Court rules against Oregon bakers in wedding-cake case

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An appellate court Thursday upheld a penalty against Oregon bakery owners who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding almost five years ago.

The owners of the since-closed Gresham bakery — Aaron and Melissa Klein — argued that state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian violated state and federal laws by forcing them to pay emotional-distress damages of $135,000 to the lesbian couple.

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Transgender inmate settles Oregon lawsuit over medical care

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The state prison system in Oregon will provide a transgender inmate with hormone therapy, bras and women’s underwear and will consider transferring her to the state’s only all-women’s prison as part of a settlement agreement announced Oct. 24.

The state will also pay Michalle Wright $167,500 in damages, waive medical fees associated with three suicide attempts, provide counseling and consider referring her for gender surgery in January if it’s deemed medically necessary, according to the agreement.

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Eastern Oregon city apologizes for councilor’s anti-gay comments

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ECHO, Oregon (AP) – An eastern Oregon city council has issued an apology after one of its members on Facebook used an anti-gay slur against a gay man and wrote he’d spit on the man’s grave when he died of AIDS.

The East Oregonian reports that Echo City Councilor Lou Nakapalau made the post but also voted Thursday with the rest of the councilors to issue the apology.

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Human Rights Campaign endorses Oregon governor’s re-election bid

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) – America’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization has endorsed the re-election bid of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the nation’s first openly bisexual governor.

The Human Rights Campaign, based in Washington DC, announced its endorsement of the Democratic incumbent Oct. 4. Group President Chad Griffin called Brown a champion of equality.

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Rule gives Oregonians non-gender option on driver’s license

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SALEM, OR (AP) — In a move hailed by LGBTQ rights groups, Oregon became the first state in the US June 15 to allow residents to mark their gender as “not specified” on applications for driver’s licenses, learner’s permits and identity cards.

Under the new rule approved by the Oregon Transportation Commission, Oregonians who select the new option will have an X appear instead of M or F on those cards. The rule, which takes effect on July 3, is a first for the U.S., David House, spokesman for Oregon’s Driver and Motor Vehicles Division, or DMV, told The Associated Press.

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Oregon students could face expulsion for racially charged, transphobic video

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OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) – Two high school students could face expulsion after they allegedly made a video in which they use a racial epithet to refer to the school’s principal and black students at their school.

The Oregon City High School students also refer to transgender people in a derogatory way.

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Trump’s boasts ‘re-traumatizing’ for Oregon governor

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Donald Trump’s recently unearthed 2005 remarks bragging about sexual assault were “re-traumatizing” for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who’s a survivor of domestic violence.

The governor, who could become the first out LGBT person elected as governor in the United States, reflected in an interview Tuesday with the Washington Blade on the misogynistic comments from Trump that shook up the presidential race.

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Oregon bakery that refused service to gay couple goes out of business

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Gresham, Oregon bakery that denied service to a same-sex couple has closed its door permanently.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that according to a Sept. 29 Facebook post on a page for Sweet Cakes by Melissa the business shut down last month, though the owners continue to sell cakes from their home.

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Oregon governor speaks about being bisexual at commencement

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Salem, Ore. (AP) – Willamette University President Stephen Thorsett introduced Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to a crowd of thousands last weekend as the school’s 2016 commencement speaker.

As Brown approached the microphone, Thorsett, adorned in full academic regalia, bent down and positioned a small black wooden box behind the podium. Brown, 55 and short of stature, thanked him and stepped up.

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LGBT discrimination in North Carolina: Backlash round-up

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Across the U.S., big business is pulling out of North Carolina and state governors are banning travel to the state. This following the passage of a state law that prevents municipalities from passing measures that project LGBTs.

A round-up of the latest wave of backlash after the jump. Here’s yesterday’s round-up. 

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Orlando Derby Girls’ LGBT-inclusiveness puts them on track to compete internationally

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Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls are skating their way to high-stakes competition. On Jan. 22, the league was accepted alongside nine other teams – ranging in location from across the country in Hood River, Oregon to across the world in New Zealand –into an apprentice program for the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the international governing body of a sport considered by many to be the fastest-growing in the world.

Completion of the apprentice program typically takes from six months to a year. If the league is then accepted into WFTDA, it will play against the best teams in the country and even the world.

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New York moves toward conversion therapy ban

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New York (AP) – New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people’s sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Feb. 6, joining a number of states that have acted against what’s known as gay conversion therapy.

The Democratic governor’s move comes as gay rights advocates have campaigned state by state with mixed results to try to ban a practice that major mental health organizations have repudiated.

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