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  • AG: Edwards' anti-discrimination order not binding legally

    May 25, 2016 1:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorney General Jeff Landry's office says provisions in an LGBT rights anti-discrimination order issued by Gov. John Bel Edwards have "no binding legal effect." In April, the Democratic governor banned discrimination in state government based on sexual orientation and gender identity. State contracts also were to be... more »
  • Anti-discrimination bill narrowly advances to Senate debate

    May 10, 2016 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans senator's proposal seeking to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or disability has narrowly passed its first test. Democratic Sen. J.P. Morrell's bill would rework Louisiana's existing anti-discrimination laws and broaden them to cover LGBT groups and people with disabilities. ... more »
  • North Carolina governor files lawsuit over LGBT rights law

    May 9, 2016 2:55 PM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration sued the federal government Monday in a fight for a state law that requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate. The lawsuit seeks to keep in place the law, which the U.S.... more »
  • FDA effort aims to curb smoking in LGBT community

    May 2, 2016 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration's latest anti-smoking campaign takes aim at young adults in the LGBT community, who officials say are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as their peers. The $35.7-million effort targets the estimated 40 percent of the 2 million LGBT young adults in... more »
  • LGBT anti-discrimination employment bill advances in Senate

    April 28, 2016 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators advanced a proposal to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, moments after an initial vote appeared to stall the measure in committee. Sen. Regina Barrow, a Baton Rouge Democrat, changed her vote Thursday to move the bill out of the Senate... more »
  • Gay woman says New Orleans Family Dollar refused to serve her

    April 25, 2016 12:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Family Dollar store on the corner of Canal and Broad has made headlines in New Orleans after a cashier refused service to an openly gay woman when she attempted to make a purchase. "The cashier was just loudly stating her opinion on her disdain for... more »
  • UK alerts LGBT travelers to North Carolina, Mississippi laws

    April 20, 2016 5:48 PM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The British government is advising lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens to pay special attention when traveling to North Carolina and Mississippi. The travel advice update was posted on the British government's website Tuesday. The British advisory says new laws in North Carolina and Mississippi may affect... more »
  • Country artists condemn LGBT laws, but labels silent

    April 13, 2016 4:20 PM

    NASHVILLE - Several country music artists and songwriters have condemned proposed laws critics say discriminate against LGBT people. But anyone looking for reaction from the record labels and production companies on Nashville's Music Row has heard only the sound of silence. New laws in North Carolina and Mississippi have drawn... more »
  • Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi show, citing state's new law

    April 11, 2016 4:31 AM

    BILOXI, MS.- Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is canceling a performance this week in Mississippi, citing the state's new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples. Adams said in a statement Sunday night that he was canceling a show Thursday at the Mississippi... more »
  • Halting LGBT rules, N Carolina lawmakers again rebuff cities

    April 9, 2016 3:11 PM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The decision by the North Carolina legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory to overturn Charlotte's anti-discrimination ordinance is the latest muscle-flexing by leaders in Republican-controlled states to rebuff local governments. A focal point of the Charlotte ordinance was a provision that allowed transgender people to use the restroom... more »
  • Atlanta leaders ask NBA to change All-Star Game site

    March 30, 2016 7:17 AM

    ATLANTA- Atlanta city leaders are asking the NBA to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte after North Carolina lawmakers passed legislation seen as limiting LGBT protections. Atlanta's City Council introduced a resolution Tuesday asking the NBA to move the game to Atlanta after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed... more »
  • Major companies form group to push for LGBT rights globally

    September 29, 2015 1:05 PM

    NEW YORK - A group of major global companies, including Google Inc., AT&T and Coca-Cola, are joining a coalition to push for gay rights in the workplace beyond the U.S. and Western Europe. The Human Rights Campaign-led group will push for protections in the workplace globally, including in countries... more »
  • New project at Atlanta museum focuses on LGBT civil rights

    September 2, 2015 2:19 PM

    ATLANTA - Leaders of an Atlanta museum want the space focused on modern and historic civil rights to contribute to a national push to ensure LGBT rights, particularly in southern states. Wednesday marks the formal launch of the LGBT Institute, housed at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The... more »
  • Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

    June 26, 2015 10:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia.... more »
  • IBM ribbon-cutting canceled after Gov. Jindal's executive order Play Video

    June 22, 2015 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It appears IBM is not happy with Governor Bobby Jindal after the company cancelled a ceremonial ribbon-cutting set for Monday at its new facility in downtown Baton Rouge. Sources tell WBRZ it's because of a controversial move by Jindal. After the religious freedom bill failed in... more »
  • Contentious religious objections bill hearing Play Video

    May 18, 2015 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A contentious bill that thrust Louisiana into a national debate over religious objections laws will finally get a hearing. The bill stirred controversy when it was proposed. The Tuesday hearing before the House civil law committee comes after the halfway point of the legislative session and may... more »
  • Festival-like atmosphere outside Supreme Court

    April 28, 2015 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Same-sex marriage advocates and protesters alike filled the sidewalks outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday. It was a festival-like atmosphere, complete with warm sunshine and lots of selfies. While the high court isn't expected to rule until June, many people said they wanted to witness history in the... more »
  • Bizarre council debate rattles nerves, accomplishes nothing Play Video

    July 23, 2014 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The situation at Wednesday evening's council meeting, where a debate over a proposed fairness ordinance took over just about the entire meeting time, quickly turned bizarre. Testimony from people on both sides of the issue that would protect gay, transgender and veterans from discrimination on various fronts... more »
  • The fairness ordinance Play Video

    July 23, 2014 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There was no vote Wednesday night dealing with a fairness ordinance that would protect gays from certain kinds of discrimination. The council meeting reached it's required legal ending before a vote could happen. Leading up to the end, City Hall was filled to capacity with... more »
  • Obama to sign order extending protections to gays

    June 16, 2014 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - A White House official says President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation. The move follows years of pressure from gay rights groups for Obama to sign the order. The White House has... more »
  • Group plans LGBT campaign in 3 Deep South states

    April 26, 2014 12:29 PM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A national organization is launching a three-year, $8.5 million campaign to promote LGBT equality and push for new legal protections in three Southern states. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign is planning what it calls the "Project One America" in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. Each state is controlled... more »
  • Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth on Jan. 1

    December 28, 2013 11:53 AM

    The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications - ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades. Yet despite their... more »
  • Texas county adopts policy to protect LGBT inmates

    November 14, 2013 8:40 AM

    HOUSTON - The sheriff of Houston's Harris County has adopted a sweeping policy designed to protect and guarantee equal treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inmates. It includes allowing transgender individuals to be housed based on the gender they identify with instead of their biological sex. The Harris... more »

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