Same-sex couples will be legally able to marry in Maine on December 29, following certification of this month’s referendum results. Governor Paul LePage signed off on the certified results from the Secretary of State this past Thursday, November 29.
Officials with the Salvation Army say all money dropped in the red kettles stays in the community to operate local programs and that discrimination against clients or employees based on sexual orientation would violate Salvation Army policy.
PROMO, a Missouri LGBT advocacy group, has made great strides in the past few years getting local jurisdictions to amend their anti-discrimination ordinances to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The most recent success was Tuesday, when the St. Louis County Council agreed to expand its protected classes.
Since 2008, a growing number of transgender Latinas have gathered in Queens every Friday night, discussing challenges unfamiliar to many New Yorkers...Conducted in Spanish, the sessions are aimed at those who have emigrated from Latin American countries where violence toward gay and transgender people is common.
Maine schools must provide a safe environment for all students, including transgender students. Those who have a gender identity different from the sex they were assigned at birth are not being given enough protection, let alone the type of welcoming atmosphere that encourages learning.
The Minneapolis city council on Friday confirmed 25-year veteran officer Janee Harteau as the city's new Chief of Police, and in doing so Harteau becomes the first woman and first openly gay officer to serve as police chief.
Singer Macklemore has responded to the suspension of a Michigan teacher who played his song about marriage equality in her class, saying, "This incident is just one of tens of thousands that have happened across the country where schools have exposed a latent homophobia, preventing safe space for all young people to feel confident in being themselves."