Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A full Civil Rights bill for LGBT people?; IOC adds protection of LGBT people to Principle 6 of Olympic Charter

The New York Times has a feature story by Cheryl Gay Stroberg on proposals for a sweeping Civil Rights bill in the US for LGBT people, analogous to the 1964 Civil Rights Act for African Americans. HRC emailed the story Tuesday.
The article does give detailed accounts of pockets of discrimination despite the lifting of “don’t ask don’ tell” for gays in the military in 2011 (does not protect transgender), and the legalization of same-sex marriage in 35 states and Washington DC, as well as the beginnings of laws to outlaw reparative therapy for minors in a few states, and proposals to alter the blood donation ban for MSM.  In one case, credit was denied a female-to-male person after the name change because credit history under the new name did not exist.  In other, a fast food worker in South Dakota was asked to wear a “scarlet letter” saying he was gay at work. 
At the same time, Rock Santorum talks about running for president in 2016.  And his 2005 book is titled “It Takes a Family”. 


I see from the twitter feed of Timo Descamps that the International Olympic Committee has announced it will change Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter to protect LGBT athletes, link here

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