Student charged over protest at anti-transgender speech

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) | A University of Missouri-Kansas City student is facing charges after he sprayed a substance toward conservative political commentator Michael Knowles during an anti-transgender speech.

Knowles was giving a speech titled “Men are Not Women” on the Missouri-Kansas City campus April 11 when protesters disrupted the event. Authorities said that during the disruption, student Gerard Dabu used a water gun to spray a substance at Knowles, who was not injured. Police tackled and subdued Dabu with a stun gun near the stage.

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California man to stand trial for gay student’s slaying

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) | About six months before he was stabbed to death in what prosecutors call a hate crime, a gay University of Pennsylvania student graphically discussed hopes to have sex with the man now charged in his killing, an investigator said Tuesday.

Blaze Bernstein texted a friend a photo of Samuel Woodward and said the two had run into each other and he thought they were going to hook up, saying sex with the former schoolmate would be “legendary.”

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55th Annual Halifax Art Festival

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The Halifax Art Festival presents a unique blend of fine arts, fine crafts, music, food and fun for everyone.  It’s free to the public with plenty of free parking.  The Festival brings over 250 juried local, regional, and national artists to Daytona’s downtown Beach Street between the Riverfront Shops and the Halifax River.  It offers affordable art for the established as well as the beginning collector.  Offering live entertainment both days, a student art exhibit, and hands-on children’s art activities.  Presented by the Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences to benefit the Museum of Arts & Sciences, it’s Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art.

4th Circuit denies request to expedite Gavin Grimm case

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A federal appeals court on Friday denied a motion to expedite the case of a transgender student who is challenging his Virginia school district’s bathroom policy.

Gavin Grimm in 2015 filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School District’s policy prohibiting students from using bathrooms and locker rooms that don’t correspond with their “biological gender.”

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New HBO documentary ‘The Trans List’ premiering tonight

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nicole-mainesORONO, Maine (AP) – A transgender student whose battle over the right to use a girls’ bathroom led to a landmark court ruling in Maine is being featured in a new HBO documentary.

The Trans List premieres tonight, Dec. 5, and explores what it means to be a transgender American.

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ACLU settles lawsuit over student’s “Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!” t-shirt

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has settled a federal lawsuit sparked by a student’s T-shirt in support of gay rights.

The Tennessean reports the lawsuit was filed in November on behalf of a Richland High School senior whom the school system censored after she wore a shirt to the school supporting equality for lesbian and gay people.

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Transgender guidelines for Minnesota prep sports considered

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota High School League will vote on establishing guidelines for transgender student-athlete participation.

The guidelines would be the first in the state for transgender student athletes. The proposal describes how schools should accommodate locker room privacy and outlines the medical documentation that students must have to identify themselves as transgender.

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Kentucky univeristy designates gender neutral restrooms

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MURRAY, Ky. (AP) – Murray State University has designated three single-person restrooms as gender neutral restrooms available to any person regardless of gender identity or expression.

The Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender program coordinator at the school, Jody Cofer Randall, says these restrooms are important to a segment of the university population.

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High School student expelled for porn back in school

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COCOA, Fla.  – A central Florida high school student who says he was expelled from school after performing in a gay adult film is being allowed to return to school.

Brevard County School District officials said Jan. 21 they were wrong to punish 18-year-old Robert Marucci and that he may resume his senior year at Cocoa High School.

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Student says fraternity rejected him because he’s gay

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Baltimore (AP) – A Morgan State University student has filed a complaint after he says he was denied membership in a fraternity because he is gay.

WBFF-TV reports Brian Stewart wanted to be a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He says members of the fraternity hinted that because of his sexual orientation he was unlikely to be admitted. Stewart got a denial letter Oct. 3 and filed a claim against the university and the fraternity a few weeks later.

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Transgender student barred from women’s restroom in Clearwater

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Alex Wilson is a certified nursing assistant, but she wants to become a licensed practical nurse, so she’s taking classes at Pinellas Technical Education Center.

Until early July, she had been using the women’s restroom at school. Wilson was born male, but is four years into hormone replacement therapy. She hasn’t undergone sexual reassignment surgery.

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Parent claims teacher turned daughter gay

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A straight teacher at Florida’s Deerfield Beach High School is battling her school district over its handling of an accusation she helped turn a young girl lesbian.

Hibbs has filed charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the district as well as the school’s principal and the assistant principal.

Juliet Hibbs, 47, was investigated last year for misconduct when the student’s parents complained to the school principal that she should have notified them of their daughter’s orientation and may have even contributed to her homosexuality.

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