Federal judge rules in favor of transgender employment discrimination

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DETROIT (AP) — A judge dismissed a lawsuit Aug. 18 filed on behalf of a transgender embalmer who was fired by a Detroit-area funeral home after disclosing that she was transitioning from male to female and would dress as a woman.

U.S. District Judge Sean Cox ruled that R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home didn’t discriminate against Aimee Stephens. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the Garden City funeral home on behalf of Stephens, who was fired in 2013 after telling her employer she was transitioning.

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Metro Charities selected for federal grant from U.S. Department of Health

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Metropolitan Charities, Inc., the organization that operates the Metro Community Centers, Metro Thrift Store and the LGBT Welcome Center, along with HIV and healthcare services across Tampa Bay, was awarded a $375,000 federal grant from Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The grant, a part of the Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK) Program, is to support efforts to improve the health outcomes for minority and/or disadvantaged re-entrants, ages 18-26, in transition from jail to their communities.

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Governor signs minor changes to North Carolina anti-LGBT law

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Minor changes to a North Carolina law limiting protections for LGBT people have been signed by the governor.

Legislators left the law mostly intact during their yearly session. They did make a change requested by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that restores workers’ ability to use state law to sue over workplace discrimination, but leaves sexual orientation and gender identity unprotected.

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School superintendents disregard advice to deny transgender bathroom access

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Topeka, Kan. (AP) — Dozens of central and western Kansas school superintendents say they have no intention of following U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp’s advice to disregard a recent transgender bathroom directive from President Barack Obama’s administration.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reached out to 129 school superintendents who were given the Republican congressman’s letter and received responses from 30 of them.

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LGBT advocate groups send letter to Marion County School Board over anti-transgender bathroom policy

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Six Florida and national LGBT advocacy groups have a message for the Marion County School Board: the District’s discriminatory bathroom rules are illegal and harmful.

Equality Florida, American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, Florida Legal Services, Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights and Southern Poverty Law Center are talking with parents and students about legal options and working together to ensure students are treated equally in Marion County and across Florida.

Here’s the full letter: 

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North Carolina leaders denounce federal threat on LGBT law

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s prized public universities could be the biggest losers as state leaders defend a new law limiting the rights of LGBT people.

The 17-university system, which includes the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University as well several historically black colleges, risks losing more than $1.4 billion in federal funds if the Republicans who run the Legislature don’t reverse the law. The U.S. Justice Department wants an answer by the end of business May 9.

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With same-sex marriage all but a done deal, the next fight for LGBT equality is discrimination disguised as religion

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Few combative issues have raised eyebrows as much as the recent string of legislation promoting “religious freedom.”

A recent push to create bills designed to protect business owners from having to engage in services that are against their religious beliefs has surfaced in more than half of our country’s states. The problem is that these Religious Freedom Restoration Acts—also known as RFRAs—are frequently wielded as a weapon allowing business owners to deny service to LGBTs.

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Florida removes gay adoption ban, bill giving agencies a right to discriminate dies

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Tallahassee – The Florida Legislature has moved two gay adoption bills through the 2015 session—one pro-LGBT, the other anti-LGBT—and both are racing to get to the governor’s desk and become law before the session ends.

On April 14, the Florida Senate passed the first of these bills, the Adoption and Foster Care bill (CS/HB 7013), by a vote of 27-11. The bill strikes outdated statutory language that bans gay people from adopting in the state of Florida.

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Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman.

But they are urging the court to resist embracing what they see as a radical change in society’s view of what constitutes a marriage, especially without more information about how same-sex marriage affects children who are raised by two fathers or two mothers.

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Gay couples face issues with Tax Day

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Washington (AP) – A necessary burden for most Americans, Tax Day is an accounting nightmare for thousands of gay and lesbian couples as they wrestle with the uneven legal status of same-sex marriage in the United States.

They live in a country that recognizes their marriages, but some reside in the 13 states that do not, an issue that will be argued before the Supreme Court later this month.

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U.S. Justice Department appeal Texas judge’s rule change blocking same-sex medical benefits

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AUSTIN (AP) – The U.S. Justice Department is appealing a federal judge in Texas’ temporarily blocking federal rules that would have expanded medical leave benefits to some gay couples.

In a filing March 31, attorneys sought an April 13 hearing to argue that the preliminary injunction shouldn’t have been issued and “now should be dissolved.”

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Federal commission weighs LGBT job protections

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Gay rights advocates say a federal law is needed to prohibit LGBT discrimination in the workplace, and that religious exemptions should be few.

Kate Kendall, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that the nation’s “commitment to non-discrimination trumps private prejudice.”

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