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Teacher Who Showed Pic of 'Future Wife' Files Discrimination Suit

Gay teacher Stacy Bailey says she was suspended for mentioning partner

(Newser) - A Texas teacher has filed a suit against her school district and two district officials, claiming she's been discriminated against for one reason: "Plaintiff is lesbian/gay and was born that way." The teacher, per the New York Times , is 31-year-old Stacy Bailey, who alleges in her complaint... More »

Guy Follows Woman Into Bathroom Thinking She's a Guy

Jessica Rush was scared. Then she got mad

(Newser) - Jessica Rush was scared to see a man following her into a Texas hospital bathroom last Thursday. That's when she confronted him—and learned he thought she was a he, NBC Dallas/Forth Worth reports. "You didn't look like a girl when I saw you enter, I thought... More »

After SCOTUS Ruling, Shop Posts 'No Gays Allowed'

'I don't want them around me,' says hardware store owner Jeff Amyx

(Newser) - While many celebrated Friday's SCOTUS decision to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states, one Tennessee store owner wasn't flying any rainbow banners. Instead, Jeff Amyx—a "self-described 'blunt' man," per the New York Daily News —put a different sign up Monday at Amyx... More »

7 GOP Senators Push Gay Rights Bill Over Hurdle

ENDA moves forward; faces tough fight in House

(Newser) - A bill banning workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians looks certain to pass the Senate after clearing a key hurdle last night with Republican help, Roll Call reports. The chamber voted 61-30 to move forward with the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a move that lifts ENDA past filibuster and all but... More »

UPS Yanks Funding From Boy Scouts

Ends grants over BSA's discrimination against gays

(Newser) - The philanthropic arm of shipping giant UPS said it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group discriminates against gays, joining Intel as the second major corporation to recently strip funding from the scouts. The UPS Foundation made the change after an... More »

British Police Investigate Lawmaker's Anti-Gay Tweets

Calls discrimination a 'fundamental' right

(Newser) - Police in England are investigating controversial tweets posted by the head of a small, far-right conservative party, reports the BBC . The postings from British National Party leader Nick Griffin listed the address of a gay couple who recently won a court case against a Bed and Breakfast that refused to... More »

40K New State Laws Kick In for 2012

Includes abortion restrictions and voter identification laws

(Newser) - The new year has brought us about 40,000 state laws ranging from abortion and voter restrictions to golf cart requirements and a ban on happy hours. MSNBC runs down a few of them:
  • Several states will require employers to confirm the legality of workers through a federal system called
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Dollywood Passes on Meeting With Lesbian Couple

Olivier Odom was asked to turn her shirt 'marriage is so gay' inside out

(Newser) - Dollywood officials have offered a refund to a lesbian couple after an employee asked one of the women to turn her T-shirt reading "marriage is so gay" inside-out to avoid offending others during a recent visit to the Tennessee theme park complex. Park officials were going to meet with... More »

Starbucks Reels After Anti-Gay Incident

But the company is responding well, notes Gawker

(Newser) - Starbucks is in hot water after a customer witnessed what she calls “one of the most brazen and unapologetic displays of homophobia I have ever witnessed in my entire life” at one of its Long Island locations. Missy Alison wrote an open letter to the company, which her wife... More »

Gay Cop: Dept. Wouldn't Let Me March in Pride Parade

...and so he's suing

(Newser) - A gay police officer has enlisted Gloria Allred's legal help—so you know we're about to report on a buzzy lawsuit. The unnamed cop is filing a discrimination complaint against his department, which he says denied his written request that he be allowed to march in uniform during... More »

Comic Must Pay $16K for Lesbian Insults: Court

Jokes during amateur's show were discriminatory, says victim

(Newser) - A Canadian human rights tribunal has ordered a stand-up comedian to pay a woman $15,700 after he insulted her and her partner at a show. Lorna Pardy says amateur comic Guy Earle discriminated against her based on gender and sexual preference, the Vancouver Sun reports. The owner of the... More »

Classmates Cheer Lesbian Prom Royalty

Minnesota school relents on couple after lawsuit

(Newser) - Hundreds of classmates cheered as a lesbian couple paraded in matching tuxes to take their place among prom royalty at their Minneapolis suburban high school. "It felt amazing," said senior Desiree Shelton. She and date Sarah Lindstrom had battled to walk to the prom court as a couple... More »

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