Two students seek $1 million in racial, sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Two students have filed a discrimination lawsuit against The Evergreen State College and its former women’s basketball coach Jennifer Schooler.

A complaint for damages was filed by ShaMarica Scott and Linda Wilson, both of Olympia, on Oct. 13 in U.S District Court’s Western Washington district in Tacoma, The Olympian reported.

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UN human rights office unveils pro-LGBTI business standards

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The U.N. human rights office on Tuesday announced a series of standards for businesses to fight discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

One of the five standards states businesses “should develop policies, exercise due diligence and remediate adverse impacts to ensure they respect human rights of LGBTI people.”

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Board holds off for now on LGBT discrimination declaration

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is holding off for now on deciding whether to declare that discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations is already unlawful under state law.

The commission met Monday to consider the request after two months of public feedback. The interpretive statement, if issued, would say discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is a form of sex discrimination outlawed under Michigan’s 1976 civil rights law.

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Wyoming’s biggest city will wait-and-see on LGBTQ discrimination ordinance

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – City council members in Wyoming’s largest city are holding off on plans to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Cheyenne council members say they want to see how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in a Colorado case involving a baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

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Prison doctor sues state alleging LGBTQ discrimination

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SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (AP) – A psychologist at a California prison facility has alleged she was twice locked in a room with a dangerous inmate in retaliation for reporting mistreatment of LGBTQ inmates.

Lori Jespersen sued the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Monday for violations of civil rights and whistleblower protection laws, as well as the Prison Rape Elimination Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA. Jespersen is an employee of the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, which provides health care for incarcerated men. Her lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court’s Eastern Division of California, also names several corrections employees as defendants.

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DOJ: Anti-gay discrimination perfectly OK under federal law

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. Justice Department has declared anti-gay discrimination is lawful under current federal civil rights law, filing an friend-of-the-court brief in a case of alleging employment discrimination.

In a 23-page brief, the Justice Department under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejects the notion that sexual-orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Confirmation of Serbia’s first gay Prime Minister thrown into doubt

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Serbia’s ruling conservatives said June 19 if Prime Minister-designate Ana Brnabic doesn’t get enough votes to be confirmed by parliament as the first openly gay person to head the country’s government, an early general election will be held.

Brnabic, nominated last week by Serbian Present Aleksandar Vucic, could also become the conservative nation’s first female prime minister if she’s selected. But some of Vucic’s coalition partners said they will vote against her because of her sexual orientation.

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DeVos still won’t say federal law bars anti-LGBT discrimination

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Weeks after facing criticism for refusing to speak out in congressional testimony against anti-LGBT discrimination in charter schools, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos still won’t say federal law prohibits them from discriminating against LGBT students.

DeVos on Tuesday referred generally to rules under federal law in a testy exchange on whether she’d speak out against anti-LGBT discrimination in charter schools with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who said the statute in this area is “somewhat foggy.”

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AIDS Candlelight Memorial Service

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An Invitation to Stand with the Concerned International Community and Honor a Local Community Member (save the date)
On May 21, The AIDS Partnership will sponsor the Tampa Bay participation in 34th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial.
The Partnership has sponsored the Pinellas participation in the Memorial for thirteen years. This year there has been reaching across the Bay in partnership and support so joyously we present The Tampa Bay participation.
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is much more than just a memorial. It serves as a community mobilization campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV and AIDS. With 33 million people living with HIV today, The International Memorial serves as an important notice for global solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and giving hope to new generations. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is committed to “ Zero: “globally: Zero AIDS related Deaths, Zero new HIV infections and Zero Stigma and discrimination, and the Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention. The Memorial itself not only celebrates the lives of those lost but also brings attention to the continuing problems of significant infections. While the panic is over and HIV infection has become viewed by a large number in this country as a chronic disease, many still mourn for loved ones here and new infections in the Tampa Bay Area rank among the highest in the country.
In this time of social fragmentation, fear and poor communication this year’s theme of “Ending AIDS Together” is a wonderful reminder we are more powerful together and our needs and desires are more similar than not. Please join us at King of Peace MC Church, 3150 5th Ave N., St Petersburg, Florida. The Church will open at 5pm for display of National Names Project, Regional AIDS Quilts and Fellowship Reception. The Service is at 6pm.
With the Quilts here this year, there is a need for volunteers to act as Guardians for the Quilts during their Service display.
The tolling of the AIDS Memorial Bells, as always, will conclude the event. Sadly, the need for tollers grows every year, please consider tolling this year.
As in years past The AIDS Partnership requests nominees for the to nominate a community member, to volunteer or take part in the Service please call (727) 254-7175. Mary Stephan “In the Midst of AIDS “Award.
If you wish to have someone specially remembered in The Continuous Reading or Power Point Display of Names, during The Service please call (727) 254-7175 and leave a message for The Partnership by May 17.

Lesbian sues over alleged anti-gay job discrimination at Ky. bank

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A lesbian worker alleging she faced anti-gay job discrimination at a Kentucky bank that led to her termination — including being told she was “too butch” to deal with customers — sued Friday in state court for compensatory and punitive damages.

Penelope Hudson, who filed the lawsuit, worked at the Louisville-based Park Community Credit Union at various locations in Kentucky and Indiana for 15 years until she was terminated in 2016.

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Washington State reinstitutes N.C. travel ban after HB2 deal

By : Chris Johnson of the Washingston Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Washington State has reinstated its ban on state-sponsored travel to North Carolina — first enacted over anti-LGBT House Bill 2 — in the aftermath of the imposition of a new replacement law civil rights groups say is still discriminatory.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a memo on Thursday putting in place a new ban on state-funded travel to North Carolina after his previous ban expired when North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, signed the new measure.

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DOJ withdraws lawsuit against N.C. over anti-trans bathroom law

By : Chris Johnson of the Washingston Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Although North Carolina replaced anti-LGBT House Bill 2 with a law that critics say still enables anti-LGBT discrimination, the U.S. Justice Department has withdrawn the lawsuit against the state filed last year under Obama administration.

In a five-page notice, the Justice Department under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced it has voluntarily withdrawn the lawsuit filed last year by former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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