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Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status.

We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible. This Is What Kentucky’s Anti-LGBT Pro-Discrimination Plan Looks Like. Kentucky is the latest state advancing legislation specifically designed to enable discrimination against the LGBT community.

This Is What Kentucky’s Anti-LGBT Pro-Discrimination Plan Looks Like

Arizona Republicans move to ban social justice courses and events at schools. Republican lawmakers in Arizona are pushing to prohibit school courses and events that promote ethnic studies and social justice, with legislation that critics say broadly targets academic freedom and students of color.

Arizona Republicans move to ban social justice courses and events at schools

The newly introduced bill – which seeks to build on an existing GOP-backed law that banned a Mexican American studies class – marks the latest attack in academia on activism and research centered on marginalized groups. Some opponents said the proposal is part of a national trend, tied to the election of Donald Trump, of lawmakers working to suppress progressive organizations and protests. The bill, from state representative Bob Thorpe, would prohibit “courses, classes, events and activities” in public schools that promote “social justice toward a race, gender, religion, political affiliation, social class or other class of people”. Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing to shine light on history of racism claims.

Donald Trump’s nominee for US attorney general will on Tuesday be forced to defend a career dogged by claims of racism and bigotry, as Democrats begin a struggle to block cabinet appointments made by the president-elect.

Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing to shine light on history of racism claims

Jeff Sessions, a law-and-order Alabama conservative loathed by civil rights activists, is due to be questioned by senators at the first confirmation hearing of an overloaded week in Washington, where Republicans are moving to steamroller opposition to nine of Trump’s contentious selections. Democratic Senate leaders have accused Trump of trying to “jam through unvetted nominees”, while in an extraordinary statement, the nonpartisan Office of Government Ethics condemned the “vote-a-rama” strategy as unprecedented in its four-decade existence. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, dismissed such concerns on Monday. Sessions, who has also come under criticism for his hardline anti-immigration stance, has vehemently denied being racist. Hundreds of Women and Children Just Released From Immigrant Detention Need Support. Nearly five hundred women and children were released from family detention centers in Texas this week after a judge ruled these facilities were unsuitable for children.

Hundreds of Women and Children Just Released From Immigrant Detention Need Support

While the decision is a victory for advocates, the unexpected release has left families and aid organizations scrambling. The detention centers opened in 2014 as a response to the influx of Central American women and children fleeing violence and surrendering to Border Patrol to request asylum. These centers, however, were not designed to house women or children. In fact, according to RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), the families currently at Dilley are being housed in former “man camps” that were used for oil field workers. 'Hobby Lobby' Lawyers Are Back at It, This Time to Restrict LGBTQ Rights in Minnesota - Rewire. The Alliance for Defending Freedom (ADF), a group of conservative attorneys, has made yet another attempt to block LGBTQ people from fully participating in society—this time, by claiming Minnesota’s Human Rights Act could be used to unfairly target businesses who might hypothetically want to deny services to same-sex couples on religious grounds.

'Hobby Lobby' Lawyers Are Back at It, This Time to Restrict LGBTQ Rights in Minnesota - Rewire

ADF—which was instrumental in litigating the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case and suing the state of Illinois on behalf of fake pregnancy clinics—has used this anti-LGBTQ strategy before. A few years ago, ADF lost a case in New Mexico where it represented a photography business that was sued when it refused to work with a same-sex couple. Lane Bryant’s epic Twitter chat fail: “Their brand is to make fat people feel like they are our only choice” By now, it would seem that Twitter chats are most assuredly not the place any public figure or company should go unless they are prepared for an unrelenting onslaught of challenging and/or ridiculous questions.

Lane Bryant’s epic Twitter chat fail: “Their brand is to make fat people feel like they are our only choice”

Here’s a small sampling of notorious recent Twitter chat fails: Donald Trump, Bobby Jindal, E.L. James, and Dr. This Disabled New York Teen Was Set On Fire By A Bully. DeAndre Bloomfield in his hospital bed (image courtesy Ursula Allen via WNYW) In one of the most horrific instances of bullying I’ve seen in recent memory, a disabled 13-year-old boy from Staten Island suffered horrible burns when a so-called friend sprayed him with a flaming bottle of perfume and then threw it at him.

This Disabled New York Teen Was Set On Fire By A Bully

Incredibly, the teenage firebug is back on the streets for now. Deandre Bloomfield has been the target of jeers for most of his life because he was born with uneven limbs. According to his mother, Ursula Allen, the kids in his neighborhood frequently call him “Limpy” because he can’t run. However, one particularly outrageous act of bullying crossed the line into criminal assault–and landed Deandre in Staten Island University Hospital.

Last Wednesday, Deandre was hanging out at a community center near the West Brighton Houses when another teen whom he believed to be his friend invited him to his apartment on Henderson Avenue. RaceAndEconomicJeopardyForAll. Tennessee School Board May Block All After-School Clubs to Stop Gay-Straight Alliance from Meeting. Thank you for your interest in Patheos newsletters!

