Md. school district, trans student reach settlement

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Talbot County, Md., Public Schools and attorneys representing a male transgender student reached a settlement on Monday in a 2016 lawsuit filed by the then 14-year-old student challenging his school’s refusal to allow him to use the boys locker room and bathrooms.

The settlement allows Max Brennan, who’s now 16, to freely use the boys’ restrooms and locker room at St. Michaels Middle High School in Talbot County, Md. His attorneys with the ACLU and the Maryland LGBT advocacy group Free State Justice consider the settlement a major victory for transgender rights.

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Nevada DMV makes it easier to change gender on licenses, IDs

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles is no longer requiring a doctor’s approval to change the listed gender on someone’s driver’s license or identification card and is working on adding a new option for those who don’t identify as male or female.

Gender Justice Nevada Clinical Director Jane Heenan says the previous policy added further costs and stress for trans and gender-nonconforming people.

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Utah governor thanks man credited with stopping anti-gay mob

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is thanking a man who’s being credited with fending off an anti-gay mob during the Utah Pride Festival.

Herbert said on Twitter late Wednesday that he had met with the dessert shop worker. Herbert called him a local hero.

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Gay Kentucky man loses bid to challenge GOP clerk Kim Davis

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A gay man in eastern Kentucky has lost his bid to challenge Republican county clerk Kim Davis, who went to jail three years ago for denying him and others marriage licenses in the aftermath of an historic U.S. Supreme Court decision.

David Ermold sought the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary in Rowan County, Kentucky. He lost to Elwood Caudill Jr. in a four-way Democratic primary, despite a campaign that raised more than $200,000 with donations from at least 48 states.

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Homer gay pride recognition leads to canceled city meeting

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ABOVE: Council Members Tom Stroozas, Shelly Erickson, Donna Aderhold, Mayor Bryan Zak, Rachel Lord, Heath Smith and Caroline Venuti. Image from city of Homer, Alaska website.

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A city council meeting in Alaska where the mayor had planned to recognize LGBTQ Pride Month was canceled after council members failed to show.

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Group fights bill to declare gay conversion therapy a fraud

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An effort to call gay conversion therapy a fraudulent business practice gained ground in the California state Senate on Tuesday, despite opposition from hundreds who rallied to fight the proposal on religious grounds.

The Judiciary Committee passed the proposal, which means it is a step closer to being considered by the entire state Senate. An earlier version of the legislation has already passed the state Assembly.

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Sen. Hatch recognizes Pride, LGBT youth suicide on Senate floor

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ABOVE: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) recognized Pride month and LGBT youth suicide on the Senate floor. Photo by Gage Skidmore; courtesy Creative Commons.

Sen. Orrin Hatch took an unusual step for a Republican from Utah on Wednesday and recognized June as Pride month, invoking the occasion to draw attention to LGBT youth suicide.

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NFL and MLB will march in NYC Pride for the first time

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The NFL and MLB will march in New York City Pride for the first time on June 24, according to OutSports.

The leagues will have floats and will appear in the parade along with the NHL, NBA and WNBA.

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US mayors pledge to uphold transgender protections

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ABOVE: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Image from Facebook.

BOSTON (AP) — Mayors from across the nation on Sunday endorsed a campaign to uphold transgender protections during a gathering in Boston focused on issues impacting cities.

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Mayor of Alabama’s biggest city appoints first LGBTQ liaison

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ABOVE: Vice president of Central Alabama Pride Josh Coleman. Image from Facebook.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of Alabama’s most populous city has hired its first LGBTQ liaison.

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Grandma goes viral for ironing bisexual granddaughter’s flag for Capital Pride

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A grandmother’s “simple gesture” of helping her bisexual granddaughter get ready for Capital Pride has gone viral.

Lexie, who lives in Virginia, tweeted a photo of her grandmother ironing her bisexual pride flag in preparation for the weekend’s festivities.

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Ex-Colorado official: No bias in same-sex wedding cake case

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DENVER (AP) — A former Colorado civil rights commissioner whose remarks on religion were the basis of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling for a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple insisted last Wednesday she has no religious bias and wouldn’t have said anything if she’d known how her remarks would be used.

Diann Rice acknowledged she made remarks cited by the high court when it ruled last Monday in favor of Jack Phillips, a suburban Denver baker. But she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that she made the comments after Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission already had ruled against Phillips and for Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins.

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