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April 4, 2014

A US District Court judged has ruled that a gay man’s workplace discrimination case can move forward using laws protecting people from sex discrimination in the absence of specific legislation covering sexual orientation

US District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has ruled that federal laws prohibiting sex discrimination in the workplace also cover sexual identity in a gay man’s workplace discrimination case against the US Library of Congress.

Peter TerVeer decided to sue the library after he says he was the subject of a campaign of harassment after his boss, John Mech, found out that he was gay.

TerVeer claims Mech had created a hostile work environment him in which he imposed his ‘religion and sexual stereotypes’ on him.

March 30, 2014

2 security guards at call center company charged for violating city ordinance which prohibits 'all discriminatory acts against homosexuals in the workplace'

A transgender woman working at a call center company in Quezon City has filed a criminal complaint against two security guards for prohibiting her to use the company’s female restroom.

March 27, 2014

Republicans, including one who said 'What this bill does is change nature,' fail in attempts to gut the legislation of protections

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is poised to sign into law a bill that makes it illegal to discriminate against transgender people in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.

The state's House of Delegates passed a bill by a vote of 82-57 on Thursday (27 March). the state Senate had passed the legislation earlier this month by a vote of 32-15.

SB 212 expands to all of Maryland's 23 counties protections that already exist for transgender people in the counties of Howard, Montgomery, Baltimore and the city of Baltimore.

March 19, 2014

A large group of Congressional Democrats have asked US President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning businesses who have contracts with the US Government from discriminating against LGBTI people

195 Democratic members of the US Congress have written to US President Barack Obama asking him to ban federal contractors from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or transgender status.

The group includes 47 senators and 148 members of the US House of Representatives and the initiative has been lead by Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Jared Polis.

March 17, 2014

The Anglican Church in Hong Kong has spoken out against a Christian school’s policy of refusing to hire gay staff – saying that a person’s sexuality has no bearing on their ability to do their job

A Christian school in Hong Kong’s policy of excluding gay staff has drawn criticism from the territory’s Anglican Church but the government’s Code of Practice against Discrimination in Employment on the Ground of Sexual Orientation is only voluntary so the school can legally discriminate.

The International Christian School in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, has a policy of refusing to hire anyone who is a relationship that is not a heterosexual marriage because it says teachers should be ‘good Christian role models for our students.’

March 7, 2014

British woman was left traumatized after one of her windows was deliberately smashed, saying she felt like a 'prisoner in her own home'

A British trans woman is living in fear and says she is too scared to leave her own home after an attack on her property.

The unnamed woman, living in Cheshire, north west of England, was left traumatized when a piece of heavy exercise equipment was hurled through one of her windows on New Year’s Eve last year.

Alexander Stoll, 32, said he did not remember the incident but later admitted to smashing the window and pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Halton Magistrates Court yesterday (6 March).

February 28, 2014

Launched on the eve of Zero Discrimination Day, this video features transgender men and women who tell their stories to fight for equal human rights.

‘I’ve been rejected by my family and my society’.

21 transgender men and women in Asia and across the Pacific have spoken out about their lives, health and hopes in a new touching video launched by UNAIDS.

Produced by the Asia-Pacific Transgender Network (ATPN) in partnership with UNAIDS, the video features transgender men and women as they talk about the difficulties they faced throughout their lives and their hopes for transgender rights in the future.

February 28, 2014

Uganda is seeing further financial consequences over the passing of its notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill that jails gays for life with the World Bank suspending a major development loan

The World Bank has suspended a $90million (€65million) loan to Uganda over its passing of the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Act which gives life imprisonment for anyone convicted of gay sex.

The loan was to go to Uganda’s health system but the World Bank has announced it will postpone the loan while it reviews whether Uganda’s development objectives could be negatively affected by the passing of the law.

February 25, 2014

Man confesses to killing a 29-year-old trans woman, burying her in a vineyard where he worked, and stealing her valuables and fleeing to Serbia

A man has admitted to shooting his trans girlfriend in the chest in Turkey.

Police discovered the 29-year-old body of Sevdar Başar yesterday (24 February), buried in a vineyard in the southeastern city of Antep.

She was only discovered when her boyfriend Ethem Orhan, who had fled to Serbia with her valuables, confessed to the crime.

He admitted to promising her with marriage and a future, before beating her and shooting her with a hunting rifle and burying her in the vineyard he worked at last week.

February 21, 2014

A US study published this month in the American Journal of Public Health has found that anti-gay prejudice is bad for straight people’s health

Homophobes die 2.5 years younger than non-prejudiced heterosexuals according to a new study that suggests anti-gay prejudice is not only bad for the health of LGBTI people but also the people who hate them.

The study, by researchers at the University of Columbia and the University of Nebraska, was published in the American Journal of Public Health earlier this month and found higher mortality rates among homophobes regardless of their social economic status and other health factors.

February 17, 2014

A controversial bill that would have allowed religious people to refuse to serve same-sex couples in Kansas has been blocked after even Republican state senators found it to be too extreme

A Kansas state bill allowing religious people to legally discriminate against same-sex couples has been blocked by Republican state senators after they found it to be too extreme.

Under the bill any business owned by a religious person or government employee who was religious would have been able to refuse goods and services to same-sex couples.

February 16, 2014

Local activists hail the video to be a 'very large step' and a 'first in the whole history of Iran'

In a country where gay men risk execution for their sexual orientation, Googoosh, one of Iran's most famous singers, is believed to be the first to feature a same-sex (lesbian) couple in her music video for 'Behesht' (Heaven).