Tennessee School Board May Block All After-School Clubs to Stop Gay-Straight Alliance from Meeting

Please enter your email address below and click the "Subscribe" button. Thank you for your subscription. You can visit your Preference Center to complete your profile and see what else we have to offer. We apologize, we were unable to complete your subscription at this time, please try again later. If this error persists please contact us at communications@patheos.com. Religious liberty bigotry. US prohibits imprisoning transgender inmates in cells based on birth anatomy.

The US Department of Justice released new guidelines Thursday prohibiting corrections agencies from placing transgender inmates into men’s or women’s units solely based on their anatomy at birth.

US prohibits imprisoning transgender inmates in cells based on birth anatomy

Federal regulations have required prisons and jails to consider transgender inmates’ gender identity since 2012 – and those prisoners’ views on where they would feel safest. However, most agencies continue to have blanket policies or practices that put inmates in cells based on their genitalia. The change was applauded by civil rights organizations as an important step forward in protecting the safety and dignity of a highly vulnerable population – one far more likely to be raped while behind bars than other inmates. God's View On Homosexuality (MUST SEE!!!) Men are the problem here: Stop harassing women in public restrooms under the guise of “protecting” us. Ladies, we are so lucky.

Men are the problem here: Stop harassing women in public restrooms under the guise of “protecting” us

Where would we be without big strong men to keep us safe in our public restrooms? Who will protect us from guys barging in our private spaces, if not other guys, barging in our private spaces? Local NBC News in North Texas reports this week that a gay woman says she was followed into a hospital bathroom — and then confronted — by a man who was skeptical of her gender. Jessica Rush says that she was being treated for an arm injury at Baylor Medical Center in Frisco on Thursday when she entered the restroom — and realized she had company. She told reporters, “It scared me at first. Rush, who says she was wearing athletic clothing and a baseball hat at the time, graciously told NBC that “I understand one thing if you’re a cop of the Dallas Police Department. Heartbreaking A transgender boy, 9, asking to be accepted after deciding he no longer to be a girl. “Islamic Rape of Europe” Magazine Cover Highlights Racism Behind Anti-Immigrant Sentiment.

Thank you for your interest in Patheos newsletters! Please enter your email address below and click the "Subscribe" button. Reaffirming Michigan's Sodomy Ban. Although banning sodomy has been deemed unconstitutional across the country, Michigan's new anti-sodomy law still poses a threat to the LGBT community It has been 13 years since the United States Supreme Court essentially declared every statewide sodomy ban as being unconstitutional. However, at least 12 states still maintain the archaic laws on their books as a way to remind the LGBT community “you are still not equal here.” And in the case of some overzealous cops in Louisiana to badger, arrest, and embarrass men; All while claiming they, the cops charged with enforcing the law, didn’t know the law.

Here in Michigan, one crafty little Republican representative found a way to reaffirm a sodomy ban and dup every single democrat into following suit. If only Lavoy Finicum had not been a white man ... One example we can contrast to Ammon Bundy and Lavoy Finicum is the occupation of Alcatraz Island by Native Americans 45 years ago. Shortly before dawn on November 20, 1969, 89 American Indians boarded boats in Sausalito, California, and made a five-mile trip across foggy San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island. Upon landing, they declared the former prison Indian land “by right of discovery” and demanded the U.S. government provide funding to turn it into a Native American cultural center and university.

When their terms were ignored, the activists spent more than 19 months occupying the island in defiance of the authorities. Federal officials finally removed the last of the protestors from “the Rock” in June 1971, but not before the occupation had started a national dialogue about the plight of American Indians. This occupation went through many changes before its end, which came after the daughter of one of the primary organizers died in an accident. It’s rock, paper, scissors. Delaware signs symbolic resolution to apologize for slavery. Delaware’s state government has apologized for its role in slavery and the wrongs of the Jim Crow era, with governor Jack Markell signing a symbolic resolution on Wednesday to atone for the centuries of systemic injustice.

Along with signing the resolution passed by state lawmakers last month, Markell presented a proclamation recognizing African American History Month. He also helped unveil an exhibit commemorating the 125th anniversary of historically black Delaware State University. “It is not enough for us to refrain from the bad; it’s not enough for us to be silent,” Markell said at the signing. “We have to speak up, and that is what this is all about.” Delaware State University president Harry Williams and state archivist Stephen Marz were among those at the ceremony at the Delaware Public Archives building.

The resolution is a symbolic measure aimed at promoting “reconciliation and healing”. Amazing Responses To The Question: ‘What Would The World Look Like Without Black People?’ - www.liberalamerica.org. Even though it’s 2016, have people really changed that much? From the Black Lives Matter movement to the unbelievable flack that Beyoncé has been getting over her recent Super Bowl 50 performance, it seems that race issues are in the social conscience now as much as ever. While there are many efforts being made now to help address race issues today, one video from just over a year ago still resonates today for many people. In 2015 the Jubilee Project put out a YouTube video that asked random people one simple question:

Clerk in Kentucky Chooses Jail Over Deal on Same-Sex Marriage. Photo. Her Father Shot Her in the Head, as an ‘Honor Killing’ Don’t blacklist me: Banning the boycott of U.S. allies would keep us from using a powerful tool to fight for justice for Palestinians. Kasich’s “Education Mess” In Ohio Just Got Messier. Racism in the United States: By the Numbers.

