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#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: December 21, 2015 | LGBTPost

#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: December 21, 2015

FEDERAL COURT: DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION IS ILLEGAL UNDER TITLE IX: A federal judge in California ruled that the federal ban on sex discrimination in education under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 includes discrimination based on sexual orientation. The case centered on two former members of the Pepperdine University women’s basketball team, who alleged that their coaches discriminated against them because they were believed to be lesbians and in a relationship. Previously, the Department of Education had affirmed that Title IX protected transgender people from discrimination, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that sexual orientation discrimination is barred by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. This comes as HRC releases a groundbreaking new report about how Title IX religious exemptions are putting LGBT college students at risk. More here: http://bzfd.it/1PgiPb4

MARTIN SHKRELI OUT AT TURING – HRC CALLS ON TURING PHARMACEUTICALS TO LOWER THE PRICE OF DARAPRIM–NOW: The widely-reviled Martin Shkreli stepped down from his post as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals after being arrested for securities fraud on Thursday. He will be replaced by Ron Tilles on an interim basis. Following Shkreli’s ouster, HRC called on Tilles to lower the price of the drug Daraprim to its pre-hike price. “We hope that Martin Shkreli’s departure will mark the end of Turing Pharmaceuticals’ reckless price hikes on life-saving medications,” said Olivia Alair Dalton, HRC’s Senior Vice President for Communications and Marketing. “Turing’s interim CEO Ron Tilles should immediately roll back the company’s unconscionable 5,000 percent price hike on Daraprim, a crucial treatment for many pregnant women and people living with HIV, and restore the drug to its original cost.” In addition, HRC is continuing its call to fully investigate whether Turing and Shkreli violated antitrust laws with its efforts to limit the distribution of Daraprim. More here: http://bit.ly/1QUxvP9 and http://bit.ly/1J1Vw5z

GOP CANDIDATES SIGN ANTI-MARRIAGE EQUALITY PLEDGE: Six of the GOP’s most anti-LGBT presidential candidates–Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio and Rick Santorum–signed a pledge promising to support the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which is federal legislation that would block the government from preventing discrimination by businesses that believe ‘marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman’ and ‘sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.’ This comes despite HRC polling showing 61 percent of Americans support marriage equality and Americans are less likely to support candidates who oppose LGBT non-discrimination protections. Overall, the GOP is out of step with America on LGBT equality. More here: http://bit.ly/1Pgjcmd


INDIANA GOVERNOR PROCRASTINATING ON SHARING POSITION ON LGBT NON-DISCRIMINATION LEGISLATION: Indiana Governor Mike Pence won’t announce his position on proposed LGBT non-discrimination legislation until the legislature returns in January, and says that he might not support one at all. Previously, Pence was blasted by LGBT organizations and business leaders for his support of a so-called “religious freedom restoration act,” legislation that the majority of Hoosiers opposed. More here: http://bit.ly/1TZSy1Q


A SAD DAY FOR EQUALITY IN SLOVENIA: On Sunday, opponents of marriage equality voted to deny LGBT Slovenians their fundamental right to marry, overturning existing legislation despite the efforts of LGBT advocates in the country. With a vote of 63% to 37%, a referendum aimed at defeating Slovenia’s marriage equality legislation passed. Earlier this year, Slovenia’s national parliament approved legislation granting marriage rights for same-sex couples by a vote of 51 to 28. But the following week, opponents of LGBT equality succeeded in bringing the measure to a national referendum. More here: http://politi.co/1S2OTSF


What it’s like to be trans at a single-sex school: http://huff.to/1JoATeD… LGBT youths talk about being homeless in New York City: http://bit.ly/1QFwj3z … TIME on why 2016 could be a tough year for LGBT advocates: http://ti.me/1RAI1fQ

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