Sexual orientation discrimination

FILE - In this May 7, 2017, file photo, participants smile as they march with a banner during the Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Tokyo's Shibuya district. Human Rights Watch is urging Japan to drop its requirement that transgender people be sterilized to have their gender changed on official documents.(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
March 20, 2019 - 4:54 am
TOKYO (AP) — Human Rights Watch urged Japan on Wednesday to drop its requirement that transgender people be sterilized before their gender is changed on official documents. A 2004 law states that people wishing to register a gender change must have their original reproductive organs removed and...
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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2018 file photo, N.C. Sen. Dan Bishop speaks during a joint N.C. House-Senate committee meeting on judicial reform and redistricting held at the Legislative Office Building in downtown Raleigh, N.C. Bishop of Charlotte filed on Thursday, March 14, 2019 to run in the 9th Congressional District re-do election. He faces at least two others in May's Republican primary. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP)
March 15, 2019 - 5:34 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans are heading for a lively and rapid-fire faceoff to decide who'll represent the GOP in a new North Carolina congressional election mandated after a ballot-rigging scandal blocked the former Republican candidate's presumed victory in November. Ten Republicans filed by...
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January 24, 2019 - 5:12 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Human Rights Watch says the southern African nation of Angola has decriminalized same-sex activity and banned discrimination based on sexual orientation. The rights group says the changes came on Wednesday when Angola's parliament adopted the new first penal code since...
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018 file photo Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks about his agenda priorities for the upcoming legislative session, in Zionsville, Ind. Holcomb wants Indiana off a short list of five states that do not have a hate crimes law. But as the annual legislative session in this deeply conservative state nears, some caution that the debate could spiral into a bitter culture war. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings File)
December 15, 2018 - 4:44 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The spray-painting of a swastika outside a suburban Indianapolis synagogue this summer was the final straw for Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, who quickly called for Indiana to join the 45 states that have hate crime laws. "It's not only the right thing to do, it's long overdue,"...
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October 26, 2018 - 12:51 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Several schools in Poland have canceled activities promoting tolerance for gays and lesbians following government pressure and threats in some places. More than 200 schools had planned to take part in "Rainbow Friday," an anti-discrimination event that a civic rights group,...
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FILE - This combination of file photos shows the candidates for Minnesota attorney general from left, Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and Republican Doug Wardlow. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
October 25, 2018 - 6:05 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Days after a poll showed Keith Ellison trailing in the attorney general's race, the Democrat has gone on the offensive against Republican Doug Wardlow. Ellison says his opponent's work for a conservative Christian legal group against LGBTQ causes shows he has an agenda of...
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The National Center for Transgender Equality, NCTE, and the Human Rights Campaign gather on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, for a #WontBeErased rally. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
October 22, 2018 - 4:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — LGBT leaders across the U.S. reacted with fury Monday to a report that the Trump administration is considering adoption of a new definition of gender that would effectively deny federal recognition and civil rights protections to transgender Americans. "I feel very threatened, but...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 file photo, Yara Shahidi attends the 2018 GLSEN Respect Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills,Calif. Shahidi brought the crowd to its feet at the GLSEN Respect Awards as she warned against an "identity blind narrative" in the struggle for acceptance of all. "We should all feel deserved and supported in expressing our right to being our whole selves, limited by nothing regardless of ethnicity, gender, identity, sexuality, ability, religion or any other identity that we choose," the 18-year-old "grown-ish" actress said at the ceremony. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
October 20, 2018 - 7:35 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yara Shahidi brought the crowd to its feet at the GLSEN Respect Awards as she warned against an "identity blind narrative" in the struggle for acceptance of all. "We should all feel deserved and supported in expressing our right to being our whole selves, limited by nothing...
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October 10, 2018 - 5:39 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Supreme Court says a bakery owned by a Christian family didn't discriminate against a gay customer when it refused to make a cake supporting same-sex marriage. Ashers Baking Co. in Northern Ireland refused in 2014 to make a cake iced with the Sesame Street characters Bert...
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A Romanian Orthodox nun exits the voting booth, in Ciorogarla, Romania, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Romanians are voting Sunday around the country for a second day on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
October 07, 2018 - 3:56 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Latest on Romania's vote to change the definition of marriage (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Election officials in Romania say too few voters participated in a weekend referendum that sought to put a same-sex marriage ban into the country's constitution, so the vote is...
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