Attorneys general weigh in on LGBTQ employment cases

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) | A coalition led by the attorneys general of Illinois and New York has filed a legal brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring.

The brief comes ahead of oral arguments on three cases that may determine whether gays, lesbians and transgender people are protected from discrimination by existing federal civil rights laws.

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Manhattan-Ogden school board approves transgender student guidelines

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) | The Manhattan-Ogden School Board has approved guidelines for transgender students in the school district.

The board voted 6-1 on May 1 to approve the guidelines, after discussing the issue since December.

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Oklahoma man convicted of killing transgender woman

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) | An Oklahoma judge told a man to pray for salvation before sentencing him to life in prison without parole for killing a transgender woman at an Oklahoma City motel in 2017.

The Oklahoman reports that 32-year-old Brandon Michael Tyson was sentenced April 24 after pleading guilty in February to fatally shooting 31-year-old Brooklyn Stevenson. Authorities did not say Tyson killed Stevenson because of her gender identity, but the slaying alarmed Oklahoma City’s LGBTQ community.

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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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Commission: Investigate LGBT complaints despite AG opinion

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LANSING, Mich. (AP)| The Michigan Civil Rights Commission on Monday directed an agency to continue investigating complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, days after the state attorney general declared the basis for the probes to be invalid because state law does not protect LGBT people from discrimination.

The board reiterated its support for a statement, which it issued in May, interpreting the word “sex” in the state’s 1976 civil rights law to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, had issued an opinion Friday saying the commission overstepped.

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Leaders behind LGBTQ measure shut political action committee

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) | A group that has long pushed for Idaho lawmakers to pass legislation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from employment and housing discrimination has shuttered its political action committee.

The PAC was terminated in June because organizers are currently working to broaden the group’s platform and change the name, said Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln, the chair of Idaho’s Add the Words.

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Justice Department set to host annual LGBTQ Pride event on June 26

By : CHRIS JOHNSON OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. Department of Justice is set to host an event recognizing Pride month and LGBTQ employees on June 26, the Washington Blade has learned.

A spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday to the Blade the event is set to take place on that date in the Justice Department’s Great Hall per the annual tradition for DOJ Pride, the LGBTQ affinity group for Justice Department employees.

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

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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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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N.H. governor signs two pro-LGBTQ bills

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu on Friday signed two LGBTQ rights bills into law.

Sununu signed House Bill 1319, which adds gender identity to New Hampshire’s nondiscrimination law. He also signed House Bill 587, which bans so-called conversion therapy for minors in the state.

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Trans of Thought: Love and Transphobia

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In two weeks I will be attending my 25th college reunion at Princeton University. As you can imagine would be the case at one of this country’s oldest institutions of higher learning, Princeton prides itself on its traditions, and “Reunions” as the alumni body call it, is one of our most cherished.

The plural is purposeful as well because all major and minor reunion classes gather on campus to meet and consume alcohol in quantities, or so the legend goes, second only to the Indy 500 for a singular event in the United States. Reunions is serious business and there are alumni who return every year, which allows for the highlight event of the weekend, P-rade, to take on fascinating detail.

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Police: Trans man fatally shot during argument in Atlanta

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ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say the suspects in the fatal shooting of a transgender man in Atlanta remain at large.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 36-year-old Nino Fortson was found with multiple gunshot wounds early Sunday and died at a hospital.

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Costa Rican court issues decision on gender identity

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica’s supreme electoral court has approved a resolution that will allow people to change the name they are registered with to go with their gender identity.

The court is the country’s top authority for the civil register, and its decision also means that the gender a person is registered with at birth will no longer appear on identity documents. The change seeks to avoid discrimination or stigmatizing those who change their gender identity.

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