Judge rules HB2 deal doesn’t impair bathroom access for trans people

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit against the compromise over North Carolina’s anti-LGBT House Bill 2 to continue, but found the new law doesn’t inhibit bathroom access to transgender people in the state.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled Sunday night the challenge to House Bill 142 can proceed in so far it pertains Section 3 of the law, which prohibits municipalities from enacting ordinances regulating private employment practices or regulating public accommodations until December 1, 2020.

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Student accused of being neo-Nazi leaves Southern Illinois University

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) | An official at Southern Illinois University says a student accused earlier this month of belonging to a white supremacist neo-Nazi group is no longer enrolled in the school.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori Stettler tells The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan that as of Wednesday the male student was no longer enrolled at the Carbondale campus but said that the students’ rights to privacy prevented her from identifying the student or elaborating on the reasons for his departure.

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Meridian becomes 14th Idaho city to ban LBGTQ discrimination

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BOISE, Idaho (AP)| The city of Meridian is the latest municipality in the state to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Idaho’s Legislature has so far refused to pass a bill that would add such protections to the state’s human rights act. But since 2011, 14 cities have taken action.

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Vermont governor’s race heating up as it heads into October

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) | Heading into October, the Vermont governor’s race, which pits a former utility executive making her first bid for elected office against a popular Republican incumbent in a liberal state, is starting to heat up as both sides begin airing ads and holding debates and other events.

The race between Democrat Christine Hallquist and Republican Gov. Phil Scott has been largely quiet since the August primary; the two candidates have so far only met once.

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Gay rights lawyer, House speaker, indy candidate run for AG

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DETROIT (AP) | The three major candidates for Michigan attorney general have put criminals in prison during their law careers. But that’s where the parallels end.

Democrat Dana Nessel is best known for fighting to overturn Michigan’s ban on gay marriage. Tom Leonard, the Republican contender, is speaker of the House in Lansing. Chris Graveline is on the ballot as an independent.

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Valdez rejects anti-trans bathroom bill as ‘fear-mongering’ in Texas debate

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lesbian candidate for Texas governor Lupe Valdez rejected anti-transgender bathroom legislation — once a priority for anti-LGBT Gov. Greg Abbott — as “fear-mongering” in a debate Friday night with her opponent.

During the debate at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, KSAT-TV anchor Steve Spriester asked Abbott whether he’d sign a bill barring transgender people from using the restroom consistent with their gender identity.

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Senate advances Kavanaugh nomination — but there’s a floor vote deal

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In the aftermath of powerful testimony from Christine Blasey Ford asserting she’s “100 percent” Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 28 voted to advance his nomination — although a deal is in the works for an investigation before his final confirmation vote.

The Senate panel approved the nomination on 11-10 party lines. Republican members insisted on moving forward with the nomination despite objections from Democratic members, many of whom called for delay until the FBI could conduct an additional investigation.

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LGBTQ group endorses Kim Davis challenger in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) | An LGBTQ advocacy group has endorsed a Democrat running against a Kentucky clerk who was jailed in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Committee for Fairness and Individual Rights endorsed Elwood Caudill Jr. on Sept. 27 in his race against Republican Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. Committee chairman Eric Graninger said Caudill has repeatedly said he will treat all Rowan County residents equally, making him “a refreshing alternative to Kim Davis.

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Anti-LGBT adoption measure defeated in U.S. House

By : CHRIS JOHNSON OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. House skirted a proposed measure Sept. 26 that would have inhibited adoption rights for LGBT couples, approving major appropriations legislation that omitted the initiative.

The chamber voted 361-61 for a massive spending package to avert a government shutdown weeks before Election Day, spending the legislation to President Trump, who’s expected to sign it.

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Transgender Nike contractor says company ignored harassment

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) | A transgender software engineer who worked as a Nike contractor says in a recently filed complaint with state labor officials that the company did nothing to stop abuse and harassment by other contractors.

Jazz Lyles, who identifies as transmasculine/nonbinary and prefers the pronouns “they” and “them,” says in a complaint filed Sept. 25 that some of their colleagues refused to use gender-neutral pronouns.

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Meridian becomes 14th Idaho city to ban LBGTQ discrimination

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) | The city of Meridian is the latest municipality in the state to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Idaho’s Legislature has so far refused to pass a bill that would add such protections to the state’s human rights act. But since 2011, 14 cities have taken action.

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Gay man who was denied marriage license by Kim Davis attacks her opponent

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) | Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, wants a second term in office.

Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr. is running against her, and the campaign has predictably turned to allegations of bigotry. But it’s Caudill, not Davis, who has been forced to play defense.

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