Former governor Mitt Romney’s administration in 2006 blocked publication of a state antibullying guide for Massachusetts public schools because officials objected to use of the terms “bisexual’’ and “transgender’’ in passages about protecting certain students from harassment, according to state records and interviews with current and former state officials.
This morning, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee held a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would extend employment protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. For the first time in the Senate’s history, a transgender witness testified on behalf of the bill. Kylar Broadus, founder of the Trans People of Color Coalition, discussed his experiences coming out trans, including mistreatment by police, workplace harassment, and employment discrimination:
Community members met Monday at the Pleasant Valley Branch for a panel on gay families and to discuss whether it’s right to pull a book that deals with these families from school library bookshelves.
The meeting, hosted by the OUTreach Resource Center, came a week after a Davis School District decision to pull “In Our Mothers’ House” from its elementary school shelves. The book is still be available to students, but will be kept behind the checkout counter and will require a parent’s permission slip to be checked out.
Supporters of marriage equality exceeded the $100,000 they needed to raise to receive a matching contribution from a co-founder of Facebook.
The Mainers United for Marriage campaign raised $121,197 as of Friday but topped $100,000 on Thursday, the deadline for raising the matching funds, David Farmer, spokesman for the campaign, said Monday.
A Catholic school in Moorhead terminated a fifth grade teacher after she told administrators she disagreed with the church’s stance on marriage for same-sex couples.
Trish Cameron was notified June 1 that she wouldn’t be offered a new contract at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. The decision came after Cameron filled out a self-evaluation form in which she admitted to personally disagreeing with the church’s stance on some issues, but said she never brought those opinions into the classroom...
Lawyers for Dharun Ravi are appealing his conviction for bullying and spying on Tyler Clementi, his freshman roommate at Rutgers University.
Ravi, 20, is serving a 30-day sentence in a New Jersey jail on a 15-count conviction for using a computer webcam to watch Clementi and another man kiss in September 2010. Clementi, 18, committed suicide soon after he learned that Ravi wrote on Twitter about seeing him.