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Missouri

Hundreds of Mo. businesses voice support for statewide LGBT protections

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – More than 450 Missouri-based companies from across the state, including two of the Fortune 500, are now voicing their support for the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA), which was introduced in both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly in February. [ Read more → ]
Bay-City-MI

Bay County, Mich., approves policy change to protect LGBT county workers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
BAY CITY, Mich. — The Bay County Board of Commissioners approved changes to the county's personnel policy on Tuesday, April 15, protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender county workers from employment discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.

Mo. Senate panel considers bill to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination

Thursday, April 10, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri senators heard conflicting testimony Wednesday on whether it makes good business sense to grant legal discrimination protections to people based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
TownMaps USA

Saginaw, Mich., city council to consider LGBT non-discrimination ordinance

Monday, April 7, 2014
SAGINAW, Mich. -- The Saginaw, Mich., city council is considering a proposed ordinance to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Israel

Israeli parliament bans discrimination against LGBT youth in schools

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Israeli parliament on Tuesday approved passed a law prohibiting the discrimination in schools against students on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Joe Jaszewski, The Idaho Statesman (AP)Former Idaho state Sen. Nicole LeFavour is arrested after blocking the entrance of the Senate chambers at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Boise, Idaho.

Former Idaho lawmaker hides in Statehouse closet to bring attention to lack of LGBT protections

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour hid in an Idaho Statehouse closet for more than five hours as part of her effort to persuade Republican lawmakers to update the Idaho Human Rights Act. [ Read more → ]
Bay-City-MI

Bay County, Mich., votes down anti-discrimination measure

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
BAY CITY, Mich. -- Leaders in Bay County, Mich., have rejected a measure to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APTroy Williams speaks during an news conference and rally Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Protesters pushing for Utah to adopt a statewide anti-discrimination law protecting sexual and gender orientation returned to the state Capitol three weeks after they were arrested for blocking entrances to committee rooms.

Gay rights advocates return to Utah capitol demanding statewide protections

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Protesters pushing for Utah to adopt a statewide anti-discrimination law protecting sexual and gender orientation returned to the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon to call out lawmakers for suppressing the bill. [ Read more → ]
Kentucky state capitol in Frankfort.

Ky. House panel hears testimony on LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination bill

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A former police officer who claims he lost his job because of his sexual orientation joined gay rights advocates Wednesday in urging Kentucky lawmakers to protect LGBT citizens from discrimination in the workplace, in public places and housing. [ Read more → ]
Idaho

LGBT rights activists jailed after protest at Idaho governor’s office

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — Twenty-three gay rights activists have been arrested after blocking the entrance to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's office inside the Idaho Statehouse, the latest in a string of arrests related to protests over attempts to add anti-discrimination protections to Idaho law. [ Read more → ]
John Hanna, APIn this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 photo, Tom Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas urges a crowd to work for the election defeat of socially conservative legislators during a rally at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan.

Gay rights supporters in Kansas seek new anti-bias laws

Sunday, March 2, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Having won a key legislative fight with social conservatives in Kansas, gay rights advocates aren't content with simply blocking a measure they said would have encouraged businesses and government workers to refuse to serve gays and lesbians in the name of religious freedom. [ Read more → ]
Idaho arrests

Gay rights activists arrested again after Idaho capitol protest

Friday, February 28, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Gay rights activists were again led out of the Idaho Statehouse in shackles and taken to jail by bus Thursday after a renewed protest seeking to add anti-discrimination protections to Idaho law. [ Read more → ]
Phil Batt

Former Idaho governor urges lawmakers to pass statewide LGBT protections

Thursday, February 27, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt is again urging the Legislature to add protections for gay, lesbian and transgender residents to the Idaho Human Rights Act. [ Read more → ]
J. Seth Anderson, via TwitterMembers of the LGBT community meet with Utah lawmakers on Feb. 26, 2014.

Utah lawmakers meet with LGBT community, hear of struggles, fears, discrimination

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — In an emotional gathering marked by tears, hugs and handshakes, a bipartisan group of more than Utah 20 lawmakers and officials met Wednesday night to hear gay and transgender people share personal experiences with discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Wandera, APUgandan pupils from different schools take part in an event organized by born-again Christians to celebrate the signing of a new anti-gay bill that sets harsh penalties for homosexual sex, at the Omega Healing Center outside of Kampala, in Uganda Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

Kerry: U.S. launching new effort to combat anti-gay laws worldwide

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
WASHINGTON — Troubled by an anti-gay movement in Uganda and across much of the world, the U.S. is launching a new effort to combat what Secretary of State John Kerry described Wednesday as a threat to human rights. [ Read more → ]
John Miller, APGay rights protesters march in the Idaho Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Boise, Idaho. At least 105 gay rights demonstrators participated in the event that sought to convince lawmakers to update the Idaho Human Rights Act with discrimination protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination. In addition to covering their mouths with one hand and maintaining virtual silence, many protestors held photocopied pictures of gay or lesbian teens who committed suicide.

