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Not One More

Not One More

By Amanda Goad, LGBT Project at 10:51am
Her name was Lamia Beard. She was from Virginia.
Half-Baked Complaint Alleges Discrimination Where There is None

Half-Baked Complaint Alleges Discrimination Where There is None

By Amanda Goad, LGBT Project at 10:17am

When Christian educator Bill Jack ordered a cake last year from Azucar, a Denver bakery, he had a special decoration request for owner Marjorie Silva. He wanted the cake to say "God Hates Gays" with a drawing to match. Silva refused, and now she's…

Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough!

Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough!

By Amanda Goad, LGBT Project at 10:27am

On this date in 1979, at least 75,000 people participated in the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The event marked the first time supporters of lesbian and gay rights came together for a national rally (at the time, the rights…

Oregon Legislature Repeals Surgery Requirement for Gender Change on Birth Certificate

Oregon Legislature Repeals Surgery Requirement for Gender Change on Birth Certificate

By Becky Straus, Legislative Director, ACLU of Oregon & Kevin Díaz, Legal Director, ACLU of Oregon & Amanda Goad, LGBT Project at 3:55pm

With Gov. Kitzhaber's approval of HB 2093 yesterday, transgender people in Oregon will no longer have to show proof of surgery in order to change their birth certificates to accurately reflect their gender. Previously, Oregon law required surgery in…

Mother’s Day Comes Early for Iowa’s Married Same-Sex Couples

Mother’s Day Comes Early for Iowa’s Married Same-Sex Couples

By Amanda Goad, LGBT Project at 12:34pm

Same-sex couples have had the freedom to marry in Iowa since 2009. Melissa and Heather Gartner are among the thousands of same-sex couples who have married there. But when Heather gave birth to their daughter Mackenzie in 2010, the Gartners discovered…

A Proud History: LGBT Athletes in American Pro Sports

A Proud History: LGBT Athletes in American Pro Sports

By Amanda Goad, LGBT Project at 12:22pm

When NBA player Jason Collins announced this week "I'm gay", praise for his groundbreaking courage poured in from all directions. Collins'...

"Like You Put A Tag On Cattle": Alabama Armband Policy for Prisoners With HIV

"Like You Put A Tag On Cattle": Alabama Armband Policy for Prisoners With HIV

By Amanda Goad, LGBT Project at 1:13pm

You can’t tell by looking at someone whether he or she is living with HIV. That is, unless you catch a glimpse of a man who’s living with HIV in the state of Alabama’s prison system.

There are over 200 male prisoners living…

Fear and Loathing Over HIV Must End in Alabama Prisons

Fear and Loathing Over HIV Must End in Alabama Prisons

By Amanda Goad, LGBT Project at 11:00am

You can’t catch HIV from a toilet seat.

You can’t catch HIV from kitchen utensils.

You can’t catch HIV from everyday contact with the people around you. 

Old news, right? In fact, all of those points…

Just Say "No" to "Don't Say Gay"

Just Say "No" to "Don't Say Gay"

By Amanda Goad, LGBT Project & Anna Ziering, LGBT Project at 2:11pm

For a while, it looked as if Tennessee legislators had come to their senses and backed off the bill popularly known as "Don't Say Gay." Unfortunately, the bill is now roaring forward again, but there may still be a chance of stopping it.

In…

How Do I Marginalize Thee? One High School Principal Counts the Ways

How Do I Marginalize Thee? One High School Principal Counts the Ways

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief & Amanda Goad, LGBT Project & Galen Sherwin, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:01pm

Just how many ways can one public school official violate students' legal rights? The principal of Haywood High School in Brownsville, Tennessee, seems to be going for a record.

At an assembly earlier this month, Principal Dorothy Bond reportedly…

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