LA Governor Signs Non-discrimination Executive Order; Rescinds Marriage and Conscience Executive Order

Today, Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order providing employment protections for state employees and employees of state contractors on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age. This executive order also prohibits discrimination in services provided by state agencies, and recognizes an exemption(…)

New Federal Housing Policy Aims to Eliminate Discrimination Against LGBTQ People with a Criminal Record

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a new federal policy that aims to eliminate housing discrimination against people with a criminal history, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people with a criminal record. The new policy clarifies that using criminal history to justify a negative housing decision, such as the(…)

80 CEOs and Business Leaders Demand North Carolina Repeal Anti-LGBT Law

More than 80 leading CEOs and business leaders calling on Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the radical provisions in the deeply discriminatory House Bill 2 that was rammed through the legislature last week. The letter — signed by dozens of CEOs from across the nation — comes only a day after Georgia(…)

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Earns Award for LGBT-inclusive Policies

The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the storied healthcare facility of U.S. presidents and wounded warriors, is making history again, becoming the first U.S. active military medical facility to earn the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality designation. The world’s largest military hospital is joined this year by a growing(…)

Study Examines Where Twitter’s Haters Live

  The website Abado examined millions of tweets for “slurs and other prejudiced language against black people, Hispanic/Latino people, women, gays and lesbians, transgender people, people with disabilities, and the overweight.” Topping their list for anti-gay tweets was Buffalo. Here’s their overall breakdown by state: Altogether, Louisiana places first with 1,155 slur-containing tweets out of(…)

Experts and Advocates Condemn Discrimination Disguised as Religious Freedom

Earlier today, experts, civil rights leaders and a member of Congress hosted a press call to condemn the “religious freedom” arguments used to justify discrimination in state-based legislation and in the upcoming Supreme Court arguments in Zubik v. Burwell. On the call, The Leadership Conference Education Fund released an update to its recent report Striking(…)

Kansas House Sends Legislative Attack on LGBT College Students to Governor

  The Kansas House of Representatives has passed SB 175 – a bill that would put LGBT college students at even greater risk of discrimination. Now headed to Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk, the legislation would force public universities to fund student organizations that discriminate by restricting their membership and denying LGBT students from participating under(…)