Ky. governor signs ‘religious freedom’ bill against LGBT students

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
Comments: 0

On the same day President Trump came to visit his state for a “Make America Great Again” rally, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin penned his name to a bill allowing student groups at high schools and public colleges to turn away LGBT people out of religious objections.

Motivated in reaction to a school cutting a Bible verse from a student production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Senate Bill 17 was ostensibly intended to protect the religious expression of students. The measure permits them to express religious viewpoints, wear clothing with religious messages and use school media to announce student religious meetings free from discrimination.

Continue Reading >>

Md. schools still hostile to LGBT students

By : Steve Charing of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
Comments: 0

Share this story:

GLSEN last month released state-level data from its benchmark “National School Climate Survey,” which shows that U.S. secondary schools are slowly improving but remain hostile environments for many LGBTQ students.

In Maryland, the report found:

Continue Reading >>

As sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise, the battle for LGBTQ sex ed in schools is more important than ever

By : Samuel Johnson
Comments: 0

Another tale of twin cities is encapsulated in twin counties, both nestled on the Tampa Bay. St. Petersburg occupies the southern borders of the bay and Tampa hugs the northern shoreline; Pinellas County and Hillsborough County respectfully.

Like most twin cities, these twin counties are dealing with some of the same civic and social challenges: shared infrastructure or shared natural resources or even shifting residential patterns. Another aspect that these twin counties share is the startling rates of sexually risky behavior among their youth, which manifests itself in high rates of sexual infections and diseases.

Continue Reading >>

LGBTQ Pride assembly at Virginia Beach school postponed

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – An LGBTQ Pride assembly scheduled to occur at Cox High School in Virginia Beach has been postponed.

Media outlets report that the assembly, planned by the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, was scheduled to take place Dec. 5.

Continue Reading >>

LGBT group sues Utah over anti-gay school laws

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawsuit filed Monday seeks to open up a new front in LGBT rights following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage by challenging laws they say discriminate against LGBT students by restricting talk about homosexuality in schools.

The suit contends the law blocked teachers from helping a 7-year-old boy targeted by bullies for wearing girls’ clothes because it prevented them from saying it’s OK to be gay.

Continue Reading >>

Suit alleging Catholic school same-sex marriage bias will proceed

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) – A judge has rejected a Roman Catholic school’s request that she reconsider dismissing a lawsuit filed by a former employee who claims she was fired because she’s married to a woman.

The Record reports the ruling made by Superior Court Judge Lisa Perez Friscia was made public on Oct. 21.

Continue Reading >>

Trans teen fights Jacksonville courts to keep out of abusive home

By : Jeremy Williams
Comments: 0

JACKSONVILLE – Ryan Stalvey, a transgender high school student from Jacksonville, Fla., is doing all the things a typical teen does as they start a new school year. He is getting new clothes and catching up with friends he hasn’t seen since last year, but Stalvey is also worrying about whether the state is going to force him to live in an abusive household.

Stalvey, who is 16, currently lives with a foster family. In May 2014 he came out to his parents as transgender.

Continue Reading >>

Obama’s transgender directive to schools goes to court

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

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.

Here’s what you need to know:

Continue Reading >>

LGBTQ advocacy group urges Big 12 to pass on adding BYU

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

Share this story:

An LGBTQ advocacy group has sent a letter to the commissioner of the Big 12 urging the conference to remove BYU from consideration for membership because it says the school has discriminatory policies.

Athlete Ally, a nonprofit group that works with sports leagues and organizations on educational and awareness programs, wrote in a letter dated Aug. 8 that “… through its policies, BYU is very clear about its intent to discriminate against openly LGBT students …”

Continue Reading >>

Gender-neutral attire for NY high school graduation

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

Share this story:

Port Washington, N.Y. (AP) – A Long Island high school graduation ceremony later this month will feature gender-neutral attire.

A spokeswoman for the Port Washington school district says all students graduating from Paul D. Schreiber High School will wear blue gowns and white stoles.

Continue Reading >>

Virginia court refuses to reconsider transgender bathroom case

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

Richmond, Va. (AP) – The debate over whether transgender students should be able to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal appeals court refused May 31 to reconsider a three-judge panel’s ruling on the matter.

The Gloucester County School Board had asked for a review by the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel said in a 2-1 decision last month that a Virginia high school discriminated against a transgender teen by forbidding him from using the boy’s restroom.

Continue Reading >>

High school student kicked out of prom for wearing a suit instead of a dress

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

Share this story:

Harrisburg (AP) – A Pennsylvania high school student said she was barred from attending her prom because she wore a suit rather than a dress.

Aniya Wolf said she’s a lesbian who has worn a shirt and pants for all three years she has attended Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, according to WHTM-TV. She and her mother, Carolyn Wolf, said the family got a last-minute email saying girls had to wear dresses to attend prom.

Continue Reading >>