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UPDATE: The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed in part a gay employee’s Title IX discrimination case. The court affirmed the dismissal of the sexual orientation claim, but held that the gender stereotyping claim can move forward if the district court finds that it’s not time-barred. Two judges concurred, saying that they’d reconsider binding precedent that disallows the sexual orientation claim.

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings


  • 1. VIRick  |  March 27, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    So Far, HB2 Cost North Carolina Almost $4 Billion

    Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina‘s “bathroom bill” isn’t hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis. Over the past year, North Carolina has suffered financial hits ranging from scuttled plans for a PayPal facility that would have added an estimated $2.66 billion to the state’s economy to a canceled Ringo Starr concert that deprived a town’s amphitheater of about $33,000 in revenue. The AP analysis, compiled through interviews and public records requests, represents the largest reckoning yet of how much the law, passed one year ago, could cost the state. Still, AP’s tally is likely an underestimation of the law’s true costs, as the count includes only data obtained from businesses and government officials regarding projects that canceled or relocated because of HB2.

    The AP also tallied the losses of dozens of conventions, sporting events and concerts through figures from local officials. Such canceled events have deprived the state of more than $196 million, according to tourism officials around the state. The losses are based on projects that already went elsewhere, so the money won’t be recouped even if the law is struck down in court or repealed. By the end of 2017 alone, this lost business will total more than $525 million.

    Tourism officials in several cities say the numbers they report represent only a fraction of the damage the law has done. They typically track large conventions but don’t have firm numbers when smaller groups cancel, nor from ones which rule out North Carolina even before booking.

  • 2. VIRick  |  March 27, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Taiwan: Parliament Votes to Approve Marriage Equality

    Today, 27 March 2017, the Taiwanese Parliament voted to amend Article 972 of the country's civil code to allow same-sex couples to marry.

    During the vote, there were hordes of people, both pro-LGBT and anti-LGBT, outside the parliament in Taipei, with both sides holding noisy counter-demonstrations.

    This video shows a portion of the gathered crowds:

    Following today's vote, Taiwan can now rightfully claim its place in LGBT history as "First-in-Asia," once the president has signed the legislation into law.

  • 3. ArizonaLurker  |  March 27, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I don't know – as awesome as this sounds I am not seeing any confirmation of this besides the Advocate article, and the Advocate is not always known for top-notch journalism. However I would absolutely love to be wrong. Anyway, I am pretty sure that a third reading is required before this becomes law.

    Still would be some very good news as Taiwan had seemed to be slipping away recently, with some terrible polls for our side coming out and the Taiwanese President sounding wishy-washy about the whole thing.

    With Northern Ireland and Australia stalled and Germany highly doubtful before their elections, we need something positive from somewhere and hopefully soon.

  • 4. VIRick  |  March 27, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    I hesitated to post that article concerning a parliamentary vote, as I, too, could not find a second, confirming report. In the recent past, most of my information concerning Taiwan has come from Spanish sources. And this evening, those several sources have been absolutely silent regarding anything newsworthy coming out of Taiwan.

  • 5. allan120102  |  March 27, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    There is nothing in spanish about Taiwan. Most of the articles only talk about the hearing of the constitutional court. Anyhow I do believe a third reading is need. There are some news of Chiapas and Veracruz governor but its to late to translate.

  • 6. VIRick  |  March 27, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Here's the most-recent article on Taiwan from BBC News, date-lined 24 March 2017, one which focusses primarily on that day's court hearing in the same-sex marriage lawsuit:

  • 7. ArizonaLurker  |  March 28, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Still nothing on Twitter, Wikipedia or the like – I'm calling BS on the Advocate story. Most likely the reporter saw something about the court hearing and threw together a sloppy piece. Trust me, when this vote happens (if it happens at all), it's going to be huge news.

    And frankly, if we win it will be a miracle – I'm hearing that there are a lot of soft "yes" votes that are being worn down by the protests. Maybe the court case is a better hope.

  • 8. theperchybird  |  March 28, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I'd watch out unless we get a Chinese reporter talking about it or a reliable non-Chinese source. These publications have a habit of rushing like when they wrote that Faroes voted No when in fact they only delayed the final vote a bit then ended up voting Yes.

    The worst offence is when they bump old news like Vietnam removing a gender-specific marriage definition a year later like if it was breaking news. Ugh.

  • 9. theperchybird  |  March 28, 2017 at 10:28 am

    A comment on the Advocate's facebook post about this said that is old footage from this article:

    They say it's from when they took the first step toward passing the bill in December.

  • 10. VIRick  |  March 27, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Puebla's Fifth Same-Sex Marriage Occurred in Tepeaca

    Realizan en Tepeaca Quinta Boda Gay de Puebla

    Tepeaca, Puebla – A través de un amparo y resolución a favor, fue posible que se llevara a cabo el primer matrimonio igualitario en este municipio y el quinto en el estado de Puebla.

    Así, tras seis meses de un largo proceso jurídico, ganaron el amparo número 1734/2016-I, por lo que la tarde del domingo, 26 de marzo 2017, Felipe González Merino y Jacobo Guarneros Jiménez celebraron una ceremonia legal en el Rancho San Juan, perteneciente al municipio de Tepeaca, para la cual realizaron una amplia convocatoria de representantes sociales.

    La primera boda entre parejas del mismo sexo en el estado de Puebla fue la de Fabiola Méndez y Guadalupe del Carmen Gómez Tetla, ocurrida en el mes de agosto de 2015, tras un litigio de 12 meses.

    Tepeaca, Puebla – Through an amparo and a favorable resolution, it was possible to hold the first equal marriage in this municipality and the fifth in the state of Puebla.

    Thus, after six months of a long legal process, amparo 1734/2016-I was granted, so that on Sunday afternoon, 26 March 2017, Felipe González Merino and Jacobo Guarneros Jiménez held a legal ceremony at Rancho San Juan, within the municipality of Tepeaca, and to which the public was invited.

    The first marriage between a same-sex couple in the state of Puebla was that of Fabiola Méndez and Guadalupe del Carmen Gómez Tetla, which occurred in August 2015, following a 12-month litigation.

  • 11. VIRick  |  March 28, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Dominican Republic to Host LGBT Conference

    More than 300 people from across Latin America and the Caribbean are expected to attend a conference in the Dominican Republic later this week that is designed to bolster LGBT and intersex political engagement in the region. The Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute is co-sponsoring the gathering that will take place at a hotel in the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo from 31 March 31 through 1 April. Caribe Afirmativo and Diversidad Dominicana, LGBT and intersex advocacy groups in Colombia and the Dominican Republic, respectively, are also organizing the conference.

    Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute President Aisha C. Moodie-Mills; Dominican Congresswoman Jacqueline Montero; Caribe Afirmativo Director Wilson Castañeda; Diversidad Dominicana Executive Director Rosanna Marzán and Victor Terrero, executive director of the Dominican Republic’s National Council on HIV and AIDS, are expected to speak at the conference’s opening plenary on 31 March.

    Sandra Morán, who is the first openly LGBT person elected to the Guatemalan Congress, and Tamara Adrián, who is the first openly trans person elected to the Venezuelan National Assembly, are among those who are also scheduled to attend the conference. Elected officials and activists from Haiti, Belize, Aruba, St. Lucia, El Salvador, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Chile, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina, Spain, Jamaica, and the USA are also expected to take part.

  • 12. ianbirmingham  |  March 29, 2017 at 2:37 am

    Wilton Manors, FL votes to fly Transgender Pride Flag

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