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North Carolina high school cancels play because it includes a gay romance

Thursday, October 16, 2014
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MAIDEN, N.C. -- A North Carolina high school has cancelled a school play following complaints by some parents and area churches because the play includes a same-sex couple. Students at Maiden High School claimed they had already begun rehearsing for the play “Almost, Maine” when the principal decided to cancel the performance,

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Lawsuit alleges New Mexico college student was shunned for anti-gay views

Thursday, October 16, 2014
University of New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A former University of New Mexico student can proceed with a free speech lawsuit against the school alleging she was ostracized by her professors for making anti-gay remarks in paper, a federal judge has ruled. Chief U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo denied the university's request to have Monica Pompeo's lawsuit...

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College to pay Dustin Lance Black $26,000 for rescinded invite

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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PASADENA, Calif. -- A California community college has agreed to pay Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black $26,000 not to sue after the school rescinded an invitation to speak at commencement.

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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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Louisiana State University launches LGBT minor program

Friday, October 3, 2014
Louisiana State University
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana State University has launched a new, 18-credit-hour LGBT minor program. Elaine M. Maccio, an associate professor in the School of Social Work who designed the program, said the courses seek to examine LGBT issues through multiple lenses, including race, religion, class and disability...

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Gay rights group to protest Gordon College ban on ‘homosexual behavior’

Friday, October 3, 2014
Gordon College, Wenham, Mass.
BOSTON -- Gay rights advocates will be rallying during Gordon College's homecoming to call on the college to eliminate its ban against "homosexual behavior." OneGordon, an association of gay alumni, students and staff, will protest on the campus quad Saturday while homecoming events are taking place.

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Catholic university suspends plans for screening of Harvey Milk film

Friday, October 3, 2014
Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in a scene from "Milk."
WASHINGTON -- A student group at Catholic University postponed a screening of a movie about gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk after school officials raised questions about a flier linking the event to LGBT awareness month. A chapter of the College Democrats had planned to screen "Milk," starring Sean Penn, on Wednesday evening on the Northeast Washington...

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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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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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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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