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Kentucky Bill Says Students Who See a Trans Classmate in the Bathroom Can Sue School for $2500

A heinous bill being proposed by a Kentucky lawmaker aims to shut transgender students out of school bathrooms altogether, holding schools liable if an "aggrieved" student encounters a transgender student in the bathroom.

EmbryUnder the terms of The Kentucky Student Privacy Act, introduced by Republican Senator C.B. Embry as an "emergency" bill (read it below), students can sue the school for $2500 if they find a transgender student using the facilities.

Embry is declaring the bill an "emergency" because "situations currently exist in which the privacy rights of students are violated."

A student who is aggrieved under this subsection and who prevails in a court of jurisdiction:

1. May recover two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) from the offending school for each instance in which he or she encountered a person of the opposite sex while accessing a school restroom, locker room, or shower room designated for use by the biological sex of the aggrieved student;

2. May recover monetary damages from the offending school for all psychological, emotional, and physical harm suffered; and

3 Shall be entitled to recover from the offending school reasonable attorney fees and costs associated with the claim.

The bill also attempts to make it as onerous as possible for the school to deal with accommodations for a trans student:

A student who asserts to school officials that his or her gender is different from his or her biological sex and whose parent or legal guardian provides written consent to school officials shall be provided with the best available accommodation, but that accommodation shall not include the use of student restrooms, locker rooms, or shower rooms designated for use by students of the opposite biological sex while students of the opposite biological sex are present or could be present.

Acceptable accommodations may include but not be limited to access to single-stall restrooms, access to unisex bathrooms, or controlled use of faculty bathrooms, locker rooms, or shower rooms.

While accessing a restroom, locker room, or shower room designated for use by his or her biological sex, a student encountering a person of the opposite biological sex shall have a private cause of action against the school if school personnel:

1. Gave the person encountered permission to use facilities of the opposite biological sex; or
2. Failed to take reasonable steps to prohibit the person encountered from using facilities designated for use by the opposite biological sex.

According to Think Progress, Embry opposed a sweeping anti-bullying bill that would have protected LGBT students in 2013 saying the state's anti-bullying laws were sufficient:

“We have a death penalty against rape and murder but they still happen,” he said at the time.

Looks as though trans students in Kentucky need protection from him.

Here's the bill:

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Illinois Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner Appoints Anti-Gay Pastor James Meeks To State Education Board

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Anti-gay Illinois Republican Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has appointed religious leader and homophobic former Democratic senator James Meeks (right) to head of the state Board of Education, reports the Chicago Tribune.

MeeksMeeks, pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, endorsed Rauner for governor and backs the increased use of charter schools and vouchers as alternatives to traditional public education.

While Rauner has claimed that he had no social agenda, Meeks has been an active opponent of same-sex marriage in Illinois.

Last year, Equality Illinois, along with associated community members and elected officials, unveiled a giant banner Rauner, showcasing a 2013 statement that he would have vetoed the state’s new marriage equality bill had it come to his desk as governor.

In 2008, it was revealed that Barack Obama often sought out Meeks for "spiritual counsel."


The Origin Of 'Hot' - VIDEO

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It's a strange term when one stops to think about it: why would we use temperature to describe someone's sexiness? The folks over at Mental Floss dove into this etymology lesson with some surprising revelations, such as the fact that it's been a common term for over 700 years, first appearing in the 1300s to reference lust and desire. Canterbury Tales is an early work to use this new definition with the line in the prologue, "Hot he was, and lecherous as a sparrow." The complete adoption of the word to mean "attractive" took a long gestation time and according to the Oxford English Dictionary became official slang in the 1920s.

Word nerds can get the full rundown AFTER THE JUMP...

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Indie Video Game 'I'm Positive' Looks At What It's Like Getting A Positive HIV Test Result - WATCH

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I’m Positive is the indie-developed, retro-styled video game that won the Center for Disease Control’s “Health Game Jam” earlier this year. The game is simple, cross platform, and designed to give you the experience of learning that you’re HIV positive from a first person perspective. After receiving a call from a former sex partner you, the player, begin to navigate through a series of events that are informed by the revelation that you yourself might be positive.

