More than 300 attend Victory Institute conference in Colombia

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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BOGOTA, Colombia | More than 300 activists and elected officials from around Latin America attended an LGBTQ Victory Institute-organized conference that took place in the Colombian capital of Bogota from May 16-18.

Colombian Congressman Mauricio Toro, Venezuelan National Assemblywoman Tamara Adrian, Belizean Sen. Valerie Woods, Antiguan Sen. Akika Lake, Cuban National Assemblyman Luis Angel Adan Roble, Arizona state Sen. Tony Navarrete and Colorado state Rep. Brianna Titone are among those who attended. Claire Lucas, a prominent Democratic activist in D.C. who was previously a senior advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Innovation and Development Alliances, and Juan Carlos Archila of Censurados, a group in the Colombian city of Cucuta that provides assistance to Venezuelans with HIV/AIDS, also participated in the conference.

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Top firms decry religious exemption bills proposed in Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) | Some of the world’s biggest companies are back to oppose a range of new Texas legislation they say is discriminatory, two years after Apple, Facebook and other Fortune 500 companies banded together with gay rights activists in defeating the state’s “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people.

The corporate giants, which also include Google, Amazon, and IBM, joined Texas businesses and more than a dozen local chambers of commerce in a letter to lawmakers March 27 urging the Republican-controlled Legislature to focus on other legislation.

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NYC enacts anti-discrimination rules for city facilities

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NEW YORK (AP) – A regulation that ensures people visiting New York City facilities can use restrooms or locker rooms aligned with their gender identity was enacted March 7.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, signed an executive order on Monday that guarantees people access to single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity at city facilities, including offices, pools and recreation centers, without the need to show identification or any other proof of gender. The move comes amid a continuing national debate over anti-discrimination laws.

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Indiana lawmaker to push for state gay rights protection debate

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Indianapolis (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker said April 13 he wanted to force an Indiana House debate over whether to extend protections for gays, lesbians and others under the state’s nondiscrimination laws less than two weeks after the backlash over the religious objections law.

The proposal from Democratic Rep. Ed DeLaney of Indianapolis calls for adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the nondiscrimination sections of numerous state laws, including the Indiana civil rights law covering education, employment, public accommodations and housing.

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