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Voters Guide

Voters Guide
Candidates for Erie County Executive, Erie County Council, Erie City Mayor, and Erie City Council were asked about their positions on GLBT issues. Their responses appear here.
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ACLU and Lambda Legal Condemn 'Fake' Repeal of HB 2

RALEIGH, N.C. - March 30, 2017 - The North Carolina General Assembly today passed a bill that does not repeal the discriminatory HB 2 law. Instead, it keeps in place the most harmful parts of the law.
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Equality Pennsylvania Slams Trump for Gutting Discrimination Protections for LGBTQ Federal Contract Employees

Harrisburg - March 29, 2017- Ted Martin, Executive Director, Equality Pennsylvania spoke out today against the Trump Administration's new executive order that removes the existing requirement for federal contractors to have nondiscrimination policies that cover LGBTQ employees: "Gutting discrimination protections to LGBTQ federal contract employees is the wrong direction for America. Thankfully, Equality Pennsylvania has been able to work with Gov. Wolf to keep us on the right track here in Pennsylvania by protecting state employees and employees who work for state contractors. If jobs are what makes America great, then let's make sure that everyone has equal opportunity to get one, including gay and transgender people."
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District

(Chicago, March 29, 2017) Today the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the case Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District, involving a transgender Wisconsin student whose school had denied him access to the boy's room. The school district is appealing a preliminary injunction from a lower court granting the student the right to use the boy's room.
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Bill to Modernize Discriminatory HIV Criminalization Laws Passes First Major Hurdle

Sacramento  - March 28, 2017 – A bill that would modernize California's laws that criminalize and stigmatize people living with HIV today cleared its first major legislative hurdle. The Senate Public Safety Committee approved Senate Bill (SB) 239 by a vote of 5-2. The bill is authored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Asm. Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) and cosponsored by the ACLU of California, APLA Health, Black AIDS Institute, Equality California, Lambda Legal and Positive Women's Network - USA. The organizations are part of Californians for HIV Criminalization Reform (CHCR), a broad coalition of people living with HIV, HIV and health service providers, civil rights organizations and public health professionals dedicated to ending the criminalization of HIV in California. SB 239 is also co-authored by Senators Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), Nancy Skinner (D-Berkley) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Susan Eggman (D-Stockton.)
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VA House Dems Ask Del. Bob Marshall Whether AP Story on Bathroom Bill is 'Fake News

VA House Dems Ask Del. Bob Marshall Whether AP Story on Bathroom Bill is 'Fake News
RICHMOND, Va. - March 28, 2017 – The Virginia House Democratic Caucus today asked Del. Bob Marshall whether a new analysis from the Associated Press on the economic impact of North Carolina's divisive bathroom bill is "fake news."
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Candidate Forum on April 26

On Wednesday, April 26, there will be a Candidate Forum at the H.O. Hirt Auditorium at the Blasco Public Library, 160 East Front St, Erie PA, The event begins at 6:30 PM and is free and open to the public. When arriving, audience members are invited to place written questions in the areas of poverty/mental health, LGBTQ rights, and other topics (health care, election reform, etc) in jars. There will be a moderator, who will ask questions from the jars of candidates for Erie County Executive, Erie County Council, Erie City Mayor, and Erie City Council. Time permitting, candidates for other offices who attend will be given two minutes each to speak. The forum is a joint effort with Keystone Progress Erie, Mental Health Association of NW PA and Erie Gay News.
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