By Michael Carl
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"Schools cannot discriminate against sexual identity or gender identification. Schools therefore cannot segregate students based on sexual orientation and identity," commission legal counsel John Gause said at today's commission meeting, where he was unsuccessful in convincing the board to adopt immediately a set of recommendations.
Panel defers on transgender rules for schools
Maine Human Rights Commission will seek public comment on guide
By Heather Steeves and Abigail Curtis
AUGUSTA, Maine — After a contentious meeting Monday that drew angry outbursts from the crowd, the Maine Human Rights Commission postponed deciding whether to give advice to schools about how to accommodate transgender students.
The commission decided 4-
Transgender School Guidelines Put On Hold
Maine Human Rights Commission To Schedule Public Hearing
AUGUSTA, Maine -
The Maine Human Rights Commission met Monday to consider new guidelines for transgender school students, but instead voted to postpone any decisions pending a public hearing.
Monday's hearing at the Senator Inn in Augusta was open to the public, but not for public comment, which angered several people in attendance. A passionate debate arose that, at times, erupted into angry outbursts.
The Right to Choose
Yale made the right decision to finally provide a gender-
By The Crimson Staff
Published: Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Better late than never—last week, Yale became the last Ivy League school to include a gender-
State may have pushed LGBT policy change
By Maggie Reeb March 2, 2010
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has allegedly advised the College of William and Mary to remove language that would protect against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation from College policy.
Maryland State Senator Richard Madaleno, Jr. (D) described Cuccinelli’s alleged actions in a letter to the Chief Executive Officer of the Northrop Grumman Corporation, one of the country’s largest global security providers, Feb. 25.
By Editorial Board
Publication Date: 02/10/2010
Considering how many different forms of expression there are, those in charge of amending the University’s non-
Today at 7 p.m. in Krannert, room G018, Purdue Student Government will discuss the passage of a resolution to change Purdue’s non-
Campus quiet on issue of gender-
By DANIELA REICHELSTEIN
With Bowdoin College’s recent decision to adopt a gender-
Following a lengthy campaign for gender-
Life is hard for boys who want to be girls in a frontier town
Anthony Loyd, Peshawar
Its history has been sculpted with the dagger and cannon, its progress marked by the footprints of various armies that have stamped their bloody way through the lands of the indigenous Pashtun tribes. A frontier town, it was the jump-
This is Peshawar, a man’s world and no place at all for boys who want to be girls. Most of the time.
“I’m a Pashtun and though Pashtuns are strict with us they give love to us, too. That’s why I’m here,” said Khushboo, or Fragrance, a transsexual who lives in the city’s old quarter.
Court gave teen the right to change gender from boy to girl
March 6, 2010
THE Family Court has permitted a teenage boy to have hormone treatment to become a girl.
''Bernadette'' was born a boy in 1992 but began showing signs of female ''behaviour, preferences and traits'' from the age of three
Students seek expansion of nondiscrimination policy
The Associated Press
Published: March 7th, 2010 09:13 PM
Last Modified: March 7th, 2010 09:14 PM
Transgender Awareness Week kicks off at SJSU
In a slideshow titled "Transfigurations," Jana Marcus, a Bay Area photographer and SJSU alumna, displayed a number of black and white photographs of transgendered people going through the transition from one sex to another.
Susan Murray, an associate professor of sociology and co-
Catholic School Rejects Child Because Of Lesbian Parents
BOULDER, Colo. -
Athletics director gets new NCAA position
For the second year in a row, Smith Athletics Director Lynn Oberbillig will serve as the chair of the Division III Management Council for NCAA, the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
The NCAA is a voluntary organization that governs intercollegiate athletics programs. Schools are organized into Divisions I, II or III depending on the size of their athletics programs and number of sports they sponsor.
Senate OK’s bill to curtail bullying
Emotions high on Beacon Hill
The state Senate, heeding emotional pleas from hundreds of students, unanimously passed a bill yesterday that aims to curb bullying at schools and in cyberspace.
During the emotional deliberations, which lasted more than an hour, senators repeatedly invoked the tragedies of two Western Massachusetts youths who killed themselves after allegedly being bullied in separate instances over the past year.
Lesbian Teen Speaks Out on Cancelled Prom
Constance McMillen's School Says Her School Nixed the Event Because She Wanted to Bring Her Girlfriend, Wear Tuxedo
(CBS) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is seeking a court order to force a Mississippi high school to hold its senior prom. On Wednesday, school officials cancelled the event after a female student asked to bring her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender high school students attend Butterfly Ball
By IVEY DEJESUS, The Patriot-
The decorations were the same: confetti, sparkly centerpieces on the tables and streamers on the doorway.
Outgoing couples broke the ice on the dance floor as disco lights flashed and Pitbull, Lady Gaga and Beyonce blared from the DJ's speakers.
