Fired Virginia teacher who wouldn’t use trans student’s pronouns sues

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WEST POINT, Va. (AP) | A Virginia high school teacher who was fired for refusing to use a transgender student’s new pronouns has filed a lawsuit.

The Washington Post reported Sept. 30 that Peter Vlaming is suing West Point Public Schools. The system is outside Richmond.

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LGBTQ youth who are making a difference: Ian Siljestrom

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Ian has made his way around Florida. Born in Cocoa Beach, he left for the University of Florida in Gainesville and then settled in Jacksonville where he was a science and health teacher for fifth graders.

“So I didn’t ever want to [work in the LGBTQ community]. It wasn’t ever of interest to me. I was all science everything. I studied sustainability in college. I intended to be an elementary school teacher to get my kid excited about science. And that’s what I did and that’s everything that drove me,” Ian says.

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Ex-teacher has certificates suspended over anti-gay comments

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey high school teacher who posted anti-gay comments on her Facebook page several years ago has agreed to a three-year suspension of her teaching certificates.

NJ.com reports that Jenye “Viki” Knox initially appealed a state Department of Education’s decision to revoke her three certificates to the Office of Administrative Law. But she then informed the education department she would agree to the three-year suspension.

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Combining wit, keen insights and an encyclopedic handle on what humans know about the universe, award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson re-invigorated the public’s scientific curiosity when he took over where Carl Sagan left off in Cosmos, the hit television mini-series exploring the mysteries of space and the contributions of astrophysicists to the world as we know it. The only human in history to be both a New York Times bestselling author and People magazine’s “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive,” Tyson’s massive appeal as a teacher and intellectual leads to sold-out lectures around the world.

Tampa Bay teacher arrested for watching gay porn in classroom

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MULBERRY, Fla. – A Tampa Bay area high school teacher was charged with four counts of showing obscene materials to minors have students caught him watching gay porn on his cellphone in class.

Vadi Velez-Gonzalez, a ninth grade reading teacher at Mulberry High School, is accused of having the pornographic video pulled up on his phone during class. A female student observed Gonzalez’s phone while at his desk asking him a question.

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Russian court rules against fired gay teacher

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St. Petersburg, Russia (AP) — A St. Petersburg court has ruled against a gay music teacher who lost her job after being outed by an anti-gay activist.

Ksenia Kirichenko, the lawyer for a gay rights organization which is representing the teacher, said on April 23 that the court this week refused the teacher’s demand to be reinstated.

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Gay teachers take legal action after being fired

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Winter Park – An attorney is demanding that a lesbian couple fired from a Winter Park pre-school allegedly for being gay get their jobs back and an apology and compensation for damages.

Mary Meeks, an Orlando attorney, is working with the couple on legal recourse. Meeks said the first step is a demand letter alleging that the terminations violate the Orange County Human Rights Ordinance and the federal Civil Rights Act, not to mention the Methodist Church’s own stance on LGBT discrimination.

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Online petition seeks to save job of gay speech teacher

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Students, parents and alumni of an Omaha Catholic high school have signed an online petition calling for the school to reverse its decision to fire a teacher over his same-sex relationship.

The change.org petition seeks to save the job of Matthew Eledge, an English teacher and Skutt Catholic High School’s speech team coach. His team recently won its fourth straight state championship.

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Gay Oregon teacher of the year terminated

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A special education teacher who was Oregon’s 2014 Teacher of the Year has been terminated.

The Oregonian reported that the Multnomah Education Service District announced April 3 it has terminated Brett Bigham.

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Catholic archdiocese of Cincinnati to tweak contract’s morality clauses

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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati plans to update language in its teachers’ contract following a committee’s suggestions on its morality clauses.
Archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the tweaked language in the contract will clarify what is expected of employees. The clarifications come after last year’s contract sparked protests for its language prohibiting “homosexual lifestyles,” abortion, artificial insemination and public support for any of those causes.

The public battle, which included a protest march, online petitions and a dozen opposition billboards, had divided some of the region’s Catholics. But a large majority of the schools’ 2,800 teachers still signed the contract.

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Michigan nuns to reconsider school policies

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) – The Catholic nuns who operate a suburban Detroit school plan to re-examine policies regarding the decision to fire a gay teacher after she became pregnant.

Sister Mary Jane Herb, president of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, said in a letter to Marian High School alumnae Sept. 22 that the congregation has been inspired to view similar incidents with a different outlook, the Detroit Free Press reported.

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Gay teacher gets apology 42 years after being fired

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — In 1972, Jim Gaylord was a social studies teacher at Tacoma’s Wilson High School.

He was 35, well regarded by students and colleagues and, in the parlance of the day, a confirmed bachelor.

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