School brass OKs curriculum with LGBT figures after debate

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ROCKLIN, Calif. (AP) | A Northern California school district narrowly approved a new curriculum that includes contributions made by LGBT figures.

The Rocklin Unified School District approved the curriculum in a 3-2 vote that came after a heated debate in a packed school board meeting that lasted past midnight, the Sacramento Bee reported.

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Prison doctor settles with state over LGBTQ discrimination

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)| A psychologist at a California prison is receiving $275,000 to settle her lawsuit alleging that she was twice locked in a room with a dangerous inmate in retaliation for reporting mistreatment of gay and transgender inmates.

The Sacramento Bee reported Oct. 17 that Lori Jespersen accepted the settlement in May in return for agreeing to resign from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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Parole recommended for California inmate seeking sex reassignment surgery

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state panel recommended parole for a Northern California transgender inmate on May 21, a decision that could keep her from receiving the prison-funded sex reassignment surgery she says is necessary for her emotional health.

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy is no longer dangerous and should be freed, a pair of parole commissioners decided after a hearing. Norsworthy, 51, has served 28 years in prison for a second-degree murder conviction from Orange County.

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Bill that would take away Boy Scouts tax breaks stalls

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Sacramento, Calif. (AP) – A bill to strip the Boy Scouts of America of its tax-exempt status in California because of the organization’s refusal to allow gay troop leaders stalled in the Legislature after failing to garner enough votes to pass.

SB323 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would deny state tax breaks to nonprofit youth groups that discriminate on the basis of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion or religious affiliation.

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