A law that forces schools in Alabama to teach kids that homosexuality is “not acceptable” could finally be lifted in the state. Alabama is one of seven states with so-called ‘no promo homo’ laws, which actively restrict schools teaching about homosexuality. It says: “Course materials and instruction that relate to sexual education or sexually transmitted diseases should include … an emphasis, in a factual manner and from a public health perspective, that homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state.”
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 Since April 2013, legislatures in Montana and Virginia have repealed their states’ sodomy laws.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
A young lesbian couple in Alabama have been told that they will now been allowed to attend school prom together. The women attend Alexandria High School in Calhoun County. On 30 January, Janizia Ross, 17, asked her girlfriend if she would attend the school prom as her date. Her girlfriend, Raven (who prefers not to give her surname), was performing in a school talent show. After she finished her performance at Alexandria High School, Ross got up on stage to ask her to the prom. This led to disciplinary action from the school. Officials promptly suspended Ross.
Bojidar Kandar was a senior at Amherst Central High School when he finally told his mother he was gay. "She thought something was wrong that she couldn't fix," said Kandar, now 30. His mother found a Christian counseling service a half hour away that offered to make Kandar straight. The weekly therapy sessions were rough, said Kandar, who described feeling increasingly fragile, insecure and depressed during the year-long stretch. He remembered one counselor probing and magnifying small childhood slights to find the source of his homosexuality. "I remember I would break down and cry for no reason," Kandar said.
Charlton Green was 20 when he was arrested after having oral sex with a 16-year-old male in a Georgia hotel room. He was convicted of a sex crime — not because the act was not consensual (it was), nor because the teen was not within the age of consent (in Georgia, it is 16). He was convicted because the incident happened in 1997, when oral and anal sex between consenting adults was prohibited under Georgia’s sodomy law. Georgia’s Supreme Court invalidated the state’s sodomy law a year later, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against all such state laws in 2003, but Green’s legal status remains the same.
A non-violent rally and “kiss-in” was held this afternoon to protest queer purges and increasing anti-LGBT persecution in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan. Spearheaded by grassroots activist organization Voices4 in partnership with RUSA LGBT, a group for Russian-speaking American LGBTI people and their allies, protesters braved the rain to pucker up near the Consulate General of Uzbekistan.
Students at Appalachian State University came together to protest Dr. Michael Brown speaking on campus. Members from the LGBTI community say this type of speech should not be on campus. After flyers started popping up on campus, students began to do research into his literature and they state that he feels the church can cure the LGBTI community. Students say this form of speech is hateful and do not understand why it would be allowed by the school.
“The outside world has gotten this view of Christianity that Christ is against the LGBTI community,” said the Rev. Vance Haywood Jr., senior pastor of St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church in Raleigh, which is joining the Glitter+Ash Wednesday movement this year. Combining the symbol of the cross, representing the church, with glitter, representing the LGBTI community, is an acknowledgment that the two can do more than simply co-exist, Haywood said.
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.
Gay skating sensation Adam Rippon has said he will boycott Team USA’s visit to the White House following the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea. The 28-year-old, who won a team bronze medal at his first Olympics on Sunday night, told the Daily Mail that he would give the traditional gathering a miss in protest against what he sees as homophobia among the country’s leadership.
Canada’s Eric Radford and American Adam Rippon each won a medal in figure skating’s team event on Monday. Radford, a pairs skater, took gold, while Rippon, a men’s singles skater, took bronze. Both men are openly gay, and are each trailblazers in their country for representing LGBT athletes. They took a powerful picture after getting their medals.
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