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Virginia AG: School boards can prohibit discrimination against LGBT students

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.)
Local school boards in Virginia have authority to include sexual orientation and gender identity in their anti-discrimination policies, according to the state's attorney general. [...]

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All-women’s Wellesley College to admit transgender students

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Wellesley College
President H. Kim Bottomly and trustees' chairwoman Laura Daignault Gates said in a letter Wednesday that "Wellesley will consider for admission any applicant who lives as a woman and consistently identifies as a woman." [...]

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S.D. Senate panel dismisses bill aimed at voiding transgender student athlete policy

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
South Dakota state capitol in Pierre.
A measure that would have required transgender students to use the sex on their birth certificates to determine the sports team they played on was defeated by a South Dakota Senate committee Tuesday, but another bill on the issue is being considered later this week. [...]

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Ky. Senate OKs bill requiring separate restrooms for transgender students

Friday, February 27, 2015
Kentucky
Kentucky's state Senate voted Friday to force transgender students to use separate bathrooms in public schools, a move that recalled the dark days of segregation for some but for others represented a stand for privacy rights. [...]

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Lawsuit settled over alleged bullying of gay students in Mississippi school district

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Destin Holmes
The Southern Poverty Law Center has announced a settlement of its federal lawsuit alleging that gay students were routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district. [...]

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Transgender teen gets support from Justice Department in school lawsuit

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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The federal government is supporting a Detroit-area teenager who, in a lawsuit, accuses several schools of discriminating against him because he's transgender. [...]

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Archbishop answers disapproving letter from lawmakers over morality clause

Friday, February 20, 2015
Salvatore Cordileone
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wrote the message in response to a letter sent to him earlier this week by California lawmakers urging him to remove from a teachers' handbook morality clauses they say are discriminatory and divisive. [...]

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Bill targeting transgender students’ use of restrooms fails Kentucky Senate panel

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Kentucky state capitol in Frankfort.
A bill that would have banned transgender students from choosing which restroom to use at public schools has failed to pass a Kentucky state Senate committee. [...]

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University of Missouri adds transgender housing option on campus

Sunday, February 15, 2015
University of Missouri
The University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia is testing out a new gender-neutral housing option starting this fall. [...]

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A gay dad’s letter to Austin Wallis, and the high school that rejected him

Sunday, February 15, 2015
Austin Wallis (right) is comforted by his boyfriend, Nicolay.
The world of teens and tweens can be a treacherous one. As the dad to two 12 year olds, I see it as a world where childhood cushions and play have fallen away and new, somewhat complex challenges have emerged. It is a world where peer relationships and socializations... [...]

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