Houston Rejects HERO Ordinance

This past Tuesday, Houston voters rejected the Houston Equals Rights Ordinance (HERO). While the ordinance was intended to ban discrimination, the focus was on protecting the rights of gays, lesbians, and people who are transgender. Opponents of the ordinance popularized…

Russia Drafts New Homophobic Law

In Russia, a draft of a law that would criminalize public expressions of affection by gay men is currently under review. The law would penalize someone who acts “in a public demonstration of personal perverted sexual preferences in public places”…

New York Expands Protection of Transgender People

(Photo courtesy of Flickr user Jimmy Emerson, DVM, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Governor Andrew Cuomo has expanded the state’s anti-discrimination rules to include transgender people. The new regulation allows for the protection of transgender people in jobs, schools, loans,…