WVa lawsuit: School official harassed trans teen in bathroom

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) | A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a West Virginia transgender male who said an assistant principal harassed him when he tried to use the boys’ bathroom, the latest in a string of court challenges to school policies for transgender students nationwide.

The lawsuit filed in state court accuses the Harrison County Board of Education of failing to create a safe school environment for teenager Michael Critchfield, the American Civil Liberties Union announced in a news release Aug. 28.

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School official appeals job removal after trans boy harassed

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) | A West Virginia assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student is appealing a decision to remove him from his job after this school year.

WBOY-TV reports an attorney for Lee Livengood asked the Harrison County Board of Education to reconsider last week’s vote not to renew Livengood’s contract at the end of a three-year probationary period.

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Assistant principal accused of harassing trans boy loses job

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) | An assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student will be out of his job after this school year.

The board of education in Harrison County, West Virginia, voted to not renew a probationary contract for Lee Livengood, who allegedly followed a teenager into the boys’ bathroom at Liberty High School and said “You freak me out.”

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Manchin explains why he’s the only Senate Dem not supporting Equality Act

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has come out with an explanation for why he’s the only Senate Democrat who has declined to support the Equality Act, citing concerns about potential problems for local schools.

Manchin issued the statement to media outlets ton March 18 in the aftermath of reintroduction of legislation last week in both chambers of Congress, insisting he “support[s] equality for all people and do[es] not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”

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Ministerial group denounces delegate’s anti-gay remarks

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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) | A ministerial group and a former delegate of Mercer County, West Virginia, have denounced disparaging remarks about the gay community made by the current county delegate.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported Feb. 14 that the Bluefield Ministerial Association and former Republican Del. Marty Gearheart believe Del. Eric Porterfield’s comments to be inappropriate.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: Brian Gallaher

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AGE: 31

HOMETOWN: Grafton, West Virginia

IDENTIFIES AS: Gay

PRONOUNS: He/Him/His

SIGN: Aries

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W.Va. GOP chief rebukes delegate’s remarks on gay community

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) | The head of the West Virginia Republican Party has denounced comments from a GOP member of the House of Delegates about the gay community.

State GOP chairwoman Melody Potter says in a statement Mercer County Delegate Eric Porterfield’s comments were “hateful, hurtful, and do not reflect the values of our country, our state, and the Republican Party.”

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Delegate compares gay community to Ku Klux Klan

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) | A West Virginia delegate has told a reporter he thinks “the LGBTQ is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan.”

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Del. Eric Porterfield made the comments after calling to discuss a story on controversial earlier comments. The Mercer Republican also told the reporter the gay community is a “terrorist group.”

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Board to meet in W.Va. transgender student harassment case

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) | A county school board in West Virginia is considering whether to suspend an assistant principal for a bathroom incident involving a transgender male student.

Fifteen-year-old Michael Critchfield says Liberty High School Assistant Principal Lee Livengood harassed him for using a boys’ bathroom on Nov. 27, and told him, “you freak me out.”

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Beckley to vote on LGBTQ discrimination ordinance

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) | Another West Virginia city is set to vote on adding protections for LGBTQ people.

The Register-Herald reports the city of Beckley will hold a first reading for the ordinance on Jan. 8. If it passes, Beckley would become the 13th city in West Virginia to approve such an ordinance.

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Assistant principal accused of harassing transgender student

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) | A West Virginia high school’s assistant principal should be disciplined after questioning a transgender male student over his choice of bathrooms and saying, “you freak me out,” the American Civil Liberties Union said.

The ACLU’s West Virginia chapter said it has asked the Harrison County schools superintendent to take action against Assistant Principal Lee Livengood at Liberty High School in Clarksburg. An ACLU statement said the chapter also is seeking best-practice policies and training in the school system for dealing with transgender students and issues.

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Jury acquits West Virginia man accused of hate crime

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) | A federal jury has acquitted a West Virginia man charged with attacking a woman at a bar in part because she is a lesbian.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a jury of 10 men and two women on Friday found John P. Taylor IV not guilty of violating the Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

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