08/21/2014

New Jersey School Backs Down, Allows Transgender Teen To Enroll as a Girl

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Rachel Pepe, a transgender student from New Jersey who we reported earlier this week was refused permission to return to school using her new gender identity, has since had her refusal reversed by school administrators.

Last year, Pepe attended Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey, but when she tried to register for classes with her new gender identity, the school district said she would have to return using her birth name “Brian.”

Pepe’s mother Angela Peters said at the time that the school failed to engage with her on proposed solutions to the problem.

However, the superintendent of the school district, William O. George, has since announced that he will work with staff to make sure Rachel can attend school in a safe environment. George also said Middletown Township Public Schools staff would undergo LGBT sensitivity training, reports Huffington Post.

"We as a district want to do everything we can as a district," George told the Asbury Park Press. "Every child is different and their education and social and emotional well being is my priority. We will work with them to find the appropriate placement."

Back in April, the Department of Education issued new guidance that made it clear Title IX law protects transgender students from discrimination.

Posted Aug. 21,2014 at 12:00 PM EST by in Discrimination, Education, New Jersey, News, Transgender | Permalink | Comments (30)


Kristin Chenoweth Speaks Out For Marriage Equality in New HRC Ad: WATCH

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Emmy-winner, Christian, and self-described shorty Kristin Chenoweth is speaking out for marriage equality in a new ad for the Human Rights Campaign.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

In the past, Chenoweth has often spoken about being both Christian and pro-gay. 

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Posted Aug. 21,2014 at 11:35 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, Kristin Chenoweth | Permalink | Comments (13)


AT&T Responds to Criticism Over Its $75,000 Contribution to Anti-gay Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

AbbottDallas-based AT&T Inc has responded to criticism over its Texas Political Action Committee's recent $75,000 contribution to anti-gay Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott's campaign for governor this November, Lone Star Q reports.

Abbott, who is defending the state's gay marriage ban in court, filed a brief last month stating that defending the ban "increases the likelihood that children will be born into stable environments where they are raised by their mother and their father."

“The PAC supports a variety of candidates for a variety of reasons,” AT&T spokesman Marty Richter said in an email to Lone Star Q, in response to an inquiry about the contributions to Abbott. “The PAC does not comment on reasons for contributions, but publicly discloses contributions consistent with state requirements.

“Diversity and inclusion are part of AT&T’s culture and operations, and we’re proud to be recognized as a leader in this area,” Richter added. “DiversityInc recently named AT&T No. 1 on its 2014 Top 10 Employers for LGBT Employees. And every year since 2004 we’ve received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for our fair treatment of our LGBTQ employees, including protection against discrimination, parity of health care benefits for domestic partners and other criteria.”

Earlier this month, Facebook Inc. came under similar fire for a $10,000 contribution to Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes' reelection campaign - the same man who vowed to "spend whatever it takes" to prevent same-sex couples from marrying in his state.

Last October, AT&T launched a new campaign for LGBT History Month called 'Love is Changing History' and pledged to donate up to $100,000 to the Trevor Project. 

I guess in their eyes that makes everything right?

Posted Aug. 21,2014 at 11:10 AM EST by in Greg Abbott, News | Permalink | Comments (22)


Evangelical Hatemonger Scott Lively Qualifies For November Ballot As Independent: VIDEO

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The Boston Globe is reporting that evangelical hatemonger Scott Lively has gathered the necessary signatures to qualify for the November ballot as an independent candidate for governor. 

The Secretary of the Commonwealth's office confirmed Wednesday that Lively's campaign submitted 11,494 valid signatures, far above the 10,000 needed to secure ballot access as an independent this fall.

Lively joins the future Republican and Democratic nominees as well as independent candidate Evan Falchuk as candidates certified for the November ballot.

Back in March, Britain's Channel 4 looked at Lively's involvement with Uganda's anti-gay law and his long-shot candidacy in Massachusetts. You can check out that video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Aug. 21,2014 at 10:40 AM EST by in Elections, Massachusetts, News, Scott Lively | Permalink | Comments (22)


26 Amazing Facts About the Hazards and History of Amusement Parks: VIDEO

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Because nothing says "amusement" like screaming down an abandoned mine cart track at 100 miles per hour. 

Strap yourself in and check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Aug. 21,2014 at 10:15 AM EST by | Permalink | Comments (9)


NOM Leader Jennifer Roback-Morse Believes Marriage Equality Will Go Nationwide Within the Year

MorseJennifer Roback-Morse, who has long been a mouthpiece for the National Organization for Marriage and currently serves as president of NOM offshoot Ruth Institute, is putting marriage equality on the fast track - predicting that the issue will be solved within the legal system within the year.   

The Advocate reports that Morse told the National Catholic Singles' Conference earlier this month that she wanted to "go on the record" about "what is going to happen as we move along the path of redefining marriage." 

"We're here, in 2014, talking about the redefinition of marriage. I'm going to go on the record here, and forecast, that by this time next year, it'll be over, as a legal matter," Morse continues. "There will be same-sex, genderless marriage in every state in the union."

Morse went on to apologize to any Texans in the room, telling them that they "are not going to be able to hold out" on maintaining discriminatory marriage laws.

Luckily, Morse and any anti-gay bigots in the audience can find solace knowing that the majority of Utah (and Maggie Gallagher) stand with them in continuing to oppose marriage equality while still accepting its inevitability. 

Posted Aug. 21,2014 at 9:50 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, Jennifer Roback-Morse, News, NOM, Supreme Court | Permalink | Comments (10)


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