North Carolina deal would expand transgender protections

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s governor launched a two-part strategy Wednesday that could end protracted litigation over the state’s so-called bathroom bill and its replacement, while expanding LGBT protections lawmakers aren’t inclined to endorse.

Plaintiffs who had sued the state claiming discrimination asked a judge to approve a settlement with the governor that would ensure transgender people can use restrooms corresponding to their gender identity in facilities run by executive branch agencies that oversee the environment, transportation and Medicaid, among others.

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Appeals court reviews Louisiana governor’s LGBT-rights order

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Lawyers for Louisiana’s Democratic governor and Republican attorney general went back to court Tuesday to argue the constitutionality of an order aimed at protecting LGBT rights in state government.

Gov. John Bel Edwards is hoping an appeals court will reinstate his executive order banning discrimination in government and state contracts based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Edwards says a lower court judge erred in deciding he overstepped his legal authority.

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LGBT group asks Michigan commission for legal protections

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An LGBTQ rights group has asked the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to interpret a current prohibition on sex discrimination to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

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N.H. lawmakers table transgender rights bill

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Thursday voted 187-179 to table a bill that would have added gender identity to the state’s nondiscrimination law.

Lawmakers also rejected a motion to reconsider debate of House Bill 478 that gay state Rep. Ed Butler (D-Harts Location) introduced.

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Trump rescinds transgender student protections

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Much to the dismay of the LGBT advocates who sought to keep guidance barring discrimination against transgender kids in schools, the Trump administration on Wednesday revoked the guidance.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday during the daily press briefing a letter rescinding the guidance would come out that day, reiterating his words from earlier in the week the decision to withdraw the guidance is based on President Trump’s support for states’ rights.

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White House says it won’t roll back LGBTQ protections

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Jan. 30 he won’t roll back federal workplace protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people, giving a rare nod of approval to President Barack Obama’s work on the issue.

In a statement released early morning, the White House said Obama’s 2014 executive order prohibiting LGBTQ workplace discrimination would remain intact “at the direction” of Trump.

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Join us at St. Pete Pride 2016!

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We are so excited to celebrate with you at St. Pete Pride this year as we come together to continue the fight for full equality in the Sunshine State!

Click here to volunteer!!! http://www.eqfl.org/stpetepride2016

This year, the Florida Competitive Workforce Act was heard in the State Legislature for the first time in 10 years. This was a big victory but now, it’s time to put our efforts into making sure we get the Act passed.

56% of Floridians already live in cities or counties that provide nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people in employment, housing, and public accommodations. We need statewide protections for ALL LGBT Floridians, and we won’t stop until the entire state is a safe and welcoming place to live, work, and play no matter who you are or whom you love.

If you’ve been thinking about volunteering, now is the time; this is all hands on deck – click here to join our team:

http://www.eqfl.org/StPetePride2016

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 two to three hours and involve engaging passersby, signing up new members, and spreading the word about Equality Florida’s work.

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

Join us at Stonewall Pride in Wilton Manors 2016!

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We are so excited to celebrate with you at Stonewall Wilton Manors this year as we come together to continue the fight for full equality in the Sunshine State!

Click here to volunteer!!! http://www.eqfl.org/stonewallpride2016

This year, the Florida Competitive Workforce Act was heard in the State Legislature for the first time in 10 years. This was a big victory but now, it’s time to put our efforts into making sure we get the Act passed.

56% of Floridians already live in cities or counties that provide nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people in employment, housing, and public accommodations. We need statewide protections for ALL LGBT Floridians, and we won’t stop until the entire state is a safe and welcoming place to live, work, and play no matter who you are or whom you love.

If you’ve been thinking about volunteering, now is the time; this is all hands on deck – click here to join our team:

http://www.eqfl.org/stonewallpride2016

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 two to three hours and involve engaging passersby, signing up new members, and spreading the word about Equality Florida’s work.

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

Join us at Polk Pride 2016!

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We are so excited to celebrate with you at Polk Pride this year as we come together to continue the fight for full equality in the Sunshine State!

Click here to volunteer!!! http://www.eqfl.org/polkpride2016

This year, the Florida Competitive Workforce Act was heard in the State Legislature for the first time in 10 years. This was a big victory but now, it’s time to put our efforts into making sure we get the Act passed.

56% of Floridians already live in cities or counties that provide nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people in employment, housing, and public accommodations. We need statewide protections for ALL LGBT Floridians, and we won’t stop until the entire state is a safe and welcoming place to live, work, and play no matter who you are or whom you love.

If you’ve been thinking about volunteering, now is the time; this is all hands on deck – click here to join our team:

http://www.eqfl.org/PolkPride2016

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 two to three hours and involve engaging passersby, signing up new members, and spreading the word about Equality Florida’s work.

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

Join us at Pensacola Pride 2016!

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We are so excited to celebrate with you at Pensacola Pride this year as we come together to continue the fight for full equality in the Sunshine State!

Click here to volunteer!!! http://www.eqfl.org/pensacolapride2016

This year, the Florida Competitive Workforce Act was heard in the State Legislature for the first time in 10 years. This was a big victory but now, it’s time to put our efforts into making sure we get the Act passed.

56% of Floridians already live in cities or counties that provide nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people in employment, housing, and public accommodations. We need statewide protections for ALL LGBT Floridians, and we won’t stop until the entire state is a safe and welcoming place to live, work, and play no matter who you are or whom you love.

If you’ve been thinking about volunteering, now is the time; this is all hands on deck – click here to join our team:

http://www.eqfl.org/PensacolaPride2016

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 two to three hours and involve engaging passersby, signing up new members, and spreading the word about Equality Florida’s work.

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

State backtracks on LGBT foster youth protections despite wide support

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Religious organizations are playing politics with the Florida Department of Children and Families and if they are successful, LGBT foster children lose.

The LGBT Child Welfare Work Group asked DCF to add LGBT protections to the rules governing group homes in the summer of 2015, which kicked off the discussion around updating policies. The workgroup is made up of child welfare professionals around the state who want better futures for LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care systems such as schools, foster care and homeless assistance. Robert Latham is the workgroup chair and is also the supervising attorney for the Children & Youth Law Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law.

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Washington Senate upholds bathroom protections for transgender people

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Olympia, Wash. (AP) – Urged by lawmakers who said the Legislature must protect civil rights, Washington’s full Senate narrowly rejected a bill that would have repealed a new state rule allowing transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms in public buildings consistent with their gender identity.

Three Republicans, the chamber’s majority party, joined many Democrats in rejecting the measure on a 25-24 vote.

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