Tag: RFRA

'Religious Freedom' Order Could Legalize Discrimination

President Donald Trump has given women, along with the LGBT community and its advocates, another reason to doubt his commitment to protecting equal rights. A leaked draft of a “religious freedom” executive order, obtained by The Nation, would legalize discrimination based on religious beliefs “without suffering adverse treatment from the…

Texas Could Lose $8.5 Billion if Anti-LGBT Legislation is Passed: Study

Once again, discrimination proves to be bad for business. Two studies from the Texas Association of Business (TAB) estimate that Texas’ economy could potentially lose $8.5 billion and nearly 200,000 jobs if lawmakers pass an anti-transgender bathroom bill or other anti-LGBT legislation. The research is part of a Texas-based coalition…

32 Worst States for Transgender Equality

(Update: 10:54 a.m. 6/5/2015) Correction: Map and report were released by the Movement Advancement Project. Changes reflected in the text. By Michael Nam Glynnis Jones / Shutterstock.com High profile transgender individuals like Caitlyn Jenner or Laverne Cox have shown a great deal of progress in terms of attitudes towards gender…

Indiana Legislators Refuse to Consider LGBT Discrimination

By Michael Nam Despite the massive backlash the state of Indiana and Gov. Mike Pence received following the passage of its “religious freedom” law that would further protect businesses that discriminate against LGBT people, the legislators in Indiana decided not to investigate the issue of anti-LGBT discrimination in its state…

Millennials Pushing the Sharp Rise of the Religiously Unaffiliated

By Michael Nam Nick Fox / Shutterstock.com America has the largest population of affiliated Christians in the world, but recent data shows a clear trend of people increasingly leaving organized Christianity while secular and other faiths see an uptick in their ranks. The fastest rate of decline seems to be…

Study: Bullying of Gay Kids Starts Early and Often

By Michael Nam Photo by Shutterstock Long before children identify as being gay, lesbian or bisexual, they receive an elevated level of bullying in comparison to their peers, according to a longitudinal study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In a climate where legislators and extremist activists have…

Gay-bashing Lawmakers on the Attack Despite Big Gains in LGBT Acceptance

By Michael Nam Photo by Shutterstock While great progress has been made for LGBT rights in a seemingly short period of time, challenges remain in protecting those rights from gay-bashing legislators. With public sentiment shifting rapidly on the issue of marriage equality, anti-LGBT crusaders have updated tactics, including pursuing “religious…

Indiana's RFRA 'Fix' Doesn't End Discrimination

Reprinted with permission by the author from LinkedIn By Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak,Global Vice Chair, Public Policy; Diversity and Inclusiveness sponsor at EY You know the old saying, “When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging.” Well, with all eyes on Indiana due…