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8:48 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Sexual Orientation Takes Center Stage in Indian River School District

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A meeting of the Indian River School board this week saw a number of residents get up to speak out about remarks by board member Shaun Fink who is opposed to teaching about sexual orientation.

During the session on Monday Cole Haden, a senior at Sussex Central, told the board that Fink's remarks allowed him to stand up for equality for gays, lesbians and transgenders as well as for fairness and tolerance.

He was only one of 10 people who spoke at the meeting where around 100 people were in attendance.

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11:45 am
Fri July 25, 2014

No More Summer Reading List for Some Students in Cape Henlopen

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There will be no reading list this summer for in-coming high school students in the Cape Henlopen school district.

Earlier this month the board dropped from its summer reading list “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” about a teenager who discovers she is gay.

Last night on a 6-to-1 vote last night the board decided to return to the district previous practice.

That requires college preparatory students to read one book for the summer and honors students two books.

Only Noble Prettyman voted against the motion.

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9:53 am
Wed March 5, 2014

MD Lawmakers Consider Anti-Discrimination Law for Trangender People

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a bill to prevent discrimination against people who are transgender.

The Senate voted 32-15 on Tuesday for the measure.

It aims to stop discrimination on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations such as hotels and restaurants.

There were 31 Democrats who voted for the bill and one Republican. There were 11 Republicans who opposed the bill, and four Democrats.

The measure now goes to the House of Delegates

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8:58 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Mother of Matthew Shepard Makes Appearance on Salisbury University Campus

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Judy Shepard, mother of Mathew Shephard, who was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998 because of his sexual orientation will be coming to the campus of Salisbury University tomorrow night.

Her book, entitled: “The Meaning of Matthew: My Son’s Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed” is the subject of this semester’s New Student reader program at the University.

October 15th will mark the 15th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death which sparked a national outcry calling for crimes motivated by sexual orientation become a hate crime.

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10:52 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Delaware Senate Approves Anti-Discrimination Bill for Transgenders

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill to protect transgender people in Delaware by outlawing discrimination based on gender identity.

The bill was approved on an 11-7 vote Thursday. It now goes to the House.

The legislation adds gender identity to the existing list of protected nondiscrimination categories, including race, age and sexual orientation.

It also allows for enhanced penalties under Delaware's hate crimes law for targeting someone based on his or her gender identity.

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