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California school, feds settle transgender student’s discrimination complaint

| Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Downey Unified School District
DOWNEY, Calif. -- A Southern California school district has settled a government claim that it discriminated against a transgender student who said she was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other youngsters and was encouraged to change schools, it was announced Tuesday.

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Canadian family bullied because of their transgender daughter

| Sunday, October 5, 2014
Isabella Burgos
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- A Canadian family says they are being bullied because their daughter is transgender and the school district isn't doing enough to stop it. Izzy and Dale Burgos said ever since eight-year-old Isabella was four, she knew she was a girl inside. And that's how she returned to school to start third grade last month -- as a transgender girl.

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A letter to the ‘Christian’ mom wishing death for her disabled lesbian daughter

| Sunday, October 5, 2014
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Public disapproval over who could marry whom was an issue for Kelly’s family early on. Her father is black, and her mother is white. Kelly and her brother were bullied frequently in the small town in Alabama. They were the only mixed race kids in town. Kelly was quiet and shy and kept to herself. When she was 16, Kelly found a name for the identity that had been growing within her: lesbian....

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Minn. sports league delays decision on transgender student athletics

| Thursday, October 2, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota State High School League on Thursday voted to postpone making a decision on the league’s proposed policy about transgender students who want to play on athletic teams. WCCO-TV reports that the board wanted the currently written policy to move forward, but also to refine it before it becomes fully implemented....

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High school says lesbian couple not eligible for homecoming royalty

| Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Students at Willow Canyon High School in Surprise, Ariz., are banding together behind a lesbian couple who has been denied the opportunity to be nominated as homecoming queen and queen due to a school practice where homecoming royalty must be made up of a male and female pair.

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Settlement reached in case of bullied, gay teen who committed suicide

| Monday, September 29, 2014
David Phan
SALT LAKE CITY -- The family of a 14-year-old boy who say their son was bullied prior to committing suicide outside a school in a Salt Lake City suburb has reached a settlement with the school district, the two sides announced Monday. The family of David Phan had filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education and was considering a lawsuit...

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Minn. newspaper under fire for running full-page anti-transgender ad

| Monday, September 29, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's largest daily newspaper is under fire for running an anti-transgender advertisement in Sunday's edition that claimed boys may soon be allowed to shower with girls. The full page ad, paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League, is in response to a proposed policy change by the Minnesota State High School League ...

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Coalition of Cincinnati groups plans to reduce LGBT youth homelessness

| Sunday, September 28, 2014
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CINCINNATI -- A plan for reducing homelessness among LGBT youth will be submitted for federal approval this week by a coalition of Cincinnati groups. Cincinnati was one of two cities the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development invited to develop such plans, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The southwestern Ohio city was chosen partly because...

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Ky. school board upholds policy banning gender identity discrimination

| Saturday, September 27, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville high school's policy on transgender students' rights will remain in place after the Jefferson County Public School appeals board turned away objections from parents.

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Del. school board member opposes teaching definition of gay

| Saturday, September 27, 2014
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GEORGETOWN, Del. -- A school board member in downstate Delaware is opposed to a new health curriculum that includes definitions for terms including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Indian River School District Board of Education member Shaun Fink spoke at a meeting this week about his opposition to the curriculum. He says schools in the...

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