gay rights http://wrkf.org en Insight: Protection from Discrimination for LGBT People in Baton Rouge Too? http://wrkf.org/post/insight-protection-discrimination-lgbt-people-baton-rouge-too <p>New Orleans passed a so-called "fairness ordinance" in 1999, banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation. <a href="http://blog.nola.com/politics/print.html?entry=/2013/12/fairness_ordinance_shreveport_lgbt_gay_la.html" target="_blank">Shreveport</a> followed suit last year. Later this month, the Baton Rouge Metro Council is slated to consider an <a href="http://theadvocate.com/csp/mediapool/sites/dt.common.streams.StreamServer.cls?STREAMOID=w0BiPSnsMUfzk7Wj2nkK0JM5tm0Zxrvol3sywaAHBAnzd3OpEt2NmtrL5SKqvqqRE0$uXvBjavsllACLNr6VhLEUIm2tympBeeq1Fwi7sIigrCfKm_F3DhYfWov3omce$8CAqP1xDAFoSAgEcS6kSQ--&amp;CONTENTTYPE=application/pdf&amp;CONTENTDISPOSITION=Fairness%20Ordinance.pdf" target="_blank">ordinance</a> to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, veteran status, and, yes, gender identity and sexual orientation. But here it looks to be a tougher sell.</p><p>Rebekah Allen, city hall reporter for&nbsp;<em><a href="http://theadvocate.com/home/9578346-125/br-council-to-consider-anti-discrimination" target="_blank">The Advocate</a>, </em>discusses the dynamics at play.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:32:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 29230 at http://wrkf.org Gay Teacher Files Sex Discrimination Claim Against Georgia School http://wrkf.org/post/gay-teacher-files-sex-discrimination-claim-against-georgia-school For the past four years, Flint Dollar has been teaching music at Mount de Sales Academy, a Catholic school in Macon, Ga. He is, by all accounts, beloved by his students.<p>But Dollar won't be leading the band or teaching the chorus in the fall. His contract was not renewed after administrators found out he plans to marry a man.<p>Under <a href="http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html">federal anti-discrimination laws</a>, employers are not prohibited from hiring or firing people on the basis of sexual orientation. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:33:00 +0000 editor 29114 at http://wrkf.org Gay Teacher Files Sex Discrimination Claim Against Georgia School Insight: Resolution on Anti-Sodomy Law Rekindles Gay Rights Debate in Metro Council http://wrkf.org/post/insight-resolution-anti-sodomy-law-rekindles-gay-rights-debate-metro-council <p>The Baton Rouge Metro Council on Wednesday considered a resolution to voice support for a bill to be taken up by the state legislature that would get rid of Louisiana’s anti-sodomy law. It was a lively discussion.</p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:54:20 +0000 Amy Jeffries & JR Ball 22575 at http://wrkf.org Holder Orders Equal Treatment For Married Same-Sex Couples http://wrkf.org/post/holder-orders-equal-treatment-married-same-sex-couples Attorney General Eric Holder has for the first time directed Justice Department employees to give same-sex married couples "full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent under the law," a move with far-ranging consequences for how such couples are treated in federal courtrooms and proceedings.<p>The directive specifies that such couples can decline to give testimony in U.S. cases that might incriminate a spouse, known in the law as marital privilege. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 17:18:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 22341 at http://wrkf.org Holder Orders Equal Treatment For Married Same-Sex Couples How 2013 Became The Greatest Year In Gay Rights History http://wrkf.org/post/how-2013-became-greatest-year-gay-rights-history Any day now, the New Mexico Supreme Court may grant same-sex couples the right to get married.<p>At this point, such a ruling may not seem like such a big deal. Prior to last year's elections, gays and lesbians had a civil right to marry in only six states. Now, they have it in 16.<p>"This year represented the true tipping point," says Eric Marcus, author of <em>Making Gay History</em>. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 11:37:00 +0000 editor 19564 at http://wrkf.org How 2013 Became The Greatest Year In Gay Rights History THURSDAY: A Discussion of Hatred Against LGBT People with John Hill, John Weimer & John Denison http://wrkf.org/post/thursday-discussion-hatred-against-lgbt-people-john-hill-john-weimer-john-denison <p>Jim talks about acts of anger and hatred against LGBT citizens in Louisiana with former Capitol correspondent John Hill, his partner John Weimer and former Monroe area news anchor John Denison.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:49:23 +0000 Jim Engster 14481 at http://wrkf.org THURSDAY: A Discussion of Hatred Against LGBT People with John Hill, John Weimer & John Denison TUESDAY: Metro Councilman John Delgado, Activist Bruce Parker, Novelist David Madden http://wrkf.org/post/tuesday-metro-councilman-john-delgado-activist-bruce-parker-novelist-david-madden <p>A discussion of the flap over undercover sting arrests of gay men at area public parks, under the state's crime against nature law. The law was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2003. Bruce Parker, with Equality Louisiana, and Metro Councilman John Delgado will talk about it.</p><p>Jim visits with novelist and former Baton Rougean David Madden, who just turned 80.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:41:22 +0000 Jim Engster 14018 at http://wrkf.org TUESDAY: Metro Councilman John Delgado, Activist Bruce Parker, Novelist David Madden Gays And Lesbians Turn Fight To Workplace Discrimination Ban http://wrkf.org/post/gays-and-lesbians-turn-fight-workplace-discrimination-ban With new momentum for same-sex marriage from the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/174965583/same-sex-marriage-and-the-supreme-court" target="_blank">Supreme Court</a>, gays and lesbians are hoping for progress in another sphere: the workplace. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 13103 at http://wrkf.org Gays And Lesbians Turn Fight To Workplace Discrimination Ban