ABC Family tops other TV networks for gay, lesbian inclusiveness

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NEW YORK (AP) — The television network that gets the most praise from an advocacy group that monitors content featuring gays, lesbians and transgender people has “family” in its name and targets an audience of teenage girls and young women.

GLAAD said in a report issued Sept. 3 that 74 percent of the programming hours on ABC Family included at least one LGBT character — the highest percentage any network has recorded since the group began issuing content reports in 2007. GLAAD studied the networks for a one-year period that ended May 31.

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Atlanta museum focuses on LGBT civil rights

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ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of an Atlanta museum want the space focused on modern and historic civil rights to contribute to a national push to ensure LGBT rights, particularly in southern states.

Sept. 2 marked the formal launch of the LGBT Institute, housed at the Center for Civil and Human Rights less than 15 months after the museum opened.

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Judge OKs transgender woman’s gender re-assignment surgery despite parental opposition

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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Sept. 2 cleared the way for a 48-year-old transgender woman to undergo gender-reassignment surgery, rejecting her parents’ effort to block the operation because they say she’s mentally incompetent.

Christine Kitzler, testifying at an emergency hearing, showed a clear understanding of the three-hour procedure and its risks, Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr. said. He dismissed her parents’ demand that he appoint a legal guardian and subject her to an independent medical exam.

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Kentucky clerk deputies agree to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, clerk to stay in jail

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A defiant county clerk in Kentucky who has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples says she will not accept a compromise that would have let her out of jail.

Attorneys for gay couples had proposed that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis be let out of custody if she promised not to interfere with her deputies, but the clerk refused.

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Watermark’s Fall Arts Guide 2015 launch party

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Watermark launches our 2015 Fall Arts Guide in style with a premiere party at Shakespeare Theatre Aug. 20.

Carla Delvillaggio performed as The Incomparable Barbra Streisand as guests enjoyed food, drinks and fun.

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Twitter handle @NextToKimDavis has a lot to say about Kentucky clerk

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Kim Davis is all over the news as the Kentucky County Clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to any gay couples despite the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in June.

Davis’ actions and refusal to follow the law has put Rowan County and the clerk’s office in the public spotlight, even those not wishing to be a part of the controversy. Namely, Davis’ coworker who was in the shot of reporters as Davis came out and spoke to the gay couple attempting to get a marriage license.

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Kentucky anti-gay Clerk of Courts found in contempt

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A federal judge finds Kim Davis, the anti-gay Clerk of Courts who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in contempt of court.

Davis has been taken into custody by U.S. Marshals, according to the Twitter feed of Victor Puente, a reporter located inside of the courtroom. 

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Resource guide links transgender individuals to healthcare

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Equality Florida is offering a new Transgender Resource Guide that is a directory of transgender-friendly healthcare and service providers across the state.

Gina Duncan, EQFL’s transgender inclusion director, says they’re contacted daily by transgender individuals and parents of transgender Floridians who are trying to find quality healthcare and transgender support.

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Marco Rubio wants to “seek a balance” in Kim Davis situation

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio says the government should respect the beliefs of Kim Davis, the Kentucky Clerk of Court making national headlines for refusing to issue same-sex couples marriage licences to which they are legally entitled.

“We should seek a balance between government’s responsibility to abide by the laws of our republic and allowing people to stand by their religious convictions,” Mr. Rubio said in a statement to The New York Times Sept. 2. “While the clerk’s office has a governmental duty to carry out the law, there should be a way to protect the religious freedom and conscience rights of individuals working in the office.”

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Local LGBT protections barred by Arkansas law

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Five local measures prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity cannot be enforced because of a new Arkansas law barring such protections, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge wrote in a nonbinding opinion Tuesday.

Rutledge said the state law prohibits ordinances in Little Rock, Hot Springs, Eureka Springs, Pulaski County and Fayetteville from expanding anti-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The measures were adopted in response to the Legislature’s passage of the law prohibiting cities and counties from banning discrimination on a basis not covered by state law.

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Columbus council expands protections for sexual orientation, gender identity

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — The all-Republican city council in Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s hometown has voted unanimously to give initial support for adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinances.

The Columbus City Council voted on the night of Sept. 1 to advance the proposal that would also extend protections to military veterans and those 40 and older. The Republic reports the council could take a final vote Sept. 15 on the ordinance change.

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After same-sex divorce, woman denied visitation rights to child born before marriage

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland appeals court has ruled that a lesbian woman has no right to visitation or custody of a child who the woman’s former partner gave birth to before the couple married.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that the Court of Special Appeals has upheld a ruling by a Washington County Circuit judge that Michelle Conover does not have parental standing over five-year-old Jaxon Conover. The boy was born six months before Michelle Conover married the boy’s biological mother Brittany Conover and 17 months before the two divorced.

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