Racial profiling in Oakland, California has been a chronic problem. The city's troubled police department has been under federal oversight for more than 15 years. But discrimination by police during routine traffic stops is still happening. Despite sweeping reforms, including data collection to better track all stops, there's mounting frustration that improved tracking has not led to real change.

Outbeat News for Monday, July 2, 2018

Jul 2, 2018
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• Last Tuesday June 26th marked the anniversary of three landmark LGBT civil rights cases, but last week’s announcement by Justice Anthony Kennedy of his retirement from the court opens the door for those rights to be taken away by a conservative majority on the court. 


• LGBTQ Connection is offering free LGBTQ best practices training all in Spanish and local colleges are offering courses in LGBT Studies this fall.

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Outbeat News for Monday, April 30, 2018

Apr 30, 2018

• The Trump administration is set to reverse a rule that protected transgender people from discrimination by healthcare workers in favor of protecting religious freedom.  This could make getting health care more difficult for transgender people. 

• In California, the State Assembly passed a bipartisan bill last week declaring conversion therapy to be fraud and illegal to practice in the State. 

• Disney has created a new rainbow version of the famous Mickey Mouse ear hat, just in time for pride season.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, April 23, 2018

Apr 23, 2018
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• The death last week of First Lady Barbara Bush is a reminder that the Republican party once had a more socially liberal side. In 1990, Barbara Bush sent a letter to the then PFLAG President saying that no person or group should ever suffer discrimination. 

• California Assembly Member Evan Low introduced Assembly Bill 2504 which proposes training for law enforcement officers and dispatchers on sexual orientation and gender identity. A similar bill requiring training for teachers is also making its way through the legislature. 

Outbeat News for Monday, April 16, 2018

Apr 16, 2018

• The caravan of immigrants that president Trump says threatens security at the U.S.-Mexico border is reported to include a large number of LGBTQ people seeking asylum from South American countries.

• A Texas Federal Judge ruled that Title VII includes protections for gay and transgender people because discrimination based on those identities is a form of gender discrimination. 

• The Pentagon accepts the first transgender person into the United State military pursuant to a court order, despite an order by President Trump. 

• The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a decision in Arizona granting parental rights to a lesbian and said states could not limit rights of same-sex couples that are currently provided to opposite-sex couples. 

• And in New York, a court of appeals ruled that discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.