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Gay board member slams school for deleting coming out yearbook quotes

Matthew Ryan Hunt , a gay school board member at Kearney High School, which removed two gay students’ quotes about coming out of the closet from the school yearbook because they were potentially “offensive”, blasted the move in a Facebook post.

Wrote student Joey Slivinski in his quote: “Of course I dress well. I didn’t spend all that time in the closet for nothing.”

Student Thomas Swartz had a similar sentiment in his quote: “If Harry Potter taught us anything, it’s that no one should have to live in the closet.”

The school district later apologized but the damage had already been done.

-Read more on Towleroad.com

Meet the Board: Chloe Corcoran

Chloe Corcoran says: I currently work in Alumni Relations for the University of Rochester, which I love. I am also pursuing a doctorate degree in higher education through the University’s Warner School of Education. The Rochester community is very important to me, so I also volunteer with RocCity Coalition, and UR Young Leaders. I do somehow try to find time for my hobby of nature photography, which I am (hopefully!) getting better at.

I was struggling with the idea of coming out, and I was introduced to the Alliance in 2015. After a few meetings with people there, I got involved in a committee, which I have stuck with ever since. I was very fortunate to have support from the Alliance, which eventually helped me to come out and transition. I would say to anyone who is questioning or looking for information and/or resources, to please contact us. It certainly helped me.

I am the current Chair of the Development Committee. We have a great team that works hard to help ensure the future growth of the Alliance, while also letting people know that they are making an impact on the community. We have a great Board, and I count myself fortunate to be involved.

I would love to see the Alliance continue to grow! Having a physical space where people can visit has made a huge impact on the community. I would like to see us be able to offer even more services to all members of the LGBTQ community, and make more connections with groups that we have not historically worked with as much.

If you are thinking of volunteering, please join us! I think everyone has a skill set they can employ to make the community better, and we would love to have more people on board. I should mention that, even though I am a volunteer, the support I have received from the Alliance has made a huge difference in my life too.

 

Trump administration may remove LGBT protections in ACA

According to Neal Broverman on The Advocate: The Department of Health and Human Services has crafted guidance that will rescind protections for LGBT patients and women who’ve had abortions, according to The Hill.

President Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) included provisions that banned medical discrimination against LGBT patients and women who’ve had abortions. A religious group later sued to rescind the trans and women-specific provisions and won in court; a Texas judge then blocked the protections from going into effect. When Trump assumed office and homophobe Jeff Sessions took over as Attorney General earlier this year, the Department of Justice didn’t appeal the ruling.

Now, comes word that the HHS created new guidance that omits the aformentioned protections, though it’s not yet clear if it affects lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals, as well as transgender people and women who have terminated pregnancies. The DOJ is now reviewing the guidance and will send it to the Office of Management and Budget before it goes public.

“I don’t think they [HHS] are going to have an easy time … and we’ll make sure they hear every objection and justify what they’re doing,” Joshua Block, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU, told The Hill,

-Read more on The Advocate

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