LGBTQIA Legislative News Roundup

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By Jeremy Selvidge

11th Circuit Rules Title VII Does Not Prohibit Anti-Gay Discrimination

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled that employer discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not prohibited by Title VII. In Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, the court cited precedent in dismissing Jameka Evans’s claim that Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination includes discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The American Health Care Act Would Harm LGBT People

The Fenway Institute released a policy brief that outlines how the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) replacement plan, “holds potentially devastating consequences for low-income LGBT people, people living with HIV, and Black and Latino Americans.” Under the Affordable Care Act, uninsured rates fell among LGBT people and people living with HIV. Provisions in the GOP bill would make it more difficult for these populations to access care, enroll in Medicaid, and manage their health outcomes.

In conservative America, small cities stand up for LGBT rights

Reuters reports that, since 2015, around “50 municipalities in 15 states have added LGBT nondiscrimination measures,” with more than half of those communities in counties that went for Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election. Across the country, 19 states have nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people.

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