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Fox News Contributor Worries Trans Awareness in Schools Will Turn Kids Into Cocker Spaniels - VIDEO

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Fox News is in a tizzy because of “indoctrination” in Maine where “kids as young as five are getting lessons about transgender issues.”

JazzA panel voiced concern because Horace Mitchell Primary School students were read the book I Am Jazz, the story of a transgender child Jazz Jennings who has become a spokesperson for transkids.

Psychologist Dr Susan Lipkin pointed out that the kids in question may be too young to understand these issues because “there are many men who are ballerinas who are not gay and are not transgender and there are many girls who are great athletes and neither are they.”

Contributor Tammy Bruce added the issue is troubling because kids fantasize about being Superman and sometimes imagine they are a cocker spaniel or a cat.

Watch the panel discussion and the documentary I Am Jazz, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Maine Human Rights Commission Planning Lawsuit Against School District In Gay Harassment, Assault Case

Screen Shot 2014-12-29 at 8.17.40 AMThe Maine Human Rights Commission is pursuing legal action against the Brunswick School District after a former junior high school student came forward and said he was bullied, harassed and assaulted by other students who thought he was gay, reports The Times Record. Amy Sneirson, the executive director of the Maine Human Rights Commission, confirmed that the commission is suing the Brunswick School District in the name of public interest. 

The mother of the former student alleges that between August 2010-2012, her son was subjected to several instances of bullying and harassment because of his "perceived sexual orientation," that was so extreme the boy became suicidal according to the commission's investigator's report released on June 13. The teen stopped attending Brunswick Junior High School after confiding to his mother in October 2012 that he had been sexually assaulted three times between 2011-2012. The report says the teen was admitted to the hospital in December 2012 for "suicidal ideation," after which he was diagnosed with PTSD as a result of the sexual assaults.

In July, the five-member commission, in a 3-2 vote, decided there was reasonable grounds to believe discrimination occurred. The commission acted on a recommendation in the investigator's report stating that there is an even chance that allegations, including assault and harassment at the hands of other students, could be proven in court. The family of the victim has the option to file a suit, regardless of whether or not the commission files a suit of its own. Despite the limited resources of the commission when it comes to litigation, Sneirson thinks the commission finds the case noteworthy of pursuing.

Said Sneirson:

"I think the commission thinks this is an important issue, which is why they voted the way they did. They think this is a strong case, and one worth bringing."

The district's superintendent said he could not comment on the case.


Mike Michaud Loses Bid to Become Maine Governor

MichaudRep. Mike Michaud, who would have become the country's first openly gay person elected governor, was defeated by Republican Paul LePage and conceded late last night, the Press Herald reports:

Michaud conceded defeat at 12:30 a.m. in a speech at the Port City Music Hall. LePage triumphantly took the stage at the Franco American Heritage Center in Lewiston before Michaud finished his speech. Written off by some pundits when the campaign began over a year ago, the governor weathered a full-throated challenged by the Maine Democratic Party, which cleared the field of primary challengers for Michaud while aligned interest groups spent millions boosting his candidacy in the most expensive gubernatorial race in state history.

With 66.6% reporting, LePage had 47.7%, Michaud 43.8%, and Cutler 8.4%.


Mike Michaud Could Become Nation's Only Out Gay Governor Despite Lack of Support From Top LGBT Donors: VIDEO

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According to recent polling, openly gay Democratic congressman Michael Michaud leads the pack in the race for the governor's mansion in Maine. Michaud came out last November. At the time, Michaud commented that he wanted to avoid a "whisper campaign" that he claimed was being waged against him. With Michaud now so close to victory, perhaps the most surprising fact of Michaud's campaign has been, as Politico reports, that his success has come without the help of the nation's most prominent, powerful and moneyed LGBT donors:

For all the formal endorsements he has collected in his quest for the governorship, Michaud has been conspicuously shortchanged by many of the wealthiest and most influential gay donors in Democratic politics. Far from becoming a pathbreaking cause célèbre, he has plainly not enjoyed the overpowering financial support of the community that helped fuel President Barack Obama’s reelection in 2012 and made Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin the first openly gay senator in history.

Dozens of prominent gay bundlers for Obama’s campaign, including Evercore Partners’ Charles Myers and Newsweb’s Fred Eychaner, have given nothing to the Maine lawmaker, according to the most recent state finance records. Gay and straight Hollywood kingpins who have bankrolled marriage equality lawsuits, including producers Bruce Cohen and Rob Reiner, have kept their checkbooks closed.

Of the 32 activists and donors who sit on the board of the Human Rights Campaign, only one has donated to the man currently positioned to become America’s only gay governor. Wealthy Colorado gay rights activist Tim Gill has maxed out to Michaud, but he is an exception that helps prove the rule.

Watch an interview Michaud gave to Rachel Maddow after coming out last year, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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Susan Collins Becomes 4th GOP Senator to Support Marriage Equality

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said on Wednesday that she supports same-sex marriage, the Bangor Daily News reports:

Collins“A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with that decision,” Collins said in response to a question from the BDN.

