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UN Human Rights Council approves resolution supporting LGBT rights

| Friday, September 26, 2014
United Nations headquarters in New York.
UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday approved a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution — led by Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay — followed a resolution in 2011 on the same topic led by South Africa and asks the UN Office of the High...

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Walmart sued for denying health coverage for lesbian employee’s spouse

| Friday, September 26, 2014
Jacqueline Cote (right) and her spouse Diana Smithson.
Legal advocacy group GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) has filed a discrimination charge against Walmart with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a lesbian worker who for six years was denied health coverage for her same-sex spouse.

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Discharge petition to force U.S. House vote on ENDA has stalled

| Friday, September 26, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A discharge petition to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the U.S. House of Representatives appears to have stalled after only 190 Democrats have signed their names to it. The petition, filed last week by openly gay U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) seeks to force a vote on a version of ENDA that contains ...

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EEOC suing two companies, alleging transgender workers illegally fired

| Thursday, September 25, 2014
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DETROIT -- The federal government is accusing a Michigan funeral home and a Florida eye clinic of illegally firing transgender employees. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits Thursday against Harris Funeral Homes of Garden City, Michigan, and Lakeland Eye Clinic of Lakeland, Florida.

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Teen files EEOC complaint against Taco Johns for alleged anti-gay harassment

| Thursday, September 25, 2014
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An openly gay South Dakota teen has filed a federal discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging he was harassed and humiliated while working for Taco Johns, and forced to wear a name badge containing a homophobic slur. Tyler Brandt, 16, of Yankton, S.D., says the harassment by a night manager began...

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IOC adds anti-discrimination clause to Olympic host city contract

| Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Ignat Kozlov, APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, in southern Russia.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The International Olympic Committee has added an anti-discrimination clause to its host city contract, hoping to avoid a repeat of the turmoil caused at the Sochi Olympics when Russia passed a law prohibiting so-called gay "propaganda" before the Games. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the language is based on Principle 6...

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Nuns to reconsider school policies regarding decision to fire gay teacher

| Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Barbara Webb (left) and her wife Kristen Lasecki in Madison Heights, Mich.
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- The Catholic nuns who operate a suburban Detroit school plan to re-examine policies regarding the decision to fire a gay teacher after she became pregnant. Sister Mary Jane Herb, president of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, said in a letter to Marian High School alumnae Monday that the congregation ...

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Texas woman in same-sex marriage denied driver’s license

| Monday, September 22, 2014
Connie Wilson (right) with her spouse Aimee (center) and their son Aidyn.
KATY, Texas -- A Houston-area resident who recently relocated to Texas has been refused a driver’s license because her last name was changed following her same-sex marriage. The Texas Observer reports that Connie Wilson, who married her partner of nine years in California last year, took her wife’s last name, Wilson, which now appears on both her...

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Polis files discharge petition on ENDA with narrowed religious exemption

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (R-Colo.)
WASHINGTON -- Four U.S. House Democrats, led by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), filed a discharge petition Wednesday seeking to force a vote on a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that contains a narrowed religious exemption. The measure would prohibit employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity...

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Oregon woman says she’s being targeted because she’s gay

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
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RAINIER, Ore. -- A woman in Rainier, Ore., says she is being targeted by vandals and a new property manager because of her sexual orientation. Melanie Powell said she has been living at the same mobile home park for 25 years without any issues, but in the last few months, she says the new property manager has been out to get her, issuing her notice after notice.

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