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Local News
10:18 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Louisville Man Alleges Metro Police Officer Used Anti-Gay Slur at Kentucky Kingdom

Earlier this year, crews prepared Hurricane Bay for Kentucky Kingdom's May reopening.
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A gay Louisville man claims a Metro Police officer discriminated against him because of his sexual orientation and used a homophobic slur during a visit last week to Kentucky Kingdom.

An attorney for the man, Jessie Colter, 32, also alleges that the incident was preceded by the theme park staff's inconsistent enforcement of the dress code at Kentucky Kingdom's water park.

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Local News
12:45 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

The Louisville Forum Is Adding a Transgender Panelist to the 'Growing Up Transgender' Discussion

Henry Brousseau
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The Louisville Forum has added a transgender student to its panel discussion on transgender issues.

LGBTQ and transgender activists recently criticized the the nonpartisan discussion group's July 9 "Growing Up Transgender" panel because it did not include a transgender person.

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Local News
3:05 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Louisville Forum on Transgender Issues Doesn't Include Any Transgender Panelists

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The Louisville Forum's July discussion will tackle the issue of growing up transgender in Louisville—though none of the four panelists are transgender.

The move has prompted criticism from some LGBTQ and transgender activists and writers.

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Local News
12:21 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Indiana Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional

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Update 2:30 p.m. Marriage In Some Counties  

The Marion County clerk has begun issuing marriage licenses in Indianapolis, Indystar.com reported Wednesday.

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Local News
6:55 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Plaintiffs Respond to Beshear's Procreation Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage in Kentucky

Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon's marriage licenses.
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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's argument that same-sex unions harm procreation is a "myopic" view of marriage, argues a response filed on behalf of Kentucky same-sex couples seeking recognition for their out-of-state marriages.

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Local News
8:35 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Danville Becomes 7th Kentucky City to Adopt a Fairness Ordinance

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A seventh Kentucky city has approved an ordinance providing protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The Danville City Commissioners on Monday approved the ordinance 4-1, according to the Fairness Campaign. Danville Mayor Bernie Hunstad opposed the measure. 

The Advocate Messenger newspaper adds: 

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Strange Fruit
7:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Strange Fruit: 'The New Black' Film Looks at Marriage Equality in Maryland

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Last week we were invited by the Muhammad Ali Center to host a talkback panel after a screening of "The New Black," a film looking at how LGBTQ activism, the black church, homophobia, and queer people of color affected the fight for marriage equality in Maryland.

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Education
6:50 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Atherton High School Upholds Addition of Transgender Protections to Anti-Discrimination Policy

Atherton High School
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Atherton High School's decision-making council on Tuesday evening upheld a decision to adopt an anti-discrimination policy with specific protections for transgender students.

The policy remained school policy after a special SBDM meeting was called to address complaints circulated after a vote to add the policy was made last month. 

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Commentary
7:31 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Media Critic: Louisville News Media Mostly Got It Right In Coverage of Transgender Student

James Miller
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Although transgender women have never been more visible in the United States—Chelsea Manning, Janet Mock,

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Strange Fruit
2:20 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Strange Fruit: Donald Sterling and Racism in the NBA

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Donald Sterling's racism and punishment were all anyone was talking about last week - so we did too! And to supplement our, shall we say, spotty familiarity with athletic endeavors, we enlisted the help of friend-to-the-show Brian Lee West.

Brian has spoken to us before about his theater work, but this time he joined us in his capacity as our favorite basketball superfan.

In case you were under a rock (or completely overwhelmed by a little horse race), here's what happened: Donald Sterling, owner of the L.A. Clippers, was recorded telling his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, not to post pictures of herself with black people on social media, and not to bring black people to his games. Not only is this obviously racist, it's also pretty irrational; Donald Sterling's girlfriend is half African American, half Latina, and the overwhelming majority of NBA players are black. Including all but two of the players on his own team's roster. And their coach.

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