The Philippine city of Mandaluyong has approved an ordinance to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination, the latest in a slew of local laws passed across the country. The passage of the these local ordinances are important because LGBT Filipinos, while widely accepted in Philippine society, still face discrimination. The wave of local ordinances stands in stark contrast to the Philippine legislature, which has not passed similar anti-discrimination legislation.
Bill 17, recently passed by the Texas State Senate, sounds innocuous, but citing religious freedom as a reason for licensed professionals — doctors, lawyers and accountants — to turn away business except in cases of severe injury or risk of deaththe bill has become part of a nationwide battle between conservative politics and the business community. Even before the Texas Senate passed the bill earlier this month — which now heads to the Texas House for a full vote — major technology companies and employers in the state, including AmazonDellApple and Facebooksent a warning letter to legislators. Republican State Senator Charles Perry, a sponsor of Senate Bill 17, said his concern is not companies that provide Texas with the "almighty dollar.
Wade Goodwyn. Mike Hollinger of IBM joined a group of business leaders at a news conference on the steps of the capitol in Austin, Texas. The business leaders oppose the so-called religious refusal laws currently under consideration in the Texas legislature.
The — vote led by Democrats sends the measure to the Senate while leading Republicans to predict it will cause catastrophic gender-bending and gut religious exercise. Eight House Republicans voted for the bill. Known as H. If approved by the Republican-controlled Senate and signed into law, which appears unlikely, the measure would elevate LGBT rights to the same status as other classes protected from discrimination, such as race and national origin.
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in America face discrimination in their daily lives. While more states every year strive to pass laws to protect their citizens from discrimination and advance LGBTQ equality, we continue to see lawmakers sponsor bills that invoke religion, pre-empt local protections, and target transgender and nonbinary people to allow, and in some cases mandate, discrimination.
Civil rights advocates are condemning a proposed Texas law they say opens the door to discrimination against the LGBT community and religious minorities. Advocates fear that barring state agencies that issue occupational licenses from penalizing workers who refuse services based on religious beliefs would essentially give workers a free pass to discriminate in the name of religion. Many state legislatures across the country have implemented legislation to extend protections for LGBT people in the last several years, with bipartisan support, such as in Kansas, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, where governors from both parties signed executive orders pledging protection from workplace discrimination, though this has not come without pushback from conservative party leaders.
The bill, passedcomes as departments across the Trump administration have dismantled policies friendly to gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, like barring transgender recruits from serving in the military or formally rejecting complaints filed by transgender students who are barred from restrooms that match their gender identity. The legislation, which amends the Civil Rights Act ofprohibits discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in both the public and private sectors, offering civil rights protections in businesses, hospitals and welfare services. It explicitly states that individuals cannot be denied access to a locker room or dressing room on the same basis.
The legislation bars public school teachers in grades K-7 from instructing students about gender dysphoria, or the experience of being transgender. The bill now heads to the South Dakota Senate. If the legislation is approved there, it will head to the desk of Gov.
The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas. The vote waswith every Democrat voting in favor, along with eight Republicans. Cheers and applause broke out on the House floor as the bill crossed the threshold for passage.
The protection of LGBT rights is advanced, relative to other countries in Oceaniaand is one of the most liberal in the worldwith the country being the first in the region and thirteenth in the world to enact same-sex marriage. Throughout the late 20th century, the rights of the LGBT community received more awareness and male same-sex sexual activity was decriminalised inwith an equal age of consent of 16 to heterosexual intercourse. After recognising civil unions sinceNew Zealand legalised both same-sex marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples in Discrimination regarding sexual orientation and gender identity and expression has been banned since