This Week’s Developments in LGBTQ NondiscriminationOctober 5, 2018 • 12:06 pm
A federal judge rules lawsuit against controversial HB2 replacement can move forward; and momentum for nondiscrimination protections surges ahead, with the passage of yet another ordinance, this time in Wisconsin
WASHINGTON – A federal judge appointed by George W. Bush ruled that a controversial replacement to North Carolina’s HB2 cannot discriminate against transgender residents and a lawsuit against the law can move forward. Also, in less than one month, nondiscrimination protections have been passed in four states, covering areas home to roughly 850,000 Americans, the latest in Wisconsin. Freedom for All Americans’ Weekly LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Update has all the latest developments that should be on your radar:
Court Challenge of HB2 Replacement in North Carolina Moves Forward:
A federal judge in North Carolina has ruled that a state law cannot bar transgender people in the state from using facilities matching their gender identity. The judge, appointed by George W. Bush, also ruled that a challenge to the same law, HB142, a replacement of the discriminatory HB2 law, would be allowed to move forward. The replacement law has barred any municipality in the state from passing any new nondiscrimination ordinances until 2020.
The City Council in Racine, WI added gender identity to the city’s existing anti-discrimination ordinance, which already prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation. Racine now joins four other municipalities in Wisconsin that have full protections for LGBTQ residents. The progress in Racine is hardly isolated and comes amid a flurry of municipalities across the country passing similar protections. In the past month, nondiscrimination ordinances have been passed in municipalities in Michigan, Idaho, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, covering areas home to roughly 850,000 Americans.
Trump Administration Ends Diplomatic Visas for Same-Sex Partners of Foreign Diplomats:
The Trump administration announced Monday that it will no longer issue diplomatic visas to the partners of LGBTQ foreign diplomats. The State Department announced this week that only married same-sex couples would be eligible for visas. The shift is a departure from a more inclusive policy that’s been on the books since 2009. A majority of UN-member countries still do not recognize marriage equality.
October is LGBTQ History Month:
The month-long celebration honoring the milestones achieved throughout LGBTQhistory has been observed since 1994 and coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11.
Freedom for All Americans is working to secure comprehensive nondiscriminationprotections for all LGBTQ Americans, no matter which state they call home. For more information on state-specific legislation, or to browse our stories of discrimination, please visit www.FreedomForAllAmericans.org