Blogs by Nicholas Coppola, National News Intern at GLAAD
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Theda Good, an openly gay staff member and licensed as “pastor of nurture and fellowship”, at the First Mennonite Church of Denver, has been nominated to be ordained. If Theda Good and her supporters are successful, she will be the first openly gay person to be ordained by the Mennonite Church.
In response to the recent firing of Eastside Catholic High School Vice Principal, Mark Zmuda, student leaders have organized Z Day 2014 in support of their beloved educator, who was terminated for legally marrying his husband.
In an interview conducted by the website The Heroines of My Life, LGBT advocate Stephanie Battaglino shared her story of coming out as transgender at her workplace. In the interview, Stephanie spoke about the concerns she had as she prepared to come out as transgender. She discussed the many positive changes she has been able to bring about since her coming out, as well as the opportunities to continue working towards transgender awareness and the need for LGBT equality.
Kansas State Rep. Charles Macheers introduced a bill that would permit discrimination by businesses, groups, and those who do not want to serve LGBT married couples. Kansas follows South Dakota who introduced similar legislation only days earlier.
South Dakota State Senator Ernie Otten, with lead support from Rep. Steve Hickey, introduced two bills in the South Dakota Legislature attempting to allow clergy, church officials and businesspeople to refuse to take part in the marriages or receptions of loving LGBT couples with the justification that it would protect their religious beliefs.