Ohio

Catholic School Teacher Outed in Mother's Obituary and Fired. Students Rally Support.

Carla Hale was fired from her job as a physical education teacher at Bishop Watterson High School, a private Catholic school in Columbus, Ohio for being gay. Students have rallied around Carla. Jackson Garrity, a senior at Bishop Watterson organized a Change.org petition, asking to have Carla reinstated as a teacher at the school.

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GLSEN Excluded from Cincinnati St. Patrick's Day Parade

In Cincinnati, the local chapter of GLSEN is being excluded from this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade because it is an LGBT-affiliated organization. "It's an Irish Catholic parade and we don't want any members of the gay and lesbian community to be affiliated."

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Republican Senator Embraces His Son...and Marriage Equality

Republican Ohio Senator, Rob Portman, has done a complete 180 on marriage equality. While he once supported the discriminatory 'Defense of Marriage Act' and a federal marriage amendment, he has now come out in support of marriage equality. What made him change? His son.
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The Ohio State University Athletic Director talks You Can Play video with Outsports

The Ohio State University athletic program hosts Pride Night for Ohio gay community and produces a video for the You Can Play Project. OSU's Initiatives reflect growing LGBT tolerance at the collegiate level.
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Ohio Superintendent Tells Mom Jennifer Tyrrell that #SpiritDay is "Not Our Fight." Join Her Today and Support LGBT Youth in All Schools!

#SpiritDay Ambassador Jennifer Tyrrell is calling on local students to go purple after superintendent refuses.

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GLAAD Calling for Suspension After Horrific Anti-Gay Remark on Cleveland's WMMS

GLAAD is calling on Clear Channel and Cleveland radio station WMMS to suspend radio personality Dominic Dieter for vile anti-gay remarks made on-air this morning.

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Outpouring of Support for Gay Mom Ousted from Boy Scouts

In the week and a half since Jennifer Tyrrell was ousted from her son's Boy Scouts troop, just because she's gay, more than 40,000 people have signed her Change.org petition calling on the Boy Scouts of America to end their longstanding - and well-known - policy of discrimination against gay youth and LGBT families. On Saturday, April 21, Jennifer will speak onstage at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.
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UPDATE: Support Growing for Gay Mom Removed from Ohio Boy Scouts Chapter

Nearly 1,000 people have signed a Change.org petition in support of Jennifer Tyrrell, the gay mom from Ohio who was removed from her volunteer post with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) just because she's gay.
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Ohio Boy Scouts Chapter Removes Gay Mom; Protest Happening Today

Jennifer Tyrrell of Bridgeport, Ohio is a devoted partner, mother, friend and community leader. Until recently, she also volunteered her time to serve as the den leader of a local Cub Scout chapter. She was removed from her volunteer post not because of issues with performance; she was removed only because she happens to identify as a lesbian.
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UPDATED: Ohio Teen Sues School District for Prohibiting "Jesus Is Not a Homophobe" T-Shirt

An openly gay Ohio teen has filed a lawsuit against his high school for refusing to allow him to wear a t-shirt featuring a rainbow-colored fish and the words “Jesus is Not a Homophobe.” Maverick Couch first wore the t-shirt, and was told to remove it, during last year’s Day of Silence, a campaign organized by GLSEN to bring awareness to the silencing of LGBT students through bullying and harassment.
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