Pyeongchang’s Olympics have seen athletes more open and public about their sexuality than ever before, with Canada’s Eric Radford becoming the first out Olympian to claim gold at a Winter Games. Radford clinched gold in the team figure skating event on Monday, alongside his skating partner Meagan Duhamel. He posed afterwards for a photo with another out medalist from the event - Adam Rippon of the USA who took bronze. Radford came out in December 2014, after winning silver in the previous Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Federal laws prohibit discrimination based on disability, race, color, descent or national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, political opinion, family or caregiver responsibilities, pregnancy, and intersex status. An independent judiciary and a network of federal, state, and territorial equal opportunity offices... Expand
Federal laws prohibit discrimination based on disability, race, color, descent or national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, political opinion, family or caregiver responsibilities, pregnancy, and intersex status. An independent judiciary and a network of federal, state, and territorial equal opportunity offices effectively enforced anti-discrimination laws.
There are no laws criminalizing consensual same-sex sexual conduct between adults. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited by law in a wide range of areas, including in employment, housing, family law, taxes, child support, immigration, pensions, care of elderly persons, and social security.
The HRC received 16 complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation from July 2012 through June 2013. Information on resolution of the complaints was not available.
The law provides protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status.
Source: U.S. Department of State's  Human Rights ReportContract
A CROWD of more than 45,000 are marching through the heart of St Kilda in one of the largest Midsumma Pride marches in its 23 year history.Thousands of LGBTQIA Victorians and supporters braved the blistering sun to take part in the annual festival. An extra 2,000 marchers registered for this year’s event and thousands more lined the streets to celebrate a historic year for the gay community with the passing of the marriage equality bill in December.
Today, the global research firm IPSOS released the results of a 23 country survey, including the US, on attitudes toward transgender people. The data was collected online between October 24th and November 7th, 2017 and included the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States of America. For the purposes of this summary write-up, however, Ipsos has chosen to focus on findings from the 16 countries where internet penetration is sufficiently high to feel confident that the data is truly nationally representative
Jennifer, who signed up to the Women's Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC) in 1979, told me that, until she joined the Army, she "had no awareness of gay people". "I had no awareness that I was gay, I didn't know that world existed," she said. This changed dramatically within a number of days of her service. She laughed as she recalled that as soon as she got to the barracks she realized she was "attracted to" women. Moreover, it was clear that the possibilities to meet other women who were like her were abundant within the military.
A new study released today finds that LGBTI workers in the U.S. are outperforming LGBT workers in eight other countries with regard to retirement readiness. This first-of-its-kind study, LGBT: Retirement Preparations Amid Social Progress, is a collaboration between Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement (ACLR) and nonprofits Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies® (TCRS) and Instituto de Longevidade Mongeral Aegon. It is based on findings from a survey of 900 LGBTI workers and retirees across nine countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Sharing a kiss as fireworks lit up the night sky, two Australian athletes rushed to tie the knot just after midnight Tuesday, becoming one of the first gay unions in the country following historic marriage equality laws. Commonwealth Games hopefuls Luke Sullivan, 23, and Craig Burns, 29, said “I do” shortly after the clock struck 12:00 a.m. in rural New South Wales state — their vows heralding a new chapter for same-sex couples in Australia.
Australia's only openly gay Imam is pushing for the country's first LGBTI-friendly mosque that would also act as a safe house and counselling center. Nur Warsame said he is dealing with an "avalanche of misery" among LGBTI Muslims who have no support services or safe spaces.
Same-sex couples married in midnight ceremonies across Australia on Tuesday, after the country’s last legal impediment to equal marriage expired. Marriage equality became law on 9 December with overwhelming support in Parliament, but Australia’s requirement that all couples give a month’s notice for weddings made Tuesday the first possible date for same-sex marriages. Athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan married at a midnight ceremony near the east coast city of Tweed Heads.
Petition Urges Australia to Rule Out Rollback of Discrimination Protections in ‘Religious Freedom’ Review
A petition has launched urging Australia to avoid undermining existing discrimination protections for LGBT people as part of a ‘religious freedom’ inquiry. The country’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ordered a review of ‘religious freedom’ protections in the country as a concession to conservative hardliners within his party last year, as equal marriage passed through Parliament. The review will be headed by former Liberal frontbencher Philip Ruddock, a strong opponent of LGBT rights who was key to a 2004 push to ban same-sex unions and outlaw adoption by same-sex couples.
Despite a deterioration of rights in some countries, in many ways 2017 was a banner year for LGBT progress. 2017 isn’t going to be an easy year to classify for future historians of the global LGBT rights movement. While much of the world’s attention was focused on Donald Trump’s first disastrous year in the White House and the damage he inflicted on democratic and human rights norms, LGBT movements around the world also saw impressive gains. On the equal marriage front, we had victories on every continent.
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