LGBTQ http://tpr.org en Gay Teacher Files Sex Discrimination Claim Against Georgia School http://tpr.org/post/gay-teacher-files-sex-discrimination-claim-against-georgia-school For the past four years, Flint Dollar has been teaching music at Mount de Sales Academy, a Catholic school in Macon, Ga. He is, by all accounts, beloved by his students.<p>But Dollar won't be leading the band or teaching the chorus in the fall. His contract was not renewed after administrators found out he plans to marry a man.<p>Under <a href="http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html">federal anti-discrimination laws</a>, employers are not prohibited from hiring or firing people on the basis of sexual orientation. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:33:00 +0000 editor 34735 at http://tpr.org Gay Teacher Files Sex Discrimination Claim Against Georgia School In Maine, A Gay Candidate With An Uneven Record On LGBT Rights http://tpr.org/post/maine-gay-candidate-uneven-record-lgbt-rights Maine was among the first states to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot box — and now, LGBT groups are hoping voters there will break new ground by electing the nation's first openly gay governor in November.<p>But Democratic candidate Mike Michaud only recently came out, and he hasn't always been a gay-rights supporter.<p>Responding to what he called a "whisper campaign" about his sexual orientation, the six-term congressman did something dramatic last November: He outed himself in a series of newspaper op-eds.<p>"Yes, I am gay, but you know, so what?" <a href="http://www.mpbn.net/Home/t Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Susan Sharon 34642 at http://tpr.org In Maine, A Gay Candidate With An Uneven Record On LGBT Rights Texas GOP Chairman Munisteri Speaks Out Against Reparative Therapy http://tpr.org/post/texas-gop-chairman-munisteri-speaks-out-against-reparative-therapy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week the Republican Party of Texas released it’s <a href="http://www.texasgop.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/2014-Platform-Final.pdf" target="_blank">finalized 2014 platform</a>, which includes a line item addressing support for voluntary "reparative therapy" for gays and lesbians.</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:14:55 +0000 Ryan Poppe 33675 at http://tpr.org Texas GOP Chairman Munisteri Speaks Out Against Reparative Therapy Looking At Both Sides Of "Reparative Therapy" http://tpr.org/post/looking-both-sides-reparative-therapy <p></p><p><strong>Texas Matters: </strong>In their new platform, the Republican Party of Texas has called for a right to reparative therapy – a controversial method that claims to turn gay people straight. We look deeper into this therapy practice that c<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ritics say doesn’t work.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:08:02 +0000 David Martin Davies 33326 at http://tpr.org Looking At Both Sides Of "Reparative Therapy" Rick Perry Compares Homosexuality To Alcoholism At San Francisco Stop http://tpr.org/post/rick-perry-compares-homosexuality-alcoholism-san-francisco-stop <p>Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been in California all week for a series of meetings, one of which was a stop at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.</p><p>During an extended Q&amp;A session, Perry was asked whether he thought homosexuality was a disorder. This was his response, filmed by San Francisco <a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/06/12/texas-gov-rick-perry-compares-homosexuality-to-alcoholism-disorder-in-san-francisco-appearance-lgbt-gay-lesbian-commonwealth-club/" target="_blank">CBS affiliate KPIX-TV</a>:</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:44:35 +0000 Ryan Poppe 33294 at http://tpr.org Rick Perry Compares Homosexuality To Alcoholism At San Francisco Stop Mental Health Group Says Reparative Therapy Stigmatises Texas LGBT Community http://tpr.org/post/mental-health-group-says-reparative-therapy-stigmatises-texas-lgbt-community <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Support and protection for reparative therapy has been included in the 2014 Republican Party of Texas Platform. But a leading mental health organization said this further stigmatizes and shames the Texas </span>LGBT community<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The reparative therapy platform was introduced by Cathie Adams, executive director of the <a href="http://www.texaseagle.org/" target="_blank">Texas Eagle Forum</a> and adopted without any changes:</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:13:27 +0000 Ryan Poppe 33098 at http://tpr.org Mental Health Group Says Reparative Therapy Stigmatises Texas LGBT Community Texas GOP Advances Platform Supporting "Conversion Therapy" For Gays & Lesbians http://tpr.org/post/texas-gop-advances-platform-supporting-conversion-therapy-gays-lesbians <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Republican Party of Texas has advanced a plank of the party’s platform that supports “reparative therapy” for homosexuals. G</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ay Republican groups are outraged.</span></p><p>Reparative therapy, sometimes called "conversion therapy,"&nbsp; is intense psychological counseling for men and women in an attempt to change their sexual orientation.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:38:02 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32994 at http://tpr.org Texas GOP Advances Platform Supporting "Conversion Therapy" For Gays & Lesbians Texas GOP Chairman Defends Decision On Gay Republican Groups http://tpr.org/post/texas-gop-chairman-defends-decision-gay-republican-groups <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two Republican groups that support equal rights for the LGBT community are rallying support to have the Republican Party of Texas change its official platform on same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues.</span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:20:17 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32598 at http://tpr.org Texas GOP Chairman Defends Decision On Gay Republican Groups NDO Put Through First Test In Complaint Against AT&T http://tpr.org/post/ndo-put-through-first-test-complaint-against-att <p>AT&amp;T company leaders are dismissing sexual harassment allegations made by a contracted employee late last year against two of its workers.</p><p>The complaint is the city's first since council members passed the controversial non-discrimination ordinance revision.</p><p>Last September, as city council debated the revised non-discrimination ordinance to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected groups in San Antonio, a case hinging on gender identity harassment was brewing.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:55:32 +0000 Ryan Loyd 31679 at http://tpr.org NDO Put Through First Test In Complaint Against AT&T Months After City's NDO Passes, Complaint Process Still Unclear http://tpr.org/post/months-after-citys-ndo-passes-complaint-process-still-unclear <p>Eight months have passed since San Antonio city leaders approved a revision to the city's non-discrimination ordinance. The update included the addition of gender identity, sexual orientation and veteran status to the list of protected classes in the city.</p><p>But nearly a year later, residents still have no clear way of filing a complaint.</p><p>According to Deputy City Attorney Veronica Zertuche, currently there is no single place where people can go to make their complaint.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 14:38:58 +0000 Ryan Loyd 31530 at http://tpr.org Months After City's NDO Passes, Complaint Process Still Unclear