Grindr looks to end discrimination, bullying on app with new initiative Kindr

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Grindr, the social networking and dating app for gay men, launched an anti-discrimination, anti-bullying initiative as a part of the app called Kindr Sept. 18.

Kindr was announced in July in a video posted to Grindr’s Instagram with audio of men talking about sexual racism and different forms of discrimination.

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Mummers Parade in Philadelphia seek inclusive tone after insensitive displays

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Organizers of the Mummers Parade are hopeful that cultural education efforts will help the city’s annual New Year’s celebration be more respectful and inclusive following a string of racially and ethnically offensive displays.

The initiatives include sensitivity training sessions and online videos that explore issues such as cultural appropriation and privilege, sexual identity and the rules of satire. Mummers’ leaders also published an open letter last week condemning “expressions of hate and bigotry.”

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No ruling yet after hearing in Louisiana LGBT-rights dispute

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Lawyers for Louisiana’s governor and attorney general clashed in court Nov. 29, in a struggle about the limits of the statewide elected officials’ authority and Gov. John Bel Edwards’ executive order aimed at protecting LGBT rights.

Baton Rouge Judge Todd Hernandez heard a full day of witness testimony and legal arguments in the latest in a series of disputes between the Democratic Gov. Edwards and Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry.

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Tampa Bay Bucs WR Mike Evans will stand for anthem, not discrimination

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans says he will not continue to protest the election of Donald Trump as president by declining to stand for the national anthem before games.

The third-year pro apologized Nov. 16 to the military and anyone else “truly affected” by him not joining his teammates in standing on the sideline before last week’s game against the Chicago Bears.

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North Dakota city approves LGBTQ anti-discrimination resolution

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – City leaders in Bismarck have quietly approved a resolution condemning discrimination in housing, employment and services based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

It has no force of law, but members of the LGBTQ community are still pleased with the move in the wake of the Legislature’s defeat last year of a resolution seeking the same rights statewide.

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Church drops lawsuit on transgender bathroom issue

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa church is dropping its lawsuit against the state and the city of Des Moines over an anti-discrimination law that church officials believed could force them to abide by transgender bathroom rules.

The Fort Des Moines Church of Christ filed a voluntarily dismissal Oct. 26.

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ACC picks new sites for 8 championships pulled from NC

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – The Atlantic Coast Conference selected new sites for eight of the championships it will move from North Carolina because of a law that restricts the rights of LGBT people.

Four championships are moving to Georgia, three more are headed to South Carolina and another is set for Kentucky, the league announced on Oct. 4.

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Investors join call for North Carolina to repeal LGBT bill

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – About 60 investors representing $2.1 trillion in managed assets are joining the NCAA, entertainers and more than 200 businesses in calling for North Carolina to repeal its law limiting LGBT protections against discrimination.

Trillium Asset Management CEO Matt Patsky said at a news conference Sept. 26 that North Carolina appears headed for a “state-government-inflicted recession” while the economy of the rest of the country improves.

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What other states could be problematic for NCAA?

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Now that North Carolina has lost its NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference championship events for this year, some other states face potential challenges in the organization’s fight for discrimination-free environments.

The NCAA this week took the unprecedented step of pulling seven championship events from the state over its objection to a law that can allow discrimination against LGBT people. Two days later, the ACC did the same thing – relocating all 10 of its neutral-site championships from the state the conference has called home since its founding in 1953.

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Indiana city adopts transgender anti-discrimination protections

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – The Lafayette City Council has approved anti-discrimination protections for transgender people.

The (Lafayette) Journal & Courier reports council members voted unanimously Sept. 6 to add gender identity, age and veteran status to the list of protections in the city’s human relations ordinance. The ordinance already covered complaints about housing, employment and accommodations based on race, sex, religion, color, disability, familial status and national origin.

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NCAA sends anti-discrimination survey to potential host cities

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Indianapolis (AP) -The NCAA is sending a questionnaire about potential discrimination laws to organizers in cities that will be or are hoping to host sanctioned college sporting events.

The NCAA board of governors’ decision comes a day after the NBA announced it would pull its All-Star game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

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House votes to ban LGBT discrimination by federal contractors

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Washington (AP) – The House reversed itself late on May 25 and approved a measure aimed at upholding an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors.

More than 40 Republicans helped Democrats power the gay rights measure over the opposition of GOP conservatives who dominate the chamber.

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