Tag: Discrimination

‘Gay Panic’ Defenses Are Banned in N.Y. Murder Cases

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Since as early as the 1960s, defense lawyers have introduced the idea that people accused of murdering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people had acted in a state of temporary insanity caused and justified by their victim’s sexual orientation […]

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Five NY1 Anchorwomen Sue Cable Channel for Age and Gender Discrimination

Five anchorwomen at NY1, one of the country’s most prominent local news channels, sued the network on Wednesday over age and gender discrimination, alleging a systematic effort by managers to force them off the air in favor of younger, less experienced hosts. The suit, filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan, portrays a newsroom at […]

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Nicholas Sparks Apologizes for Anti-Gay Comments in 2013 Emails

The writer Nicholas Sparks, whose string of best-selling novels-turned-films includes “The Notebook,” apologized Monday for comments he made in 2013 that appeared to express hostility toward homosexuality and to oppose the creation of a club for gay students at a prep school he founded in North Carolina. The comments were in emails published last week […]

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Supreme Court Won’t Rule on Clash Between Another Bakery and a Gay Couple

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from the owners of an Oregon bakery who were fined for refusing to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. In a brief order, the justices instead returned the case to lower courts in Oregon “for further consideration” in light of a […]

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Exposing the Bias Embedded in Tech

In 2010, Kinect for Microsoft’s Xbox gaming system, in which users played with gestures and spoken commands rather than a controller, was ready to go to market. But just before it did, a woman who worked for the company took the game home to play with her family, and a funny thing happened. The motion-sensing […]

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Tennessee Pastor Who Is Also a Detective Calls for L.G.B.T. People to Be Executed

A Tennessee pastor who is also a detective said in a sermon this month that people who were lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender were “freaks” and “worthy of death,” comments that have prompted prosecutors to review cases he has investigated. In the sermon, delivered on June 2, the pastor, Grayson Fritts, also called for the […]

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The End for a Michigan City’s High School? ‘It Would Kill the Whole Community’

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — In Benton Harbor, a small city beside Lake Michigan, the high school binds generations and strangers. This is a place where basketball games are a highlight of the social calendar, where signs celebrating state championships are placed at the edge of city limits, where residents say what year they graduated when […]

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Money Is Not Just for Men

You’re reading In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “I would argue that in our society, money is a male construct.” — Sallie Krawcheck, co-founder and C.E.O. of Ellevest, an investment platform for women Remember that […]

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In Brazil, a New Rendering of a Literary Giant Makes Waves

RECIFE, Brazil — Throughout elementary and middle school, Ricardo Pavan Martins remembers reading Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, one of Brazil’s most famous writers. So the 29-year-old, who lives in Bauru, was shocked to see a new image of Machado that has gone viral in the country. It shows him with chocolate-brown skin, considerably darker […]

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Swiss Women Strike Nationwide to Protest Inequalities

LONDON — Swiss women turned out by the thousands on Friday for a nationwide strike and demonstrations signaling their frustration over deep-rooted inequalities in one of the richest countries in the world. The women skipped work and shunned household responsibilities for the day to join in protests calling for equal pay, recognition of their work […]

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Black Woman Gets a Racist Surprise with Her Drive-Thru Order: ‘I Seek Justice for This Hate Crime’

Image: iStock After ordering your food in the drive-thru, it’s only natural to check your receipt in order to asses the damage to your bank account. I mean, did you really need those carne asada fries? But imagine pulling out of Who Dat’s—a drive-thru cajun spot in Oxford, Miss.,—with a bag full of andouille sausage […]

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The Case for Gay Reparation

The New York Police Department apologized last week to the gay community for the 1969 raid of the Stonewall Inn, the fallout of which is widely credited with spurring the contemporary gay rights movement at home and abroad. Timed to coincide with Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, the statement by Commissioner James P. O’Neill said in part: […]

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To Avoid Bias, Prosecutors Try Hiding a Suspect’s Race When Filing Charges

While riding the train in San Francisco three years ago, a white man told an African-American man that he smelled bad and should move away from him. An argument followed, and the African-American man, Michael Smith, was eventually tackled by police officers and accused of assaulting them. The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office charged Mr. […]

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After a Transgender Woman’s Death at Rikers, Calls for Justice and Answers

In April, Layleen Polanco, a transgender woman, was arrested on misdemeanor assault charges and sent to the Rikers Island jail complex because she could not afford to pay a $500 bail. Nearly two months later, she was found dead in her cell. The circumstances surrounding Ms. Polanco’s death on Friday, which have not yet been […]

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Why Women, but Not Men, Are Judged for a Messy House

Image“The Smiths share the drudgery of housework, for they both have important war jobs,” the Office of War Information wrote about this photo circa 1944.CreditLibrary of Congress Even in 2019, messy men are given a pass and messy women are unforgiven. Three recently published studies confirm what many women instinctively know: Housework is still considered […]

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A Win for Gay Rights in Botswana Is a ‘Step Against the Current’ in Africa

In a momentous case that prompted celebration among gay people and civil rights activists around the continent of Africa, Botswana’s High Court overturned laws on Tuesday that criminalized homosexuality. Yet the ruling was delivered only weeks after the High Court of Kenya upheld laws that criminalize gay sex, underscoring the wide differences in how L.B.G.T. […]

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Botswana’s High Court Decriminalizes Gay Sex

CAPE TOWN — Botswana’s High Court ruled on Tuesday to overturn colonial-era laws that criminalized homosexuality, a decision hailed by activists as a significant step for gay rights on the African continent. “Human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized,” Judge Michael Leburu said as he delivered the judgment, adding that laws that banned […]

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Three Created a Fertility Revolution, but One, a Woman, Went Unrecognized

LONDON — Two male British scientists gained worldwide fame as the developers of in vitro fertilization, but both viewed a woman, Jean Purdy, as an equal partner in the breakthrough, records made public on Monday show. One of the male scientists, Dr. Robert Edwards, tried to have her work recognized, but instead it has gone […]

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