Category: Regional

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…

Ohio GOP introduce bill to let parents stop child’s transition

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland newspaper reported that the Ohio state GOP has introduced a bill that would allow parents deny their transgender children the right to transition. From Cleveland Scene: Sponsored by Republican House Reps. Tom Brinkman and Paul Zeltwanger, House Bill 658 grants parents sweeping rights to “withhold consent for gender dysphoria treatment or activities that…

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…

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…

Man denied marriage license by Kim Davis loses primary

MOREHEAD, Ky. — David Ermold, who was denied a marriage license by Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, lost the Democratic primary by more than 1,000 votes Tuesday evening, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ermold rasid more than $200,000, but lost to Elwood Caudill, Jr., a 20-year employee of the county’s Property Valuation Administrator office and fourth generation…