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May 19, 2015

'[Ashers Baking Company] are not a religious organization. They are a business for profit. There are no exceptions available.'

A Christian baking company in Northern Ireland was justified in refusing to make a pro-gay Bert and Ernie cake, a court has ruled today (19 May).

Ashers Baking Company was found guilty of discrimination after declining an order from a gay rights activist last May.

Customer Gareth Lee wanted the cake to also feature the slogan, ‘Support Gay Marriage’ and the logo ‘Queerspace’, a Belfast-based campaigning group for equal marriage, and Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street.

May 17, 2015

A homophobic thug threw a gas canister at the back of the former teacher's head

A Russian gay man was brutally attacked during an IDAHOT protest earlier today (17 May).

Alexander Ermoshkin, along with several others, attempted to hold a 'Rainbow Over Cupid' event. They were hoping to release a rainbow of balloons over the city of Khabarovsk to fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

But as soon as they were preparing to fill the balloons, two males approached the group from behind.

Grabbing one of the gas canisters, they bashed Ermoshkin on the back of his head. He fell immediately to the ground, unconscious.

May 15, 2015

#IDAHOT

A crowd of Londoners have just created a human rainbow along the Thames to celebrate and push for equality.

Dozens of eager volunteers put on their T-shirts and tops in varying colors in order to raise awareness of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia  and Transphobia (IDAHOT, or IDAHOBiT) on 17 May.

Organized by Stonewall, it was intended to kick off the pro-LGBTI events that will be held around the world from Kenya to Kyrgyzstan.

May 13, 2015

‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’

‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’

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When religious freedom bills were being discussed in Indiana and Arkansas earlier this year, voices from the business community were among the loudest in condemning the proposed legislation.

May 12, 2015

But new guidelines would still ban those who have had sex with another man in the past year from donating

The US Food and Drug Administration has officially proposed lifting its 32 year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

But the proposal is still seen as discriminatory by some because the FDA wants to replace the policy with a one-year deferral that would only permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have not had sex with another man in the past year.

The ban enacted during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the US and prohibits any man who has had sex with another man, even once, since 1977 from donating blood.

May 7, 2015

Poll found that over 60% of respondents in the state would support employment protection for LGBT employees – in contrary to what some of local lawmakers may believe

Despite the fact that Texas lawmakers have recently proposed a raft of discriminatory legislation, a new study has found that a majority of voters in the state believe workplace protection should be introduced for LGBTI employees.

The study, undertaken by G Squared Public Strategies for Texas Wins, took place in early April. The statewide survey spoke to 800 likely voters.

May 7, 2015

One nurse allegedly told her 'Sorry, we’re not equipped to deal with LGBTQ people here.'

A Canadian trans woman has talked about repeatedly experiencing transphobia from health professionals.

Jessica Dempsey, from Halifax, told CBC of several instances where she faced transphobic discrimination in the hospital system throughout Halifax – including threats from a doctor at a mental health unit.

Between November 2014 and January 2015 Dempsey attempted to take her own life on several occasions; she told CBC these suicide attempts were a consequence of the abuse she had received since her transition in 2012.

May 2, 2015

South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria already have similar schemes to expunge criminal records of men who were convicted for consensual gay sex

Tasmania's anti-discrimination commissioner Robin Banks has in her final report recommended that the state implements a dedicated scheme to erase historical convictions for consensual sexual activity between adult men.

The report recommends establishing a three-person panel made up of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, the registrar of the Working with Vulnerable People Registration Scheme and the dean of law at the University of Tasmania to review applications from men who want their criminal record expunged.

May 1, 2015

'It will give religious school principals free rein to discriminate against gay and transgender students and the children of same-sex couples'

Tasmania's lower house has passed a bill that would religious schools in the Australian state to refuse LGBTI students on grounds of their beliefs.

After a two-day debate, the House of Assembly Thursday (30 April) evening passed an exemption to the Anti-Discrimination Act, despite concerns that the measure would allow prejudice against LGBTI students and those with same-sex parents.

The government denied this but LGBTI rights advocates said it had failed to allay 'legitimate community concerns about this bad legislation.'

April 29, 2015

Ireland's Minister for Health is hoping to relax the lifetime ban

The European Court of Justice has ruled a lifetime ban on men who have sex with men from giving blood 'may be justified'.

The top court, based in Luxembourg, has said sexually active gay and bisexual men can be banned from giving blood as long as it is established they are at 'high risk' of acquiring infectious diseases.

If there are no effective detection techniques to ensure a high level of health protection for recipients, then a ban may also be justified.

April 25, 2015

Aaron and Melissa Klein, of the Sweet Cakes By Melissa bakery, refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple for 'religious reasons'

 An Oregon judge has proposed that a lesbian couple who were turned away by a Christian bakery for asking them to make a same-sex wedding cake should receive $135,000 in damages.

