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Tempe voters approve protections for LGBT workers in city charter

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Aerial view of Tempe Butte and Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Voters in Tempe, Ariz., on Tuesday approved a proposition to change the city charter to ban discrimination against LGBT city workers. The vote follows a move by the city council last February approving a citywide ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in areas of housing, employment and public accommodations...

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Owensboro, Ky., delays considering LGBT ordinance until things ‘cool down’

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
Owensboro-KY
OWENSBORO, Ky. -- Officials in Owensboro, Ky., have decided to put off considering a LGBT rights ordinance for at least a year. Mayor Ron Payne told the Messenger-Inquirer that things need to “cool down” before the City Commission discusses the issue. The so-called fairness ordinance would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Fayetteville becomes first Ark. city to pass LGBT non-discrimination law

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The city council in Fayetteville, Ark., early Wednesday approved a controversial LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance, becoming the first city in Arkansas to enact a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. By a 6-2 vote, the council approved the measure following nearly 10 hours of public...

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Mariela Castro breaks tradition in fight for greater LGBT, HIV protections

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
In this May 10, 2014, file photo, Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuba's President Raul Castro, center, marches in a parade marking the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia, in Havana, Cuba. policy in parliament.
HAVANA -- Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A lawmaker voted "no" in parliament. And it wasn't just any lawmaker. Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, gave the thumbs-down to a workers' rights bill that she felt didn't go far enough to prevent discrimination against people with HIV or with unconventional gender identities.

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Legal handbook for LGBT Floridians available for free download

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
Florida
Equality Florida Institute is providing an electronic version of the Legal Handbook for LGBT Floridians and Their Families free of charge on their website. The 76-page resource offers information on how LGBT Floridians can legally protect themselves and their families, including critical information about the importance of long-term planning related to health...

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Billings, Mont., rejects LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Billings, Mont.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Billings City Council has rejected an ordinance to ban discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. The Billings Gazette reports the council’s decision came early Tuesday, with Mayor Tom Hanel casting the deciding vote.

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Crist promises Day 1 order banning LGBT discrimination in state agencies

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Charlie Crist
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he will sign five executive orders on his first day back in office if he's elected in November. Crist made the announcement Tuesday. He also said he would sign orders banning discrimination against gay and transgender employees at agencies under his control and their contractors, and another to require ...

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HRC hires Ark. director to promote LGBT equality in three southern states

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Kendra Johnson
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Little Rock native who has worked for several nonprofits will be the first Arkansas director for the nation's largest LGBT civil rights group. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign announced Monday it had hired Kendra Johnson as its state director as part of its $8.5 million Project One America campaign to promote LGBT equality...

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Exxon Mobil to follow new LGBT anti-bias rules for federal contractors

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Exxon-Mobil
IRVING, Texas -- Exxon Mobil Corp. says it will comply with new protections for gay and transgender employees required of federal contractors, but isn't saying whether it will formalize that wording in its corporate policies. President Barack Obama signed the executive order with the new protections Monday.

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VIDEO: Obama signs executive orders granting LGBT workplace protections

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Barack Obama
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to LGBT workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.” The signing ceremony in the East Room of the White House followed brief remarks by the President.

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