Zimbabwe judge issues landmark transgender rights ruling

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Ricky “Rikki” Nathanson (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

A judge in Zimbabwe on Nov. 14 issued a landmark ruling in favor of a transgender woman who filed a lawsuit over the abuse she suffered after her arrest for using a women’s restroom.

Police in the Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo in January 2014 arrested Ricky “Rikki” Nathanson after she used a women’s restroom in a hotel.

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Virginia women’s college updates transgender student policy

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) | A private women’s university in Virginia has announced a new policy allowing students who transition from female to male while at school to remain enrolled and earn their degree.

Under the new guidelines at Hollins University in Roanoke, enrolled students who transition from female to male will no longer be required to transfer to another institution. As for applicants transitioning from male to female, they no longer have to complete a full surgical transition before being eligible for admission.

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Detroit suburb bans so-called gay conversion therapy

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FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) | A Detroit suburb has banned so-called conversion therapy, a scientifically discredited practice to change a gay person’s sexual orientation or someone’s gender identity.

Ferndale council member Julia Music says the ban is an effort to build a “safe and inclusive space” for all people. The Detroit News says the vote was unanimous Monday.

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Rep. Jennifer Webb launches re-election campaign

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ABOVE: Rep. Jennifer Webb welcomes supporters to the Historic Peninsula Inn Sept. 24. Photo by Ryan Williams-Jent.

Gulfport, Fla. | Rep. Jennifer Webb officially launched her re-election campaign for Florida House District 69 on Sept. 24 at the Historic Peninsula Inn.

Webb became the first openly LGBTQ woman elected to the state legislature in 2018, where she currently serves as Democratic Deputy Whip. Her district includes 12 cities throughout Gulfport, Pinellas Park, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg and more.

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Dartmouth lets students select chosen names

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ABOVE: Dartmouth’s Class of 2023. Photo courtesy Dartmouth’s Facebook page.

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) | Dartmouth College has become the latest university to allow students to easily change their name or gender identity in directories, on identification cards and elsewhere across the Ivy League campus.

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Weber State welcomes first openly gay student body president

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ABOVE, L-R: Weber State’s 2019-2020 cabinet. Rilee Jones, Kate Hughes, Gabe Taylor, Bret Alexander, Bailie Kidd and Erin Dominguez. Photo via Weber State.

OGDEN, Utah (AP) | Bret Alexander is the picture of success: He recently began his first year as a graduate student at Weber State University studying higher education leadership and leads the school as student body president.

He’s also the school’s first openly gay student elected to the position. But the ambitious, buoyant student traveled a difficult path to where he stands now, the Standard-Examiner reports.

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California law requires updating transgender grads’ records

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) | California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill requiring school districts to update their records to reflect the names and genders of transgender graduates.

Newsom announced Aug. 30 that he approved the bill by Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu of San Francisco.

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Mama Bearings: Happy Birthday, Jake!

By : Sylvie Griffiths
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Summer is upon us and my children have four weeks left until they go back to school. I am happy to say they are as eager to get back into the grind of public education as I am.

My oldest son will be a senior in high school and is excited to be in the home stretch. My daughters are super social and love the access to friends, gossip and picking out outfits daily. Jake, my youngest, is having a wonderful summer—what I would guess is the best summer of all four of them. Regardless of the fact that his dad moved out and that his parents are divorcing, my little guy is happier than ever. That’s in part because three summers ago he became himself.

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Nicholas Sparks accused of trying to ban LGBTQ club at Christian school

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Author Nicholas Sparks, known for penning bestselling romance novels such as “The Notebook” and “A Walk to Remember,” has been accused of trying to ban an LGBTQ club at a Christian school he co-founded in New Bern, North Carolina.

Sparks has been embroiled in an ongoing legal battle with Epiphany School of Global Studies’ former headmaster, Saul Benjamin.

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PRIVATE SCHOOL: Class is in Session

By : Angelique Luna
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Have you thought about how you will prepare your children for a healthy relationship?

Do you feel that your children are not getting enough sex education at school? Do they know how to ask about consent? That they have various different options for safe sex? The consequences of STDs/STIs?

Please attend PRIVATE SCHOOL: Class is in Session to learn about the available community resources outside your children schools. To help answer all these questions and teach you a few things along the way.  This is a FREE family-friendly event.

PRIVATE SCHOOL: Class is in Session

Sat, April 7, 2018

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

Henao Contemporary Center

5601 Edgewater Dr

Orlando, Florida 32810

PRIVATE SCHOOL is dedicated to the sexual education of the community. Our goal is to help fill in the gaps that purely abstinence-based teaching can leave. It’s time to get down and dirty and get the answers you deserve!

We are excited to put a new spin on sexual health education!! Our professors will titillate and stimulate your mind (and other places), developing a safe and open space to learn how to make sex fun and safe.

Classes offered are consent and pleasure, reproductive health, and STI/HIV prevention.

Enroll today and let us help with those gaps (in your sexual knowledge)!!

PRIVATE SCHOOL is a family-friendly event, though some material may be better for those 13 and older.

Beer and wine service available to those 21+ inside the venue!!!

Access to community partners focused on education for our youth and the community!!

PRIVATE SCHOOL: Class is in Session

By : Angelique Luna
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PRIVATE SCHOOL is dedicated to the sexual education of the community. Our goal is to help fill in the gaps that purely abstinence based teaching can leave. Its time to get down and dirty and get the answers you deserve!

We are excited to put a new spin on sexual health education!! Our professors will titilate and stimulate your mind (and other places), developing a safe and open space to learn how to make sex fun and safe.

Classes offered are consent and pleasure, reproductive health, and STI/HIV prevention.

Enroll today and let us help with those gaps (in your sexual knowledge)!!

PRIVATE SCHOOL is a family friendly event, though some material may be better for those 13 and older.

A local food truck will be on site while beer and wine service availible to those 21+ inside the venue!!!

Access to community partners focused on education for our youth and the community!!

Cornell Fine Arts Museum Art Tours

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Join us this Saturday for an art tour at The Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Meet your docent in the front education gallery at 1 p.m.

Free admission courtesy of Dale Montgomery ’60.
No reservations required.