By Chris Dyer

Chris Dyer

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

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

Friday, February 1, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Monday, January 28, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

Oregon set to cover transgender youth under Medicaid

Friday, January 25, 2013
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 under Medicaid. [ Read more → ]
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Lesbian who faked hate crime found guilty after pleading ‘no contest’

Monday, December 10, 2012
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 the alleged crime, and then for lying about the crime. [ Read more → ]

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

Thursday, November 15, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
Charlie RogersBooking photo.

Woman accused of faking ‘hate crime’ attack slams investigators

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
Patrick Bonnett (left) and Femi Awodele

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

Saturday, October 13, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
Eric Kamler

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

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
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 bill that supported Lincoln’s LGBT-inclusive "fairness ordinance." [ Read more → ]
Charlie RogersBooking photo.

Nebraska lesbian who allegedly faked hate crime headed to trial

Thursday, September 27, 2012
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 now say was an elaborate hoax. [ Read more → ]
Charlie Rogers

Police say Nebraska woman faked anti-gay hate crime

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A Nebraska woman who claimed she was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime in which three masked attackers invaded her home, painted homophobic slurs on the walls, and carved them into her skin, before attempting to set her house on fire, has been charged with filing a false police report and lying to investigators. [ Read more → ]
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