Latest Sexual orientation discrimination News

India's Supreme Court strikes down law that punished gay sex

Sep. 6, 2018 8:53 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a colonial-era law that made gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights that one judge said would "pave the way for a better future." The 1861 law, a relic of Victorian England that hung on long after the...

Malaysian PM says public caning of lesbians tarnishes Islam

Sep. 6, 2018 6:30 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday criticized the public caning of two Muslim women for attempting to have sex, saying it tarnished Islam's reputation as a merciful and compassionate religion. Mahathir made the comment after the rare caning of the two women...

Missouri mom sues school over transgender discrimination

Sep. 5, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The mother of a former Missouri high school student is suing the school board and three current and former district administrators, alleging discrimination against her transgender child. Natalie Murray alleges in the lawsuit that the district denied her child the right to use the boys...

Lawyer for Iowa officials in gay discrimination case quits

Sep. 5, 2018 1:14 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A lawyer who has billed Iowa taxpayers nearly $1 million to fight a long-running discrimination lawsuit over former Gov. Terry Branstad's treatment of a gay former state official has withdrawn from the case, court documents filed Wednesday show. George LaMarca, 73, has represented...

Malaysian Muslim lesbian couple caned in public punishment

Sep. 3, 2018 8:41 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two Malaysian Muslim women convicted under Islamic laws of attempting to have sex were caned Monday in a rare public whipping that was slammed by lawmakers and rights activists as a form of torture. Lawyers and activists said the women, aged 22 and 32, were seated on stools...

Amnesty urges Malaysia to quash caning sentence of lesbians

Aug. 28, 2018 11:07 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Malaysia to quash a caning sentence for a lesbian couple, calling the punishment cruel and unjust. Two unidentified ethnic Malay women, aged 22 and 32, had pleaded guilty for attempting to have sexual intercourse and were sentenced to...

US court says Housing Act covers harassed LGBT tenant

Aug. 28, 2018 9:01 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court found that the U.S. Fair Housing Act places obligations on landlords to protect LGBT tenants from harassment by other tenants. The new ruling by the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Court of Appeals, posted late Monday, sides with 70-year-old Marsha Wetzel. She accused a...

Mother: Son killed self after he was bullied for being gay

Aug. 28, 2018 1:27 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Authorities say Denver Public Schools crisis counselors met with children at an elementary school after a 9-year-old student killed himself after he was reportedly bullied for being gay, the Denver Post reports. The Post reports that the Denver Coroner's Office confirmed Jamel Myles died by...

Professor says emails were 'gay-coded,' not sex harassment

Aug. 17, 2018 6:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent New York University professor who is being sued by a former student who accuses her of sexual harassment said that her relationship with him was not sexual and that affectionate emails they exchanged were just "gay-coded" correspondence. Professor Avita Ronell, a world-renowned...

Colorado baker: No cake for gender transition celebration

Aug. 15, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stance partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — has sued the state over its opposition to his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition, his attorneys said Wednesday....