Latest Sexual orientation discrimination News

Lincoln mayor signs order adding to discrimination rules

Nov. 18, 2019 4:25 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The mayor of Lincoln has signed an executive order that bans discrimination against city employees based on gender identity or expression. Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird signed the executive order Monday in a move that strengthens a city policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual...

Texas archdiocese challenges LGBT anti-discrimination rights

Nov. 15, 2019 3:20 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas archdiocese wants to become a foster care provider, but only if it can be exempt from adhering to federal safeguards against anti-LGBT discrimination. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is joining the Texas Attorney General’s office and the Department of Family and...

Pope denounces anti-gay ‘persecution’ as recalling Nazi era

Nov. 15, 2019 1:58 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has denounced anti-gay discrimination as reminiscent of Nazi-era persecutions and evidence of a “culture of hatred” that has re-emerged today. Francis made the comments in a wide-ranging speech Friday to an international penal law association. He said some...

Missouri police officer agrees to mediation after $20M award

Nov. 15, 2019 11:29 AM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County police officer has agreed to mediation to reach a settlement and avoid court appeals, weeks after a jury awarded him $20 million to resolve his lawsuit alleging he suffered discrimination because he is gay. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that both sides...

Panel brings transgender issues to light, opens dialogue

Nov. 14, 2019 4:23 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — “Guess what? I am a transgender woman and I am just like everybody else.” Keri Abrams was addressing an audience of about 35 people at the “Ask a Trans Person” panel at Chesterfield Central Library earlier this week. Equality Virginia -- an advocacy...

Kansas GOP colleagues spurn Davids' request on adoption rule

Nov. 6, 2019 3:16 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Congressional Republicans from Kansas have rejected a request from the delegation's lone Democrat that they join her in opposing a federal policy that allows faith-based adoption agencies to get taxpayer funding even if they turn away same-sex couples. Rep. Sharice Davids sent a letter...

Missouri chief: "room to improve" after $20 million verdict

Nov. 5, 2019 3:53 PM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County's embattled police chief says a jury's $20 million verdict in a gay discrimination lawsuit is an opportunity for improvement in his department. Jon Belmar spoke Tuesday with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , his first interview since the jury award to Sgt. Keith Wildhaber...

St. Louis official 'horrified' by gay discrimination defense

Oct. 31, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A top St. Louis County official is blasting legal staff for arguing that gay discrimination in Missouri is legal in a case in which nearly $20 million was awarded to a police sergeant. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said Wednesday in a...

Police board member resigns after sergeant wins $20M verdict

Oct. 30, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The chairman of a St. Louis County police board has resigned and another board member said she is being replaced after a jury found that a sergeant was discriminated against because he's gay and recommended that he be awarded nearly $20 million. County Executive Sam Page said Monday in...

Police leadership shakeup urged following $20M judgment

Oct. 28, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Some St. Louis County leaders are calling for a police leadership shakeup after a jury found that a sergeant was discriminated against because he's gay and recommended that he be awarded nearly $20 million. Councilwoman Lisa Clancy says Police Chief Jon Belmar should resign because of...