More than 100 activists gather in Idaho seeking statewide LGBT protections

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — At least 105 gay rights demonstrators filled the Capitol's basement corridor Tuesday seeking to convince Republican lawmakers to update the Idaho Human Rights Act with discrimination protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
John Miller, APAbout two dozen protesters seeking to convince Idaho lawmakers to add discrimination protections for gays and lesbians to the state's Human Rights Act block the entrances to the Idaho Senate in Boise on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. At a similar protest on Feb. 3, 44 demonstrators were arrested and charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

Gay rights activists arrested in latest protest at Idaho state capitol

Thursday, February 20, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Gay rights activists were arrested and jailed after refusing to voluntarily lift an hours-long Senate blockade aimed at pressuring lawmakers into backing anti-discrimination protections. [ Read more → ]
LGBT rights advocates gather at the Missouri state capitol on on Feb. 19 for Equality Day.

LGBT rights advocates gather at Mo. capitol to lobby for statewide protections

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Show Me State’s annual Equality Day was held at the state capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday, where dozens of LGBT and allied Missourians lobbied state lawmakers to support the Missouri Nondiscrimination (MONA) and Safe Schools Acts, which were recently introduced in both chambers. [ Read more → ]
John Miller, AP Some of the more than 200 demonstrators fill the rotunda of the Idaho Capitol on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 in another bid to convince Republican lawmakers to schedule a hearing on a bill to add discrimination protections for gays and lesbians to the Idaho Human Rights Act in Boise, Idaho.

Gay rights activists gather again at Idaho capitol seeking statewide protections

Monday, February 17, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- More than 200 gay rights demonstrators descended on the Idaho Capitol, with placard-holding, flag-bearing activists filling multiple rotunda floors as they sought again to convince Republican lawmakers to hold a hearing on a bill to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination. [ Read more → ]
John Miller, APAn Idaho State Police trooper observes at least 65 gay rights demonstrators who formed a ring around the third-floor rotunda of the Idaho Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 in Boise, Idaho. Unlike a protest on Feb. 3 where 44 people were arrested for blocking the Idaho Senate chambers, nobody was taken into custody during this latest protest seeking to convince Republican lawmakers to add workplace and housing discrimination protections to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

Protesters return to Idaho capitol demanding statewide LGBT protections

Friday, February 14, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — At least 65 demonstrators seeking anti-discrimination protections for gays and lesbians ringed the third-floor rotunda of Idaho's Capitol 10 days after dozens of people were arrested at a previous protest. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APA Utah Highway Patrol trooper informs protesters who blocked the doors to the higher education committee hearing of their arrest Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. The protesters called for a statewide anti-discrimination law that protects sexual or gender orientation.

Protesters calling for statewide LGBT protections arrested at Utah capitol

Monday, February 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — About a dozen protesters calling for a statewide anti-discrimination law that includes sexual and gender orientation protections were arrested Monday after blocking the doors to a committee meeting room at the Utah Capitol. [ Read more → ]
LGBT rights advocates  block the doors to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's main office on Monday.

Protesters block Utah governor’s office in call for statewide LGBT protections

Monday, February 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- About 15 protesters are blocking the doors to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's main office on Monday to call for a statewide anti-discrimination law that protect sexual or gender orientation. [ Read more → ]
Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.

Md. senate panel hears testimony on bill to ban anti-transgender discrimination

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland Senate panel on Tuesday heard testimony on a proposal to ban anti-transgender discrimination in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations. [ Read more → ]
Carolyn Kaster, APPresident Barack Obama signs a memorandum directing the Treasury Department to create a new retirement saving account after speaking at the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in West Mifflin, Pa., about retirement policies he highlighted in the State of the Union address.

Advocates seething over Obama’s inaction on LGBT workplace protections

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
[caption id="attachment_124599" align="alignleft" width="665"] Carolyn Kaster, APPresident Barack Obama signs a memorandum on Wednesday directing the Treasury Department to create a new retirement saving account he highlighted in Tuesday's the State of the Union address.[/caption] WASHINGTON -- For some White House allies, the long list... [ Read more → ]
KTVB

‘Add the Words’ activists eye bill that would allow denial of service to gays

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — Gay rights activists were stymied again this year in winning a hearing to "add the words" sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Human Rights Act. [ Read more → ]
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