Michigan GOP ask state AG to roll back LGBTQ protections ruling

LANSING — Michigan GOP leaders are asking Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette to say the state’s Civil Rights Commission overstepped its powers when it said it could hear complaints of anti-LGBTQ discrimination, a Michigan newspaper reported. From the Detroit Free Press: “We write to request your opinion on the legality of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission’s…

Members, staff leave Indy CrossFit location after gym cancels Pride workout

CrossFit’s Chief Knowledge Officer doubles down on denying the Pride event, fired by corporate INDIANAPOLIS — A CrossFit location in Indianapolis started losing members after cancelling an Pride workout session. And CrossFit’s Chief Knowledge Officer decided to double down. Crossfit Infiltrate in downtown Indianapolis cancelled a Pride themed workout in a recent email to members.…

Ind. teacher says using trans students’ preferred names violate ‘religious beliefs’

INDIANAPOLIS — A teacher in suburban Indianapolis is saying the school district forced him to resign for refusing to us transgender students’ preferred names. The school district requires teachers to use trans students’ preferred names, instead of those given at birth. John Kluge, the former orchestra teacher at Brownsburg High School near Indianapolis, told the…

Southern Illinois celebrates their first Pride

CARBONDALE — Carbondale hosted the first Pride celebration in the far southern area of Illinois this past weekend, becoming the latest in the state to celebrate LGBTQ rights. Other Pride parades and festivals take place in Chicago, Springfield, Metro East, Joliet and Peoria. The Southern Illinoisan reported that hundreds turned out for a walk and…

OPINION: Masterpiece Cakeshop – It’s not great, but it’s not a disaster

This article was originally published on Peacock Panache, an LGBTQ news and opinion blog. In a 7-2 decision announced today, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly ruled in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop in a case about public accommodation and whether individual religious views should and can supersede a protected group’s right to free market equal access. The…

SCOTUS rules for baker in wedding cake case

Decision narrowly focused on specifics, does not set precedent on LGBTQ rights WASHINGTON — On Monday, the US Supreme Court set aside a lower court ruling against a baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. According to NBC Chicago, the court did not rule on whether or not businesses have…

Indiana GOP may remove “marriage between a man and a woman” from state platform

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Republican Party may remove wording declaring support for marriage “between a man and a woman” from their state party platform. From the Indianapolis Star: The latest draft of the new platform removes language labeling strong families as ones that are “based on marriage between a man and a woman.” The proposed change…

Sergeant sues over US Army’s HIV policy

WASHINGTON — A US Army sergeant is suing the military service over a HIV policy dating back to 1991, according to NBC OUT. From NBC OUT: “For over 30 years, the military has placed broad restrictions on the service of people living with HIV,” says the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the…