Study: Discrimination against transgender tenants

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) | A small study suggests that transgender residents face high levels of discrimination while looking for housing in North Dakota.

The nonprofit High Plains Fair Housing Council conducted the study in anticipation that legislators would consider banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Similar proposals have failed in several previous legislative sessions.

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North Dakota’s first openly gay lawmaker looks to become secretary of state

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BISMARK, ND | Rep. Josh Boschee, who became the first openly gay lawmaker in North Dakota when he was elected to the state’s House of Representatives in Jan. 2013, is looking to make history again in November and become the state’s first openly gay secretary of state.

As a North Dakota representative, Boschee led a charge to save a state bill that would have given protections against discrimination in housing and employment to LGBTQ North Dakotans.

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Kansas governor signs ‘religious freedom’ anti-LGBTQ adoption law

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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed anti-LGBTQ adoption legislation making his state the latest to enact a “religious freedom” law enabling taxpayer-funded agencies to deny placement into LGBTQ homes.

Colyer signed the legislation, Senate Bill 284, into law on Friday, according to a local media report. The Washington Blade has placed a call in with Colyer’s office seeking confirmation that he signed the bill.

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Backers vow to keep pushing for North Dakota’s sexual discrimination bill

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)- Supporters of a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation are vowing to keep fighting for rights, despite the bill’s rejection by North Dakota lawmakers for the fourth time in recent years.

About 50 of the bill’s supporters watched Friday as the House bill was defeated 69-22.

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North Dakota rejects changes to reflect gay marriage ruling

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)- North Dakota’s Republican-led Senate rejected a measure Tuesday that would have changed state law to reflect the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry.

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North Dakota mulls changes to reflect same-sex marriage ruling

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Legislature is deciding whether to update state law to reflect the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision that declared same-sex couples have the right to marry, or to do nothing as a sign of protest.

The measure, which got its first hearing Jan. 4 in the Senate Judiciary Committee, would update dozens of references such as “husband and wife” to gender-neutral terms. North Dakota’s volumes of state laws, which are called the Century Code, list “one man, one woman” or “husband and wife” for everything from marriages and divorces to fishing licenses.

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Oil field services company sued for harassment of gay worker

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing an oil field services company, alleging a gay worker was harassed at the company’s North Dakota location.

The lawsuit filed Dec. 22 in federal court claims Wyoming-based Rocky Mountain Casing Co. allowed the harassment of Michael Allyn, who worked as a driver at the company’s Williston facility from January 2011 to April 2015. The EEOC says this is the first lawsuit it has brought in North Dakota that deals with harassment over sexual orientation.

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North Dakota city approves LGBTQ anti-discrimination resolution

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – City leaders in Bismarck have quietly approved a resolution condemning discrimination in housing, employment and services based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

It has no force of law, but members of the LGBTQ community are still pleased with the move in the wake of the Legislature’s defeat last year of a resolution seeking the same rights statewide.

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Settlement reached in transgender lawsuit against North Dakota hospital

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A settlement has been reached in a discrimination lawsuit brought by a transgender employee at a Fargo hospital, according to court documents filed Aug. 17.

Faye Seidler, who was born as a male and identifies as a female, filed the complaint in December against Sanford Medical Center. The suit was seeking unspecified damages and an order to stop the hospital from discriminating against employees who have undergone or are undergoing a gender transition.

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North Dakota governor says bathroom policy is a threat

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Bismarck, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s governor and top education official say President Barack Obama’s recent directive ordering schools to accommodate transgender students’ choice of bathrooms is an overstep by the federal government.

Schools risk losing federal funding if they don’t allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity, even if their education records or identity documents indicate a different gender.

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Fraternity found innocent after gay man’s hate crime accusation

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A monthlong police investigation has concluded that a gay man who reported being the victim of a hate crime at a University of North Dakota fraternity invented the story and actually instigated the fight.

Police recommended charging Haakon Gisvold, 18, who is not a UND student, with providing false information to police, but prosecutors declined.

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Fraternity members allegedly taunt, choke and strip gay partygoer

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Grand Forks, ND (AP) — A gay man believes his outfit of metallic red shorts and a tank top triggered what he said was an assault and homophobic taunting during a weekend incident at a University of North Dakota fraternity house that police are investigating.

Haakon Gisvold, 18, said Sept. 8 he was called anti-gay slurs, choked and stripped down Sept. 6 while attending a party at the Lambda Chi Alpha house in Grand Forks. The fraternity chapter has been placed on limited operations as the University of North Dakota and Grand Forks police departments investigate.

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