But the ballroom at the Sheraton Harrisburg/Hershey Hotel wasn't a venue for any ordinary prom. On Friday night, it was a safe haven for dozens of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender high school students from across the midstate.
First GLBTQ high school opens online in Minnesota
Designed as a safe learning environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and "questioning" teens, the school is seeking funding.
By GREGORY A. PATTERSON, Star Tribune
Last update: March 12, 2010 -
The first online private high school for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youths has opened for business, but so far has found limited interest.
'I am a boy' insists child born a girl
By EILEEN ZAFFIRO , STAFF WRITER
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Maybe it was the burden of lugging around a weighty secret from the age of 3 or 4 that sparked the early maturity.
The child is a girl biologically, but wants nothing to do with anything female.
About 50 schools in the U.S., including a few Ivy League campuses and several in California, are allowing men and women to room together. Participation is still relatively low.
By Larry Gordon
March 15, 2010
They weren't looking to make a political statement or to be pioneers of gender liberation. Each just wanted a familiar, decent roommate rather than a stranger after their original roommates left to study abroad.
That's how Pitzer College sophomores Kayla Eland, female, and Lindon Pronto, male, began sharing a room this semester on Holden Hall's second floor. They are not a couple and neither is gay. They are just compatible roommates in a new, sometimes controversial, dormitory option known as gender-
Canceled Miss. Prom Brings Attention to Student Protection Bill
by Kilian Melloy
Monday Mar 15, 2010
When Constance McMillen wanted to bring another girl to prom as her date, and got the American Civil Liberties union (ACLU) involved, the Itawamba County School District not only said no to the Itawamba Agricultural High School student; it said no to all it students by canceling the event outright.
MSU continues process to make university more accessible to transgender students
By Emily Wilkins
Growing up in Lake Orion, Kylie Werschler dressed in her mom’s clothes. Her favorite shows were Sailor Moon and Rainbow Bright. At preschool, she watched the girls in pigtails and dresses flounce by with a pang of jealousy. She wanted to look like them, dress like them, be one of them.
But in her preschool classroom, on her birth certificate and driver’s license, and in the eyes of everyone around her for the next 12 years, Kylie wasn’t a girl. She was he.
“In preschool, I didn’t know what I was, but I was really jeaous of girls,” Werschler said. “I’d be angry at myself, angry at the world.”
Werschler, a psychology freshman, is one member of MSU’s trans community. It’s a group that hasn’t received much attention, said social relations senior Nick Pfost, vice president of PRISM, South Neighborhood’s LGBTA Caucus.
Transgender issue story is muddied by comments
By Letters to the Editor
March 16, 2010, 12:30AM
It was wonderful to see Ivey DeJesus' article about the Butterfly Ball ("A place where you can be yourself," March 13).
A generally positive portrayal of transgender issues in a central Pennsylvania newspaper is still surprising, and I'm sure greatly appreciated by the trans community
McDonnell’s order clarifies discrimination
By Brittany Hughes March 16, 2010
After almost two weeks of debate, the College of William and Mary has received approval from the state of Virginia to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity and expression” in its anti-
Two weeks ago the College received a letter from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli advising all public universities to strike similar additions from their respective policies. According to Cuccinelli, only the General Assembly can define unlawful discrimination at educational institutions.
Court rules in favour of trans teen
Author: Ani Lamont
Transgender rights advocates have welcomed a Family Court decision to allow a trans teenager to delay the onset of puberty.
The Family Court last week ruled to allow a 14-
Known as Bernadette, the 14-
by Hannah Clay Wareham
The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday, March 11, passed bill S. 2283, also known as the "Anti-
While the Anti-
Rutgers helps accommodate transgender students, employees, report says
By The Star-
NEW BRUNSWICK — Rutgers University has a targeted program specifically designed to accommodate transgender students and employees, helping with housing, name changes, health care, and dealing with other issues that arise, a report in Rutgers Focus said.
In 2005, the university created a Gender Identity Taskforce to help transgender students, identifying areas where students are most likely to encounter discrimination: health care, residence halls, restrooms, locker rooms, records and documents, housing, programming, and student life, according to the report. The university has modified forms to include gender-
Removing gay and transgender groups from Iowa school bill is ‘outrageous’
By Ashley Brechtel
An Iowa law passed in 2007 requires both public and nonpublic schools to establish policies that prohibit bullying against students. This includes harassment by school employees, volunteers or other students. The law offers protection to students regardless of sexual orientation, but two Iowa legislators want to change that in an effort to reverse the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-
Representative Jason Schultz hopes that, by removing gay and transgender students from being protected by this law, this will help make same-
Williams: The conflict over content
Christine Williams, LOCAL CONTRIBUTOR
If you are a teenager reading this, you might want to reconsider. The content of this column was deemed "very very inappropriate for high school students" by Texas State Board of Education member Barbara Cargill. She is concerned that being exposed to this material will lead you into the world of "transvestites, transsexuals and who knows what else."
