Category: Regional

Michigan AG says state’s LGBTQ bias policy is ‘invalid’

LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Friday said the state civil rights commission’s interpretation of a civil rights law was “invalid,” local media reported. The Detroit News reported that Schuette said in a formal opinion that “the Michigan Civil Rights Commission overstepped its authority when it determined that an existing ban on “sex”…

Judge sides with anti-LGBTQ Christian group at Univ. of Iowa

IOWA CITY — A student Christian group at the University of Iowa will be rerecognized as a registered group after a recent decision by a judge, a local newspaper reported on Friday. The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reported that Business Leaders in Christ, or BLinC, will be allowed to work as a registered student organization.…

Rock the Pride coming in August

BELOIT, Wisc. — The Yellow Brick Road Organization will be hosting Rock the Pride in this city on the Illinois-Wisconsin border this August. This will be the first public Rock County Pride Fest. During the day there will be family activities and in the evening entertainment for all ages. The fest will be on Aug. 25,…

Anti-LGBTQ Indiana church forced out of building

AUBURN, Ind. — An Indiana church that got attention for an anti-LGBTQ sign is now looking for a new building, according to a local TV station. From WPTA21.com: An Auburn church with a controversial message on a sign has been forced out of their building. ABC21 reached a church member by phone Saturday who confirmed…

Michigan City to have first Pride this weekend

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — This northern Indiana city an hour’s drive east of Chicago will have it’s first Pride celebration after the city gave approval this week. From the Times of Northwest Indiana: Pride Fest 2018 is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 30 on U.S. 12, across from the Michigan City courthouse.…

Racine considers improving protections for LGBTQ

RACINE — The government of Racine, Wisc., is looking at improving legal protections for LGBTQ residients, according to a local newspaper. The Journal-Times of Racine reported that it was one of several initiatives the city is starting to support the community. From the Journal-Times: The Human Rights Campaign, a national civil rights organization that advocates for…

SW Indiana school district tackles gender identity

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation in southwestern Indiana took on gender identity and its non-discrimination policy at their school board meeting Monday night. From TristateHomepage.com: The school system faces litigation regarding its bathroom policy for transgender students. A transgender high school student filed a lawsuit in February against the EVSC alleging the school…