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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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Obamas commemorate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Sunday, May 17, 2015
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"We take this opportunity to reaffirm that LGBT rights are human rights, to celebrate the dignity of every person, and to underscore that all people deserve to live free from fear, violence, and discrimination, regardless of who they are or whom they love." [...]

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Texas anti-LGBT bill divides lawmaker, openly gay HIV+ son

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Texas Rep. Rick Miller, R-Sugar Land, has filed a bill that would repeal local ordinances that ban discrimination against gay and transgender people _ attempting to roll back rules passed in many large Texas cities. The propose bill puts Miller at odds with his son, Beau Miller, who is an HIV-positive gay activist.
Texas Rep. Rick Miller, R-Sugar Land, has filed a bill that would repeal local ordinances that ban discrimination against gay and transgender people _ attempting to roll back rules passed in many large Texas cities. The propose bill puts Miller at odds with his son, Beau Miller, who is an [...]

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Inquiry: Canadian military culture is hostile to women, gays

Friday, May 1, 2015
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The Canadian Armed Forces perpetuates a sexualized military culture that is hostile to women and gay members, according to a report. [...]

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More Arkansas local governments push for LGBT protections

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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Officials in Arkansas' most populous county and one of its most popular tourist destinations said Tuesday they're considering prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, expanding the pushback against a new state law criticized as anti-gay. [...]

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Jamaica woman brings attention to rapes targeting lesbians

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Jamaican Simone Edwards, who sought asylum abroad, poses for a portrait in the center of The Hague, Netherlands. In 2008, Edwards survived an attack by two gunmen who hissed the anti-gay epithet “sodomite” at her as she lay bleeding on a street from two bullets. She later received asylum in the Netherlands and her story was told in the 2013 documentary “The Abominable Crime.”
When Angeline Jackson and a friend were ambushed at gunpoint and sexually assaulted on a wooded trail outside the Jamaican capital, police initially seemed less concerned about the attack than the fact she is a lesbian. [...]

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Kenya: Court orders government to register gay rights group

Monday, April 27, 2015
Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality and in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.
The Kenyan constitution recognizes and protects the rights of minorities, the three judges of the High Court said in their ruling. The Non-Governmental Organization Co-ordination Board had refused to register the rights group on religious and moral grounds. [...]

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Lawmakers introduce resolution calling for federal protections for LGBT Americans

Sunday, April 26, 2015
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U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is banding with other lawmakers to introduce a resolution seeking to protect LGBT Americans from discrimination under federal law as religious objection bills in other states have prompted protests. [...]

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Missourians lobby for LGBT protections ahead of crucial votes

Saturday, April 25, 2015
LGBT rights advocates gather at the Missori state capitol on April 22 for Equality Day.
Equality supporters met with and urged elected lawmakers to support legislation protecting Missourians from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation, and grant local school districts the authority to develop their own anti-bullying policies. [...]

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Texas GOP bills denounced by LGBT rights groups stagnant in state legislature

Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Proposals that critics say could be used to discriminate against LGBT individuals have largely gone nowhere in the Texas Legislature, and some LGBT rights activists believe a big reason is because of the backlash over religious objection laws passed in Arkansas and Indiana. [...]

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Texas lawmakers advance two anti-LGBT bills despite warnings from business community

Thursday, April 23, 2015
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Texas lawmakers on Wednesday pushed forward with two anti-gay bills, despite warnings from major corporations, technology leaders, and child advocacy organizations of the dangerous consequences. [...]

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