College professor under fire for ‘Female or Shemale’ class quiz

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A college professor at New York College at Geneseo is under investigation for giving students a quiz to identify transgender women from cis-gender women.

Sociology professor David Sorbello put on a slideshow of a quiz titled “Female or Shemale” which featured 16 photos of women. Students were meant to identify which of the women were transgender.

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Two students seek $1 million in racial, sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Two students have filed a discrimination lawsuit against The Evergreen State College and its former women’s basketball coach Jennifer Schooler.

A complaint for damages was filed by ShaMarica Scott and Linda Wilson, both of Olympia, on Oct. 13 in U.S District Court’s Western Washington district in Tacoma, The Olympian reported.

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Orlando Youth Alliance gives $14,000 in scholarships

By : Anna M. Johnson
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The Audubon Park Exchange community room, hidden above East End Market, buzzed with conversations ranging from the political climate of Central Florida to the effectiveness of the lighting in a production of Les Miserables. The students leading those talks wouldn’t be able to study politics or theatre without the help of local LGBT group Orlando Youth Alliance.

OYA serves LGBTQ children and adults between the ages of 13 and 24 in their three Central Florida locations. OYA specifically focuses on offering a community with safe spaces for self-expression. They hosted their reception for their six scholarship winners on Wednesday night.

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Marist, not subject to NY’s state ban on travel to North Carolina, will play Duke in November

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke has filled the hole in its men’s basketball schedule.

Officials said Aug. 16 that the Blue Devils will play host to Marist on Nov. 11 and Grand Canyon the following night as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off.

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Orlando 2016 Fringe Review: Douchebags

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Douchebags is probably the straightest play on the planet. For those who criticize the festival for being majorly gay (not a bad thing here at Watermark), it’s likely to be the palate cleanser of choice between shows named after lesbians consuming breakfast pastries, among other things.

This show finds a cozy home in the Yellow Venue at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, perfect for the intimate revelations and insecurities that permeate the script for its hour-long runtime.

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Florida colleges offer safer housing to LGBT students

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A gigantic rainbow flag adorns one wall in Haiden Baier’s new college dorm room, alongside a few photos, illustrations and the lyrics to a Fall Out Boy song. In past years, the University of North Florida junior said he would usually wait a few weeks to hang it up.

Baier, born female, began identifying as transgender two years ago. It took another year before he was comfortable coming out. He said in the past, he’s played it down with roommates for the first month or so to avoid awkwardness.

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India appoints 1st transgender woman as head of college

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KOLKATA, India (AP) – India has for the first time appointed a transgender woman as the principal of a college, a top education official said May 27.

Manabi Banerjee, a transgender woman, will head the Krishnagar Women’s College in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, said Dipak K. Kar, chairman of an education panel that selects college principals in the state.

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Michigan college class focuses on ‘Orange is the New Black’ series

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KOCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Saginaw Valley State University is offering a new course focusing on a popular Netflix series about a female prison.

Assistant Professor of English Kim Lacey will use “Orange is the New Black” as a basis when she teaches Writing about Oppression on TV this winter. She plans to discuss issues related to race, gender, class and sexual orientation with examples from the show’s plotlines.

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