Gamers convention stays in Indianapolis despite LGBT concerns

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A massive video game convention that once threatened to leave Indianapolis during an intense public debate over LGBT rights announced Dec. 6 that it has signed a contract that will keep the event in the city through 2021.

Gen Con, one of the largest gaming conventions in the U.S., says that it is extending its contract an additional year, according to a joint news release with Indianapolis officials.

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Indy Pride festival to move site in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Organizers of an LGBT festival in Indianapolis say the event will move to a bigger site next year.

Indy Pride announced Sept. 16 that the Circle City, IN Pride festival will move to Military Park at White River State Park next June. The festival for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community had been held at the American Legion Mall since 2010 and organizers said more than 100,000 people attended this year.

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Indiana lawmakers to discuss ongoing LGBT rights debate

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana state lawmakers plan to convene to discuss what recommendations should be made for the upcoming legislative session regarding rights for LGBT residents.

The meeting Aug. 30 comes after efforts failed last legislative session when the state drew widespread opposition of a religious objections law that critics said amounted to an invitation to discriminate against gay people, the Indianapolis Star reported.

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Appeals court: US law doesn’t cover sexual orientation discrimination

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Indianapolis (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lesbian’s lawsuit against Ivy Tech Community College because federal law does not protect people who claim workplace discrimination because of sexual orientation.

A three-judge panel of 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a complaint filed by Kimberly Hively of South Bend, a former part-time instructor who said the college did not hire her full-time because she is a lesbian.

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LGBT business group to honor former Indianapolis mayor

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Indianapolis (AP) – Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will be honored by an LGBT business group for his advocacy on gay rights issues.

The Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce will present Ballard with a plaque at a June 1 ceremony. The group praises Ballard for embracing diversity and opposing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Indiana residents.

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Indiana governor discusses division on LGBT protection laws

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence says he’s considering if the concerns of religious conservatives can be reconciled with those of gay rights supporters who want LGBT protections in law.

The Republican spoke to WRTV-TV in Indianapolis. He says nothing has been determined and he’s spending time studying the issue and listening to people. He says he’s learned Indiana residents cherish faith and don’t tolerate discrimination.

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Indiana county passes ordinance banning LGBT discrimination

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Carmel City Council has narrowly passed an ordinance banning discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity, defeating efforts by social conservatives to block the measure in the affluent Indianapolis suburb.

The council voted 4-to-3 on Oct. 5 in favor of the ordinance during a packed meeting.

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Indianapolis mayor to be grand marshal of Pride parade

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The mayor of Indianapolis who backed the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community amid the uproar over Indiana’s religious objections law has been named grand marshal of a parade celebrating the group.

Indy Pride announced last week it selected Mayor Greg Ballard to be the grand marshal of the Indiana Pride Parade on June 13 as part of Circle City Pride Week.

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Tourism agency responds to religious objection law

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An Indianapolis tourism agency is boosting its LGBT-friendly content as Indiana receives national criticism for its new religious objections law that opponents say could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

A message on the home page of www.visitindy.com says that all are welcome to visit the city, and a separate page highlights some of the businesses that supportive the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community.

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Democrat organizers joins Republican leader in Indiana’s marriage equailty fight

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Indianapolis (AP) – The Indiana Democratic Party’s 2012 field organizer is moving to the campaign against strengthening and expanding Indiana’s gay marriage ban.

Peter Hanscom announced Sept. 16 he will work as deputy campaign manager under Megan Robertson, a veteran of multiple Republican races. Robertson spoke at the campaign’s launch last month and represents an influential group of Republicans opposing the new ban.

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