equality

  • The Danville City Commission has approved a gay rights ordinance, though it includes an exemption for religious organizations.

    Media report officials voted 4-1 on Monday in favor of the ordinance that makes it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It was the seventh city in the state to approve such a measure.

    Despite some objections, officials adopted the amended version that includes an exemption for "faith-based" institutions after Sunrise Children’s Services said it would move its child care center out of Danville without one.

    The Baptist-affiliated agency receives a significant portion of its funding from the government, but it refuses gay job applicants.

    The ordinance will become law after it is published by the local newspaper.

  • BOSTON (AP) _ The St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston is easing its two-decade ban on gay organizations under a tentative deal to allow them to march in an event that once went to the Supreme Court to keep gays out, a marriage equality group said Saturday.

  • BOSTON - A gay rights advocacy group said Monday that it is pushing for gay people to be allowed to march "openly and honestly" in Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade, but an agreement has not been reached with parade organizers.

  • Earlier this year, Nabisco’s Honey Maid created an inclusive campaign highlighting alternative families, featuring a family with two dads -- but the graham cracker company came under fire from the conservative Christian right. It looks like One Million Moms’ criticism hasn’t deterred Honey Maid from making another LGBT-friendly commercial, however.

  • It's been a whirlwind watching Donald Trump make a bid for the White House next year - everything from his speeches at the epic 2016 GOP Presidential debate last week has been truly fascinating. But The Donald's latest remarks, regarding the LGBT community, have been pretty interesting. When the businessman and former reality star stopped by "Meet the Press" last weekend, he said he supports nondiscrimination protections of gay works, saying no one should be fired because of their sexuality.

  • EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — East Grand Rapids has become the state's 36th city to add protections for the LGBT community in its non-discrimination ordinance.

  • HOUSTON (AP) - Officials say opponents of Houston's new anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents have failed to collect enough valid signatures to force a repeal vote in November.

  • SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A City Council member in Shreveport has, for now, halted his effort to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance.

  • House Republicans blocked a vote on the Equality Act Wednesday. The legislation aimed to protect LGBT from discrimination was brought forward during a meeting of the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee.

  • (AP) Equality California Friday announced the launch of a media campaign called "#ResistHate" to recognize and promote California's exceptional diversity. The campaign seeks to foster a statewide culture of solidarity that resists fear, bigotry and hate, and instead encourages unity among the state's LGBTQ community and all communities that experience prejudice, injustice and discrimination. 

  • As the progress of LGBT rights continue, the endorsement of Florida’s largest LGBT civil rights organization has become highly coveted.

  • Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith said the State’s largest civil rights organization would be in court next year as they seek to achieve ambitious goals for the future.

  • Long before Wonder Woman’s sword was used tostir the pot,women have been fighting off screen for representation and career opportunities — so much so that in 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission following a University of Southern California study of women directors in Hollywood.

  • (WB) Carrying rainbow flags and signs reading “Love, not hate, makes America great” and “Resist Trump,” tens of thousands of LGBT people and their supporters marched from the White House to the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol on Sunday in the Equality March for Unity and Pride.

  • When the South Florida Equality Rally for Unity and Pride in Fort Lauderdale was first announced, pro-LGBT, pro-women, and pro-human rights organizations in Palm Beach County planned on attending.

  • Different groups came together to give speeches in front of a rainbow colored “Equality” banner on a hot summer late afternoon.

  • DALLAS (AP) — Former college football television analyst Craig James on Monday filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports that contends he was fired because he had expressed opposition to gay marriage during a failed run for the U.S. Senate.

  •  IRVING, Texas (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. has updated its corporate policies to protect employees from discrimination for sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • Nearly 380 companies, including Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson, have filed a friend-of-the-court-brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the justices to overturn a lower court ruling that bans same-sex marriage in four states, USA Today reports.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Opponents of a northwest Arkansas city's ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity say they'll continue challenging the legality of the measure after it was ratified by voters.

  • A federal appeals court Friday affirmed a district judge’s order that a state prison violated the constitutional rights of a prisoner with severe gender disorder when it refused to provide sex reassignment surgery.

  • WASHINGTON (AP) — Gay rights advocates say a federal law is needed to prohibit LGBT discrimination in the workplace, and that religious exemptions should be few.

  • A bill filed in the Florida House of Representatives would strip away protections for the transgender community. State Rep. Frank Artiles (R-Miami) filed HB 583 last week in Tallahassee. The bill is titled “Single-Sex Public Facilities.”

  • Some of Florida’s biggest and most recognizable businesses are standing up for equality with an open letter to Congress.

  • A Florida man said Wednesday his plan has been approved to display in the Oklahoma Capitol rotunda a "Festivus Pole" based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s sitcom "Seinfeld."

  • FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Florida has issued its first death certificate recognizing a same-sex couple.

  • (CNN) -- Billy Bean, a former major league player who announced after his career that he is gay, has been appointed as an "ambassador of inclusion," Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday.

  • 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.

  • FORT WORTH (KDAF) -- If you have a bad perception of a typical cop, the Fort Worth Police Department is working to change that.

  • ATLANTA (AP) - Married same-sex couples will get tax benefits equal to heterosexual couples through a retirement plan offered by the University System of Georgia.