Categories & Tags: LGBT Rights

Art Pope denies funding backers of N.C. 'bathroom bill' despite clear record   |   May 19, 2016
Art Pope, the discount store chain CEO known for pouring millions of dollars from his corporate treasury and family foundation into North Carolina state politics, appeared on...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: HB2's economic threat to North Carolina   |   May 13, 2016
The potential annual cost to North Carolina from HB2, the state's controversial law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their...

 

The legislative backlash against LGBT equality across the South   |   May 13, 2016
In announcing this week that the U.S. Department of Justice would sue North Carolina over its controversial new law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms that...

 

Art Pope's money helped create North Carolina's 'bathroom bill'   |   May 6, 2016
With North Carolina reeling from its notorious House Bill 2, a law hurriedly passed during a special legislative session in late March requiring transgender people to use public...

 

Companies opposing Mississippi's anti-LGBT law helped elect its proponents   |   April 22, 2016
America's latest anti-LGBT law is Mississippi's Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act (HB 1523). Signed by Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on April 5,...

 

VOICES: Legalizing hatred in Mississippi   |   April 12, 2016
Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill that aims to legalize hatred, once again assuring that his legacy will be one built on hate and discrimination against others. The innocuous-...

 

Businesses opposing N.C.'s HB2 helped elect legislators behind it   |   April 5, 2016
Since the hurried passage of North Carolina's HB2 last month in a special legislative session, numerous businesses have publicly spoken out against the law, which bars...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Business vs. bigotry   |   April 1, 2016
Number of prominent business leaders who signed a letter this week calling for a full repeal of North Carolina's HB2, the so-called "bathroom law" that among other...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Pre-empting local democracy in North Carolina and beyond   |   March 24, 2016
Date on which the city council in Charlotte, North Carolina, passed an ordinance expanding the city's non-discrimination policy to offer new protections for lesbian, gay,...

 

The new nullifiers: Southern politicians vow to fight the Supreme Court on marriage equality   |   July 3, 2015
Nullification is the controversial legal theory that a state has the right to reject a federal law that the state has determined to be unconstitutional. After the Supreme Court...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Organizing against anti-transgender violence in the South   |   June 11, 2015
Portion of transgender people who are sexually abused or assaulted at some point in their lives: 1 in 2 Percent of transgender youth who report being sexually assaulted in K-12...

 

Why NC's 'religious freedom' bill is worse than Indiana's   |   March 30, 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) ignited a national firestorm last week after signing into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics argue provides a "license to...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Progress and resistance on Southern marriage equality   |   October 10, 2014
Number of states where marriage equality is now the law after the U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to review lower-court decisions invalidating same-sex marriage bans in...

 

The hate groups behind NC House leader's anti-gay propaganda   |   June 25, 2014
During a debate over charter schools in the North Carolina House yesterday, Rep. Susan Fisher, an Asheville Democrat, offered an amendment that would have prohibited...

 

Meet North Carolina's revolutionary register of deeds   |   May 8, 2014
The county register of deeds is not the sort of elected office usually associated with radical political stances, given that its holder is charged with the low-profile job of...

 

What does the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling mean for the South?   |   June 27, 2013
In this week's decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the U.S. Supreme Court held that it was unconstitutional for the federal government to recognize some...

 

Pope misrepresents his key role in NC's anti-gay marriage amendment push   |   January 19, 2012
The same week that a campaign launched to defeat an anti-gay marriage amendment in North Carolina, conservative benefactor Art Pope is slinking away from evidence that his family...

 

Advocates work to fight anti-gay legislation   |   October 21, 2008
California is seeing a slew of gay couples rushing to get marriage licenses this month, a movement that is only expected to accelerate over the next three weeks. Some observers...

 

Tennessee Church targeted because of its progressive views   |   July 28, 2008
A man with a shotgun entered a church Sunday and opened fire on congregants during a children's play at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tenn. The...

 

Televangelist repeats Katrina-as-punishment-for-gay-pride comments   |   April 24, 2008
Remember Pastor John Hagee of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, the televangelist who told a radio show that Hurricane Katrina was God's judgment against New Orleans for a...

 

Defending the sacred institution of marriage   |   June 6, 2006
The irony and hypocrisy surrounding the issue of marriage abounds, as evidenced by this: Maikel and Alicia Garcia have just celebrated their wedding, but the state of Tennessee...

 

Religion and politics in Texas   |   June 5, 2006
How far do Southern conservatives want to go in eliminating the seperation between church and state? Very far, if this report from the Dallas Morning News about the faith-based...

 

Standing Out (1999)   |   October 1, 1999
From the Editor: Do you want to know my biggest fear about this issue? It's not that we'll get dismissed as too "radical," although it'll probably happen ("Is that the word queer...

 

The Quiet Epidemic (1985)   |   September 1, 1985
Excerpt from the Cover Section: Gay-baiting is new in Southern politics. There is reason to believe that gay-baiting will replace black-baiting as the meanest article in the bag...

 

Sick for Justice (1978)   |   June 1, 1978
Excerpt from The Introduction: Three years ago, when I first met Talbert Faircloth and his wife, Dora, I found it very hard to believe the story that they told me. Talbert was...