The United States Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced a change to its policy that will allow transgender people to change the gender marker on their Social Security records without having undergone sex-reassignment surgery.
In response to the Columbus Diocese refusal to reinstate Carla Hale as a physical education teacher at Bishop Watterson High School, Amanda Finelli of #halestormOhio and Glen Skeen of Pride @ Work Ohio have invited the bishop to attend a discussion panel on the topic of LGBT employees and faith-based workplaces.
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that acting on gay feelings are a grave sin. But the existence of active gay prelates in the Vatican bureaucracy known as the Roman Curia has been considered a poorly held secret for centuries.
Robert Mickens, Vatican correspondent for the British Catholic weekly The Tablet, says, "Many of these people in the Vatican that are gay and even acting out are extremely conservative," Mickens says. "These are not people that want to change the church's teaching on homosexuality — not at all."
The AFL-CIO in central Ohio has partnered with a grass-roots advocacy group to ask the Roman Catholic bishop of Columbus to participate in a panel discussion on the rights of gay people in workplaces, specifically faith-based workplaces.
“This is a human-rights issue,” Finelli said. “When you see an organization or a corporation, faith-based or otherwise, denying rights — human rights — to an individual and denying them the right to work, denying them the right to live honestly and truthfully, we are seeing somebody being stripped of their human dignity.”
An LGBT Catholic group in Belmont is set to hold a church demonstration this Sunday to campaign the ‘faith based bigotry’ of visiting Cardinal, Francis George who previously compared gay rights campaigners to the Ku Klux Klan.
Caterpillar Inc. is no longer giving money to the Boy Scouts because the organization discriminates against homosexuals, a spokeswoman for the Illinois-based heavy equipment manufacturer confirmed Thursday.
The vast majority of LGBT Americans feel that society has become more accepting of them in the last decade, yet many still feel stigmatized, according to a survey released Thursday from the non-partisan Pew Research Center.
Only a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable for some of the nation’s top evangelical activists to gather in Washington D.C. on the eve of major court rulings on gay rights and the definition of marriage – and skirt those issues.