Collins' spokesman Lance Dutson confirmed to the paper that she was announcing her support for same-sex marriage for the first time:

He said the senator hasn’t spoken publicly on the issue previously because she believes it is the voters of each state — not U.S. senators — who should make the decision on marriage equality.

“What she has consistently said is she doesn’t want to get involved in state-level referendum issues. She’s a U.S. senator, and she stays within the purview of her office,” Dutson said. “But when asked [Wednesday] about her personal stance on this issue, she’s said she supports it.”

Collins, long thought to personally support marriage equality, was silent at times when Maine needed her voice the most - during the tough campaigns to legalize it in the state.

Collins support came several hours after her reelection campaign was endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, and her lack of a position on the issue was pointed out by her opponent, Shenna Bellows, the former ACLU of Maine director.

Said Bellows to the Bangor Daily News:

“My opponent’s voice on marriage equality could have made a real difference in 2012, when this was up for a vote in Maine,” she said. “At that time, I was organizing Republicans for the Freedom to Marry, and we invited Susan Collins to endorse the campaign. She declined.”

Log Cabin Republicans released a statement reacting to Collins' announcement:

“On the eve of the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in favor of federal civil marriage recognition for committed same-sex couples and the day after Congressman Richard Hanna’s victory over a GOP primary opponent who challenged him because of his support for marriage equality, it seems the dam has finally broken: from local legislators to United States Senators, Republicans around the country are coming to the common-sense conservative conclusion that marriage equality strengthens society and is no threat to religious liberty,” Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo said. ”As a longtime ally of Log Cabin Republicans who championed repeal of the flawed ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy and most recently the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Senator Collins’ declaration of support for civil marriage equality is the latest milestone in a career that has exhibited bold and unwavering support for the LGBT community.”


Wednesday Speed Read: Wisconsin, Eric Cantor, Adam Ebbin, Ryan Fecteau, Alabama, Obama

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service

WisconsinSEVENTH CIRCUIT CONSIDERS WISCONSIN:

State officials and attorneys representing same-sex plaintiff couples have been given until 5 p.m. today to file briefs concerning the state’s request for an emergency stay of a federal district court decision last Friday, striking down Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex couples marrying. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports the state office of vital records is not processing marriage licenses for same-sex couples until it gets a go-ahead from the state attorney general.

CantorERIC CANTOR LOSES PRIMARY:

In a surprise upset, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lost his primary Tuesday for an eighth term. According to various media in Virginia, winner Dave Brat, an economics professor at a small college, hammered Cantor on his willingness to raise the debt ceiling, end the government shutdown, and support some reform of immigration laws. Brat has rebuffed characterizations of himself as either a liberal or as a Tea Party member. His campaign website states that he believes “all individuals are entitled to equal rights,” but it also says, in bold letting, that Brat will “protect the rights of the unborn and the sanctity of marriage, and will oppose any governmental intrusion upon the conscience of people of faith.”

EbbinGAY CANDIDATE LOSES IN VIRGINIA:

Openly gay Virginia State Senator Adam Ebbin placed third in a 10-candidate field in the Democratic primary to replace U.S. House Rep. Jim Moran from northern Virginia. Ebbin garnered almost 14 percent of the vote compared to winner former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer’s 46 percent. A former aide to Barney Frank, Mark Levine, took seven percent. Beyer is considered generally support of equal rights for LGBT people. His campaign website expresses support for “full equality.” Oddly, it also promises that Beyer would “work to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.”

GAY CANDIDATE WINS IN MAINE:

Openly gay Maine State Rep. Ryan Fecteau breezed to victory in his Democratic primary Tuesday, winning 65 percent of the vote to represent his district in the middle of the state.

Aaron-brushACLU FILES LAWSUIT IN ALABAMA:

The ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court in Alabama Tuesday, challenging the state’s refusal to recognize marriage licenses obtained by same-sex couples in other states. The lawsuit, Aaron-Brush v. Bentley, is the third lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying.

FUMBLING FOR AN ANSWER:

ObamaDuring a student-oriented Q & A on Tumblr Tuesday, President Obama seemed to struggle with a question about securing equal rights for transsexual students. The question posed to him –through the moderator, Tumblr President David Karp -- noted that, just last month, the U.S. Department of Education released guidelines to clarify for schools receiving federal aid that Title IX of the Civil Rights Act’s prohibition against sex discrimination “extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.”

“What do you see as the next steps to ensure equal treatment of trans people in schools in America?”

The president began with a rambling recollection of his meeting Monday with the men’s and women’s basketball teams from the University of Connecticut, noting that Title IX has helped make college women athletes competitive and mentioning that the First Lady puts him to shame when they work out together, before eventually landing on one sentence: “The fact that we are applying [Title IX] to transgender students means that they are going to be in a position to assert their rights if and when they see that they are being discriminated on their college campuses, and that could manifest itself in a whole variety of ways.”

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