Latest Sexual orientation discrimination News

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 12:53 PM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 12:12 AM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

Federal court considers bathroom use by transgender student

Dec. 5, 2019 1:21 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A student has the right to use the bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity, a lawyer told a federal court Thursday, arguing that the issue is about the right of transgender students to “equal dignity." But the Florida school district that's appealing a lower court order in...

After long debate, Olathe OKs nondiscrimination ordinance

Dec. 4, 2019 4:12 PM EST

After months of debate, the Olathe City Council approved a nondiscrimination ordinance that provides protections for LGBTQ residents. After Tuesday's vote, Olathe became the last major city in Johnson County to adopt an ordinance that prohibits discrimination such as being denied housing, employment or services...

Judge denies challenge to Indiana religious objection limits

Nov. 27, 2019 1:47 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana judge has canceled a trial challenging limits on the state’s religious objections law, finding conservative groups failed to prove they were harmed by changes the Republican-dominated Legislature approved shortly after then-Gov. Mike Pence signed it. In calling off the...

Experts: Leadership key to changing anti-gay police culture

Nov. 27, 2019 11:45 AM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — It is possible to change the police culture in St. Louis County, which was on the losing end of a $20 million jury award to a gay officer who claimed he had been discriminated against, but experts say changing such “hypermasculine” environments requires a commitment from...

Lawsuit: Police department discriminated against gay officer

Nov. 27, 2019 6:02 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit alleges that a Kentucky police department discriminated against one of its officers because of his sexuality. The Courier Journal reports Louisville Metro Police Officer Johnny Burgraff alleges he was subjected to inappropriate remarks and passed over for a role because...

St. Louis County: Missouri allows anti-gay discrimination

Nov. 26, 2019 2:26 PM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Lawyers representing St. Louis County are challenging a $20 million verdict in a gay officer’s lawsuit, claiming it is legal to discriminate against gay people in Missouri. Police Sgt. Keith Wildhaber alleged in his lawsuit that he had been passed over for a promotion 23 times...

Iowa appeals ex-Gov. Branstad $1.5M discrimination verdict

Nov. 22, 2019 6:40 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa has appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court a lawsuit in which a jury concluded former Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against a former state official because the official is gay, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday. A jury awarded former Iowa Workers’ Compensation...

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...