Gay & Lesbian Rights. Legal news and articles for May 24 - 31, 2017

Does a Kentucky printer have to print gay pride messages if they conflict with his religious beliefs?Republicans' gay rights tweet upsets California Family CouncilAnnalee Stewart, U social work professor and gay rights advocate, dies at 89I Don't Care Who Killed JFKForty Years of Pride and ProgressIllinois gay couples suing for marriage rightsLGBT rights are under siegeThe Difference In "Gay" And "Homosexual" May Be More Important To Those Outside Our Community.Full 2nd Circuit agrees to hear gay skydiver's employment discrimination lawsuitSouth Korean Soldier Convicted Amid Military's Anti-Gay 'Witch Hunt'Russia: Anti-Gay Purge in Chechnya1 step forward, 2 steps back for LGBT rights in AsiaBetsy DeVos Is An Enemy Of LGBTQ People. Always Has Been. Always Will Be.Gay rights in China get fillip from Taiwan same-sex marriage rulingTaiwan Sets a First For Asia With a Landmark Legal Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

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A Trumped Up May Day
American SpectatorMay 1, 2017

The broad left-wing coalition calling itself “the Resistance” touts worker's rights, women's rights, immigrant rights, Muslim rights, homosexual rights, bisexual rights, transgender rights, lesbian rights, gay rights, “queer” rights, teacher's rights ...more »

Over 200 Members of Congress File Federal LGBTQ-Rights Bill ...
NBCNews.comMay 2, 2017

In a majority of U.S. states, it's legal for a business to put a sign in the window saying "no gays allowed." While such a scenario seems unlikely in 2017, it could ...more »

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Does a Kentucky printer have to print gay pride messages if they conflict with his religious beliefs?
Washington ExaminerMay 31, 2017

This time, though, he was taken to court – by the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization, which had sought the shirts, and by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission. The commission determined the business, Hands On Originals, ...more »

Republicans' gay rights tweet upsets California Family Council
Sacramento BeeMay 30, 2017

But he was bothered that the tweet tagged two lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations that oppose a section of the official California Republican Party platform endorsing the “two-parent family” and marriage as a “union between one man and ...more »

Annalee Stewart, U social work professor and gay rights advocate, dies at 89
Minneapolis Star TribuneMay 30, 2017

But when Stewart came out in her 50s, she gradually staked out a public role as a Twin Cities gay rights advocate. At a time when many in her social circle still balked at identifying as lesbian in the media and other public forums, she spoke openly ...more »

I Don't Care Who Killed JFK
AlterNetMay 28, 2017

The idealism that he helped unleash resulted in a revolution in values and institutional change, including civil rights, the environment, women's rights, gay and lesbian rights, consumer protections, workplace safety, and limits on American militarism ...more »

Forty Years of Pride and Progress
Wisconsin GazetteMay 28, 2017

In 1977, Milwaukee gays and lesbians formed a Committee on Human Rights to counter the anti-gay campaign of former Miss America and Florida orange juice promoter Anita Bryant. The committee raised funds to defend a gay rights ordinance in Dade ...more »

Illinois gay couples suing for marriage rights
Wisconsin GazetteMay 28, 2017

More than two dozen gay and lesbian couples in Illinois were filing lawsuits on Wednesday arguing that it's unconstitutional for the state to deny them the right to marry, a move advocates hope will lead to legalized same-sex marriage in Illinois. The ...more »

LGBT rights are under siege
The Boston GlobeMay 27, 2017

“We are in very choppy waters, we are not very close to shore, there are really big waves out there, and we're not all strong swimmers.” That is how Mary Bonauto describes the precarious state of gay, lesbian, and transgender rights under President Trump.more »

The Difference In "Gay" And "Homosexual" May Be More Important To Those Outside Our Community.
Instinct MagazineMay 27, 2017

In this article, we show that far from being synonyms, these terms have consequences for attitudes about gay and lesbian rights. We begin by providing a historical overview of the terms “homosexual” and “gay and lesbian,” showing the different ...more »

Full 2nd Circuit agrees to hear gay skydiver's employment discrimination lawsuit
Metro WeeklyMay 26, 2017

“We are seeing more and more federal judges recognize that a proper interpretation of civil rights law does protect lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers from employment discrimination,” said Nevins. “In less than a year's time, we could see two, or even ...more »

South Korean Soldier Convicted Amid Military's Anti-Gay 'Witch Hunt'
TowleroadMay 26, 2017

“It is long overdue for South Korea to repeal this archaic and discriminatory provision in the military criminal code, and get up-to-date when it comes to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex people.” In South Korea, military ...more »

Russia: Anti-Gay Purge in Chechnya
Human Rights WatchMay 26, 2017

“Men subjected to these gay purges have endured a gruesome ordeal in Chechnya,” said Graeme Reid, director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights program at Human Rights Watch. “The Kremlin has a duty to bring to justice those ...more »

1 step forward, 2 steps back for LGBT rights in Asia
ABC NewsMay 26, 2017

For LGBT rights, it was one step forward, two steps back this week in Asia, where traditional values often clash with modern views on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. The developments followed the arrest in Bangladesh last week of 27 men ...more »

Betsy DeVos Is An Enemy Of LGBTQ People. Always Has Been. Always Will Be.
HuffPostMay 25, 2017

But now, here was reporter Jeremy Peters in a New York Times piece in late January, headlined, “Betsy DeVos, a Friend of L.G.B.T. Rights? Past Colleagues Say Yes,” reporting that DeVos' “support for her gay friends and for lesbian, gay, bisexual and ...more »

Gay rights in China get fillip from Taiwan same-sex marriage ruling
ReutersMay 25, 2017

Wednesday's decision, the first such ruling in Asia, cements Taiwan's position as a beacon of liberalism in the region, and could prompt legal action by activists in Thailand, home to one of Southeast Asia's most vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual and ...more »

Taiwan Sets a First For Asia With a Landmark Legal Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
TIMEMay 24, 2017

(TAIPEI, Taiwan) — In a first for Asia, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a yearslong campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent's most liberal democracies. In its majority ...more »

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