Tag: civil rights

Indiana hate crimes bill moves to a senate vote

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana Sentate committee has voted a proposed hate crimes bill to the full senate for a vote. From FOX59 in Indianapolis: The committee heard nearly three hours of testimony from both supporters and opponents of the proposed bill. The biggest hang up for Indiana is whether the law would include specific classes, like sexual…

Transgender man wins Iowa discrimination lawsuit

DES MOINES — A transgender man working as a prison nurse has won his discrimination lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections this week. Jesse Vroegh had sued after being barred from using the men’s restroom and being denied transition healthcare. From the Des Moines Register: The jury awarded Jesse Vroegh $120,000 in damages. Jurors found that the…

Indiana hate crimes bill gets hearing

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Star reported on Wednesday that an inclusive hate crimes bill will move forward to debate after weeks of delays. From the Star: Ten bias crimes bills were filed at the start of session, but Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, has chosen to move forward with Senate Bill 12, which includes…

Kentucky Senate bill could add LGBTQ rights

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Democrats have filed a bill that could add LGBTQ people to the state’s civil rights law. Local TV station WKRC said that if passed, the bill would put both orientation and gender identity under the law’s protection. From WKRC: The bills have the support of Democrats and a few Republicans, but…

Federal lawmakers file legislation to protect transgender service members

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers have filed bills to protect transgender service members. The Washington Blade reported that U.S. Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Susan Davis (D-Calif.) and Anthony Brown (D-Md.) introduced House Resolution 1032 in the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Susan Collins…

Vanderburgh County Council replaces library board member over Drag Queen Story Hour

EVANSVILLE — The Vanderburgh County Council have replaced their appointed library board member in response to the the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library’s planned Drag Queen Story Hour. Local media reported that some community members opposed to the story hour demanded library board members be replaced, saying they hadn’t done their job in preventing Drag Queen Story…

Equality Illinois holds annual gala

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois held its annual gala at the Hilton Chicago this past weekend. The event, always a big event in the Chicago LGBTQ calendar, was sold out for the first time this year and attracted every Chicago politician running for office in city elections next month. In some ways, the gala was also…