Alan McCullough, an administrative law judge who ruled in January that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, discriminated against Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer for their sexuality, proposed an offer on Friday (24 April) which awards the couple $75,000 and $60,000 respectively for emotional suffering.

April 21, 2015

Hannah Sweiss of law firm Lewitt Hackman explores measures that companies should take to ensure they are protecting their transgender employees from harassment and discrimination

April 17, 2015

Model was attacked again in hospital

A Brazilian transgender woman was stripped and had her head shaved and face disfigured in a brutal police beating.

Veronica Bolina was arrested on Sunday (12 April) for assaulting an elderly women in her apartment building in São Paulo and put in a male prison.

For reasons not yet clear, the model got into a fight with a police officer during a cell transfer and bit off half his ear.

April 9, 2015

An Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination will affect all those working for federal contractors and subcontractors

President Obama’s Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination has now come into effect.

The US President signed the bill last July and it came into effect yesterday (8 April).

It is now forbidden for federal contractors and subcontractors to discriminate on the basis of sexual discrimination or gender identity.

April 6, 2015

Former Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says compelling a Christian baker to make a gay wedding cake against their will would be the equivalent of forcing a gay owned print shop to print signs for the Westboro Baptist Church

Former senator and 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has expressed his disappointment that so-called ‘religious liberties’ laws have either been amended to leave less room for discrimination against LGBTI people or have failed to become law in Indiana and Arkansas – saying discrimination because of one’s religious beliefs is a different category of discrimination compared to simple prejudice.

April 6, 2015

'Schools should be places that allow students and staff to be free from homophobia, biphobia and transphobia'

The biggest union of teachers in the UK has called on the government to introduce mandatory same-sex relationships education in schools. 

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) voted yesterday (5 April)  to pass a resolution that will call on the government following May's general election to urge schools to 'tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia' in an effort to help 'create a positive climate of understanding' among students. 

April 5, 2015

The state governments of Washington, Connecticut and New York banned state-funded travel to Indiana to boycott the passage of its Religious Freedom Restoration Bill but they have now lifted the sanction after Governor Mike Pence relented

State government employees from New York State, Washington and Connecticut can once again travel to the state of Indiana after it relented over its Religious Freedom Restoration Bill which would have allowed people of faith to discriminate against pretty much anyone they wanted to.

The travel ban included all state agency employees as well as public colleges and universities so the ban covered state sponsored trips by students and teachers as well.

April 3, 2015

Human Rights Campaign says amendment limits damage but falls far short of a full solution

Gov Mike Pence Thursday evening signed a fix to Indiana's 'religious freedom' law after a backlash over what was seen as a 'license to discriminate.'

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), made law last week, allowed businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds.

The amendment, which passed the state House by a vote of 66-30 and the state Senate by a vote of 34-16, explicitly bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – the first time both terms have ever been mentioned in Indiana law.

April 3, 2015

Alexia Daskalakis claims that her manager told her that she is still a man 'in the company's eyes'

A transgender woman who claims that her boss at Forever 21 told her that she 'worked harder as a man' before firing her, filed a lawsuit against the company on Wednesday.

According to Alexia Daskalakis, 22, her boss at the global chain's store in Brooklyn, New York, told her that she was 'disgusting' and said that 'in my eyes and the company's eyes, you're still male'. 

April 2, 2015

The guidance sets out criteria that all businesses should consider when tackling workplace diversity and inclusion

The New Zealand authors of a new guide to diversity and inclusion in the workplace believe that they may have set a world-first standard on the subject.

Wellington-based Standards New Zealand specializes in publishing guides to workplace standards – in areas such as health and disability, environmental management, legal risk, information technology, sport and recreation.

March 31, 2015

Measure would allow hospitals to turn away LGBTI patients

As Governor Mike Pence signed Indiana's 'religious freedom' law on Thursday (26 March), an even worse bill passed its first reading in North Carolina.

The NC Religious Freedom Restoration Act, introduced last week in both the House and Senate, says the state 'shall not burden a person’s right to exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.'

March 31, 2015

Max Levchin, a chairman of Yelp and Glow and director at Yahoo! has spoken out strongly against both Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ law and proposed legislation in Arkansas

Max Levchin, the co-founder of PayPal, CEO of Affirm, chairman of Yelp and Glow, and director at Yahoo!, is the latest business leader to speak out against Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

March 30, 2015

‘On behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges … This is about how we treat each other as human beings.’

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has written an op-ed column for the Washington Post  explaining why he regards so-called ‘religious freedom’ laws, and their ability to allow businesses to discriminate, as dangerous.

Cook is speaking out just days after one such law was passed in Indiana.

March 30, 2015

State Democrats and LGBTI groups want law fixed before more damage is done to state's economy and image

If Indiana Governor Mike Pence thought giving a defiant TV interview over the weekend would head off mounting criticism of his recent signing of a 'religious freedom' bill, he was very wrong.

On Monday, backlash against SB101 - which gives private businesses and organizations the right to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs - picked up even more momentum.