LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Discrimination

March 17, 2015

The briefing, which took place yesterday in Washington, heard arguments both for and against the introduction of federal legislation to protect LGBT workers

Yesterday, in a historic move, the US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) held its first briefing on the discrimination faced by LGBT Americans in the workplace.

The USCCR is an independent agency that advises the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issues federal civil rights enforcement reports.

The meeting took place in Washington DC, and subjects discussed included general workplace issues faced by LGBT people, specific transgender issues and religious exemption bills.

March 13, 2015

Perverting the Constitution and religious freedom

State legislatures across the country are disenfranchising LGBTI Americans.

Lawmakers are introducing a surprising number of bills in state legislative sessions, overtly sanctioning and enforcing discrimination. These bills are called Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA), but don’t be fooled. These politicians are looking to codify LGBTI discrimination.

This week the Georgia Senate, with a vote of 37-15, approved their controversial RFRA (House Bill 1023).

March 12, 2015

Do we need Soviet-style spies in our restrooms?

It is always good to watch transphobia shrivel and die. Like Count Dracula, turning to dust at the first ray of sunshine, a great deal of transphobia is only waiting the light of common sense to send it on its way.

Or in this case, one photo, and two simple words – ‘trans man’ – are all that is needed to show how bills supposed to protect women will make their lives infinitely more dangerous.

March 11, 2015

Three-year-olds to be taught gender equality
 

Italian schools encouraging children as young as three to be taught gender equality are being accused of turning kids gay.

A huge row has erupted as politicians and protestors have warned that it will confuse children about their sexual identity.

‘Game of Respect’ targets three to six year-olds in 45 schools in the Trieste region of northern Italy.

The game involves teachers educating young children to avoid sexist stereotypes and gender specific attitudes.

March 11, 2015

The Williams Institute says that hundreds of thousands of LGBT employees in the Sunshine State are vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace

A new report published by the Williams Institute in Los Angeles has concluded that – in the absence of explicit statewide legal protections – approximately 328,000 LGBT workers in Florida are vulnerable to employment discrimination.

The situation in Florida is a mirror on the wider legislative situation across the rest of the US – with some states prohibiting employment discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and others not.

March 11, 2015

Planet Fitness says she violated its 'no-judgement policy'

A Planet Fitness in Michigan has canceled the membership of a woman who complained to gym-goers about a transgender woman she saw in the locker room.

Yvette Cormier, 48, said she was 'stunned and shocked' and complained to the front desk and corporate offices on Saturday 28 February.

'They told me the same thing, that he was allowed in there because that's the sex he wants to be,' she told WNEM.

March 7, 2015

With a rise in legislation in several US states proposing a crackdown on anti-gay discrimination, this handy video shows you how to spot the beast of homophobia when it rears its ugly head

Matt Baume doesn’t want us to rest after the success of marriage equality in some states of the US.

His handy video warns us about new laws which target the LGBT community and may be tricky to recognize as homophobic. He outlines four main points in his video Your Guide to Spotting Homophobic Laws.

Government-required discrimination means that some county clerks who serve LGBT couples could lose their job and pension and religious lawbreaking means business owners can readily discriminate against LGBT people by citing ‘religious reasons.’

March 5, 2015

Utah lawmakers have unveiled legislation to protect LGBT individuals against employment and housing discrimination while also protecting religious freedoms

Lawmakers in Utah are today discussing anti-discrimination legislation which they believe could keep both LGBTI campaigners happy and those with strongly held religious beliefs concerning homosexuality.

The proposed legislation, SB296, has receiving the backing of the Mormon church.

March 5, 2015

Touching video, which features a pair of kissing skeletons, has gone viral with millions of views

A heartwarming video has hit 13 million views after being uploaded only days ago.

The three minute clip shows confused bystanders watching two skeletons hugging and kissing, who then reveal themselves as a female couple. Many more then choose to join in the frolics behind the screen which digitizes them to skeletons.

The ad is promoting the Diversity and Inclusion- Love Has No Labels campaign by the non-profit website which aims to raise awareness about the truth of prejudice and bias in America.

Watch the video here:

February 26, 2015

The writer and editor recalls being fired after informing her boss that she was transitioning… and how she successfully fought the decision

In my life, there have been two memorable days labeled Tuesday, October 16. For the first, I was a naval officer on a ship crossing the Pacific Ocean from Hong Kong to Pearl Harbor. When crossing the International Date Line from west to east, a day has to be repeated. Aboard our ship, that Tuesday lasted for 48 hours.

February 19, 2015

Video launches effort to change rules from being based on sexual orientation to exposure to risk

Tony winner Alan Cumming has a big problem with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blood donor deferral policy for gay and bisexual men.

'If you're gay and you want to save lives, the FDA will let you. You just can't have sex for a year,' Cumming points out in a video released today to raise awareness about the policy.

So Cumming suggests everyone try 365 days of celibacy and introduces a series of activities like yoga and pottery class 'to make your year without sex fly by.'

February 15, 2015

'It’s crystal clear that the motivation for this bill is to stifle local efforts to advance equality for LGBT Arkansans'

Arkansas is one step closer to prohibiting towns and cities from passing laws blocking discrimination against LGBTI residents.

