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LGBT Rights

LGBT rights are human rights and civil rights, although legal protections and laws affecting LGBT people vary greatly by country or territory. LGBT rights laws include, but are not limited to, the following: government recognition of same-sex relationships (such as via same-sex marriage or civil unions), LGBT adoption, recognition of LGBT parenting, anti-bullying legislation and student non-discrimination laws to protect LGBT children and/or students, immigration equality laws, anti-discrimination laws for employment and housing, hate crime laws providing enhanced criminal penalties for prejudice-motivated violence against LGBT people, equal age of consent laws, and laws related to sexual orientation and military service.

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Michigan civil rights panel urges local communities to guard LGBT rights

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Michigan
Michigan's civil rights law doesn't include protections for gay and transgender people, but the Michigan Civil Rights Commission has endorsed a model local non-discrimination ordinance that does. [...]

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Texas same-sex marriage opponents call for ‘Biblical marriage’ in rally at state capitol

Monday, March 23, 2015
Marriage equality opponents rally outside the Texas state capitol in Austin on Monday, March 23, 2015.
About 250 people gathered Monday afternoon at the Texas Capitol to rally in support of what they call "Biblical marriage" at an event headlined by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. [...]

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The Fear of Being Gay in Russia

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Nikolai Baev, an LGBT activist, in Moscow a few days after he was detained by police.
Moscow’s first gay pride parade was held in May 2006, thirteen years after homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia. It was supposed to be a joyous occasion, the beginning of a new era of openness for the LGBT community.
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Texas lawmakers file record number of bills targeting LGBT community

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Texas
LGBT rights advocates say the onslaught of bill was widely expected as backlash over the rapid advancement of marriage equality. [...]

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Ted Cruz seeks to overturn D.C. laws on gay rights, reproductive health

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Ted Cruz
The measures, known as disapproval resolutions, could in theory halt local laws passed last year by the D.C. Council and signed by the city’s mayor. [...]

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Caribbean court hears challenge to two nations’ anti-gay laws

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Maurice Tomlinson
The lawsuit against Belize and Trinidad and Tobago is being heard by the Trinidad and Tobago-based court on Wednesday. It was not clear when the court might rule. [...]

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25 arrested at Idaho capitol in protests over lack of LGBT protections

Monday, March 16, 2015
Idaho state capitol in Boise.
Activists taking part in the protest warned in a statement that they would not voluntarily leave until legislators consider adding four words - sexual orientation and gender identity - to the Idaho Human Rights Act. [...]

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Transgender woman posts men’s room selfies to protest restroom restrictions

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Brae Carnes began posting the images on social media to highlight how "out of place" she looks in a men's restroom, claiming that it’s "awkward for everyone."
Brae Carnes began posting the images on social media to highlight how "out of place" she looks in a men's restroom, claiming that it’s "awkward for everyone." [...]

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Transgender civil rights bill gets renewed push in New York

Thursday, March 12, 2015
New-York-state
The bill would include gender identity and expression in the state's civil rights laws affecting housing, employment and education . [...]

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Florida House bill would remove gay adoption ban from state law

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Martin Gill (center) was the original plaintiff in a challenge brought in 2009 by the ACLU that led to a federal ruling stricking down Florida's ban on gay adoption. Gill and his partner had been raising two foster children since 2004, which they eventually adopted.
The vote comes five years after an appeals court ruled that the state's gay adoption ban was unconstitutional. [...]

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