A federal immigration judge granted asylum Wednesday to a Chicagoan who argued that her status as a queer woman and LGBT rights activist made it too dangerous for her to return to Mexico. Lulu Martinez, 28, who was brought here by her parents at age 3, had faced possible deportation proceedings if not granted asylum. But Judge Eva Saltzman said she was convinced sexual minorities face significant threats of violence in Mexico despite legal changes that included the sanctioning of same-sex marriage in Mexico City.
In the United States, same-sex marriage has been legal nationwide since June 26, 2015, when the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that state-level bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. The court ruled that the denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples and the refusal to recognize... Expand
In the United States, same-sex marriage has been legal nationwide since June 26, 2015, when the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that state-level bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. The court ruled that the denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples and the refusal to recognize those marriages performed in other jurisdictions violates the Due Process and the Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
President Obama signed an executive order in June 2014 that prohibits workplace discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity by companies awarded federal contracts and outlaws discrimination based on gender identity for federal employees. In August 2014, in response to a 2012 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decision, the US Department of Labor announced plans to issue new guidance making clear that discrimination on the basis of transgender status is prohibited under the existing definition of discrimination based on sex in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
However, the US Supreme Court’s broad interpretation of religious exemption in the Hobby Lobby case could set a precedent undermining protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people on religious grounds.
Twelve US states retain sodomy laws. Since April 2013, legislatures in Montana and Virginia have repealed their states’ sodomy laws. Louisiana’s legislature voted to uphold the state’s law in April 2014.
Source: Human Rights Watch World Report 2015
Council for Global Equality, Global Rights, Human Rights Campaign, Human Rights First, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Immigration Equality submission to United Nations Human Rights Committee (2010): Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights in the United States [pdf]
Human Rights Watch (2011): Rights at Risk: State Response to HIV in Mississippi
Human Rights Watch (2012): Sex Workers at Risk: Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution in Four U.S. CitiesContract
The HRC Foundation, an arm of the Human Rights Campaign, is launching their second survey of major Mexican corporations to gauge their policies on LGBT employees. EquidadMX: Programa Global de Equidad Laboral will query more than 50 Mexican companies — including the nation's largest, the state-owned oil company Pemex — on how they treat their workers. HRC wants to know if there are antidiscrimination policies in place, whether there are diversity or resource groups, and whether the companies engage in public activies — like Pride festivals, for example — to encourage inclusion and a diverse workforce. The second iteration is an increase from the 32 companies that took part in the first year of EquidadMX.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today approved the nomination of anti-LGBT politician Mike Pompeo as secretary of State, moving his nomination on to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. If approved he'd be America's top diplomat and fourth in line to the presidency. The 11-9 party-line vote came after Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky changed his mind and decided to support Pompeo, The New York Times reports. Paul, who often opposes intervention in foreign conflicts, had expressed reservations about Pompeo, but today he said he had received assurances that Pompeo agrees with Donald Trump’s stance on such matters.
Already a national historic landmark, the Boulder County Courthouse is poised to receive further recognition for its association with the first same-sex marriage licenses issued in Colorado and the civil rights struggle for LGBTQ people. Longmont's Clela Rorex will be on hand in Denver for a review of that proposition by the Colorado Historic Preservation Review Board on May 18. And that's appropriate, since she was the one who took the steps that ultimately gave the structure its greater historical significance. In March 1975, Rorex, now 74, issued the first of a half-dozen same-sex marriage licenses to gay couples, before she was quickly shut down by an opinion issued by then-Colorado Attorney General J. D. MacFarlane that state law implied a requirement that married couples, in fact, be heterosexual.
The US Department of State criticised, in its annual report on global human rights in 2017, the situation of human rights in a number of countries, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The report, released on Friday, mentioned details and stories of abusing prisoners, detaining journalists, and child labour. It also highlighted violations against women, LGBT persons, aboriginals, and religious minorities. The first such report released during the presidency of Donald Trump accused the governments of China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and Syria of violating human rights and being “forces of instability.”
As one billboard message puts it: “Everyone has the right to marry. Not everyone has basic rights.” Then there’s this one: “Imagine being denied healthcare because of who you are.” Viewers who want more information are directed to an associated website that’s prominently called out on both banners: BeyondIDo.org. It’s a reference to a national public awareness campaign that launched by the Ad Council, the nonprofit public service ad agency and the Gill Foundation, which supports LGBT equality efforts. The broader campaign features outdoor ads, and also nationally distributed TV and radio commercials. The point, as the website makes clear, is that while on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that gay Americans have a constitutional right to get married, the fight for LGBT equality certainly hasn’t ended.
What is Two Spirit? The Term Used by indigenous North American and First Nations People with Masculine and Feminine Spirits
Two Spirit is a term used by non-binary Indigenous North American and First Nations people to represent those who possess masculine and feminine spirits. Although Two-Spirited people are described throughout history, the term was coined at the “Third Annual Inter-tribal Native American, First Nations Gay and Lesbian American Conference” in 1990 in Winnipeg, Canada. It was chosen as a means of unifying the different gender identities and expressions of Native American, First Nations and Indigenous people. In the book Queer Indigenous Studies, the authors explain the term Two Spirit is not only a description of gender identities, but “a contemporary interlinking of gender, sexuality, spirituality, and social roles.”
In a striking shift from recent years, major legislation curtailing LGBT rights has been completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year amid anxiety by Republican leaders over igniting economic backlash if they are depicted as discriminatory. In the thick of this year’s legislative sessions, LGBT activists were tracking about 120 proposed bills that they viewed as threats to their civil rights. Not one of them has been enacted as many sessions now wind down; only two remain under serious consideration.
Famed attorney David S. Buckel, a longtime champion of LGBT rights, died early Saturday morning after setting himself on fire in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the New York Times reports. Buckel, 60, who was also a green activist involved in various environmental causes, left a note explaining that the act of self-immolation was a protest against ecological destruction by fossil fuels. Buckel acted as lead counsel on behalf of the family of Brandon Teena, a transgender Nebraska man raped and murdered in 1993. Hilary Swank won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Teena in the 1999 movie Boys Don’t Cry.
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