Texas teacher who sued school district reaches settlement

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ABOVE: Stacey Bailey in school photo. (Photo from Twitter)

MANSFIELD, Texas (AP) | A Texas teacher who alleged she was discriminated against because of her sexual orientation has reached a settlement with the school district.

Stacy Bailey, who is an art teacher at Mansfield Independent School District, will get a letter of recommendation and a $100,000 payment to her and her attorney as part of the settlement. The school board approved the settlement Feb. 24.

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Olympic qualification a hurdle for out Tongan swimmer

By : Kevin Majoros OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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An elite athlete who represents his or her country on the international stage generally receives living expenses and medical insurance funded from a variety of sources.

The athlete may also receive paid travel and accommodation for competitions, high quality racing gear, training equipment, coaching, post-workout recovery treatment and nutritional supplementation.

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Thousands attend Creating Change conference in Dallas

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ABOVE: Houston-based transgender activist Monica Roberts speaks at a rally against transphobic violence at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change conference in Dallas on Jan. 16, 2020. Photo courtesy of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

DALLAS | Thousands of activists from the U.S. and around the world attended he National LGBTQ Task Force’s annual Creating Change conference that took place last weekend in Dallas.

A rally against anti-transgender violence took place on Jan. 16 before the conference officially began with a keynote speech from Rev. angel Kyodo williams, founder of the Center for Transformative Change in California. The Task Force on the same night honored Monica Roberts, a Houston-based trans activist and blogger.

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Dallas men plead guilty to using Grindr to target gay men for hate crimes

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ABOVE: Pablo Ceniceros-Deleon (L) and Daryl Henry, photos courtesy of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.

Two men in Dallas have pled guilty to a hate crime and other charges for using Grindr to commit violence against gay men and rob them by forcing them at gunpoint to withdraw money at ATMs, the U.S. Justice Department announced Friday.

Daryl Henry, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of committing a hate crime under the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and one count of conspiracy to commit hate crimes, kidnapping and carjacking.

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Texas judge warned for refusing to perform same-sex weddings

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WACO, Texas (AP) | The Texas agency that investigates judicial misconduct issued a public warning to a justice of the peace who has refused to perform same-sex weddings.

In its warning, made public Dec. 2, the Texas Commission on Judicial Misconduct said McLennan County Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley has refused to perform same-sex weddings since August 2016, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision a year earlier that established the constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Some other justices of the peace in the county stopped performing weddings altogether after the Supreme Court’s ruling.

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Gohmert: Supreme Court ruling for trans people will create ‘great dictators’

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Rep. Louie Gohmert, photo by Gage Skimore via Wikimedia Commons.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) had dire predictions Saturday about the fate of the republic if the Supreme Court delivers a victory for transgender people in the pending Title VII cases.

Gohmert, a notorious and longtime opponent of LGBT rights, said the decision would lead to “such obscurity for right and wrong that it will [cause] chaos,” and transgender advocates seeking the ruling “think of out of chaos will come these great dictators.”

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Police: Shooting of Dallas transgender woman was hate crime

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DALLAS (AP) | Police in Dallas say a transgender woman was seriously wounded after being shot multiple times and are investigating the attack as a hate crime.

Investigators say a man driving a pickup pulled alongside the woman late Friday, yelled slurs about her gender identity and fired several times, striking her in the chest and arm.

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Gina Ortiz Jones challenges Texas congressman again

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ABOVE: Gina Ortiz Jones, a former Air Force captain who is an out lesbian, is once again challenging U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) (Photo by Ana Isabel Photography)

SAN ANTONIO | A former Air Force captain who is once again running against a Texas congressman whose sprawling district borders the U.S.-Mexico border on July 18 described the Trump administration’s immigration policy as “a moral crisis.”

“It’s shortsighted at best,” Gina Ortiz Jones told the Washington Blade during an interview at a Mexican restaurant near her home in San Antonio. “It’s cruel at worst.”

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Ex-‘Who’s the Boss?’ star Danny Pintauro becomes vet tech in Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) | Millions knew him as Jonathan Bower in the popular 1980s and 1990s TV series “Who’s the Boss,” in which he starred alongside Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano.

The Austin American-Statesman reports photographers snapped him on red carpets. Magazines like Tiger Beat featured him. He was even interviewed by Oprah.

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Texas transgender woman seen in videotaped attack found dead

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ABOVE: Muhlaysia Booker. (Image from Booker’s Facebook page)

DALLAS (AP) | A 23-year-old transgender woman seen on a widely circulated video being beaten in front of a crowd of people was found dead over the weekend in a Dallas shooting, police said.

Muhlaysia Booker was found face-down in a street early May 18 and no suspect has been identified, police Maj. Vincent Weddington said on May 19. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Top firms decry religious exemption bills proposed in Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) | Some of the world’s biggest companies are back to oppose a range of new Texas legislation they say is discriminatory, two years after Apple, Facebook and other Fortune 500 companies banded together with gay rights activists in defeating the state’s “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people.

The corporate giants, which also include Google, Amazon, and IBM, joined Texas businesses and more than a dozen local chambers of commerce in a letter to lawmakers March 27 urging the Republican-controlled Legislature to focus on other legislation.

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Texas sick leave bill alarms LGBT advocates

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AUSTIN, Texas — A proposed bill affecting paid sick leave in Texas is being criticized for its implications for LGBT workers, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) filed Senate Bill 15 to prohibit municipalities from requiring private employers to offer paid sick leave and other benefits to workers. But a tweak made to the bill a few weeks ago has some worried it could threaten city ordinances that prohibit employers from discriminating against workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity, The News reports. 

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