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Most states lack laws protecting LGBT workers

In this Sept. 26, 2019, photo, former Byron, Ga., fire chief Rachel Mosby poses for a photo in the home of a friend in Atlanta. Mosby is a transgender woman who held the job for more than a decade as a man, then was fired in June, 18 months after she openly transitioned. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Rumors started circulating around the fire station in Byron, Georgia, within a year after the medical treatments began. The fire chief’s once-crewcut hair was growing longer, and other physical changes were becoming noticeable. Keeping quiet was no longer an option. ...

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Supreme Court weighs LGBT people’s rights

FILE - In this June 11, 2017 file photo people attend the LGBTQ Chicago Equality rally in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. Starting in January 2018, Illinois is outlawing a rare criminal defense argument allowing the use of a victim's sexual orientation as justification for violent crime. It's a ban that gay rights advocates hope to replicate in about half a dozen states next year. Illinois follows California in outlawing the so-called "gay panic defense." It isn't common, but one study shows it's surfaced in roughly half of U.S. states since the 1960s. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP File)

WASHINGTON — A seemingly divided Supreme Court struggled Tuesday over whether a landmark civil rights law protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment. With the court’s four liberal justices likely to side with workers who were fired because of their ...

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Cuomo’s legal counsel to head major LGBTQ-rights group

FILE - In this April 25, 2016 file photo, Alphonso David speaks during a swearing-in ceremony at the Court of Appeals in Albany, N.Y. David, a civil rights lawyer who has been serving as chief counsel to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was named Tuesday, June 25, 2019, as the new president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT-rights organization in the U.S. David will be the first African American to lead the HRC since its founding in 1980. He will be its seventh president, succeeding Chad Griffin, who has held the post since 2012. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

NEW YORK — Alphonso David, a civil rights lawyer who has been serving as chief counsel to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was named Tuesday as the new president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ-rights organization in the ...

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‘People are scared’: LGBT groups say they’ll rush to fight Trump’s military ban in court

Jon W. Davidson’s work day began at 6:30 a.m. California time on Wednesday, moments after President Donald Trump made the unexpected announcement on Twitter that he would ban transgender people from serving in the military. Davidson, legal director of the ...

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Commentary: Civil-rights law can cover anti-gay bias, too

Everyone agrees that under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers are forbidden from discriminating on the basis of sex. Are they also forbidden from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation? In a momentous decision earlier ...

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Federal fair housing law protects LGBT couples, court rules

A federal judge, in a first, ruled Wednesday that the federal law barring housing discrimination protects LGBT people. The married couple who brought the case — Rachel Smith, a transgender woman, and Tonya Smith — were denied a rental townhouse ...

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Court: Discrimination against gay workers not prohibited

ATLANTA — In a setback for gay rights advocates who had hoped for an expansion of workplace discrimination protections, a federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled that employers aren’t prohibited from discriminating against employees because of sexual orientation. A ...

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Transgender teen to press Supreme Court case

WASHINGTON — Attorneys for a transgender teen who sued his school board for barring him from the boys’ bathroom said Thursday that they plan to continue to press his case before the U.S. Supreme Court, despite the Trump administration’s decision ...

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Commentary: If abortion rights fall, LGBT rights are next

We represent the organizations that won leading Supreme Court cases in recent years on sexual and reproductive rights: Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015, which secured legal protections for the marriage of same-sex couples, and Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in ...

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