Federal, State, City, and workplace anti-discrimination laws and policies can seem like a very muddled and confusing thing. It's almost like an "a la carte" type of governing.
Federally, you cannot discriminate based on race, color, sex, religion, age, disability and national origin. Many states do have protections against same sex discrimination, but then, some states have this protection and the cities in the states do not. Conversely, some cities protect against discrimination of homosexuals, but the state does not. This is all very confusing and can cause some horrific scenarios when it comes to businesses that discriminate.
Then, there is the issue of City Government protection. Some City Governments have protection from discrimination of homosexuals while their state does not. For example, in Pennsylvania, homosexuals can get married, but homosexuals can be denied housing and other services and can be fired from their jobs for being homosexual. The city government of Pittsburgh has an anti-discrimination policy, but other communities don't. A workplace can have an anti-discrimination policy and the State, City and local governments don't.
Here's an excellent article from The Washington Post about States that are allowing gay discrimination:
To find out exactly what kind of protection your city, county, and/or state provides to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination, you can visit the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund website at LambdaLegal.org. Lambda maintains a list of state-by-state antidiscrimination laws, as well as other laws specifically affecting gays and lesbians. If you need additional information, you can contact the Lambda office in your region. There, an intake volunteer will either answer your question or, if you need more help, connect you with a volunteer attorney.
The time has come for a Federal anti-discrimination law.
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Monday, October 14, 2013
"The Duck" has arrived in Pittsburgh. The Duck made it's American debut this September in Pittsburgh. I was able to visit The Duck and here are a few pictures:
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Monday, May 6, 2013
What would you rather see; a gay man playing a gay male role in a film or a hot straight man playing a gay male role? So many gay roles in film have been portrayed by straight men. Chris Pine recently said that he would love to play a gay male role in a film if it was a good part and he really wanted the part. “Right now I just want to play good roles, and if the role happens to be a gay man, that’s not of any import other than is it a good story? Does it say something that’s interesting?”
Full story here: www.queerty.com