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Society
1:17 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Website Tracking Evansville Area Business Attitudes Toward LGBT Community Seeking to Expand

Credit Ludovic Bertron, Wikimedia Commons

An online tool with information about Evansville-area businesses and their attitudes towards LGBT customers and employees is looking to expand.

The Map Evansville website is the brainchild of University of Southern Indiana psychology professor Amie McKibban, who asks business owners to fill out a survey, with the results shared online.

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Society
1:13 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Prop 8 Attorney David Boies: Support For Same-Sex Marriage Will Grow in Kentucky and Elsewhere

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 5:45 am

Public opinion will flip in favor of same-sex marriage—though it will take time to happen, an attorney who helped lead the legal fight against California’s anti-same-sex union law Proposition 8 said in Louisville this week.

This month, the Bluegrass Poll found opposition to same-sex marriage has grown in Kentucky from 50 percent to 57 percent since last summer.

Speaking at a forum with University of Louisville law students on Tuesday, attorney David Boies said other states have set an example of how acceptance of same-sex marriage will play out in the U.S.

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Society
6:09 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Ahead of Supreme Court Ruling, More Kentuckians Oppose Gay Marriage

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New polling shows opposition to same sex marriage is growing among Kentucky voters.

According to the most recent Bluegrass Poll, 57 percent of the registered voters surveyed earlier this month said they don’t support same sex marriage. That’s compared to 50 percent last summer.

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Society
3:23 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Murray State's LGBT Programming Hosts Coming-of-Age Film 'Pariah'

Tracie Gilbert on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The film Pariah is a coming-of-age art drama looking at the life of a young woman in New York City discovering her own identity and the conflicts that arise from race, religion, sexual orientation and adolescent anxiety. Murray State University Minority Teaching Fellow Tracie Gilbert joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about the film and the unique stories it presents that tend to get overlooked, ahead of tonight's 7:30 showing at the Curris Center Theatre.

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Arts
3:00 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Playhouse in the Park Holds Auditions for 'After Dark' Production RENT

Director Joshua Byrn on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Tony Award-winning rock musical RENT, loosely based on the opera La boheme, follows the story of young artists struggling to survive in New York City and the complications of AIDS. The musical spent twelve years on Broadway and is now being staged at Murray's Playhouse in the Park as part of their After Dark series. Director Joshua Byrn directs and visits Sounds Good to talk about auditions, the show's controversial topics and the overarching theme of "no day but today."

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Education
3:15 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Transgender Hopkins County High School Student Working on Petition to Use Bathroon of Choice

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Updated 1/31/15 12:22 p.m.  

A Madisonville North Hopkins High School transgender student is working on a petition to allow him to use the bathroom he chooses instead of the handicap one made available for those who identify as transgender. School officials haven’t yet received the petition, but say they’ll seek legal guidance although they aren’t aware of any laws regulating bathroom use.

Meanwhile State Senator C.B. Embry filed a bill this month requiring students use the restroom corresponding to their anatomical gender.

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Education
11:27 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Hopkinsville HS Students Allege Discrimination Over LGBT Related Yearbook Quote

Brooklyn Fosberg
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Hopkinsville High School has refused to run three students’ senior yearbook quotes that reference their LGBT lifestyles, and one of them has filed a petition against the school board saying its discrimination.

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Society
9:10 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Ky. Human Rights Commission Director Reflects, Looks Ahead on MLK Day

John J. Johnson
Credit http://kchr.ky.gov/

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights’ director says protecting against sexual orientation discrimination is the next step in the civil rights campaign.  John J. Johnson says the commission has been focused in recent years on extending fairness ordinances in local communities throughout the commonwealth.

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Government
3:45 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Murray Human Rights Commission Postpones Bringing Ordinance Forward To Allow Community Input

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Not long before yesterday’s Murray City Council meeting, the Human Rights Commission decided to hold off bringing its ordinance to a vote. The updated ordinance would protect people of different sexual orientations and gender identities.

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Society
3:42 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

93 Percent of Kentucky High School Students Have Heard Homophobic Remarks in School, Report Says

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 3:15 pm

Kentucky high schools aren't the most inviting spaces for LGBT students, according to a study released this week by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN.

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