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"It's really time for the village to make another kind of decision - that discrimination is not okay and diversity is welcome in our community." Attorney Ken Mogill's words summed up the discussion that preceded a vote by the Lake Orion Village Council to accept the first reading of an inclusive human rights ordinance. The ordinance, if adopted, would make it a misdemeanor to discriminate on the basis of religion, race, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity. It would apply to employment, housing, education, and access to public accommodations. "This ordinance is an opportunity to make the kind of statement that needs to be made," Mogill said. READ MORE.
In a move that could put increased attention on the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal judge Sunday issued a temporary order blocking the Obama administration from taking any action against states that refuse to comply with its guidelines concerning treatment of transgender students in federally funded schools. The August 21 order, from Judge Reed O'Connor (an appointee of President George W. Bush), enables at least 23 states that have expressed opposition to Obama administration guidelines issued in May, to ignore those guidelines until the court can rule on the merits of lawsuits challenging them. READ MORE.
It is no secret that Olympic athletes have sex. It's also no secret that they hook up with each other in the Olympic village. I mean, we're talking about a land full of young people with chiseled bodies and lots of stamina. So, yeah, there's a whole lot of humpin' going' on. READ MORE.
I think we belong together, unified with other sexual and gender minorities. We are stronger together as a coalition, rather than scattered into smaller and smaller subsets, unable to find common ground like some queer tower of Babel. I've always been a believer in working together on common causes, and supporting each other during those times when one or another of us needs support. It's what I expect in a community. I also know my views are excessively optimistic, and we're unlikely to make a perfect harmony of voices - but we can try. READ MORE.
Notable primary results from Aug. 2 election including Washtenaw, Ingham, Muskegon and Oakland County Clerk, contested state Representative seats and 1st Congressional District. READ MORE.
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