Latest Sexual orientation discrimination News

FILE - In this April 8, 2019, file photo, Kelley Blair, CEO and founder of Diversity Center of Oklahoma walks arm-in-arm with James Cooper and Allie Shinn, right, Executive Director of Freedom Oklahoma. Marchers joined Councilman-elect James Cooper in a march from Park Avenue and Broadway to City Hall in support of the LGBTQ community in Oklahoma City. Leaders in conservative Oklahoma say they are looking for more legislative progress for LGBTQ people this year after notable strides in 2019. (Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman via AP)

Oklahoma leaders hope to push for more LGBTQ rights in 2020

Jan. 25, 2020 10:35 AM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders in conservative Oklahoma say they are looking for more legislative progress for LGBTQ people this year after notable strides in 2019. Tulsa and Oklahoma City updated their personnel policies to ban discrimination against city employees based on gender identity or expression,...

Subcommittee advances bill banning LGBTQ discrimination

Jan. 24, 2020 7:48 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A General Assembly subcommittee advanced a bill Thursday that would prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, public accommodations, employment and credit applications. Lawmakers suggested expanding the focus of a bill introduced by Del....

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 22, 2020 1:19 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Toothless cell-phone ban could make Pa. highways more dangerous Easton Express-Times Jan. 19 In trying to correct a weakness in Pennsylvania’s distracted-driving laws — drivers are still permitted to use hand-held...

FILE -This July 23, 2014, file photo, shows a state prison in Florence, Ariz. The state of Arizona has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former corrections officer who alleged his co-workers and supervisors repeatedly harassed him over his status as a transgender man. The officer, who filed the lawsuit under a pseudonym due to safety and privacy concerns, resigned in 2016 after working nearly 11 years in state prisons in Florence and Douglas. (AP Photo/File)

Arizona settles suit alleging harassment by prison officers

Jan. 20, 2020 4:31 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The state of Arizona has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former corrections officer who alleged his co-workers and supervisors repeatedly harassed him over his status as a transgender man. The lawsuit, which was tentatively settled Thursday, alleged colleagues used derogatory...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Guatemalans who were deported from the United States arrive to La Aurora International airport in Guatemala City. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday argues that Trump administration asylum agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are illegal. The agreements allow U.S. immigration officials to send asylum seekers to the Central American nations. The American Civil Liberties lawsuit says the agreements are dangerous and violate the historic role of the U.S. as a humanitarian nation. The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups want the so-called cooperative asylum agreements declared illegal, and are asking a federal judge to block Homeland Security officials from enforcing the new rules. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

Asylum agreements with Central American nations challenged

Jan. 15, 2020 7:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras that allow U.S. immigration officials to send asylum seekers to the Central American nations violate the historic role of the U.S. as a humanitarian nation and should be blocked, according to a legal challenge filed...

Carmichael now says he opposes anti-discrimination bill

Jan. 15, 2020 4:58 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael is against a proposal to explicitly bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the Republican said in a statement Tuesday. Carmichael had taken a neutral stance on the bill after drawing criticism for meeting...

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice puts on a reflective vest during the State of the State address in the House Chambers at the state capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Charleston, W.Va. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

Justice celebrates, details 2020 agenda in State of State

Jan. 9, 2020 9:46 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice wants to let West Virginians know something: Everything's great. The Republican governor painted an upbeat picture of the state's finances and outlined his legislative agenda Wednesday night in a State of the State speech that featured a rusty hatchet, a tackle box...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019 file photo, supporters of LGBT rights stage a protest on the street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. A group launched a 2020 ballot initiative Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2019, to expand Michigan's civil rights law to include anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people, a step that would put the issue to voters if the Republican-led Legislature does not pass the measure. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta,File)

Ballot drive to bar LGBTQ discrimination begins in Michigan

Jan. 7, 2020 5:44 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group launched a 2020 ballot initiative Tuesday to expand Michigan's civil rights law to include anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, a step that would put the issue to voters if the Republican-led Legislature does not pass the measure. Fair and Equal Michigan, a...

West Virginia lawmakers set to return to Capitol for session

Jan. 7, 2020 4:32 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Banning discrimination against LGBTQ West Virginians. Changing the bail system to send fewer people to jail. Cutting taxes for businesses. West Virginia lawmakers in the GOP-controlled statehouse are expected to take up those proposals and more as they start the 2020 legislative...

Judge OKs $3.1M lawyer fees in Branstad discrimination case

Jan. 6, 2020 4:42 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawyers who represented a former state official found to have been discriminated against by former Gov. Terry Branstad should be paid $3.1 million for their work on the case. Judge Brad McCall said the attorneys earned significant fees for their work. They successfully represented...