North America

LGBTI Rights in North America


ADDED ON: 10/13/2018

LGBTQ and Civil Rights Groups Warn Against Confirming Two More Anti-gay Federal Judges

A coalition of 27 LGBTQ civil rights organizations is warning that, yet again, the Senate stands poised to confirm two judges with a history of anti-LGBTQ animus. The coalition wrote a letter…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2018

Matthew Shepard to Be Interred 20 Years After Brutal Murder

Matthew Shepard was savagely killed in Wyoming in 1998 at the age of 21 and went on to become a symbol of anti-gay violence in the US. After being robbed by two…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2018

Petition Calls for National Ban on ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBTI Youth

Thousands of Canadians are pressing the federal government to ban “conversion therapy,” the controversial practice of counselling LGBTI youth to become straight. An online petition that will be presented in the House…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2018

25 Austin Churches Sue Over Right not to Hire LGBTI People

More than two dozen churches in Texas are suing for the right not to hire LGBTQ people for church jobs. They also want the right to bypass women as clergy. They are suing…

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ADDED ON: 10/09/2018

This Orthodox Synagogue in New York Welcomes Members of the LGBTI Community

An Orthodox synagogue on Long Island, New York is openly welcoming LGBTI Jews. Considering Orthodox Judaism doesn’t condone homosexuality, many are seeing this inclusion as groundbreaking. ‘It is very unusual for an Orthodox synagogue…

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ADDED ON: 10/09/2018

International Religious Leader Urge Repeal of Caribbean Anti-LGBTI Laws

Religious leaders from five nations have called on governments across the Caribbean to repeal their anti-gay laws. In an open letter to Caribbean governments, Christian clergy from Canada, the United States, the…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2018

School Bars Transgender Girl from Both Locker Rooms During Lockdown, Virginia LGBT Group Says

Students in a Virginia middle school gym class were supposed to shelter in nearby locker rooms during a school lockdown — but one student was barred from going into either of those…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2018

Taylor Swift Publicly Denounces Anti-LGBT US Midterm Candidate Marsha Blackburn

Taylor Swift has spoken out publicly against anti-LGBT Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn, who is running for Senate in the state of Tennessee in the upcoming midterm elections. In an Instagram post, the singer…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2018

Anti-Gay Group Immediately Celebrates Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Success

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 50-48 late afternoon on Saturday. One of the first organizations to congratulate him was the…

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ADDED ON: 10/06/2018

Facebook’s Political Ad Policy Also Blocked LGBT Messages

Facebook’s tougher political advertising policy has had more unintended side-effects. The Washington Post has discovered that the social network inadvertently blocked dozens of LGBT-themed ads after its screening system (which includes automated and human moderators) deemed them political. Most…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2018

Anti-LGBT Lobbyist Tony Perkins Praises Trump Administration’s New Visa Policy for UN Staff

Tony Perkins, president of conservative lobbying group Family Research Council, has praised US president Donald Trump’s administration for saying it will stop giving visas to unmarried same-sex partners of UN employees. The Trump administration’s new…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2018

US Ends Diplomatic Visas for UN Same-Sex Partners

The US has announced it will deny diplomatic visas to same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and United Nations employees. The change went into effect on Monday, giving partners currently in the US…

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