Triad: Conference to be held
News Notes: Carolinas
by Lainey Millen
Time to celebrate
The event was established to allow the community of persons of color to spend one weekend to network, as well to celebrate within a diverse and inclusive venue.
ISU study: Sexual-
A new Iowa State University study shows that cyberbullying is common among lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth, although recent research credits legislation in states like Iowa for reducing physical bullying.
The first national study on cyberbullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth, published last week, found more than half of those youth and those who identified themselves as allies of those youth reported being victims of online threats in the past month.
Constance McMillen case: proms as gay-
A federal judge said a Mississippi high school violated Constance McMillen's rights when it said she couldn't bring a girlfriend to prom. But the school is avoiding the gay rights issue by canceling prom and allowing parents to sponsor a substitute dance.
GLSEN conference brings LGBT students to Washington to learn about – and lobby for – safer schools legislation
by Chris Geidner
Published on March 25, 2010, 4:41pm
When Dominque Walker went to Capitol Hill this week, she was taking up the work started by her mother, who lobbied Congress to ''mak[e] sure that other families don't have to go through'' what they experienced when a suicide shook their family.
Austin Laufersweiler, also on the Hill, offered on-
Surviving life on the streets
By Renee Baker | Contributing Writer renee@renee-
Mar 25, 2010 -
Trans youth Shawn Tripp wants to find a way to help other LGBT youth who are, as he was, homeless
Shawn Tripp is a lucky man. He says so himself. He says he’s a survivor and it’s a miracle that he’s still alive. And you have to believe him.
Tripp is one of those people who seems to turn every curse into a blessing and unknowingly inspire everyone else.
“It’s no big deal,” he says. “It is just life.
Campus highlights transgender PRIDE
by Morgan Càsarez, staff writer
On March 24, individuals from across the gender spectrum celebrated International Transgender Visibility Day.
On campus, the second annual "Between the Binary" event was held by the PRIDE at SF State Committee, a group working to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community.
The festivities began in the morning with performances by transgender musicians in Malcolm X Plaza and continued with a speaker's panel, moderated by Assistant Professor of Sociology Clare Sears, in Jack Adams Hall. The day's events were co-
Trans Student Suspended from Same School in Mississippi That Canceled Prom, Later Hounded Out of Town
Posted by Dan Savage
Constance McMillen wasn't the first student at Itawamba Agricultural High School to contact the ACLU this year.
Juin Baize was a student at Itawamba Agricultural—for a grand total of four hours.
Baize, his mother, and his two sisters moved to Fulton, Mississippi, from New Harmony, Indiana, to live with Baize's grandmother at the beginning of the year. (For now Baize says he prefers to use male pronouns.) Baize, age sixteen, enrolled at Itwamba Agricultural High School, where Constance McMillen was also a student. McMilllen clearly recalled Baize's first—and only—day at Itawamba Agricultural.
Constance McMillen's High School Also Suspended a Transgender Student. Just 'Cause
Oh you've got to be kidding: Itawamba Agricultural High School, which wouldn't let Constance McMillen bring her girlfriend to the prom, has a history of anti-
Rants about transgender students are baseless
It was with very little surprise that I read Pat Truman's letter (March 12) about the Maine Human Rights Commission and their transgender guidelines. Her dogma has not changed one iota in the last half-
She seems to have missed the "Human Rights" part of the commission's title as she's still asking whom the guidelines serve. Since she does not see transgendered people as valid human beings, she thinks they have no rights.
Morehouse College Hosted Its 1st Gay Pride Week But Still Bans Cross Dressing
March 27th, 2010
Posted by Bossip Staff
Well, Well, Well… Morehouse College, the school that won’t even allow their students to express themselves freely by wearing whatever they want to class, had its first Gay Pride Week. Sources say the event wasn’t even acknowledged on the school’s calendar of events.
Broward County OK's Safe Schools for LGBT Youth
Monday, 29 March 2010 00:00
Written by Staff Writer
The School Board of Broward County, FL, voted unanimously to affirm its support for the National Day of Silence observed on April 16, 2010, one of the largest student-
the Day of Silence represents a peaceful protest of a problem that affects all students no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.
TG2010 Conference at UAE -
The popular transgender conferences held at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich over the last few years continue in September with TG2010. As in previous years this will be of immense interest to individuals and professionals alike, covers both F2M and M2F, and is an ideal opportunity to both learn and socialise.
Please take a look at:
On behalf of the organising committee I look forward to seeing you there. Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
New course fills high school gender studies gap
March 30, 2010
I went back to high school yesterday. I'm taller now, and slimmer, and after having two kids, stronger. But none of that mattered.
