HRO targeting biased crime reports passes in Michigan city

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) | A human rights ordinance approved for a west Michigan city includes penalties for violators, including those who dial 911 to try to use police to enforce their own bigotry.

The Grand Rapids City Commission passed the updated ordinance Aug. 27 following months of work to develop and revise the measure, which takes effect Dec. 1.

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Bucking Trump’s promise, Labor Dept. to undercut Obama LGBTQ order

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In an apparent contradiction to President Trump’s promise to keep “intact” an Obama-era executive order against anti-LGBT workplace discrimination, the Department of Labor has signaled it would expand the scope of the religious exemption for federal contractors seeking to deny employment to LGBT workers.

In the proposed rule, the Labor Department proposes regulations to clarify the scope and application of the religious exemption in Executive Order 11246, an 1965 executive order signed by President Johnson which bars federal contractors from discriminating against workers based on race, sex and other characteristics.

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Join us at Key West Pride!

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Celebrate with us at Key West Pride! We are proud to be a part of this fun event, and we’re excited to spread the word about Equality Florida.

This year, the Florida Competitive Workforce Act was heard in the state legislature for the first time in 10 years. This was a huge step forward, but now it’s time to lean in and get it passed once and for all!

Because of our work over the last twenty years and our incredible volunteers and local partners, more than 56% of Floridians live in communities that protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Now we are working to extend those protections to ALL LGBT Floridians, and we need your help at Key West Pride!

Event: Key West Pride
Date/Time: June 11 9:30 AM- 7:30 PM
Where: 700 & 800 blocks of Duval

We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers who care about equality, are comfortable connecting with people, and who are willing to share their enthusiasm with others.Volunteer shifts typically last three hours and involve engaging pride goers, signing up new members, and spreading the word about Equality Florida’s work!

Contact Hannah at Hannah@eqfl.org with any questions!

N.D. Republican governor wants ban on LGBT discrimination

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican governor on April 2 said state lawmakers missed an opportunity to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination when they failed for the third time in six years to pass a measure that would prohibit bias in housing and employment based on sexual orientation.

“Discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation is not acceptable,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said in a statement issued after the North Dakota Legislature killed the proposal.

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Idaho’s gay and lesbian activists claim progress on bill

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho’s gay and lesbian activists lined up 22 hours of testimony in their effort to have anti-discrimination laws amended to include them in housing and employment protections.

And though they weren’t able to change the state’s Human Rights Act, supporters say they were able to change perceptions among lawmakers with the flood of emotional stories.

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Federal employment non-discrimination bill goes to full Senate

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Gay rights advocates won another victory Wednesday after a Senate panel approved a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The measure won support from all the Democrats and three Republicans on the 22-member committee, signaling it has a strong chance of passage in the full Senate.

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