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Angela McCaskill

University diversity officer who signed anti-gay marriage petition loses bias suit

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge dismissed discrimination claims filed by the chief diversity officer of Gallaudet University, who was demoted after she signed an anti-gay marriage petition. [ Read more → ]
gavel

Calif. judge rules against opponents of transgender students’ rights law

Saturday, April 19, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A judge in Sacramento has ruled that elections officials in 30 California counties do not have to turn over records that would help supporters of a failed ballot referendum challenge the invalidation of thousands of voter signatures. [ Read more → ]
Dustin Lance Black

College rescinds commencement invite to Dustin Lance Black over sex photos

Friday, April 18, 2014
PASADENA, Calif. -- Pasadena City College has rescinded an invitation to Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor and LGBT rights activist Dustin Lance Black to speak at its commencement ceremony because they fear sexually explicit photos of Black that surfaced on the internet in 2009 would tarnish the school’s reputation. [ Read more → ]
bullies

School apologizes for advising bullying victims not to ‘tattle,’ or be a ‘sore loser’

Friday, April 18, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A Nebraska school district is apologizing after sending fifth grade students home with a pamphlet titled “Turning bullies into buddies," advising bullying victims not to "tattle" on their attackers, and not to be a "sore loser." [ Read more → ]
Green Hall at the University of Rhode Island.

Univ. of Rhode Island breaks ground on LGBT student center

Thursday, April 17, 2014
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The University of Rhode Island has broken ground on a new center for LGBT students. [ Read more → ]
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Ohio school board debates policy to ban discrimination against gay teachers

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A proposal to protect schoolteachers from being fired or otherwise treated differently on the basis of sexual orientation is dividing the state school board. [ Read more → ]
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Oregon City high school students protest Day of Silence with anti-gay t-shirts

Friday, April 11, 2014
OREGON CITY, Ore. -- On this national Day of Silence, designed to call attention to anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination in schools, some students at an Oregon high school staged their own protest to tell others that "gay is not OK." [ Read more → ]
Laura Jane Klug

School district reinstates suspended transgender substitute teacher

Friday, April 11, 2014
LUMBERTON, Texas — A transgender substitute teacher who was told not return to her classes at a Texas elementary school after parents complained that she was a "distraction" to their 10 and 11-year old children, has been reinstated. [ Read more → ]
University-of-Kentucky

Univ. of Kentucky says survey was intended to improve health services

Thursday, April 10, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky says a campus-wide student survey that asked students whether homosexuality was a sin was intended to improve the school’s health services. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Mark Dayton signs the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act into law on April 9, 2014.

Minn. governor signs LGBT-inclusive ‘Safe Schools’ anti-bullying bill into law

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
ST. PAUL -- Less than 24 hours after clearing the Minnesota state House, Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday signed Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act into law, a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s anti-bullying law. [ Read more → ]
Minnesota

Minn. state House passes anti-bullying measure; governor to sign bill today

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House voted early Wednesday to pass a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s anti-bullying law, sending the measure to Gov. Mark Dayton to sign. [ Read more → ]
Laura-Jane-Klug

Texas school suspends transgender substitute teacher after parents complain

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
LUMBERTON, Texas -- A transgender substitute teacher said she has been told not return to her classes at a Texas elementary school after parents complained about her. [ Read more → ]
Jayce

Transgender student files housing complaint against Christian university

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
NEWBERG, Ore. -- A transgender student has filed a discrimination complaint against a Christian university, alleging the school is discriminating against him by not allowing him to live in the men's dormitories. [ Read more → ]
Univ-of-Kentucky

Univ. of Kentucky survey asks students if homosexuality is a mental illness

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Kentucky has issued a campus-wide student survey that asks students if they’d rather be gay or straight, whether homosexuality was a sin, and if they believed homosexuality was a mental illness. [ Read more → ]
Mike Fair

S.C. lawmaker claims university program is designed to recruit lesbians

Monday, April 7, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina college that recently lost $17,000 in state funds after it assigned students a gay-themed book, has cancelled a solo performance with same-sex themes after a state lawmaker accused the school of trying to recruit lesbians. [ Read more → ]
Kansas

Kan. gay rights group says tenure proposal could lead to discrimination

Monday, April 7, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The leading gay-rights group in Kansas also is lobbying against a proposal in a school funding bill to end tenure for teachers. [ Read more → ]
QNotesStudent Andraya Williams speaks to a media outlet during an April 4 rally supporting her, after she says officials at Central Piedmont Community College harassed and discriminated against her.

N.C. college battles transgender student over alleged discrimination

Saturday, April 5, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dozens of students and community members gathered Friday afternoon to protest alleged discrimination at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, calling on the college to apologize to a transgender student who claims she was mistreated and harassed by the school. [ Read more → ]
schools

Minn. Senate passes anti-bullying ‘Safe and Supportive Schools Act’

Friday, April 4, 2014
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota state Senate voted Thursday to pass the “Safe and Supportive Schools Act,” a bill, which would require all Minnesota school districts to develop and enforce a plan to reduce bullying. [ Read more → ]
Archdiocese-of-Cincinnati

Cincinnati Catholic teacher contract gets specific on behavior, ‘lifestyles’

Thursday, April 3, 2014
CINCINNATI -- The doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church is so complex the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is giving teachers a cheat sheet on some of the things that can get them fired -- such as having an abortion, artificial insemination or engaging in a "homosexual lifestyle." [ Read more → ]
Michael Barth

Student allowed to perform previously censored poem on gender stereotypes

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska state champion speech student will be allowed to perform a poem about gender identity for television after originally being asked not to by a statewide schools organization. [ Read more → ]
Sister Jane Dominic Laurel

Catholic nun tells students gay parents abuse kids, masturbation turns boys gay

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Students and parents at Charlotte Catholic High School are speaking out after they say a campus lecturer forcefully condemned homosexuality with outdated statistics, prejudiced stereotypes and other extremist claims. [ Read more → ]
Kellers-Bedford-TX

Lesbian couple’s 3-year-old son rejected by Texas school for having two moms

Friday, March 28, 2014
BEDFORD, Texas -- A lesbian couple in Bedford, Texas claim their son was turned away from a local Montessori school because he had two moms. [ Read more → ]
Tennessee state capitol in Nashville.

Tenn. OKs religious freedom bill that could be a ‘license to bully’ gay students

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee state Senate on Monday passed a bill that seeks to expand religious liberty protections for students in public schools, a measure critics say could lead to hate speech against gays, and others, in public schools, all in the name of religion. [ Read more → ]
Jill Nance, The News & Advance (AP)
Sunnie Kahle, 8, recently withdrew from Timberlake Christian School in Forest, Va. after the school sent a letter asking her to either dress and act more feminine or not enroll again because she looked too much like a boy.

Christian school says 8-year-old girl looks and acts too much like a boy

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
TIMBERLAKE, Va. -- An 8-year-old girl in Timberlake, Va., is has been yanked from a Christian school after her grandparents received a warning letter that the girl's appearance "confused" other students as to whether she was a girl or a boy. [ Read more → ]
Chase Martinson

Gay student says Baptist school denied readmission after he came out

Thursday, March 20, 2014
HANNIBAL, Mo. — An honors-caliber college student says he was denied readmission to a northern Missouri Baptist school after he came out as gay in a Facebook post back in December. [ Read more → ]
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