February 13, 2015

Research from Germany suggests that religious groups are aggressively opposing gay rights

It's hard to avoid the feeling that the world is becoming a more dangerous place, particularly for cartoonists, aid workers, journalists, or anyone prepared to make a stand, question the unquestionable or to speak up when it would perhaps be safer to remain silent.

February 13, 2015

Youth support organization minus18's campaign gives homophobes a taste of their own medicine

An Australian youth organization has revisited their popular campaign to fight casual homo-, bi- and transphobia.

Minus18, Australia’s largest youth-led LGBTI organization, originally launched the Another Perspective campaign in 2010.

It was written, created and designed entirely by the teens at Minus18.

Another Perspective features five posters turning casual homophobic quotes on their head and showing them from another perspective, highlighting how it affects LGBTI teens.

February 9, 2015

Bulgarian law does not consider homophobic motives as hate crime - they are acts of hooliganism 

Bulgaria’s efforts to investigate and prosecute hate crime are deemed a failure in a report Amnesty International published today (9 February).

According to the report, the lack of adequate investigation and prosecution created a climate of discrimination, fear and ultimately violence. Some victims of hate crime do not dare to report their experiences to the police because they fear further discrimination.

February 4, 2015

It is not the post-racial era we dreamed of

Black History Month (which kicked off on 1 February) became a national annual observance in 1926. The goal of the month is to honor and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans.

If Dr Carter Woodson, the Father of Black History, were alive today, he would be proud of the tenacity of the African American community. It speaks volumes about our survival here on this American soil, after centuries of slavery, decades of lynching and years of racial profiling.

January 29, 2015

'Arachnaphobia, yes. Transphobia, no'

Australian feminist pioneer Germaine Greer stunned members of Cambridge University's student union on Monday (26 January) evening with a vitriolic anti-trans rant.

The renowned academic said she did not think there was such a thing as transphobia and sex reassignment surgery was 'unethical.'

'Women are 51% of the world’s population and [now I’ve been told] I’ve got to worry about transphobia,' she said.

'I didn’t know there was such a thing. Arachnaphobia, yes. Transphobia, no.'

January 27, 2015

Lawyer says the case 'will definitely have an impact' on LGBTI rights

A Chinese court last week heard the first workplace discrimination lawsuit in the southern city of Shenzhen, a case that could have far-reaching implications.

The plaintiff said he was fired from the design company he worked for a week after he was outed as gay in a viral online video.

'We're very optimistic,' Liu Xiaohu, a lawyer for the plaintiff, told AFP, adding that the case 'will definitely have an impact' on views of LGBTI rights in China.

January 27, 2015

Historic city passes the country's broadest anti-discrimination ordinance yet

Historic Vigan has become the lastest city in the Philippines to ban anti-gay hate.

The anti-discrimination ordinance (ADO) covering sexual orientation and gender identity was passed in November but was embargoed until last week pending further study.

Like similar laws in other parts of the southeast Asian country, Vigan's ADO bans discrimination in employment, education, access to goods and services, accommodation, access to public places/facilities/meeting places, and access to commercial establishments.

January 25, 2015

The health minister, Leo Varadkar, who came out as gay last week, is reviewing options presented to him by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Ireland’s Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, who recently came out as gay, has indicated that the country’s ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood may be relaxed.

Currently, gay and bisexual men are barred from donating blood – a measure introduced in 1985 following the emergence of HIV and AIDS.

January 21, 2015

Recent murder of a transgender woman is blamed on state and police apathy

Transgender activists in the Indian city of Hyderabad have called for a panel similar to the Human Rights Commission, citing a rise in anti-trans violence in Telangana state.

The Telangana Hijra Transgender Samithi (THTS) collective made the demand on Monday (19 January) after the murder of one of their sisters.

Pavallika, 25, was found dead on a construction site in the early hours of Saturday (17 January) morning.

January 20, 2015

Parodied a LGBTI campaign by the University of Bristol

UK university students are believed to have put up a poaster claiming that trans people rape women every nine minutes.

Posted at the University of Bristol, the sexist and transphobic poster was put up near the Wills Memorial Building toilets.

It is attributed to ‘MENZ+ Society’, a group that does not exist at the University of Bristol.

'Women, if a man tries to enter a womens' bathroom please take these simple steps:' it reads.

'1. Kindly ignore the fact that men including transgender males rape women every nine minutes.

January 9, 2015

Retailer claims the right to discriminate against transgender employees

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has taken the rare step of suspending Saks Fifth Avenue’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) score, following the retailer's claim that transgender employees are not protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The department store made the claim in response to a discrimination lawsuit filed by Leyth Jamal, a transgender former employee, alleging discrimination, harassment and a hostile work environment based on her gender identity.

Saks scored 90 out of 100 on the most recent CEI, the national benchmark for gay-friendly companies.

January 6, 2015

But 60% say refusing to hire an LGBTI person is discriminatory

Almost 70% of Hong Kong people believe society should tolerate anti-gay views, according to a new survey.

The results released yesterday (5 January) also showed that 57% of respondents said schools should not have to teach that homosexuality and heterosexuality are both 'beautiful.'

Hong Kong Polytechnic University interviewed 611 adults in November for the survey, which was commissioned by the anti-gay Family School Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance Concern Group.