U.S. anti-bias law does not protect transgender  workers: Justice Department In The News 

U.S. anti-bias law does not protect transgender workers: Justice Department

(Reuters) The U.S. Department of Justice has reversed course on whether federal law banning sex discrimination in the workplace provides protections for transgender employees, saying in a memo that it does not. The memo sent to U.S. Attorneys’ offices on Wednesday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions says Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 only prohibits discrimination on the basis of a worker’s biological sex, and not their gender identity. Sessions rescinded a Justice Department memo from 2014 that said Title VII does protect transgender people, a position…

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Microsoft, Apple among  companies urging U.S.  Supreme Court to weigh  gay workers’ rights In The News 

Microsoft, Apple among companies urging U.S. Supreme Court to weigh gay workers’ rights

(Reuters) Dozens of companies including Alphabet Inc’s Google, Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Viacom Inc have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to address whether a law banning sex discrimination in the workplace provides protections to gay employees. A group of 76 companies submitted a brief to the court saying a split among lower courts on that question had created uncertainty for employers and gay workers. The companies asked the Supreme Court to take up the case of Jameka Evans, a former security guard at a Georgia hospital who says she…

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Over a quarter million #weartheribbon for LGBT Network’s campaign Out on LI 

Over a quarter million #weartheribbon for LGBT Network’s campaign

For the 16th year, the LGBT Network marked October 11th, National Coming Out Day (NCOD) with its #WearTheRibbon NCOD campaign. It was the first time in the campaign’s history that the LGBT Network has expanded its efforts beyond schools and it was a resounding success! With nearly one quarter of a million participants from over 220 companies, schools, unions, libraries, sports groups, electedofficials, colleges and universities, and other community organizations participating, it was the largest community organizing effort the LGBT Network has ever launched. The goal of the LGBT Network…

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Women’s Health: The Importance of Being Proactive Uncategorized 

Women’s Health: The Importance of Being Proactive

  Women may feel that they are too busy caring for their children, aging parents, spouses, and friends to properly take care of themselves. However, it’s crucial for women to be their own advocates for their healthcare. Schedule a well-visit exam with your primary care physician and your gynecologist every year.  Those visits are key opportunities to ask your doctor questions about your health and medical conditions. Be proactive by asking about the types of preventive healthcare screenings you should have. Taking proactive measures can help you avoid problems such…

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LGBT Network Launches Massive Community-Wide Campaign for National Coming Out Day Uncategorized 

LGBT Network Launches Massive Community-Wide Campaign for National Coming Out Day

Since 2002, the LGBT Network has been organizing its NCOD Campaign in schools as a way of creating safer spaces. Over its 15-year history, the Campaign has grown – more than 100,000+ students and staff at 100 schools participated in the campaign last year. For 2017, the LGBT Network is broadening its efforts and bringing the NCOD campaign to businesses, places of worship, senior centers, non-profit organizations, government agencies, civic associations, unions, libraries, and other organizations. The goal of the LGBT Network NCOD Campaign is simple: Engage and empower the…

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LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Moves Forward in Bay Shore after Historic Planning Board Vote Out on LI 

LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Moves Forward in Bay Shore after Historic Planning Board Vote

On Thursday, August 17th, The LGBT Network unveiled plans for its LGBT-friendly affordable housing apartment complex in Bay Shore. The new housing development accompanied by a brand new state-of-the-art 8,000 square-foot community center will be constructed at the site of LGBT Network’s existing community center on Park Avenue and Mechanicsville Road and near the Bay Shore Long Island Rail Road station. In a historic vote, the Town of Islip Planning Board voted unanimously to move the LGBT Network’s Senior Housing and Community Center Project forward and the Islip Town Board…

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Supreme Court asked to consider anti-bias protections for gay workers In The News 

Supreme Court asked to consider anti-bias protections for gay workers

(Reuters) LGBT group Lambda Legal asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether discrimination against gay workers is a form of unlawful sex bias, teeing up what could be a monumental case for the gay rights movement. The group filed a petition for certiorari on behalf of Jameka Evans, a former security guard at Georgia Regional Hospital who says she was harassed and forced to quit her job because she is gay. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in March dismissed her case, saying it…

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Publisher of High Times acquires LGBT publications In The News 

