Justice Department set to host annual LGBTQ Pride event on June 26

By : CHRIS JOHNSON OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. Department of Justice is set to host an event recognizing Pride month and LGBTQ employees on June 26, the Washington Blade has learned.

A spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday to the Blade the event is set to take place on that date in the Justice Department’s Great Hall per the annual tradition for DOJ Pride, the LGBTQ affinity group for Justice Department employees.

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Gay-friendly Apple weighs North Carolina despite LGBTQ laws

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gay-rights advocates are divided on whether to cheer or bemoan a potential marriage between the state of North Carolina and one of the global corporations most friendly to LGBTQ workers and causes.

Feelings remain raw over North Carolina’s so-called bathroom bill, which prompted a boycott campaign. Many advocates remain frustrated that a legislative compromise that put an end to the controversy still allows discrimination against them.

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Anti-LGBTQ Trump judicial nominee Kyle Duncan confirmed to Fifth Circuit

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. Senate has confirmed to the federal bench a Trump judicial nominee who made a major component of his career as a lawyer attempts to block LGBTQ rights, including same-sex marriage and transgender student Gavin Grimm’s access to the high school boys’ room,

Kyle Duncan, a partner at the D.C.-based Schaerr Duncan LLP, was confirmed Tuesday to a seat on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals — which has jurisdiction over Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi — by a party-line vote of 50-47.

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Charlotte mayor unexpectedly loses Democratic primary

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The two protagonists in the battle over LGBT rights in North Carolina are now out of the political picture after a surprise in a mayoral primary Sept. 12.

Charlotte Mayor Pro Tempore Vi Lyles captured the Democratic primary, defeating Mayor Jennifer Roberts with 46 percent of the vote. Roberts got 36 percent of the vote, with State Sen. Joel Ford finishing third at 15 percent.

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Incoming North Carolina governor doesn’t support national boycott of state

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper is opposing the state NAACP leader’s call for a national economic boycott to pressure state lawmakers into overturning a law limiting LGBTQ rights and other actions by Republicans.

Cooper said in a release Dec. 23 he shares others’ frustrations about Republican policies such as House Bill 2, but he said the better way is to bring companies and people to North Carolina to “join us in the fight for fairness.”

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Trial over North Carolina anti-LGBTQ law delayed till next summer

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A federal trial on the legality of a North Carolina law limiting which restrooms transgender people can use in schools and government buildings has been pushed back until at least late summer.

A U.S. magistrate judge granted the delay Nov. 14 following a conference call with attorneys for people challenging the law and for North Carolina officials defending what’s known as House Bill 2, according to a court filing.

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NBA says moving All-Star Game back to Charlotte is a ‘high priority’

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Oct. 19 that returning the All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019 is “a high priority,” provided there’s a resolution to a North Carolina law that restricts the rights of LGBT people.

The NBA recently decided to move the 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans because it didn’t believe it could successfully host the All-Star Game and related events in Charlotte under the climate created by the law known as House Bill 2. Los Angeles hosts the game in 2018.

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NC governor blames state Democrats in live TV debate for passage of anti-LGBT bill

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s gubernatorial candidates clashed Oct. 18 in a live televised debate over the state’s economy, coal ash pits and a law signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that prompted a national uproar over its impact on LGBT people.

In what’s likely to be their final debate, McCrory sought anew to blame rival Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper and a political alliance with Charlotte’s mayor for forcing Republican leaders in Raleigh to pass the controversial law known as House Bill 2.

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Gov. Mccrory: NCAA disrespected North Carolina

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Gov. Pat McCrory says the NCAA failed to show North Carolina respect when it moved championships and tournament games out of the state because of a law that governs which bathrooms transgender people must use.

McCrory responded Sept. 13 to the NCAA’s decision. The action was related to House Bill 2, which McCrory signed into law.

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Gov. Mccrory: North Carolina anti-LGBT law shaped by business lobby group

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says business lobbyists helped shape a state law limiting protections for LGBT people but that also included employer-friendly provisions banning local minimum wage increases and making it harder for workers to sue for workplace discrimination.

McCrory’s assertion contradicts statements by the head of the state’s Chamber of Commerce and his aides, who have denied a role in shaping the legislation called House Bill 2.

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North Carolina governor allows disaster relief money to be used defending anti-LGBT law

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Pat McCrory decided against signing one bill sent by the legislature because money appropriated to defend House Bill 2 originated from a disaster relief fund.

The bill became law without McCrory’s signature as a deadline passed July 31. It contained many tweaks to a larger budget measure, including $500,000 for the governor’s office for legal costs of defending House Bill 2, which limits anti-discrimination rules for LGBTQ people.

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch says anti-LGBT law violates civil rights

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Fayetteville, N.C. (AP) – Civil rights laws exist for anyone victimized because of a physical characteristic they can’t control, and that’s why the U.S. Justice Department challenged a North Carolina law that blocks some legal protections for LGBT citizens, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said May 24.

Lynch’s comments came in response to criticism hours earlier by conservative black pastors and civil rights leaders. They blasted the attorney general for comparing House Bill 2 to Jim Crow laws that segregated blacks to inferior education and opportunities for nearly a century.

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