AMHERST -- More gay, lesbian and transgender people are finding protection with the 2013 extension of federal anti-discrimination coverage to sexual orientation and gender identity, particularly in states that don't have similar laws. Researchers with the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Employment Equity reported on these findings in the recently released "Evidence From the Frontlines on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination." Co-authors M.V. Lee Badgett, Amanda Baumle and Steven Boutcher examined data from more than 9,100 discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state agencies between 2013-16. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia currently ban all sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. Wisconsin bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. Twenty-four other states have at least one city or county that offer some form of protection. But for residents without local … [Read more...] about More LGBT people filing discrimination complaints since expansion of civil rights coverage, UMass researchers find
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Chanting “I’m proud of my black skin, I’m proud of my brown skin,” 35 people walked in the streets surrounding City Hall during Philadelphia’s first march to honor LGBT people of color. Wednesday’s march kicked off the five-day Philadelphia Black Pride festival, which is in its 19th year, though this is the first time it’s featured a march. “This is a chance to just have something of our own, even though we welcome our white brothers and sisters in solidarity,” said Antar Bush, an LGBT community organizer who planned the march with the help of the city’s LGBT Affairs Office. “It’s not about exclusively. It’s about being more inclusive.” Other cities such as New York and Miami also hold events for LGBT people of color. Those events are separate from the annual Pride parades held nationwide in cities, including Philadelphia, each year. The Black Pride … [Read more...] about Philly has first march celebrating LGBT people of color
When history teachers in Illinois talk to students about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights leader’s March on Washington in 1963, they also should mention the march’s chief organizer, Bayard Rustin. They should tell students that without Rustin there wouldn’t have been a march. And they should tell students that Rustin was gay. Bayard Rustin in 1974. | File photo It is not an irrelevant fact. Rustin’s sexual orientation, at a time when most gay men felt the need to be deeply closeted, no doubt gave him an even greater understanding of what it was to be oppressed. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have made significant contributions to U.S. and world history. We should say so. It’s as simple as acknowledging that astronaut Sally Ride, who in 1983 became the first woman in space, was a lesbian. Or that Alan Turing, considered to be the father of computer science, was gay. We urge the Legislature to pass a bill, which the … [Read more...] about EDITORIAL: Give school kids the facts about prominent LGBT people in history
The little data that exists on how often LGBT Americans are victims of crime could be further reduced if the U.S. Department of Justice gets its way with a request made this week. The department says 16- and 17-year-olds should no longer be asked about their sexual orientation or gender identity in the National Crime Victimization Survey, which measures trends in whether people of a certain race, age, sexual orientation — or other identifying feature — are experiencing more or less crime. The survey “provides crucial data on criminal victimization of LGBT people, who are subject to high rates of hate crimes and other violence,” Adam P. Romero, a scholar of law at the UCLA School of Law, said in a statement slamming the proposal. Romero said the Justice Department “seems to want to bury its head in the sand.” Other critics say it’s another sign the Trump administration … [Read more...] about Tracking crimes against LGBT people is hard. The Justice Department could make it even harder