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Texas school district drops challenge to transgender student wearing tux

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 18 November 2013 09:36

A South Texas school district has reversed course, saying it will allow a photo of a transgender student wearing a tuxedo to appear in the teen's high school yearbook.

Jeydon Loredo and his mother had said the school district was not allowing his photograph because it violated "community standards."

Missouri to recognize married gay couples for tax purposes

Written by WiG Friday, 15 November 2013 06:39

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Nov. 14 issued an executive order directing the Missouri Department of Revenue to accept the jointly-filed state tax returns of all legally married couples, including same-sex couples legally married in other states, who file joint federal tax returns as required under Missouri law.

Nixon, in a statement, said, "Missouri is one of a number of states whose tax code is directly tied to that of the federal government and under Missouri law, legally married couples who file joint federal tax returns with the IRS must also file joint state returns with our state Department of Revenue."

WiGWAG: News with a twist and sometimes a punchline

Written by Louis Weisberg
and Lisa Neff
Thursday, 14 November 2013 12:03

Hallmark's ugly sweater ornament.

Ringing in the season of silly

U.S. Catholic bishops elect new president

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 14 November 2013 08:36

The new leader of the nation's Roman Catholic bishops says he will draw on his years as a pastor to guide American bishops as they attempt to shift focus under Pope Francis, who wants more emphasis on compassion than on divisive social issues such as gay marriage.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Kentucky was elected on Nov. 12 as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a role that makes him the U.S church's spokesman on national issues and a representative of American bishops to the Vatican and the pope.

MSNBC suspends Alec Baldwin show after anti-gay slur

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 18 November 2013 07:42

Alec Baldwin's new weekly MSNBC talk show was suspended for two episodes after the actor was videotaped using an anti-gay epithet against a photographer during a New York street encounter.

The cable channel didn't specify the reason it yanked "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" from its schedule last week and this week, but the decision came the day after the run-in.

Boehner signals that immigration reform is dead for this year

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 15 November 2013 04:54

Speaker John Boehner said this week that the House will not hold formal, compromise talks on the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration bill, a fresh signal from the Republican leadership that the issue is dead for the year.

The slow, relatively quiet death came more than four months after the Senate, on a bipartisan vote, passed a far-reaching bill that would provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally and tighten border security.

LGBT people of color among most disadvantaged workers in U.S.

Written by WiG Thursday, 14 November 2013 09:23

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers of color are among the most disadvantaged workers in the United States, according t a new report released on Nov. 14.

The report, "A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color," was prepared as a companion to a broader paper examining the workforce climate for LGBT workers and prepared by the Movement Advancement Project, the Center for American Progress, the FIRE Initiative, Freedom to Work, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Black Justice Coalition in partnership with ColorofChange, the Leadership Conference Education Fund, League of United Latin American Citizens, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Action Network, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, Out and Equal Workplace Advocates and SEIU.

Governor signs Hawaii marriage equality bill into law

Written by WiG Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:41

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, at about 3:50 p.m. EST today (Nov. 13), signed Hawaii's marriage equality bill into law. Same-sex couples can begin marrying in the Aloha state on Dec. 2, some 23 years after the contemporary push for marriage equality began there.

The signing ceremony took place the day after the state Senate gave its final OK to an amended bill passed by the House on Nov. 8.

Catholic Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield says he will offer prayers of "supplication and exorcism" on Nov. 20 at about the same time that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs the marriage equality bill into law.

Paprocki made the announcement in a news release posted on the Diocese of Springfield's website. He said the “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage” would take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on Nov. 20 at 4 p.m.

Religious right targets transgender people’s use of public bathrooms

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 14 November 2013 16:20

The right-wing leaders behind the campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California now want to repeal legislation intended to protect the rights of transgender students to equal access to school facilities, such as bathrooms, and school programs, such as sports teams.

They’ve made repeated claims that boys will game the system and pretend to be transgender so they can invade girls’ restrooms. They’ve dubbed the historic legislation that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law as the “bathroom bill,” making light of a basic human need and ignoring the consequences of continued discrimination behind the doors labeled for him or her.

Pollution making oceans hot, sour, breathless

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 14 November 2013 08:47

Greenhouse gases are making the world's oceans hot, sour and breathless, and the way those changes work together is creating a grimmer outlook for global waters, according to a new report Wednesday from 540 international scientists.

The world's oceans are getting more acidic at an unprecedented rate, faster than at any time in the past 300 million years, the report said. But it's how this interacts with other global warming impacts to waters that scientists say is getting them even more worried.

Fired Eastern Michigan football coach regrets anti-gay slur

Written by The AP Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:45

Former Eastern Michigan football coach Ron English expressed regret in an interview with The Associated Press for using "inappropriate language," that included a homophobic slur during a film session with defensive backs.

"As a man who has coached 21 years, obviously, on this occasion and particular meeting, I lost my poise, got upset and used language that was inappropriate, particularly as it pertains to homosexual slurs. I regret that," English told the AP in a telephone interview hours after the school released a statement explaining why he was fired. "I apologize to the university for putting it in this position and tarnishing its reputation. I look forward to continuing a career that has been marked by molding men of integrity, passion, and intensity for 21 years."