Parents sue Madison schools over transgender policy

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) | A group of parents filed a lawsuit Feb. 11 alleging the Madison school district’s transgender policy is unconstitutional because it prohibits teachers and staff from informing parents that their children are transgender.

Conservative law firm Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed the lawsuit on the parents’ behalf in Dane County Circuit Court.

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Reps. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Anna V. Eskamani praise Fifth Third Bank for standing with LGBTQ students, employees

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ABOVE: Reps. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Anna V. Eskamani at the Florida State Capitol Building in Tallahassee Jan. 23. (Photo from Rep. Smith’s Facebook page)

Fifth Third Bank announced on Jan. 28 that they will no longer be donating to Florida’s voucher system if it continues to support voucher schools that discriminate against LGBTQ students and employees 

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Rep. Anna V. Eskamani called the bank out on social media for funding anti-LGBTQ, with Smith tweeting, “Marching in @OrlandoPride while also funding anti-LGBTQ schools is NOT okay!” 

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Kentucky Senate advances bill that would allow religious expression in public schools

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Senators voted Feb. 10 for the measure that defends the rights of students to express religious beliefs in public schools and allows the Bible to be used for the study of religion.

Senate Bill (SB) 17 passed with a vote of 31-3. It now moves to the House.

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Virginia school board asks high court to hear transgender bathroom case

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Virginia school board urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Aug. 29 to weigh in on whether a transgender male must be allowed to use the boys bathroom at his high school, framing it as an issue of national importance.

The Gloucester County School Board wants the justices to review a decision from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the board’s policy barring 17-year-old Gavin Grimm from using the restroom that matches his gender identity violates Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination in schools.

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Sarasota County School Board refuses to vote on a trans-inclusive bathroom policy

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SARASOTA – Students and allies of the trans community spoke out yet again for a trans-inclusive bathroom policy for Sarasota County schools at a school board meeting Aug. 2, and again the Sarasota County School Board refused to vote on a policy.

Since January, when Pine View Charter School created a policy that gave transgender students the right to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, members from both sides of the argument have been asking for the school board to make a decision on the policy.

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Brevard County School Board passes LGBT non-discrimination policy

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The Brevard County School Board voted 3-2 to adopt a new non-discrimination policy at all Brevard County public schools that would include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity on July 19.

School board members Andy Ziegler, Amy Kneessy and Misty Belford voted to pass the non-discrimination measure, while members John Craig and Karen Henderson opposed adding in the protections.

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