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» Larry Tomczak Warns Against ‘Engaging In Sodomy With The Sewage System Of Another’s Anatomy’ Recently, right-wing commentator Larry Tomczak unveiled something he is calling the “30 Day Bullseye Challenge,” which consists of 30 short videos outlining the proper Christian worldview on everything from abortion and capital punishment to masturbation and sexting. Several of the videos, unsurprisingly, address topics related to the issue of homosexuality, which Tomczak explained inevitably leads to disease and misery. “With all the hoopla about this one and that one, hey, they’re coming out and it being a time to celebrate gay marriage and gay lifestyles as normal, natural, beautiful,” he said, “people need to awaken … to the reality that this so-called love story doesn’t have a happy ending.”

Danish parliament approves plan to seize assets from refugees. Denmark has become the latest European state to force refugees to hand over their valuables, with the continent increasingly using scare tactics and physical deterrents to deal with the continent’s biggest migration crisis since the second world war. Human rights. Day Care Workers File Complaint After Getting Fired For Not Using Trans Child’s Preferred Name. History of Forced Sterilization and Current U.S. Abuses. U.S. Government's Role in Sterilizing Women of Color. "No Más Bebés" Documentary. 3 weeks ago.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

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Gay Rights. Hate Crimes. Racism. Freedom Of Religion. How The Religious Right Learned To Use Bathrooms As A Weapon Against Justice. If you live in Houston, you’ve probably spent the last several weeks listening to conservatives talk about the potty. On Tuesday, Houston voters rejected the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) in a low-turnout election where only slightly more than a quarter of the city’s voters actually cast a ballot. DOJ Releases Data on Use of Segregation & Solitary Confinement in Prisons and Jails. Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday. ‘Just Go Somewhere Else!’: A Cavalier Dismissal Of A Serious Concern.

Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday. Scientific Opinion Poll: Small Business Owners Oppose Denying Services to LGBT Customers Based on Religious Beliefs. After National Outcry, Missouri County Officials Won’t Lowers Flags to Mourn Marriage Equality Ruling. Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday. Beyond Marriage: New Campaign for Non-Discrimination Laws Launches in Ohio. Christian Universities Extend Non-Discrimination Protections for LGBT Employees. Human Rights Campaign. BREAKING: Comprehensive New LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation To Be Introduced This Week. Human Rights Groups Making it Increasingly Difficult for Israel to Kill Palestinians. Black officer who helped KKK supporter says policing is helping people 'regardless of beliefs' Dixie Discrimination: Ark. Law Attacking LGBT Protections Goes Into Effect. Human Rights Campaign. Senate Fails to Pass Critical Protections for LGBT Youth. Group Fights To Keep Mural Of Native American Lynching.

Israel lambasted over ‘abusive arrests’ of Palestinian children. ‘Go to hell': Passenger booted off flight after confronting Texas governor over anti-gay views. Almost Everything You've Heard About The Anti-Gay Sweet Cakes Wedding Cake Case Is (Probably) Wrong. Texas Denies Birth Certificates to Immigrant Children. Memo To State Officials: You Have No Right To Discriminate. Private Prison Allegedly Forced Immigrant Detainees Into Labor, Paid Them Just $1 Per Day. Kansas Governor Brownback Issues Anti-LGBT Executive Order. Human Rights Campaign. Human Rights Campaign. Slavery’s legacy persists: White private school enrollment higher in counties where there were more slaves.

23 cents an hour? Here’s the perfectly legal modern-day slavery happening in 21st Century America. Reza Aslan urges Muslims to embrace LGBT rights: ‘Either we are all equal, or the whole thing is just a sham’ Here are 7 Ridiculous Conservative Predictions On Gay Marriage. How the Civil War Never Ended for Black America. Nation’s Largest Presbyterian Denomination Embraces Inclusive Definition Of Marriage. Human Rights Campaign. Human Rights Campaign. ‘Consensus is overwhelming': Study finds no evidence kids of same-sex parents are negatively impacted. Mexico's Supreme Court quietly legalizes same-sex marriage. A 30-Second Guide to How the Gay Marriage Ruling Affects You.

People who fought for Human Rights / Civil Rights -Biography Online. Texas' Attorney General Is Confused About How Religious Liberty Works. The Christian Right’s Reaction to Marriage Equality Parallels What Happened After Forced Desegregation. Family Acceptance Is The Biggest Factor For Positive LGBT Youth Outcomes, Study Finds. Justice Kennedy's beautiful closing paragraph on marriage will bring a tear to your eye. WATCH: White Woman and Black Man Switch Mikes . . . And It's Astounding. Obergefell Decision. VIDEO: Lambda Legal Nails Argument For LGBT Rights In 'Say #IDO' Videos.

The United States Considers Itself a Human Rights Champion. The World Begs to Differ.