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Same-Sex Couple Given Equal Parental Rights in Historic Civil Rights Case

A gavel with a rainbow flag in the background.

  One of the driving forces behind the fight for marriage equality was the need for both same-sex parents to have rights to children of their unions, regardless of who was biologically related to who. Three years after Obergefell v. Hodges, many states still recommend that same-sex parents perform a second-parent adoption of their children—even if […]

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Russian Teen Says He’ll Continue to Protest Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws

Activists in London protest Russia's anti-gay laws.

  On August 7th, Maxim Neverov, a 16-year-old student from Biysk, Russia, was summoned to the police station, where he was arrested and charged with violating Russia’s “gay propaganda” law. Neverov is reportedly the first minor to be charged since the law’s passing in 2013, but thousands of adults have been caught and fined by […]

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Queer Teacher Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against School District

An "Employment Law" book with a gavel on top of it.

  Texas is one of 31 states that does not ban anti-LGBT discrimination. In fact, the state’s lawmakers upheld their law against same-sex marriage right up until February 2015, four months before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled all same-sex-marriage bans to be unconstitutional in Obergefell v. Hodges. Texan voters in Houston even approved a law prohibiting the […]

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Lawsuit Highlights Missouri’s Lack of Protections for LGBT Workers

A rainbow-colored map cut-out of the state of Missouri.

  Missouri is one of the majority of American states that lacks protections for LGBT citizens in employment or housing. Many people think that the fight for gay rights ended in 2015 with federal recognition of gay marriage. But all that means is that inviting your boss or your landlord is still a risk in […]

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A History of Housing Discrimination Against Homosexual Couples

A homosexual couple embrace one another in front of their home.

Before the June 2015 decision to legalize gay marriage, there were still homosexual couples who lived together and pooled their incomes and owned homes. They existed across the country. But LGBT homeowners were at a massive disadvantage, with no access to the legal property protections of marriage, or to the tax benefits. Before legalization, homosexual […]

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Kimberly Hively Wins Historic LGBT Civil Rights Case

The silhouette of a gavel and the scales of justice juxtaposed against a rainbow background.

Kimberly Hively, a former teacher at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, will be one of those names mentioned in law books for future generations. Her case is an iconic stepping stone in the path to progress. She alleges that her former employer denied her a full-time position after she was seen kissing her girlfriend goodbye […]

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29 States Still Don’t Have Laws That Protect Against LGBT Discrimination

The dictionary definition of discrimination.

If you ask Joe Streetwise about discrimination laws in the United States, he’d probably assume that sexual orientation and gender identity are already protected classes. But in 62% percent of the country, he’d be wrong. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its subsequent amendments is the federal law protecting persons against […]

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The White House Supports Transgender Students Rights

Schools cannot require trans students to use separate restrooms or locker rooms when other students are not so required.

For decades, schools and states have tried to wiggle around the language of Title IX, the statute of the Education Amendments of 1972 that protects students and staff from discrimination based on sex in education at institutions that receive Federal funding. On Friday, May 13, the White House put its foot down about that wiggling, […]

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ACLU Files Suit Against Mississippi Over Religious Liberty Law

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has denied same-sex couples their right to due process and their civil liberties.

Mississippi has passed a religious freedom law that will go into effect in July. Like all such laws, it is designed to punish LGBT people by allowing others to deny them services because serving hem violates their religious principles. In this case, the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, would let businesses deny […]

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LGBT Community Pushes for Progress Amid Anti-LGBT Law Push

A wave of anti-LGBT legislation has occurred in response to the Obergefell v. Hodges decision that made same-sex marriage legal in the United States. LGBT activists respond with creative protests like yarnbombing.

  The LGBT community has found itself at a crossroads, working towards progress the best they can in a world that still tries to resist it. While much of the nation is now in favor of same-sex rights and legislation, the recent wave of pro-LGBT laws and regulations has also garnered enormous resistance from anti-LGBT […]

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