D.C. schools to allow students to register as ‘non-binary’

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In a little-noticed development, the D.C. public school system earlier this year adopted a policy that will allow parents to select a category of “non-binary” rather than male or female when asked on school enrollment forms to indicate their child’s gender.

D.C. Public Schools spokesperson Shayne Wells said the school system’s interim chancellor, Amanda Alexander, finalized the policy over the summer as part of an annual effort initiated by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to streamline and update D.C. government forms.

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Md. school district, trans student reach settlement

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Talbot County, Md., Public Schools and attorneys representing a male transgender student reached a settlement on Monday in a 2016 lawsuit filed by the then 14-year-old student challenging his school’s refusal to allow him to use the boys locker room and bathrooms.

The settlement allows Max Brennan, who’s now 16, to freely use the boys’ restrooms and locker room at St. Michaels Middle High School in Talbot County, Md. His attorneys with the ACLU and the Maryland LGBT advocacy group Free State Justice consider the settlement a major victory for transgender rights.

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Illinois Senate votes to teach LGBTQ history in school

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has approved requiring public schools to teach LGBTQ history.

The Senate voted 34-18 Wednesday on the plan by Chicago Democratic Sen. Heather Steans (STAYNZ’).

It would require schools to teach a history unit on the role in society and contributions of gays, lesbians and other LGBTQ individuals .

Steans says it is consistent with state law that already requires students learn the history of races or ethnicities like blacks, Asians, Hungarians, and French people.

California is the only state with an LGBTQ education law. It was enacted in 2017.

Republican Sen. Chuck Weaver of Peoria says the initiative could infringe on religious freedom. Other Republicans say schools would maintain control over how the topic is taught.

The legislation goes to the House.

Illinois Senate plan would include LGBTQ history in schools

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois senators advanced a plan requiring public schools to teach a unit on the role and societal contributions of gays, lesbians and other LGBTQ individuals.

The Senate Education committee endorsed the measure 8-2 Tuesday. If enacted, Illinois would become just the second state to approve an LGBTQ inclusive curriculum.

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OUC Speakers at Dr. Phillips Center: An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Dr. Phillips Center in association with Bill Blumenreich present An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Public On-Sale: 10 a.m., Friday, April 1, 2016
Dr. Phillips Center Members get Pre-Sale Access.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $45.00
Walt Disney Theater

“An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies”

From Star Wars to Monster’s Inc. to Interstellar, an entertaining and enlightening review of all the science that our favorite movies got wrong, combined with some of the stuff they got right.

Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia.

Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

10 states sued the federal government over transgender bathroom policy

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Ten states sued the federal government July 8 over rules requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms conforming to their gender identity, joining a dozen other states in the latest fight over LGBT rights.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Nebraska and included nine other states: Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

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Puerto Rican schools relax dress code rules to include LGBT students

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Students at public schools across Puerto Rico for the first time can choose to wear pants or skirts as part of their uniform regardless of their gender without being punished, a move that has unleashed a debate in this socially conservative island.

Education Secretary Rafael Roman said Oct. 12 that the new regulation he recently signed is meant to be inclusive of gay, lesbian and transgender students. He added that teachers will no longer be allowed to discipline students who prefer to wear pants instead of skirts or vice versa.

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