Through conversations you learn more about the main character’s fears and concerns and are presented with a realistic picture of what it’s like to grapple with the prospect of being positive. Though it’s designed to inform players about HIV, how it’s spread, and how best to minimize risk of exposure, the game doesn’t make a point of hounding players to follow a specific script. You can choose not to follow up and get tested if you so please. In many ways the game is immersive because of its resemblance to everyday life. There’s nothing special to the game except that you’re one step removed from it being your actual life.

I’m Positive is free to download for Windows, Macs, and Linux systems at their website with Android and iOS versions of the game currently in development. Watch the trailer for I'm Positive AFTER THE JUMP...

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Student Writes Heartfelt Letter To Gay Teacher After Lesson On Bullying

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 4.08.56 PMA 9-year-old student wrote a heartwarming letter to her teacher after he told his students he was gay during a lesson on bullying reports Pink NewsThe letter comes after the teacher, listed as Mr. R., was teaching a lesson during the school's anti-bullying week and asked the Head of the school if he could tell the class that he was gay after learning that nearly the entire class heard the word "gay" used as an insult. The Head of the school supported R. and allowed him to share his life with his students; he was thrilled with the results after confiding his sexuality.

Said R.:

"The reaction was fantastic – there were a lot of gasps and shocked looks and some basic questions – do you have a boyfriend, etc., but after a couple of minutes they were over it and we moved on to the rest of the lesson."

A few days after sharing his sexuality with his students, one of them slipped him a letter. Names in the letter have been blocked out for privacy.

The letter in its entirety:

"Dear Mr. R.

"Even though you’re gay, I will always treat you the same way as I do now. I still think about you the same way as I used to. You’re a great teacher and these are just some of the word’s (sic) that I would describe you as: great, amazing, fantastic, brilliant, awesome and brave.

"The reason why I say brave is because you shared a personal secret which was very brave.

"You don’t have to feel scared because I know that everyone in the class feels the same way as I do.

“From A x x

PS. Mr. R., We are proud of you”

The letter brought R. to tears, and upon thanking her for the touching letter she simply replied, "It's just your life." For R. it's a relief to finally unveil a part of his life that he kept hidden, and use it as a compassionate educational experience for his students.

Said R.:

"For my class it was a surprise sure but, to them, it was just something simple and easy to file away as another piece of information. There was no judgement, no follow up, just acceptance.

"Now, I can mention my fiance as easily as any other teacher and my class know me a little better. I’ve had a lot of letters and cards over the years, but this one I know I’ll keep forever." 


Lesbian Basketball Players Sue Pepperdine University For Discrimination, 'Mental Anguish' - VIDEO

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Pepperdine University basketball players Haley Videckis and Layana White are suing their head coach and the school for alleged civil rights violations regarding their sexual orientation, reports OutSports.

Pepperdine, a private religious school in California which is allegedly in receipt of some public funding, says its purpose is to pursue the highest academic standards "within the context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith."

Back in 2012, the Malibu-based university blocked the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance called 'Reach Out' because Dean of Students Mark Davis said homosexuality is against "God's Will".

Videckis and White claim they were harassed for being in a relationship with each other. They allege the mental anguish ultimately led to a suicide attempt by White.

The two are suing coach Ryan Weisenberg and the university for violating their civil right to privacy and for violations of a 1972 California law which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities.

The complaint alleges that coach Weisenberg said "Lesbianism is not tolerated on this team” and is “a big concern in women's basketball."

In a statement released over the weekend, the university said”

“We take allegations of this kind very seriously. We conducted an immediate and thorough investigation and found no evidence to support these claims. The University remains committed to a diverse and inclusive environment.”

Watch Videckis discuss a game victory back in February, AFTER THE JUMP...

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