Respect For All News RoundupFriday 20, March 2009
By Brittney Shepherd, Staff Producer | Latest News
News from around the world that directly connects to the issues GroundSpark works on in our Respect for All Project!
Some parents in San Rafael, just north of San Francisco, are objecting to a school’s policy of allowing trans-gender students access to locker-rooms and restrooms of the gender with which they identify. While several parents have argued against this policy, the district’s legal counsel has said, “Based on a substantial legal record, the district must allow access to transgendered students.”
More than a month after controversy erupted over Corona del Mar High School’s reported cancellation — then rescheduling — of a production of “Rent,” the American Civil Liberties Union sued school officials Wednesday for fostering a “sexist” and “homophobic” atmosphere.
A report from Santa Clara county details a rise in hate crime cases targeting the LGBT community. Many, including Deputy District Attorney Jay Boyarsky, believe these crimes are connected to the controversy surrounding Proposition 8. “Marriage equality and Proposition 8 have been in the news, and we have seen an increase in gay-bashing.”
In a move that has gay and human rights supporters cheering, President Obama has officially joined with United States with 66 other UN member states condemning “human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity wherever they occur.”