Publisher of High Times acquires LGBT publications

(Reuters) Oreva Capital, the Los Angeles-based investment firm that recently bought marijuana enthusiast magazine “High Times,” has funded a management buyout of a handful of media brands catering to the gay community. Oreva has backed a management-led buyout of Here Publishing, which owns such titles as “The Advocate” and “Out,” with plans to grow its online and events business, Oreva CEO Adam Levin told Reuters in an interview. Oreva is buying Here Publishing, which it is rebranding “Pride Media Inc,” at a time when many print publishers are struggling with…

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Transgender members in U.S. military may serve until study completed: Mattis In The News 

Transgender members in U.S. military may serve until study completed: Mattis

(Reuters) U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said current policy regarding transgender personnel serving in the military would remain in place until he advises President Donald Trump on how to implement his directive on a transgender ban. Mattis said in a statement he would set up a panel of experts serving in the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to provide recommendations on implementing the ban. He said he would advise the president after the panel reports it recommendations, and “in the interim, current policy with respect to currently serving members…

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Trump administration backs baker who refused to make cake for gay couple In The News 

Trump administration backs baker who refused to make cake for gay couple

(Reuters) The Trump administration filed papers at the U.S. Supreme Court backing a Christian baker in Colorado whom a state court ruled against for declining to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. In the brief, Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall said Jack Phillips should be exempt from Colorado’s anti-discrimination law because making custom cakes is a form of free expression protected under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. The high court agreed in June to hear Phillips’ appeal of the state court ruling that his refusal to make the…

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Two lawsuits challenge Trump transgender military service ban In The News 

Two lawsuits challenge Trump transgender military service ban

(Reuters) Civil rights groups filed two new lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s controversial ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military. The lawsuits, filed in federal courts in Seattle and Baltimore, say the ban issued on Friday violated U.S. constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. Trump had announced the ban in a series of tweets on July 26, reversing a policy of his predecessor, Barack Obama. On Aug. 9, five transgender service members filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington D.C. asking a judge to block…

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international : Hate crimes against LGBT people in UK almost double in 4 years (survey) In The News 

international : Hate crimes against LGBT people in UK almost double in 4 years (survey)

LONDON (Rueters) Hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Britain have almost doubled in the past four years, campaigners said, with one in five people targeted. A newly-released survey of 5,000 LGBT people by pollster YouGov found 16 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual respondents reported experiencing hate crimes, such as abusive language, threats and violence, in the past year, up from 9 percent in 2013. Transgender people were not included in the 2013 poll. Gay rights group Stonewall described the trend as “alarming”, with these…

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International – Australian ad draws fire for linking gay marriage to boys in dresses In The News 

International – Australian ad draws fire for linking gay marriage to boys in dresses

Australia (Rueters) An Australian campaign ad that claims same-sex marriage laws would lead to school children acting out gay relationships and boys wearing dresses in class drew widespread fire. The advert was aired by the Coalition for Marriage, a group that opposes equal marriage laws. It said that legalizing same-sex marriage would usher in education programs that rob parents of the right to choose how children learn about sexuality. The adverts – the first national televised campaign for the ‘No’ vote in a September referendum on same-sex marriage – misled…

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INTERNATIONAL – Chile’s President Bachelet sends gay marriage bill to Congress In The News 

INTERNATIONAL – Chile’s President Bachelet sends gay marriage bill to Congress

SANTIAGO (Reuters) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet sent Congress a bill that would legalize gay marriage, a move that follows a string of liberal reforms in one of Latin America’s most conservative nations. In 2015, Chile’s Congress approved same sex civil unions after years of legislative wrangling. In March, Bachelet, a center-left politician, pledged to send a full marriage bill to legislators before the end of the year. “We do this with the certainty that it is not ethical nor fair to put artificial limits on love, nor to deny essential…

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Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice Out Front 

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

PATTI LABELLE DISHES ON ‘STILL STANDING’ THANKS TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY, LIP-SYNCING ‘DIVETTES’ AND TRUMP BY CHRIS AZZOPARDI Is there a singer more real than Patti LaBelle? The 73-year-old legend of song (and shade) is a firehose of strong-minded opinions, and in an age that has some tight-lipped “divettes,” as LaBelle calls them, refraining from saying too much, the ever-honest LaBelle is, refreshingly, that rare freewheeler who revels in being blunt AF. In 2014, she told me she no longer considers herself a diva because “all these little heifers who…

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