Category: Regional

Ind. high school requires permission slip for trans students to change names, use facilities

MUNCIE — The Ball State Daily News, the student newspaper for Ball State University in Indiana, reported late last month that a local high school required transgender students to have permission slips signed by parents to use the correct restrooms or change their name. Administrators at Burris Laboratory School, a high school administered by Ball…

Iowa man who burned LGBTQ library books charged with misdemeanor

ORANGE CITY — Paul Dorr, who burned LGBTQ friendly books from the Orange City Public Library in October, will be charged with a misdemeanor. The Sioux City Journal reported that Dorr would be charged with fifth-degree criminal mischief. His initial court appearance will be on Jan. 22 at the Sioux County Courthouse in Orange City. Ccriminal…

Ohio bill would protect ministers from marrying same-sex couples

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A bill in the Ohio state legislature would put into law that ministers wouldn’t have to perform marriages for same-sex couples. From 13 ABC in Columbus: The “Ohio Pastor Protection Act ” would stipulate that an ordained or licensed minister or religious society isn’t subject to civil or criminal liability for denying…

Newsaper: U.S. Ag Department pressured 4-H to change LGBTQ-friendly policy

DES MOINES — The Des Moines Register reported on Sunday that the the U.S. Agriculture Department under the Trump Administration pressured the national 4-H organization to withdraw a LGBTQ-friendly membership policy which also allowed a leader in Iowa to be pushed out. 4-H, an international youth organization that in the U.S. receives its funding from…

Another Roncalli counselor could be fired for have a same-sex relationship

INDIANAPOLIS — Another guidance counselor at Roncalli has said the Indianapolis Catholic high school is discriminating against her for being a lesbian. Indianapolis television station RTV6 reported on Friday that Lynn Starkey, co-director of guidance at Roncalli, filed a charge of discrimination with the city’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Friday, alleging “discrimination and hostile work…