Ex-Iowa official’s discrimination lawsuit goes to trial

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)- A former University of Iowa athletic administrator was an outstanding employee on track to head a college program until she was unfairly transferred and later laid off for discriminatory reasons, her attorney argued April 18 during opening statements of the trial over her lawsuit against the school.

The trial is expected to offer a behind-the-curtain glimpse at big-time college sports, with testimony from athletic director Gary Barta, head football coach Kirk Ferentz and others. Jurors must decide whether former administrator Jane Meyer suffered workplace discrimination as a gay woman in a relationship with a Hawkeye coach, whether the school retaliated against her and whether she was paid far less than deputy athletic director Gene Taylor for similar work.

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Sioux City police add LGBTQ liaison to force

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Sioux City Police Department has named its first liaison to the LGBTQ community.

The department announced April 5 that Officer Brooke Davies has taken the position to promote communication and cooperation between the police and individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, the Sioux City Journal reported.

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Gay candidate calls vandalism of Iowa home a hate crime

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An openly gay candidate for Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors is calling vandalism to his house a hate crime.

Candidate Christopher Schwartz told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that anti-gay messages were painted on campaign signs in his yard and the door of his house. The message on his door reads “Lev 20:13,” which likely is a reference to a Bible verse that condemns homosexuality.

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Church drops lawsuit on transgender bathroom issue

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa church is dropping its lawsuit against the state and the city of Des Moines over an anti-discrimination law that church officials believed could force them to abide by transgender bathroom rules.

The Fort Des Moines Church of Christ filed a voluntarily dismissal Oct. 26.

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Transgender prison worker files complaint against Department of Corrections

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Des Moines, Iowa (AP) — A transgender prison worker filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on July 21 saying state Department of Corrections officials violated his constitutional rights by refusing to allow him to use the men’s bathroom and showers at work.

Jesse Vroegh has worked for the state since 2009 and is a nurse at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville. The 34-year-old says he’s been required to use a unisex private restroom that doesn’t have a shower, preventing him from showering at work if needed, a benefit others have. He also is challenging denial of medical treatment and procedures including chest surgery by his state-provided insurer.

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Trial of man accused of knowingly spreading HIV pushed back

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Coralville, Iowa (AP) – The trial for a Coralville man accused of knowingly spreading HIV has been pushed back to October.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the trial for 34-year-old Adam Musser had been set to begin July 19. It will now begin on Oct. 25.

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Church sues Iowa to stop application of transgender rules

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Des Moines, Iowa (AP) – A church in Des Moines has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down as unconstitutional a portion of a 2007 Iowa law and a similar Des Moines city code section that could apply transgender bathroom rules to churches.

The Fort Des Moines Church of Christ filed the lawsuit July 4 in federal court in Des Moines against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and the city. The church asks for an order that keeps the state and the city from enforcing the rules that would allow biological males who identify as women from using women’s bathrooms, showers or changing rooms and the same for females identifying as men.

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Transgender woman files complaint against Iowa hotel

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A transgender woman has filed a complaint against a hotel in central Iowa, accusing staff of discriminating against her because of her gender identity and race.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint Nov. 10 with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on behalf of 23-year-old Meagan Taylor.

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Hearing set to examine content of LGBTQ youth conference in Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa lawmaker has announced a hearing to investigate allegations of inappropriate content at a conference earlier this year on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

Rep. Bobby Kaufmann said Oct. 27 that members of the House Government Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on Nov. 18.

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Clinton says Kim Davis deserved jail time

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MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says that jail was the “right thing” for a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Speaking in Iowa Oct. 7, the Democratic presidential hopeful said Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was “treated as she should have been treated.”

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Iowa college to offer LGBT student housing

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Western Community College will offer lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students a new community housing option this fall.

The Daily Nonpareil reports that the college has set aside a cluster of about 40 suite-style apartments to create an optional community-style living environment for LGBT students, with a focus on transgender and intersex individuals. According to Director of Student Life Liz Luiken, the school initially set aside 18 units for gender-inclusive housing in early April, but interest quickly grew the plans to two complete floors.

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Iowa Catholic school allows gay-straight club

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A West Des Moines Catholic high school has approved a request by students to form a school-based gay-straight alliance called “One Human Family.”

Dowling Catholic High School gave the approval for the club April 24, The Des Moines Register reported.

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