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News from around the world that directly connects to the issues GroundSpark works on in our Respect for All Project!

San Rafael parents irked by policy allowing transgendered access

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.”

ACLU sues Corona del Mar High School for cultivating ‘homophobic’ environment

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.

Surge in anti-gay hate crime cases

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.”

President Obama has reversed the Bush administration’s previous stance on the UN’s statement on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”

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.”

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