Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray was not having right wing radio host Tom Becka's "silliness" during a recent debate about the Nebraska city's LGBT-inclusive anti-bias laws, laws Gray successfully lobbied to passage. Becka claims those laws are unnecessary because, according to either his willful ignorance or desire to be a Limbaugh-like blowhard, discrimination doesn't exist.
Gay Friendly Council Man Hangs Up On 'Silly' Homophobic Radio Host (Towleroad)
This is Patriotic: Anniversary of the Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Statement from One Iowa Executive Director Donna Red Wing with stories from gay and lesbian veterans
A year ago today, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell—the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the military—went into effect at midnight. While Congress was considering the repeal legislation, a poll found that a majority of Americans (67 percent) supported ending the ban on open service by gay and lesbian troops. Since then, a recent study has shown that the repeal has not hurt the military, nor has it affected retention or recruitment efforts--contrary to the predictions of opponents of the repeal.
Video contest in conjunction with Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds at their weekly news conference today that they are inviting all Iowa middle schools and high schools to submit a video about what their school is doing to prevent bullying and what more might be done, prior to the Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit, which will be held Nov. 27 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.
Iowa schools to report, track bullying on database (TimesRepublican)
Iowa public schools have a new tool to report and track bullying incidents in detail as they happen throughout the year.
The Iowa Department of Education launched the database on Friday, the Des Moines Register reported in its Saturday editions.
Maplewood Passes LGBT Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections (TheVitalVoice)
Following a 4 - 3 vote this evening (Sept. 11) from the Maplewood City Council, Maplewood became the seventh city in St. Louis County that has remedied the exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens from their nondiscrimination protections and extends these protections to more than 8,000 residents.
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