The San Antonio LGBT Community has been petitioning the Alamo Community College District, which oversees 5 community college campuses in the San Antonio area, to amend its existing policies to include sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. After two meetings and many conversations with the Board, the ACCD has agreed to vote on a policy which would include sexual orientation, but not gender identity/expression.
If you are like me, you can always think of a great comeback to an offensive comment. One day later.
This last week was a whirlwind for me. One week past the National Equality March and I’m still processing everything that I experienced and felt. I felt so prepared to take on the world with such powerful words given to me by the speakers, with such energy and friendliness from everyone that I met.
FL Gay Adoption Ban Goes to State Appeals Court – November 2008 a Miami-Dade County judge ruled that the Gay Adoption Ban is unconstitutional. The ruling was made in the case of Martin Gill and his partner who had adopted two young boys. State attorneys have taken the case to the court of appeals and and the ACLU is representing Mr. Gill.
Men to be Tried for Murder of Lesbian in South Africa – Last year a group of men assaulted and then stabbed to death Eudy Simelane (29 yrs) who played on national sport teams. Gay Rights activists are using this case to show that women continue to be raped in an attempt to change their Sexual Orientation. Lesbians who attended the hearing were threatened by young men and the three men accused have pleaded not guilty.
Proposal in MI to add Sexual Orientation to Anti-Discrimination Law – The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony recently on whether to add Sexual Orientation to their existing Anti-Discrimination laws.
Trial Date Set for Fed Lawsuit Against CA Same-Sex Marriage Ban – Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker announced that the trial will begin January 11, 2010. Judge Walker also ordered the depositions and the discovery process to start right away. Dates were also set for other processes related to the case. The Judge also indicated that he was surprised Governor Schwarzenegger has taken such a passive role in the case.
Lesbian Couple Embraces Then Asked to Leave Restaurant in MD – They noticed a heterosexual couple kissing in another booth of the family restaurant – so they embraced each other – but did not kiss. Aiyi’hah Ford and her partner Torian Brown were then asked to leave the restaurant in Silver Spring. They did return with some supporters hoping for an apology – but the manager would not apologize. Once they stepped outside the waitress followed them and apologized.
LGBT Tenants in New York Mistreated by Co-Op Board – A group of tenants who live at Kew Gardens – happen to be Gay and Lesbian. The problems started with a terrace which began leaking during a rain storm.
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, Hate Crimes Statistics for 2007 is likely the most reliable report available to answer the question “Who is Hurt by a ‘Hate Crime?’ Regrettably, the FBI data even admits that:
–During 2007, 13,241 law enforcement agencies participated in the UCR Program’s hate crime data collection. Agencies provided 1 to 12 months of data about bias motivated crime, and of those agencies, 2,025 (15.3 percent) reported 7,624 incidents.
–The remaining 84.7 percent of the participating agencies reported that no hate crimes occurred in their jurisdictions.