After Sochi concerns, Rio games seem more LGBT-friendly

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

Share this story:

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Isadora Cerullo got no medal at these Olympics. A ring will have to suffice.

Cerullo is a rugby player for Brazil and her team finished ninth at the Rio Games out of a 12-team field, well out of medal contention. When the competition was over, a venue manager walked onto the pitch and eventually got around to asking her a question.

Continue Reading >>

West Virginia Senate votes down religious objection bill

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia senators resoundingly killed a religious objections bill just one day after amending the measure to stamp out fears from business that it would sanction discrimination in the name of faith.

After no debate, the Republican-led Senate voted down the bill by a 27-7 margin. Lawmakers cited different reasons for their opposition: some thought the amended bill didn’t do enough to protect religious freedom. Others believed the amendment only made a bad bill better.

Continue Reading >>

Bathrooms become battlegrounds in anti-discrimination debate

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – As bathrooms become battlegrounds in the national debate over anti-discrimination laws, a city council’s decision to protect the restroom choices of transgender people in Charlotte, North Carolina, was cheered Feb. 23 by rights advocates as a courageous move. But it may not stand for very long.

Gov. Pat McCrory told The Associated Press that the bathroom provision denies privacy rights for people who expect to share restrooms or locker rooms only with people born with the same anatomy.

Continue Reading >>

Nation’s largest gay rights group to feature VP Biden at convention

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

Washington (AP) – Vice President Joe Biden will deliver a speech this week to the nation’s largest gay rights group.

The Human Rights Campaign says Biden will headline its annual convention on March 6 in Washington. The group advocates for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Continue Reading >>

Oregon panel considers bill banning ‘gay conversion therapy’ for those under 18

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon gay rights group asked the state Legislature on Feb. 23 to outlaw therapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people, arguing the practice often does more harm than good.

A state House panel heard testimony on the measure, which is being promoted by Basic Rights Oregon, a nonprofit gay and transgender advocacy group from Portland.

Continue Reading >>

Separate suit filed over North Dakota’s gay marriage ban

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A second lawsuit has been filed in federal court challenging North Dakota’s ban on gay marriage.

The 33-page complaint filed by Jan Jorgensen and Cindy Phillips, who live in Fargo and were legally married in Minnesota, says the couple is treated as “legal strangers” in their home state.

Continue Reading >>

Hundreds march in gay rights parade in India

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

Hundreds of gay rights activists marched through New Delhi on Sunday to demand that they be allowed to lead lives of dignity in India’s deeply conservative society.

Dozens of demonstrators carried a nearly 15-meter (50-foot) -long, rainbow-colored banner and waved placards demanding that the government extend the scope of anti-discrimination laws to schools, workplaces and public and private spaces.

Continue Reading >>