Chris Dyer

Chris Dyer, based in Lincoln, Neb., is a staff writer for LGBTQ Nation.

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Transgender woman fatally shot in Maryland; suspect arrested

Suspect Rico Hector LeBlond (left) and victim Zella Ziona (right)
Officers say 21-year-old Zella Ziona was found suffering from a gunshot wound about 5:45 p.m. Thursday in an alleyway. ...

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Petition drive to repeal Omaha’s LGBT non-discrimination ordinance fails

Flag of the city of Omaha, Neb.
OMAHA, Neb. -- A petition effort by led by local churches and family values organizations in Omaha has failed to gather enough signatures to launch a referendum to repeal an Omaha city ordinance that protects its LGBT citizens. ...

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LGBT-friendly bills introduced in Neb.; state University to offer same-sex employee benefits

LINCOLN, Neb. -- As the 2013 legislative session in Nebraska commenced last week with two LGBT-friendly bills introduced for debate, the University of Nebraska announced it plans to offer health care benefits for the university's partnered same-sex and opposite-sex couples. ...

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Oregon set to cover transgender youth under Medicaid

SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon state Health Plan and its Healthy Kids Program will soon begin covering medically-necessary care for young people experiencing gender dysphoria on Oct. 1, 2014, making Oregon the first state to ensure coverage of transgender kids ...

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Lesbian who faked hate crime found guilty after pleading ‘no contest’

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- In a Lancaster County courtroom Monday, Judge Gale Pokorny, found Charlie Rogers guilty of staging a fake anti-gay hate crime that shocked both the citizens of Lincoln, Neb., and the nation -- first for the brutality of ...

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Nebraska town overrides mayor’s veto to add protections for gay city workers

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- The Grand Island, Neb., city council on Tuesday voted to add "sexual orientation" to the city's non-discrimination policy by overruling a mayoral veto. ...

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Woman accused of faking ‘hate crime’ attack slams investigators

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The woman accused of staging a "hate crime" and filing a false police report in a highly publicized incident earlier this year, continues to maintain that she is a victim and denies fabricating the incident. ...

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Petition drive launched to strike down law protecting LGBT people in Omaha

Patrick Bonnett (left) and Femi Awodele
OMAHA, Neb. -- An outspoken opponent of LGBT rights in Omaha has launched a petition drive to overturn the city’s legal protections for LGBT residents. ...

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University student leader criticized over decision to veto pro-LGBT bills

Eric Kamler
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Association of Students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has voted to override two vetoes by the student senate’s president, one which expressed support for extending benefits to spouses of LGBT NU staff and faculty, and another ...

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Nebraska lesbian who allegedly faked hate crime headed to trial

Charlie RogersBooking photo.
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Lancaster County, Neb., District Court Judge Gale Pokorny on Thursday continued until Nov. 19 the case against a Nebraska woman charged with providing false information to police in connection to an alleged anti-gay hate crime that investigators ...

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