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Nationwide Campaign Marks 50th Anniversary of Decision in ‘Piggie Park’ Racial Discrimination Case

National
“Piggie Park wasn’t just about barbeque. And Masterpiece isn’t just about cake,” said Ineke Mushovic, executive director of the Movement Advancement Project. “Businesses and their owners have a right to their religious beliefs—but that freedom shouldn’t give businesses a license to discriminate.” ...
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Two-Hour NBC News Special ‘Hope & Fury’ Explores Civil Rights Movement Through Media Lens

NBC News
Entertainment
NBC News announced the world premiere of Hope & Fury: MLK, The Movement and the Media, a new documentary film that examines how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and leaders of the civil rights movement used the power of print and visual media. ...
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One Key Factor Raises Gay and Lesbian Teens’ Suicide Risk, New Study

Health
Teens who are gay or lesbian but engage in heterosexual sex are at higher risk of a suicide attempt, new research suggests. The investigators found that 4 percent experienced "sexual orientation discordance" - sexual contact that's contrary to a person's sexual orientation. ...
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Second Federal Appeals Court Rules LGBT Workers Protected Against Employment Discrimination

Lambda Legal CEO Rachel B. Tiven stands outside the Second Circuit Court with Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Employment Fairness Project Director Greg Nevins, Don's partner William, the estate's lawyer Gregory Antollino and Lambda Legal's Director of Strategy Sharon McGowan.
National
Monday, in a 10-3 decision, the full Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion. ...
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Hawaii Appeals Court Rejects Religious Justification for B&B that Refused Room to Lesbian Couple

Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford
National
The Intermediate Court of Appeals of the State of Hawaii this week affirmed a lower court ruling against a Hawaii bed and breakfast that denied a room to a lesbian couple because of their sexual orientation. ...
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Publix Grocery Chain Denies HIV Prevention Pill to Employees

Health
Publix, a privately-traded company, scored a zero on the Human Rights Campaign’s analysis of workplace fairness and has been accused of multiple instances of anti-LGBT discrimination. ...
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Seattle Mayor Begins ‘Extensive’ Citywide Review of Harassment and Discrimination Policies

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan/Facebook
Politics Local
In a letter to City employees, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that she is launching an extensive review of the City of Seattle’s harassment and discrimination policies. ...
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WATCH: Sen. Patty Murray Reflects on Women’s March and Issues Dividing America Under Trump Regime

Politics
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following video statement in celebration of the anniversary of the Women’s March, likely the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history. ...
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Women’s March 2018: Every Story

Women's March 2018 / Photo: Dawn Celeste McGregor
Politics Local
During the Women's March, women stood together as examples to every person who is marginalized. Each voice was unique, and every voice was necessary, because we ALL need to be represented to make this change. ...
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Public Places at Heart of Fight for LGBT Equality, New Study

AP/Eric Gray
Politics
The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) has launched a new report, LGBT Policy Spotlight: Public Accommodations Nondiscrimination Laws, that provides a comprehensive overview of the patchwork of federal, state and local protections against discrimination in public spaces. ...
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