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U.S. top court turns away challenge to Mississippi LGBT law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ended the first legal challenge to a Republican-backed Mississippi law that permits businesses and government employees to refuse to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people because of their religious beliefs. The justices left in place a June ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…

LGBT Network Launches New Online Business Directory and Job Board

The LGBT Network recently launched its brand new LGBT Business Directory and Job Board. The LGBT Business Directory and Job Board provides an important platform to business owners to advertise their services to an LGBT and allied audience, and helps members of the community find businesses that are supportive of LGBT people. Additionally, employers seeking…

In defeat for Trump, judge blocks transgender military ban

(Reuters) A federal judge in Washington on Monday blocked President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, handing a victory to transgender service members who accused the president of violating their constitutional rights. The transgender service members sued in August to try to block the ban, which had not yet…

Transgender candidates rack up wins in first U.S. elections of Trump presidency

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Transgender political candidates scored wins in the first U.S. elections since Donald Trump became president, a sign of their growing acceptance in parts of the country, experts said on Wednesday. Five transgender candidates were victorious, among them a woman who won a heated race for state legislature in Virginia, the…

Sex scandals highlight need to have more LGBTQ, women in power: campaigners

LISBON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Sexual harassment scandals sweeping from Hollywood to other industries globally highlight the need to have more women, gay and black people in power at a time when minority rights are being rolled back, LGBTQ campaigners said on Tuesday. U.S. filmmaker Dustin Lance Black, an lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) activist…

Uruguay’s first transgender senator vows to bolster LGBT rights

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Michelle Suarez, Uruguay’s first transgender senator, is already considered elderly. She has made it to 34 – a rarity in a country where transgender people tend to die young. A veteran trailblazer for LGBT rights, she helped draft a bill that legalized same-sex marriage in 2013 and became the first transgender…