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Across the United States, millions of seniors are getting ready to walk across the stage in graduation ceremonies. This time can bittersweet for transgender students. Two instances of transgender students, in different parts of the country, have reminded us that schools can often fail to support transgender students and treat them with respect.
The Connecticut Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts of America has announced that it will open to gay youth and adults.
Friday night in New York's Greenwich Village, police say a gunman, who is in custody but has yet to be identified, followed a gay man, taunting him with anti-gay slurs and homophobic language, before tragically shooting him in the head.
To give an accurate representation of where people of faith stand on marriage equality, let's look at some of the major denominations that support scouts for a quick recap. GLAAD has created a handy graphic that shows which denominations support inclusive scouting for all.
LGBT New Yorkers held a 'Take Back the Night' rally in response to a string of anti-LGBT attacks that have occurred in the last two weeks. The rally, organized by Queer Rising, brought together a diverse range of LGBT and allied people to advocate for LGBT safety.
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting released a non-committal statement about the new proposed policy of dropping the ban on gay scouts, but retaining it for gay scout leaders.
State Senator Donna Campbell's bill states that no marriage license can be obtained with a document that lacks a photo - which includes many legal documents indicating that one is transgender. This bill seems intended to stop transgender people from marrying their opposite-sex partners.
Many places of worship have a coffee hour, or fellowship, or just people hanging out after the services to chat with one another. This is your time to share your belief that the Scouts should be open to all.