MSU Adds Gender Identity and Expression to Their Nondiscrimination Policy

The Missouri State University Board of Governors voted in favor, 6-1, of amending the university’s nondiscrimination policy for both students and employees to include gender identity and gender expression. Other categories that they voted in favor to add include marital status, family status, pregnancy and genetic information. The policy already protects students and employees based […]

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MONA Passes Out of Senate Committee!

The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) is making strides in the Missouri Legislature. MONA would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Statute, which currently prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations for other protected categories, including race, sex, and national origin. The Progress & Development Committee, led by Senator Joseph Keaveny, […]

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Kansas Bill Would Send Teachers to Prison for Mentioning Sex

The door is opening in Kansas for the wholesale elimination of art, literature, and discussion containing any hint of sexual material. These things will not be banned, they will be discarded through coercion and threats. Under a Republican bill approved by the Kansas Senate in 2015, and now under consideration by a Kansas House committee, […]

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Since Mormon church enacted anti-gay policy, 32 young LGBTI people have killed themselves

Since a severe new anti-gay policy was enacted in the Mormon Church last fall, 32 LGBTI people between the ages of 14 and 20 have committed suicide. The devastating number was made public by a group of Mormon mothers with gay children called the Mama Dragons. In November, church leaders released new policies targeting gay […]

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Oklahoma GOP Bill Would Ban Suicidal LGBT Teens From Seeking Help From Pro-Gay Therapists

In another bit of negative regional news for the LGBT community… If Oklahoma Republicans have their way, the suicide rate among LGBT teens will skyrocket. LGBT teens are, by far, the most vulnerable group within the LGBT community because they are not considered adults yet and therefore are subject to the will of their parents, […]

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A Great Story About a PFLAG Mom

On a snowy night a few winters ago, Anita Gorrell’s youngest child dropped a letter in front of her and zipped out of the room. The family had just moved to Indianapolis, and her youngest — a socially anxious teenager who had to be home-schooled — was doing better than ever, after a surprising request […]

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Community Reading of Children’s Book “I Am Jazz”

Creating welcoming spaces for transgender and gender-expansive children and youth can start with something as simple as a conversation — between colleagues or neighbors, among educators in the teacher’s lounge, in classrooms and hallways, or in more formal settings like a community forum or schoolwide assembly. We know there’s a hesitancy sometimes to address transgender […]

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Missouri bill would restrict locker room use by transgender students

Because the war on marriage equality is over (for the most part…there are still a few holdout judges in Southern states trying to be difficult), anti-LGBT groups are now focused on peeing. Yes, peeing. Because that’s what people do in restrooms. Missouri is now on the list of states with new legislation being introduced to […]

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FDA to Gay Men: No More Ban, Kinda, Not Really

The FDA has issued a major change to the decades old rule of not allowing gay men to donate blood, but many question if this is still not good enough. They have stated blood donations will be allowed from gay or bisexual men who claim they have not had sex with another man in 12 […]

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The Time Is Now For LGBT Community To Enroll In Healthcare

          Don’t get stuck without health care in 2016. If you get sick, you’ll be on the hook for your medical bills AND may have to pay the penalty, which is up to $695 or 2.5% of your income (whichever is higher)! Plus, financial help is available. It doesn’t have to […]

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