The United Nations’ Human Rights Council on Sept. 26 adopted a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
“The Human Rights Council has taken a fundamental step forward by reaffirming one of the United Nations’ key principles — that everyone is equal in dignity and rights,” said Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. “This resolution puts the UN on a trajectory to address the discrimination and violence LGBT persons suffer daily across the world.”
Authorities say the Lakeland Eye Clinic in Lakeland, Florida, discriminated based on sex in violation of federal law by firing an employee because she is transgender, because she was transitioning and because she did not conform to the employer’s gender-based expectations, preferences or stereotypes.
The charges are made in a lawsuit filed on Sept. 25 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The complaint is one of the first two lawsuits ever filed by the agency alleging sex discrimination against transgender individuals. The other case, EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. also was was filed on Sept. 25.
The fate of Texas' tough voter ID law moved into the hands of a federal judge this week, following a trial that the U.S. Justice Department said exposed another chapter in the state's troubling history of discrimination in elections.
State attorneys defending the law signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2011 urged the judge to follow other courts by upholding photo identification requirements. The most recent such case came this month when a federal appeals panel reinstated Wisconsin's law in time for Election Day.
A study released on Sept. 23 finds that 40 percent of more than 10,000 LGBT youth surveyed identify as bisexual, and many of them say they face more challenges coming out and gaining acceptance than their lesbian and gay peers.
The "Supporting and Caring For Our Bisexual Youth" report released by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in partnership with the Bisexual Resource Center, BiNet USA and the Bisexual Organizing Project also reveals a chasm between the experiences of bisexual youth in America and their non-LGBT peers.
The International Olympic Committee will require future Olympic host cities to abide by rules that forbid any kind of discrimination, a move prompted by the outcry caused by Russia's adoption of a law banning so-called gay "propaganda" before the Sochi Winter Games.
The International Olympic Committee sent a letter to the three candidates for the 2022 Winter Games specifying that the host city contract will include new wording on non-discrimination.
This weekend's crossover episode of Fox's "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" has received criticism for a scene where a character uses rape as a punchline for a joke.
It's not the first time the animated "Family Guy" has gotten its creators in hot water. Here are some other examples:
A federal judge on Sept. 23 reinstated federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming, rejecting the state's "wolf-management" plan that allowed them to be hunted as unprotected predators.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled in favor of national environmental groups that said protections were severely lacking for the wolf, for years considered an endangered species threatened with extinction.
Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sept. 21 invoked comedian Joan Rivers' death at a surgical clinic while defending a law he signed that would close the majority of abortion facilities in the nation's second-most populous state.
The potential 2016 presidential candidate claimed the law made Texas safer, even though a federal judge in August blocked a key provision that requires abortion clinics to meet hospital-level operating standards. Had that requirement taken effect, only seven abortion facilities would remain in Texas — down from more than 40 in 2012.
Three people are charged in connection with an attack on a gay couple outside a Philadelphia restaurant earlier this month.
The assault, which resulted in hospitalization for the gay men, became a focus for amateur investigators who responded via social media to requests for leads from Philadelphia police.
The Humane Society of the United States says Kohl's department store is selling a men’s jacket containing real animal fur as "faux."
The results of the investigation by the HSUS were released on Sept. 23, along with a report that the jacket remained on sale at Kohls.com as of 12:05 p.m.
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan on Sept. 21 officiated at the wedding of her former law clerk and his husband.