Straight Oklahoma man decorates truck to support Pride

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Cody Barlow, a straight man from the small town of Hulbert, Oklahoma, decided to show his support for LGBTQ pride by decking out his truck’s tailgate with a rainbow.

“Not all country boys are bigots—Happy Pride month,” the message reads.

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More racist graffiti found on Democratic office in Oklahoma

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) | Racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic remarks were found spray-painted April 3 on a Democratic Party office in Oklahoma for the second time in as many weeks, and authorities said vandals left similar graffiti at a nearby school and arts center.

The vandalism was discovered on the windows and sidewalk outside the Cleveland County Democratic Party headquarters as well as the Firehouse Art Center and McKinley Elementary School in Norman, about 17 miles (27 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City.

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Former Oklahoma senator accused of sexual misconduct

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) | A former University of Oklahoma student alleges he was touched and kissed inappropriately by former university President David Boren on several occasions almost a decade ago when the man worked as a teaching aide for the onetime governor and senator.

The allegations by Jess Eddy, now 29, appear to be at the center of an investigation being conducted for the university by Jones Day, one of the world’s largest law firms, into whether Boren sexually harassed male subordinates. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has also opened an investigation.

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Oklahoma school reopens after transgender student threatened

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ACHILLE, Okla. (AP) | Officials have reopened a rural Oklahoma school system after an investigation into comments authorities deemed threatening to a transgender student.

Achille Public Schools, near the Texas border, reopened August 15 after being closed for two days while the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

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Oklahoma mom offers to be stand-in parent at gay weddings

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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One Oklahoma mother has gone viral for offering to be a stand-in parent at gay weddings.

Sara Cunningham, an ordained minister and mother of two, made a Facebook post offering to attend a gay wedding in place of a disapproving parent.

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

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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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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Kansas, Oklahoma approve religious veto on LGBTQ adoptions

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State lawmakers in Kansas and Oklahoma have approved legislation to grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in LGBTQ homes.

Supporters of such measures argued that the core issue is protecting a group’s right to live out its religious faith, while critics saw them as attacks on LGBTQ rights. Both Kansas and Oklahoma have GOP-controlled legislatures and governors, but in Kansas, the proposal split Republicans.

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Gay, small-town Oklahoma clerk claims harassment in lawsuit

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – When Randy Gamel and his husband were looking for a retirement home, a six-bedroom fixer upper in the tiny western Oklahoma town of Hitchcock caught their eye.

They bought it in 2014, and Gamel moved to the quiet community from Fort Worth, Texas, to start upgrades. He set out to make himself a part of the agricultural community of a little more than 100 residents. He befriended neighbors, took an interest in town politics and soon became the town clerk.

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Oklahoma lawmaker found with underage male prostitute

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma prosecutors on Thursday filed child prostitution charges against a Republican state senator after police found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy.

Ralph Shortey, 35, surrendered to authorities on charges of engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church. His bond was set at $100,000.

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Shots fired at Tulsa, Oklahoma Equality Center

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, an LGBT center located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was the target of serious vandalism on Monday morning when a white, four-door truck drove past and fired 13 pellet shots into the building.

Surveillance video footage shows that the attack occurred around 12:20 a.m. on Monday morning.

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Oklahoma man arrested on hate crime charge after store incident

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A 31-year-old Tulsa man has been arrested on a hate crime charge in connection to an assault on a Hispanic man that involved racial and homophobic slurs.

The Tulsa World reports Joshua Price was arrested Dec. 19. Price was charged in September for the alleged assault.

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Obama’s transgender directive to schools goes to court

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas and 12 other states will ask a federal judge Aug. 12 to halt an Obama administration directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in U.S. public schools.

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