Latest Sexual orientation discrimination News

Appeals court rejects rehearing in transgender bathroom case

Sep. 23, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday denied a request for a full-court review of a ruling that a Virginia school board's transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond rejected a request from the Gloucester County School Board for a...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020 file photo, Danbury High School sophomore Alanna Smith speaks during a news conference at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, Conn. The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding for Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports. In response to a complaint filed last year by several cisgender female track athletes, including Smith, who argued that two transgender female runners had an unfair physical advantage, the federal agency's office for civil rights determined in May that Connecticut's policy violates the civil rights of athletes who are not transgender. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

Federal funding threatened over transgender athlete policy

Sep. 17, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding from Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports. In response to a complaint filed last year by several cisgender...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the plenary during her first State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will set out her vision of the future in her first State of the European Union address to the EU legislators. Weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the departure of the United Kingdom, she will center her speech on how the bloc should adapt to the challenges of the future, including global warming, the switch to a digital economy and immigration. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

Justice minister accuses EU of 'attack' on Polish democracy

Sep. 17, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's justice minister accused the European Union of waging an “attack on democracy" after the European Parliament passed a resolution criticizing lax adherence to the rule of law and discrimination against women, LGBT people and minorities in the EU member-state. Justice...

FILE -- In this Saturday, July 20, 2019 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center right, and German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, center left, bow in front of soldiers during an oath-taking ceremony of the German army at the Defence Ministry in Berlin, Germany. Germany's defense minister is apologizing for decades of discrimination against gay servicepeople in the military until a change of policy in 2000. A study commissioned by the defense ministry and being presented Thursday documented “systematic discrimination” from 1955 until the end of the 20th century. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Germany apologizes for past military anti-gay discrimination

Sep. 17, 2020 4:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister is apologizing for decades of discrimination against gay servicepeople in the military until a change of policy in 2000. A study commissioned by the defense ministry and being presented Thursday documented “systematic discrimination” in the Bundeswehr...

Poland's President Andrzej Duda speaks to parliament members after he had been sworn in for a second term, at the parliament, in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Many of Poland's former leaders abstained from the ceremony to show disapproval for his first term policies.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland criticized in EU Parliament over courts, LGBT rights

Sep. 14, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative government came under criticism Monday in the European Parliament, where some lawmakers called for it to lose European Union funding over its rule of law record and its stigmatization of LGBT people. The parliament was discussing a new report on fundamental...

EMS chief says he resigned in face of anti-gay hostility

Sep. 11, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The former leader of emergency medical services in Augusta, Georgia, says he resigned in the face of discrimination because he's gay. James Kelly, in a letter to Augusta commissioners, says he faced two years of hostility from Fire Chief Chris James. Kelly's accusation arrives amid...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2019 file photo, James Bopp, the attorney for conservative religious groups speaks with reporters at the Hamilton County government center in Noblesville, Ind. An Indiana court rejected an appeal Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, from conservative religious groups that have unsuccessfully challenged limits on the state's religious objections law that were signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence. Bopp said Thursday, the groups have limited their activities to avoid legal action under the city ordinances and would consider an appeal to the state Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Tom Davies File)

Indiana court denies challenge to religious objection limits

Sep. 10, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana court rejected an appeal Thursday from conservative religious groups that have unsuccessfully challenged limits on the state’s religious objections law that were adopted under then-Gov. Mike Pence. The state appeals court ruling upheld a suburban Indianapolis county...

Former Niagara assistant coach files human rights complaint

Aug. 26, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An assistant women's basketball coach at Niagara University who resigned last week has filed a complaint against the private Catholic university saying she was discriminated against based on her race and sexual orientation. In the complaint to the New York State Division of Human...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Gavin Grimm, who has become a national face for transgender students, speaks during a news conference held by The ACLU and the ACLU of Virginia at Slover Library in Norfolk, Va. A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, Aug 26, 2020, that a Virginia school board’s transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional and discriminated against Grimm, a transgender male student who was barred from using the boys bathrooms in his high school. (Kristen Zeis/The Daily Press via AP, File)

Court: School transgender bathroom policy unconstitutional

Aug. 26, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a Virginia school board’s transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional and discriminated against a transgender male student who was barred from using the boys bathrooms in his high school. The ruling is a victory for transgender...

Kansas commission adds LGBT nondiscrimination protections

Aug. 22, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — The commission that enforces Kansas’ nondiscrimination laws will begin hearing claims from people who allege they are being mistreated because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Kansas Human Rights Commission said Friday that the decision is in response to a...