Category: Regional

Civil rights orgs urge court to accept appeal of man who may have received death sentence because he’s gay

ST. LOUIS — Six civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, Lambda Legal, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National LGBT Bar Association, filed an amici brief today urging the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the appeal of Charles…

Mich. civil rights commission to protect LGBTQ rights despite AG

LANSING — The Michigan Civil Rights Commission said on Monday that they will stand by decision to include LGBTQ rights despite the opinion of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, local media reported. From MLive: At a meeting in northern Michigan Monday, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission reiterated its support for the interpretive statement members approved…

Ohio becomes a front line for transgender rights

COLUMBUS, Ohio. — According to Reuters, Ohio is the next battleground for transgender rights in the United States. Reuters reported that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit against officials at the Ohio Department of Health in March on behalf of three trans women and one trans man. Ohio is…

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.…