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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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Florida House panel OKs bill restricting public restrooms to birth gender

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.
Transgender Floridians would have to use public bathrooms designated for their birth gender, unless they have a license or passport that proves they've completed their transition to their new sex under a bill that has passed its first legislative committee. [...]

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Joe Biden to headline Human Rights Campaign annual convention

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden will deliver a speech this week at a convention hosted by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT rights group. [...]

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State Department names first global envoy for LGBT rights

Monday, February 23, 2015
Randy Berry
The United States named its first international envoy for gay rights Monday, tasking a veteran diplomat with leading U.S. efforts to fight violence and discrimination against LGBT individuals overseas. [...]

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Texas faith leaders gather at state capitol in support of marriage equality

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Rev. Michael Diaz, center, from Metropolitan Church in Houston, and other faith leaders and congregation members of various churches from around the state rally on the step of the Texas Capitol steps to call for more equality for same-sex couples, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Austin, Texas.
Faith leaders rallied for marriage equality Tuesday at the Texas Capitol, seeking to convince lawmakers that expanding rights to LGBT Texans won't compromise their religious beliefs. [...]

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Attempts fail to bring tabled LGBT rights bills to Montana Senate, House floors

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
J. Stephen Conn
Democrats on Monday tried unsuccessfully to "blast" four tabled bills to the Senate and House floors, including one that would ban discrimination against LGBT Montanans. [...]

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Va. Delegate speaks out on discrimination as last two LGBT bills are killed

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Delores McQuinn
As a Virginia state House committee on Thursday shot down the last hope for any expansion in LGBT rights in this year’s General Assembly session, Richmond’s own black female delegate compared the struggles faced by the LGBTQ community to her own. [...]

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LGBT, religious rights legislation could emerge in Utah next week

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
LGBT advocates in Utah are more optimistic than ever they can pass a statewide anti-discrimination law this year now that the Mormon church has made a national appeal for such measures. [...]

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New Greek government vows to grant same-sex couples legal status

Monday, February 9, 2015
Greece's new left-wing government has promised to grant same-sex couples legal status, in response to a 2013 international court decision condemning the country for discrimination. [...]

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Slovakia vote on gay rights restrictions not binding due to insufficient turnout

Saturday, February 7, 2015
A nationwide referendum on restricting gay rights in Slovakia has failed to produce a legally binding result after the required number of eligible voters did not turn out. [...]

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Denver mayor cancels LGBT conference appearance after activists storm event

Friday, February 6, 2015
Activists at the Creating Change conference in Denver on Thursday protest the killing of queer Latina Jessie Hernandez last week by Denver police.
A group of nearly 100 activists stormed the stage Thursday evening at the “Creating Change” conference, demanding solidarity from LGBQ advocates, prompting Denver mayor Michael B. Hancock to cancel his planned address. [...]

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