Racist flyers found at University of Southern Indiana

EVANSVILLE — On Tuesday flyers with the slogan “Proud to be white?” were found on cars at the University of Southern Indiana (USI) in the southwest corner of the state. This was the second time in as many days that racist flyers appeared at an Indiana state university.The Indiana Daily Student reported on Monday that flyers promoting the Ku Klux Klan were found in parking lots and driveways in Bloomington. The Evansville Courier & Press reported that university spokesman Ben Luttrull confirmed that the flyers had been distributed a day after employees had been posting about it on social media. He told the newspaper that USI security was investigating.

Students ask Indiana school district not to appeal court ruling for transgender student

EVANSVILLE — Students in Evansville’s school district have asked the local school board not to appeal a recent court decision. Last week, a federal judge ruled that the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) had violated a transgender student’s civil rights when they barred him using the facilities that match his gender identity. On Monday night’s school board meeting, the local students, with the encouragement of local LGBTQ rights group Tri-State Alliance, asked the EVSC not to appeal the verdict, the Evansville Courier & Press reported. The group asked the board to:

to expand it’s discrimination policy to all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification
to not pay more money for legal fees associated with court appeals for a recent transgender student’s lawsuit against EVSC
to prevent more future student lawsuits. 

The newspaper reported that school board members didn’t respond to students’ statements. 

From the Courier & Press:

EVSC Attorney Pat Shoulders told C&P Monday that EVSC has a solid bullying policy in place that “takes care of every child no matter what their gender identity, color, race or religion is.” 
“The (Tri-State Alliance) and their supporters continue to ask the school corporation to consider amending their anti-discrimination statement to include gender identity,” Shoulders said. “That argument actually didn’t prevail in the Indiana Legislature during this past session.

Transgender Indiana student wins legal fight for bathroom access

EVANSVILLE — A federal judge ruled for a transgender student who had sued the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) to use the bathrooms that his gender identity. On Friday, the ALCU of Indiana said in a press release that U.S. District Court Judge William T. Lawrence ruled that EVSC violated the student’s rights. The ACLU had sued the district on behalf of the student, known as J.A.W., in February 2018. From the ACLU of Indiana:
J.A.W. has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, is under a physician’s care, and is taking hormone therapy. Despite the fact that J.A.W. has long identified himself as male, he was informed by school administrators that he was not allowed to use the male restrooms.

Judge Lawrence ruled that the denial of J.A.W.’s right to use the male restrooms violated both the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681(a).

Evansville event to take Pride to next level locally

EVANSVILLE — New group River City Pride is hoping to take Evansville’s LGBTQ Pride celebrations up a notch. The Evansville Courier & Press reported Monday that River City Pride will hold its firstfestival, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on June 22 at Haynie’s Corner. From the Evansville Couier & Press:

“It’s time here in Evansville that we do something big,” said Emil Lamar, founder of River City Pride. AIDS Resource Group sponsored an LGBT pride event last June at Haynie’s Corner, but the upcoming festival will take that to a new level, organizers said. AIDS Resource Group remains involved.

Drag artist Florintine Dawn reads to the kids during the Drag Queen Story Hour.

Evansville TV station thinks Drag Queen Story Hour cost the police a lot. It didn’t

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An Evansville television station posted a story about the potential costs for the recent Drag Queen Story Hour, thinking it could be up to $48,000. It actually wasn’t even close to that. WEHT-TV compared what happened in Greenville, South Carolina’s Drag Queen Story Hour, the cost was $48,000. When contacted, Evansville Police Department Sgt.

Drag artist Florintine Dawn reads to the kids during the Drag Queen Story Hour.

Evansville’s Drag Queen Story Hour a success

EVANSVILLE, Ind. —After months of arguing, meetings and protest, the first Drag Queen Story Hour was a success. The Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) said in a statement that about 275 children and their guardians were able to attend the event, with another 150 turned away because they simply ran out of room. Local drag artist Florintine Dawn read the “Very Hungry Caterpillar;” “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”;and “Goodnight Moon.” Children also danced to “The Hokey Pokey,” “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and “Freeze Dance.”

Adults will need to be accompanied by a kid for Evansville’s Drag Queen Story Hour

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) has said any adult going this weekend’s Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) must have a child with them. EVPL Engagement and Experience Officer Heather McNabb told the Evansville Courier & Press that they want to make sure as many children can attend as possible. Library cards aren’t needed, but they also can’t go over capacity. From the Courier & Press:

It is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at EVPL North Park.

Drag Queen Story Hour fight moves to E’ville school board

EVANSVILLE — The battle over Drag Queen Story Hour at the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) moved onto the school board this week. The countywide school board appoints library board trustees along with the county council and commissioners. Local media reported that opponents to the story hour called on the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) board to replace their three appointees to the library board. According to the Evansville Courier & Press, opponents called DQSH a “show of immorality.” However, the school board stated they couldn’t replace their appointees.

Fired EVPL trustee says she was bullied over Drag Queen Story Hour

EVANSVILLE — Barbara Williams, the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) trustee who was removed from her position, has told the local newspaper that she was “lied to, bullied, intimidated and threatened” by a county council member. Williams told the Evansville Courier & Press that she felt bullied and intimidated by constant calls from District 2 County Councilman Tom Shetler Jr. about the Drag Queen Story Hour set for Feb. 23 at the EVPL. From the Courier & Press:

“It went from concerned citizen to ‘this is not going to happen in this community.’ He said, ‘If you don’t do something, you’re probably not going to be reappointed to the library board.'”
Shetler said he didn’t intimidate Williams but rather called out of “courtesy.” He said he nominated Williams to join the EVPL board four years ago.