Lawsuit 20 years ago became powerful win for LGBT rights in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP)| Two women who faced intense backlash when they sued to form the state’s first gay-straight alliance club 20 years ago are looking back at the landmark decision.

The Salt Lake City School District went as far as banning all 46 extracurricular clubs so that it wouldn’t lose $100 million in federal funding for discrimination under the Equal Access Act of 1984 when it didn’t approve the alliance club’s application in 1995, the Salt Lake Tribune reported last week.

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Carver Middle School recognizes Gay-Straight Alliance, allows meetings on campus

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After more than three years of litigation on behalf of students represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), administrators at Carver Middle School in Lake County have approved the application of a gay-straight alliance (GSA) student group at the school.

This will allow the club to meet on campus and be recognized by the school.

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Not ready to back down: St. Petersburg Commissioner Steve Kornell fights the power and wins

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During a critical year for the St. Petersburg city commission, where the shadow to the Tampa Bay Rays loomed over the election, Steve Kornell was able to retain his seat against all odds and without an endorsement from the area’s largest newspaper.

The Tampa Bay Times wrote many articles about Kornell this past year as he was fighting to get re-elected in District 5. Kornell opposed the deal by St. Petersburg mayor RickKriseman that would allow the Rays to look for stadium sites outside of St. Petersburg, but within the region.

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ACLU defends lawsuit over Gay-Straight Alliance

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Tavares – The American Civil Liberties Union wants to continue a lawsuit fighting for a Gay-Straight Alliance at Carver Middle School in Lake County.

On Aug. 19, U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges dismissed the lawsuit. The new brief, filed Oct. 27, asks the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to review that decision, arguing that the federal Equal Access Act, which guarantees certain rights to students in secondary schools, should apply to the students who want to establish a GSA at Carver Middle School.

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ACLU continues to fight for a GSA at Carver Middle

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The American Civil Liberties Union is not giving up on a Gay-Straight Alliance for the students of Carver Middle School.

The ACLU has filed a notice with a federal district court that they will continue the legal fight against the Lake County School Board, stemming from a December lawsuit on behalf of students trying to form the GSA. On Aug. 19, U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges dismissed the lawsuit. The ACLU had a Sept. 21 deadline to appeal.

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ACLU still deciding whether to appeal GSA case

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Tavares – American Civil Liberties Union attorneys are still deciding whether they’ll continue the legal battle for a Gay-Straight Alliance at Carver Middle School. The deadline on a new appeal in the case is Sept. 21.

The fight for a GSA at the school has been ongoing since 2012, when then-14-year-old Bayli Silberstein requested permission to start a GSA at Carver Middle. After months of legal wrangling and school board meeting debates, a judge granted Silberstein permission to form the club for the remainder of her eighth grade year, which ended in the summer of 2013. That settlement has expired, Bayli has moved onto high school and now, the GSA no longer meets at Carver Middle School.

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Lawsuit fighting for GSA at Carver Middle School dismissed

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Ocala – The lawsuit fighting for a Gay-Straight Alliance at Carver Middle School is dismissed.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in Dec. 2013 on behalf of Hannah Faughnan, who at the time was a seventh-grader attempting to form a GSA at Carver Middle School. Faughnan represented a group of students who wanted to create the GSA but were blocked by school administration.

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Running with scissors: Randy Ross drops mayoral bid, runs for City Commissioner Patty Sheehan’s seat

By : Billy Manes
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Because some fights in mirrors are never over, local gadabout and sometimes challenger of the law (allegedly) Randy Ross has announced that, instead of running for Mayor of Orlando, something he hilariously announced earlier this year, that he is going to try to test his mettle against Orlando District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan. There are a lot of things we could say here about optics and forgiveness, bad choices and more bad choices, but for now, we’ll let Randy say his piece (along with his mom). His filing for the race is official, which should make all spectators feel a little more excited about the municipal circus awaiting us later this year. You get a front porch. And you get a front porch. And you get a front porch… to fade.

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Filings postponed in GSA at Carver Middle School case

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Ocala – The fight in court whether to allow a Gay-Straight Alliance at Carver Middle School will stretch out a little longer.

The American Civil Liberties Union – who is representing a group of students who want to form a GSA at CMS – has received a two-week extension on their filings, originally due March 18.

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Issue 22.06: WAVE Awards

By : Jake Stevens
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A Brand New WAVE: Our readers’ favorites unveiled inside, Orlando filmmaker puts Grindr under the lens, Second GSA lawsuit at Carver wraps up, Zebra Coalition racks up $21K for scholarships, Christine O’Leary brings laughs back to St. Pete, TIGLFF to require venues to provide gender neutral restroom, St. Pete Pride announces grand marshal nominees, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Youth summit to feature Jane Castor

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JaneCastorMugTampa – Jane Castor, the Tampa Police Chief, will be the guest speaker at the first-ever Empower Tampa LGBTQ Youth Summit this weekend in Ybor City.

The event will be held at Metro Wellness & Community Centers Ybor location and runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7.

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No ruling on Carver Middle School GSA till after April 1

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Ocala, Fla. – The court hearing for a Gay-Straight Alliance at Carver Middle school ended in the late afternoon March 3. A ruling isn’t expected until after April 1 after all court filings have been submitted.

The hearing was a two-day trial at the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida in Ocala, Fla.

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