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LGBT non-discrimination – QNotes

Federal court issues groundbreaking ruling protecting LGBTQ workers

7th Circuit Court panel rules sexual orientation discrimination prohibited under Title VII

In a landmark decision for LGBTQ rights, a full panel of the 7th Circuit Court has ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation constitutes sex discrimination and is therefore prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. This is the first ruling of its kind from a federal court and contradicts a recent ruling by the 11th Circuit which found that sexual orientation was not covered under Title VII.

As legislative session nears the end, HB2 debate continues

Gubernatorial candidates, advocates, educators say their piece

House Bill 2, which decrees that transgender individuals use the bathroom designated on their birth certificates, is still a matter of hot debate in political and media circles. Widely nicknamed “Hate Bill 2” by opponents of the legislation, HB2 has undoubtedly impacted the perception of North Carolina throughout the nation.

HB2 and North Carolina’s disgraceful slumber

Guest Commentary

In 1819, American author Washington Irving published a short story about a man named Rip Van Winkle, who fell asleep under a tree and woke up 20 years later with a long beard in a completely different world. After its release, the story became wildly famous and has since been regarded as an acclaimed part of the United States’ literary history.

An hour with EEOC Commissioner Charlotte A. Burrows

Part 2 of 2: LGBT Concerns

In qnotes’ previous issue, I shared that I was invited to attend a “Meet and Greet” with one of the nation’s five Employment Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) commissioners, Charlotte A. Burrows, in the EEOC’s downtown Raleigh, N.C., office. I received the invite since I am an officer of the Raleigh Business and Professional Network, Raleigh’s National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s affiliate chapter.

WATCH: Charlotte transgender activists featured in British TV segment on HB2

The British television station Channel 4 recently broadcast a news segment on North Carolina’s anti-LGBT legislation HB2, as well as the Obama administration’s directive to allow trans students to use the bathrooms consistent with their gender identity and the states suing the federal government as a result. Charlotte transgender activists Lara Americo and Che Busiek …