With activists calling for demonstrations of opposition to Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law in Sochi, the International Olympic Committee won’t specify how it will respond to violations of its own propaganda ban. “[T]he lack of clear guidelines as to authorized and unauthorized behaviors encourages self censorship,” an advocate says.
“It tells you a lot about [IOC] President Bach and the IOC’s commitment to human rights that they believe this issue should be easily compartmentalized into a protest zone,” one LGBT advocate says.
“Nelson Mandela’s forgiveness, leadership, and class will always inspire me,” Schock says. “I am humbled to be leading so many of my colleagues in tribute to Nelson Mandela.”
Mandela ushered in the world’s first constitution to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation. “Nelson Mandela tore down oppression, united a rainbow nation, and always walked arm-in-arm with his LGBT brothers and sisters—and with all people—toward freedom,” Human Rights Campaign president says.
“So, what does it really mean that he supports openly gay candidates if he doesn’t support their equal treatment under the law?” Rep. Jerry Nadler responds.
An April 2012 decision of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides protection against anti-transgender employment discrimination, but officials within the Labor Department refuse to say whether they are applying that decision to employees of federal contractors.
The pair had been spotted together previously, although neither has confirmed the relationship.
In Jon Cohen’s 2001 book, Shots in the Dark: The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine, he detailed the Reagan administration’s early indifference to the growing epidemic. White House acting press secretary Larry Speakes, and some of the reporters at press briefings, found the crisis to be quite the joking matter.
The justices will hear arguments in the new year in two cases challenging whether religious freedoms extend to corporations or corporate owners.
Three federal judges — including 9th Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski — say it is discrimination for the federal government not to treat domestic partners like spouses, at least in states where they cannot marry, for purposes of receiving federal benefits.