Walking down the dim halls, past sniggering boys in sweatshirts and girls cluttering the floor by their lockers in cross-
Inside a windowless cinder block classroom, a group of 16-
Abusive friendships. Abusive boyfriends. Bullying. Men, abused by their wives, who don't report it to the police. Why is that?
"Guys want to have tough guy macho persona," suggested Diamond Gordon, 17, from the back row. "They don't want to let people know they're being abused by women because it will make them look like a wimp."
Temple News (Temple University), PA, USA
March 29, 2010 by Angelo Williams
Filed under Events, Featured
When the Westboro Baptist Church leaves Main Campus, homophobic ideologies at Temple will remain.
Simple activities like holding your boyfriend’s hand while walking down Liacouras Walk or greeting your girlfriend with a kiss before eating lunch at Johnson & Hardwick are things some Main Campus LGBTQ students only dream about. Junior religion major Zoe Goldberg said she is all too familiar with the feeling.
“I see straight couples walking around holding hands every day. But my girlfriend and I have talked about it, and we would never do it. We wouldn’t be comfortable,” Goldberg said.
On April 1, hate-
The Stony Brook Press (Stony Brook University), NY, USA
Feminine Boy Project
Posted on 30 March 2010
By Cynthya BrianKate
Though Stony Brook denies it, this campus was involved in a government-
This project was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 1972 to1986. The original stated goal on the grants was “treatment of pre-
Children were declared “pathological” for behavior like boys playing with dolls, wearing dresses or helping in the kitchen, or girls climbing trees, playing with boys’ toys or wearing boy clothes.
MSU celebrates LGBT Awareness Week
Published: 03/29 9:47pm
By: Emily Wilkins
MSU’s College of Human Medicine LGBT Allies in Medicine will host several speakers this week as a part of LGBT Health Awareness Week:
Closing the Gap.
The week is aimed toward educating the MSU medical community about the difficulties faced by members of the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender, or LBGT, community concerning health care. Allies in Medicine, which formed a year ago, is a group of about 40 medical students interested in educating themselves about the LGBT community.
LGBT Health Awareness Week has been observed nationwide for the past eight years, but this is the first year it has been brought to MSU.
“As future physicians, we believe it is our responsibility to advocate on behalf of all of our patients,” said Emily Antoon, a first-
Settlement reached in lawsuit against Mohawk school district
By David Robinson
The Evening Times
Mon Mar 29, 2010, 10:33 PM EDT
Mohawk, N.Y. -
The school district, New York Civil Liberties Union (representing the student) and U.S. Department of Justice agreed to terms that will provide more than $75,000 in compensation, implement harassment policy reviews and training and require annual reports on the district’s progress.
Approved Monday by the U.S. District Court federal judge, the settlement includes several measures that bring the litigation to a close.
The student, who was 14 years old at the time of the alleged harassment and is identified in court documents as Jacob or J.L.,
receives $50,000 from the district. The district is also responsible for up to $100 per week, through June 30, 2013, for the student’s therapy sessions. The student has since enrolled in another school district.
Gay student settles lawsuit against NY district
By MICHAEL HILL (AP)
ALBANY, N.Y. — A gay teenager in upstate New York who had claimed he was relentlessly bullied by classmates while school administrators stood by settled his lawsuit Monday against the school district.
Jacob — who is identified as "J.L." in the lawsuit and doesn't want his name revealed — sued the Mohawk Central School District in federal court last summer with help from the New York Civil Liberties Union. Now 15, he said school officials did virtually nothing to stop bullies who picked on him because he acted differently from other boys.
The U.S. Department of Justice had sought to intervene, citing the "important issues" it raised in enforcing federal civil rights laws.
Under the settlement filed in federal court, the district agreed to implement changes to protect students from harassment, including additional staff training. The district will report on its progress to the Civil Liberties Union and federal justice officials.
The district also agreed to pay $50,000 to Jacob's family and to reimburse them for counseling services. The district didn't admit to any wrongdoing under the settlement.
Transgender Latinas Organize at City College
By: Rosa Ramirez | March 30, 2010 4:12 am
Andrea Flores recalls getting stares and muffled comments by Latinos when she walked across the City College of San Francisco’s Mission campus.
“They would look at me and they would laugh,” said Flores, a shy, soft spoken, slim transgender woman with long flowing hair.
“They would say, ‘there goes a joto,” she added, describing the derogatory Spanish slang word used to describe a gay man.
Flores and her friend Juanita Martinez, who is also transgender, decided to combat the homophobia that exists the immigrant Latino community with open discussions ones they would have to create.
On Saturday, 28 people—the majority of them Latino and Spanish speaking—attended the second meeting of the TransLatinas, a new club at City College’s Mission campus.