Cheyenne school principal replaced after flyers incident

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) | A Wyoming school district says it has replaced the principal of a Cheyenne junior high school where racist and anti-gay flyers were posted a month ago.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Laramie County District 1 Superintendent Boyd Brown declined comment on the details of the principal’s departure, citing personnel matters.

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Wyoming lawmaker disputes account of remarks about gays

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) | A Wyoming state lawmaker accused of comparing homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia while talking to a group of high school students denied Feb. 12 that she made any such comparison but now said she faces “racial slurs” and threats as a result.

Republican Sen. Lynn Hutchings said in a statement she didn’t intend to demean the Cheyenne Central High School students and believes she treated them kindly. “It is unfortunate, but I now recognize, that my attempts at meaningful dialogue on this specific issue did not come across as I intended,” Hutchings said in the statement.

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20 years after his tragic death, we look back and remember Matthew Shepard and the work done in his name

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In the early evening hours of Oct. 7, 1998, a cyclist was heading down a desolate, dirt road outside of the town of Laramie, Wyo. when he passed by something hanging from a fence. The cyclist initially thought, with it being so close to Halloween, that it was a scarecrow decoration. The “scarecrow” turned out to be the beaten and broken body of 21-year-old, openly-gay college student Matthew Shepard. He was barely breathing. His face was completely covered in his own blood, sans a strip down each side of his face where his tears washed the blood and dirt clean.

This was the introduction of the heinous attack to police, and eventually Shepard ‘s friends and family, the media and the world. The attack was felt firsthand by Shepard 18 hours prior after meeting two men in their early 20s at the Fireside Lounge, a bar in Laramie.

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Wyoming’s biggest city will wait-and-see on LGBTQ discrimination ordinance

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – City council members in Wyoming’s largest city are holding off on plans to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Cheyenne council members say they want to see how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in a Colorado case involving a baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

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GOP senator regrets saying guy in tutu ‘kind of asks for it’

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A Republican senator from Wyoming said April 25 he regrets his poor choice of words after telling students a man who wears a tutu to a bar and gets into fights “kind of asks for it.”

Sen. Mike Enzi said in a statement that his comments at Greybull High School and Middle School last week were about respect, tolerance and the dangers of bullying.

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Wyoming court decides to censure, not remove judge who opposes marriage equality

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – A small-town judge who says her religious beliefs prevent her from presiding over same-sex marriages was publicly censured by the Wyoming Supreme Court on Tuesday.

But while the court said her conduct undermines the integrity of the judicial system, it does not warrant removal from the bench. In a 3-2 decision, Justice Kate Fox wrote that Judge Ruth Neely violated judicial conduct code but removing Neely would “unnecessarily circumscribe protected expression.”

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Wyoming Senate votes down bill banning LGBTQ discrimination

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – The Wyoming Senate has voted down a bill that would have banned discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Senate’s Committee of the Whole voted 17-13 against the bill, indefinitely postponing it. The bill would have allowed exceptions for religious organizations.

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Wyoming legislature introduces non-discrimination bill that supports discrimination. OK, here we go.

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We could see the house of cards in the distance and predict its crumbling, but in Wyoming? Today the American Civil Liberties Union reported on the “Government Nondiscrimination Act” released just last week, HB 135. Effectively, it’s another attempt at removing the power of local rule on social issues, something those of us in Florida are by now familiar with. But it’s worse than what we got post-Textgate in Florida, wherein municipalities were forbidden from forcing employers to allow sick days. In fact, it encourages discrimination. If this harbinger of doom is coming from liberal Wyoming, we don’t even know how far things are about to go.  The ACLU’s report is after the jump.

 

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Oil field services company sued for harassment of gay worker

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing an oil field services company, alleging a gay worker was harassed at the company’s North Dakota location.

The lawsuit filed Dec. 22 in federal court claims Wyoming-based Rocky Mountain Casing Co. allowed the harassment of Michael Allyn, who worked as a driver at the company’s Williston facility from January 2011 to April 2015. The EEOC says this is the first lawsuit it has brought in North Dakota that deals with harassment over sexual orientation.

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Prison sentence handed out to transgender bank robber

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – A transgender woman who robbed a bank in an attempt to be sent back to prison expressed a change in heart, and a sympathetic judge sentenced her Oct. 12 to six years in a federal women’s prison, far less than the 20 years she could have gotten.

Linda Thompson, 59, told the courtroom that whatever sentence U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal handed down would be fine with her, but she hoped yet to get a commercial driver’s license and land a job driving a truck.

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University of Wyoming houses LGBT archive

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming is housing an archive dedicated to the history of the Rocky Mountains’ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Out West in the Rockies expands a program started by former Wyoming resident Gregory Hinton at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

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Wyoming town passes LGBT protections, nearly 20 years after Matthew Shepard murder

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LARAMIE, Wyoming (AP) – When Matthew Shepard was beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead nearly 20 years ago, his murder became a rallying cry in the gay rights movement.

Other states adopted stricter laws against violence and discrimination, and Congress passed hate crimes legislation bearing Shepard’s name.

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