Tag Archive | Discrimination

Polish ‘LGBT-free’ town weighs risk of losing EU funds

Polish ‘LGBT-free’ town weighs risk of losing EU funds

(Reuters) – Surrounded by fields of roses and lavender, in tranquil eastern Poland, some residents of the village of Konskowola feel the European Union may be trying to blackmail them. Like about a hundred other municipalities across rural Poland, the local council has declared Konskowola to be free of ‘LGBT ideology’, reflecting a backlash against […]

OPINION: From Bostock to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the fight against discrimination continues

OPINION: From Bostock to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the fight against discrimination continues

By Kevin Jennings, CEO of Lambda Legal I began my career teaching high school history in 1985 at a religiously affiliated school in Providence, Rhode Island. It was a very different time for LGBT+ people in the United States. Only one state (Wisconsin) prohibited discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation, the AIDS epidemic was […]

OPINION: Andrzej Duda’s election victory is a license for homophobia

OPINION: Andrzej Duda’s election victory is a license for homophobia

By Bartosz Stasewski, an LGBT+ activist with the Love Does Not Exclude campaign, based in Warsaw, Poland. He is also a board member of Lublin Equality Pride Association. The incumbent Andrzej Duda has won Poland’s presidential election by 2%, according to official results on Monday morning, when almost all votes had been counted. His victory is a failure […]

US Supreme Court ruling argument for LGBT+ rights – experts

US Supreme Court ruling argument for LGBT+ rights – experts

The US Supreme Court decision that gay and trans people are legally protected from discrimination will have “enormous” implications for LGBT+ rights cases, experts say, possibly helping to end a ban on trans soldiers serving in the military. In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, […]

US Supreme Court rules workers can’t be fired for being LGBT+

US Supreme Court rules workers can’t be fired for being LGBT+

A US Supreme Court ruling protecting gay and trans people from discrimination at work was hailed by LGBT+ groups on Monday as the nation’s most significant moment in the fight for equal rights since same-sex marriage was legalised five years ago. In a 6-3 decision, the nation’s top court decided gay and transgender people are […]

Ukraine and Albania urged to protect LGBT+ people from discrimination

Ukraine and Albania urged to protect LGBT+ people from discrimination

Ukraine should reform its laws to combat homophobic hate crimes and Albania should give more rights to same-sex couples and trans people, a top European rights body said on Wednesday, amid a backlash against LGBT+ rights in Eastern Europe. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), part of the Council of Europe, renewed a […]

Survey: Most LGBT+ Europeans fear holding partner’s hand in public

Survey: Most LGBT+ Europeans fear holding partner’s hand in public

Six in 10 LGBT+ Europeans would not hold a same-sex partner’s hand in public, for fear of harassment or assault, according to a major study published on Thursday. The survey of nearly 140,000 people found progress on tackling anti-LGBT+ discrimination had largely stalled in recent years, and in some areas appears to be sliding backwards.

US: Rights groups seek LGBT+ protection in coronavirus response

US: Rights groups seek LGBT+ protection in coronavirus response

More than 180 rights groups on Monday asked the US Congress to take steps to protect LGBT+ people from discrimination in the coronavirus pandemic, saying the community faces long-standing bias in health care that has left them wary of seeking help. In a letter, the coalition called upon Democratic and Republican party leaders in the […]

Singapore: Anti-gay law upheld by court

Singapore: Anti-gay law upheld by court

(Reuters) – Singapore’s high court today upheld a law that criminalises sex between men, dismissing three appeals that argued it was unconstitutional, although prosecutions under the law are rare. The ruling follows challenges last year to the colonial-era law, a thorny issue in the socially conservative city-state, where repeal efforts failed in 2014, though activists were […]

COVID-19: UN Warns Against Human Rights Abuses During Emergency

COVID-19: UN Warns Against Human Rights Abuses During Emergency

UN human rights experts* have urged States to avoid overreach of security measures in their response to the coronavirus outbreak and reminded them that emergency powers should not be used to quash dissent. “While we recognise the severity of the current health crisis and acknowledge that the use of emergency powers is allowed by international […]