The video, which the singer posted to her Facebook page on Valentine's Day, proclaims: 'Freedom to Love for All!'

January 25, 2014

Proposed amendments to the controversial anti-gay law would remove the term ‘non-traditional’ but would ban the promotion of all sexual relations, gay or straight, to minors

Russian MPs from several political parties have submitted a proposal to amend the country’s anti-gay propaganda law, according to Queer Russia.

If the proposal is signed into law, it would ban the promotion of any sexual relations to underage children. Currently only the promotion of ‘non-traditional’ sexual relations, such as same-sex partnerships, is forbidden.

December 31, 2013

'If signed by the President, this new law would reinforce stigma and prejudice, and institutionalize discrimination'

The United Nations has told the Uganda president to not sign the Jail All The Gays bill.

If signed into law, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will punish gays with life imprisonment.

It also requires people in authority, including persons exercising religious or social authority, gay or straight, to report offences under the act within 24 hours or else face imprisonment for three years or a fine.

The human rights office of the United Nations has pleaded with President Yoweri Museveni to not sign the bill.

November 20, 2013

Nigerian model and singer Miss saHHara remembers her transition and dreams of a better world as we mark Transgender Day of Remembrance

I am standing in front of the mirror looking at my reflection. Tears of joy trickle down my rouged cheek before going on stage.

I am in tears because I just can’t believe how realistic my dreams have become. I am a woman! Living my life freely. Accepted and respected for my achievements as a model and a performer.

November 20, 2013

The New South Wales State Government has announced it will restrict the ability of schools and disability services owned by religious groups to discriminate against LGBTI people

Independent MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich has received assurances from the New South Wales (NSW) Government that it will ensure that LGBTIs will not be discriminated against by religious groups in the provision of services when it comes to disability care and education.

November 14, 2013

US House Speaker: 'People are already protected in the workplace'

John Boehner insists he is against workplace discrimination but he sees 'no basis or no need' for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that passed the US Senate last week.

Although there are still 29 states in the US in which LGBT people can be fired just for being who they are, the speaker of the House of Representatives says ENDA is not needed.

November 14, 2013

In the world of Sandy Rios, Christians are filled with sugar, spice, and everything nice

Sandy Rios knows Christians. The American Family Association radio has serious doubts about the late October story about a Christian couple refusing to tip a gay waiter and calling him a ‘fag'.

November 12, 2013

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has today put forward an amendment to ensure religious disability care providers cannot legally discriminate against LGBTI people as clients or employees in the state of New South Wales (NSW)

Sydney MP Alex Greenwich is hoping to close a legal loophole that could potentially let disability care providers who are owned by religious groups legally discriminate against LGBTI people in the provision of services and employment.

Greenwich today moved an amendment to the NSW Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Enabling Bill to protect LGBTI people from discrimination with a disability and disability workers who are gay, lesbian or transgender.

November 10, 2013

Caught on film, an employee of Don Pollo Bar & Grill openly admits discriminating against trans people

An Atlanta nightclub has been accused of transphobia after banning a transgender guest 'because they can'.

The Don Pollo Bar & Grill in Atlanta, Georgia, refused entry to Allisah Brooks on Friday (8 November) simply because of her gender identity.

Brooks, a drag performer, claims she was told by security 'You can't come in because you are a man.'

When challenged by her friends, an employee of the nightclub simply stated they refused her entry 'because we can'.

November 7, 2013

Anton Krasovsky tells MSNBC's Thomas Roberts he still believes coming out 'was my debt to Russian gay people'

It's been 10 months since Anton Krasovsky announced on Russia's Kontr TV Channel that he is gay.

Within hours, he was fired from the government-backed cable network that he had helped launch. Viewers had to see his announcement live because footage of it was soon deleted from KontrTV's website and from YouTube.

'I'm sitting here without a job and actually without money,' Krasovsky tells MSNBC's Thomas Roberts in an interview Wednesday (6 November).

November 7, 2013

'One house of Congress should not stand in the way of millions of Americans who want to go to work each day and simply be judged by the job they do'

US President Barack Obama wasted no time Thursday (7 November) in putting pressure on the Republican-led House of Representatives to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

In a statement shortly after the full Senate approved the measure to protect LGBT employees in the workplace, Obama zeroed in on the House where Republican Speaker John Boehner is against the legislation.

November 5, 2013

Lesbian Senator Tammy Baldwin speaks passionately for bill before procedural vote

After nearly two decades of setbacks, the Employment Non-Discrimination Employment Act (ENDA) survived a key procedural vote in the US Senate on Monday (4 November) and appears assured of passage later this week.

ENDA passed what is known as a cloture vote by a 61-30 margin with all Democrats in support and three Republicans.

The nation's first lesbian senator, Tammy Baldwin, spoke passionately about ENDA's merits before the vote.

'I realize that for some, this is not an easy vote,' Baldwin told her fellow senators.

November 5, 2013

Democratic leader Harry Reid says Boehner 'fails to take into account the heartbreak and suffering' by LGBTI employees

The US Senate is on the verge giving final passage to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act after nearly two decades of setbacks for the legislation seeking to protect LGBTI workers.

But GOP leader John Boehner is making clear ENDA will not have similar success when the legislation moves over to the Republican-led House of Representatives.

Boehner Michael Steel said in a statement this week: 'The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs.'