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Pastor Advocates for LGBT Issues

(Source: Albany Times Union)

Rev. Nina Nichols, pastor of Christ Church United Methodist, in front of her church in Troy, N.Y., June 15, 2010. (Skip Dickstein/Times Union archive) Photo: Skip Dickstein / 2008

The Rev. Nina Nichols, pastor of Christ Church United Methodist, will be involved in the latest push to have United Methodists fully recognize lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.Love Your Neighbor Common Witness Coalition is supporting several changes to the United Methodist Church Book of Discipline to permit LGBT people to participate in the church. (more…)
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Federal Agency Says Transgender People Protected

(Source: Bloomberg Burinessweek)

The agency that enforces the federal job discrimination laws has for the first time ruled that transgender people are protected from bias in the workplace.

In a groundbreaking decision late last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said a refusal to hire or otherwise discriminate on the basis of gender identity is by definition sex discrimination under federal law.

While some federal courts have reached the same conclusion in recent years, employment law experts say the EEOC decision sets a national standard of enforcement that offers employers clear guidance on the issue. (more…)

Women May Have Tougher Time Paying Student Loan Debt Due to Gender Pay Gap

(Source: US News)

Women graduate from Kettering University in Flint, Mich.

As the general election approaches, President Obama and Mitt Romney are working to win over every voting bloc they can. Most recently, the two candidates have been ardently courting the women’s vote and those still carrying student loans. It might be worth the candidates’ worthwhile to lump the two voting blocs together.

Women receive a majority of the bachelor’s degrees granted in the U.S., attending largely the same institutions and paying the same tuition rates for their undergraduate degrees as men. Given the pay gap between genders, there is a question worth asking: Since women are both concentrated in lower-paying jobs and almost universally earn less than their male co-workers, will they have a tougher time paying down their student loan debt? (more…)

Sweden Takes Gender Neutrality Seriously

(Source: Macleans)

Neither he nor she

In Sweden the phrase “his and hers” isn’t just archaic or politically incorrect, it’s grammatically incorrect too. The country’s online National Encyclopedia was recently updated to include a third pronoun to accommodate the rising trend of gender neutrality in Sweden. The pronouns for “he” and “she” (in Swedish “han” and “hon”) are now joined by the genderless pronoun “hen.

But the change isn’t just linguistic. In 2010, the World Economic Forum declared Sweden the most gender-neutral country in the world, and gender neutrality is changing Swedish culture in profound ways. A children’s department store has dissolved its “girls” and “boys” sections, and a number of Swedish activists are lobbying for the right of parents to name their children across gender lines. “The idea,” writes author Nathalie Rothschild, “is that names should not be at all tied to gender, so it would be acceptable for parents to name a girl Jack or a boy Lisa.” (more…)

China’s Blind Activist Chen Guangcheng

(Source: BBC News)

Chen Guangcheng (file photo 2006)
Blind activist Chen Guangcheng exposed the harsher side of China’s family planning policies.

Blind since a young age and a self-taught legal activist, Chen Guangcheng rose to prominence for helping to expose harsh realities about China’s family planning policies.

His activism landed him in jail between 2006 and 2010 but even after he was released, Mr Chen and his family have been under virtual house arrest at his home in Shandong province.

He escaped from house arrest on 27 April 2012 and while his whereabouts remain unclear, the implication is that he is at a diplomatic mission in Beijing. (more…)

Gender-Based Wage Gaps Persist in State and Nation

(Source: Baltimore Sun)

Women make considerably less money than men in Maryland: 83 cents to the dollar, according to a study released last week.

Windsor Mill resident Alison Assanah-Carroll was not surprised by the finding from the National Partnership for Women & Families, which showed that nearly a half-century after the federal Equal Pay Act was enacted, women are still paid less than men, not only in Maryland but nationwide.

“It’s not just a grave disparity, it’s a travesty,” said Assanah-Carroll, a former assistant regional census manager, who said that she earned less than her male counterparts even though she had better educational credentials and, in some cases, more experience. (more…)

Pro-Gay Religious Voices Absent in Mainstream Media

(Source: Care2)

Pro-Gay Religious Voices Absent in Mainstream Media

A new study has found that religious contributors to the media are largely anti-gay, despite growing and often majority numbers among religious people favoring LGBT rights.

The Center on Religion & the Professions at University of Missouri, in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), studied three years of mainstream news media content.

They found that three out of four religious messages came from people whose religions have formal policies opposing LGBT equality — despite the fact that acceptance of LGBT people is growing across faith traditions. (more…)

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