Protesters: Trump a ‘bully’ for rescinding trans student protections

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Hundreds of people gathered outside the White House on Wednesday to protest President Trump’s decision to rescind guidance on how public schools should accommodate transgender students.

Gavin Grimm, a trans student who filed a lawsuit against his Virginia school district’s bathroom policy that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear next month, is among those who spoke to the crowd.

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McCrory, Cooper blast each other on LGBT law in NC governor debate

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic challenger Roy Cooper blamed each other at every turn Oct. 11 in their gubernatorial debate, in particular regarding a state law McCrory signed limiting nondiscrimination rules for LGBT people that has received national criticism.

McCrory also declined to withdraw his support for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump for crude comments about women. Though Trump “needs to have his mouth washed out with soap,” McCrory said, so does Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton “because teachers always said, ‘Don’t tell a lie.'” He cited Clinton’s troubles with private emails and the Benghazi attacks at the U.S. embassy in Libya.

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LGBT advocates once again fill the room at Brevard School Board meeting

By : Jamie Hyman
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It was another packed house at the April 12 Brevard School Board meeting, where supporters wearing red filled the room, pushing the Board to adopt district-wide LGBT protections.

The effort has had quite a journey so far. In December of 2015, activists began to rally support for the Brevard School District to add LGBT protections to their existing non-discrimination policy. The proposal hit a wall in March of 2016, after an organized effort by anti-gay speakers flooded a meeting and derailed the effort. After the LGBT protections were moved to workshop, many thought they were dead. 

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St. Pete and Orlando earn perfect municipal equality scores from HRC

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Orlando and St. Petersburg are among the record number 47 cities in the U.S. to score a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2015 Municipal Equality Index.

The City Beautiful and St. Pete are joined by Wilton Manors as the three Florida cities who scored perfect marks on the HRC’s index that measures a city’s policies for LGBT inclusion and equality. Tampa was not far behind with a score of 95.

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Mormon leader criticizes Kim Davis on her handling of license issue

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The Mormon Church staked a deeper claim to middle ground in American society, advocating for compromises between protecting religious liberties and prohibiting discrimination, and criticizing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for refusing to license gay marriages.

“We may have cultural differences, but we should not have ‘culture wars,'” Mormon leader Dallin H. Oaks declared.

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Federal employment non-discrimination bill goes to full Senate

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Gay rights advocates won another victory Wednesday after a Senate panel approved a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The measure won support from all the Democrats and three Republicans on the 22-member committee, signaling it has a strong chance of passage in the full Senate.

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