a measure passed in parliament to make it illegal to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation. Polls show solid support for what's been billed as an “anti-homophobia” law, but opponents...

Supporters of SB 868 gather for a group photo after a press conference ahead of the floor votes on SB 868, the Virginia Values Act. The event was held in the Jefferson Room of the State Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia lawmakers pass protections for LGBTQ people

Feb. 6, 2020 9:02 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers passed comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation Thursday that advocates said makes the state the first in the South to enact such protections for LGBTQ people. The measures advanced on bipartisan votes, 59-35 in the House and 30-9 in the Senate as newly...

Program with anti-gay schools loses Wells Fargo support

Jan. 30, 2020 1:14 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Wells Fargo has pulled support and another bank says it will stop donating millions of dollars to Florida's private school voucher program after reports that some schools in the program discriminate against LGBTQ students. Wells Fargo said in a statement it decided to no longer support...