Hawaii governor signs bill banning conversion therapy for minors

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Friday signed into law a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy for minors.

“Sexual orientation is not an illness to be ‘cured’ — we accept you just the way you are,” said Ige in a tweet that included a picture of him signing the bill.

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Oregon school district accused of forcing LGBTQ student to read Bible as punishment

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COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon school district is accused of forcing students to read Bible passages as a form of punishment, among other accusations.

The Coos Bay World reported Tuesday that the North Bend School District initially denied the claim, but the building administrator later acknowledged in an interview with state education officials that he demanded Bible reading for punishment.

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District won’t allow students to read book on trans kid

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HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon school district has elected not to allow its third- through fifth-graders to participate in a statewide reading program after finding the content of one of the books inappropriate.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Hermiston School District spokeswoman Maria Duron says the district’s elementary school principals decided one title, “George,” about a transgender child “was not appropriate for students” in those grades.

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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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