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UC Berkeley leader slammed over biblical gender viewsBERKELEY, Calif. (BP) -- A Christian student leader is facing backlash and censure after abstaining from a pro-transgender vote and citing a biblical standard of two genders in her defense.
A University of California at Berkeley LGBT group is petitioning for Sen. Isabella Chow's resignation from student government; her political party, Student Action, has dropped ties to her; the university newspaper has refused to run Chow's editorial in her defense; and hundreds have protested against her, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Nov. 9. Read More
Professor fights pronoun mandatePORTSMOUTH, Ohio (BP) -- A Shawnee State University philosophy professor filed a lawsuit against the Portsmouth, Ohio, school on Nov. 5 for disciplining him because he insisted on using the courtesy title that corresponded to a student's biological sex.
Nicholas Meriwether, a 22-year tenured faculty member, uses courtesy titles like "Mr." and "Miss" with students' last names in his classes. But his belief that God created humans immutably male or female puts that practice at odds with the Shawnee State nondiscrimination policy, which demands employees affirm a person's preferred gender.
The case could force publicly funded schools to reassess their LGBT nondiscrimination policies, said Meriwether's attorney, Travis Barham with Alliance Defending Freedom. "Public universities have no business compelling people to express views they do not hold," Barham said. "That's the message of this case." Read More
Outcry at Trump gender memo shows 'pain,' confusionWASHINGTON (BP) -- Angry reaction to news the Trump administration may revert to the traditional definition of gender in some federal programs, three evangelical commentators say, reveals society's confusion and need for ministry.
The administration's proposal "may sound controversial, but it is not," Andrew Walker of Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission wrote in an Oct. 23 commentary. "The only stable way to determine what defines male and female are primary and secondary sex characteristics." Reaction to the proposal "by transgender activists demonstrates how confused our society is on what it means to be human and how far ingrained the transgender worldview has become in our thinking." Read More
Attorney under fire while defending religious freedomANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP) -- An Alaska law firm representing a Christian women's shelter is defending itself from a complaint brought by the same municipal agency suing the shelter. The case raises a question: Will lawyers come under fire for defending religious clients accused of discrimination?
The Anchorage Equal Rights Commission (AERC) previously sued the Downtown Hope Center, a women's only homeless shelter, for not admitting a man who identified as transgender. On Jan. 26, police dropped off Timothy Coyle -- who goes by Samantha Coyle -- at the center after another ... Read More
'Drag Queen Story Hours' to 'teach' kidsASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Public libraries across the country are hosting drag performers for children's story hours this month. What started as a one-off 2015 event in San Francisco has become a national movement of libraries hiring men dressed as women to read books and sing songs with children, all advertised as kid-friendly exposure to gender fluidity.
The events happen year-round, but more libraries are hosting story hours as part of their June LGBT Pride Month events. Libraries and bookstores in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Vermont are hosting the "Drag Queen Story Hours." Read More
Judicial wordplay redefines locker room realityASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Two courts, one in Pennsylvania and another in Virginia, last week disregarded students' pleas for privacy in public school locker rooms and restrooms. The judges avoided making any distinctions between the sexes and ruled transgender students should be allowed to use the sex-segregated facilities that affirm their gender identity.
On May 24, a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in Philadelphia took only 15 minutes to unanimously deny an appeal by four Boyertown, Pa., high school students seeking an injunction against ... Read More
Judge sides with transgender teenGLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. (BP) -- A federal judge on Tuesday (May 22) said a Virginia school board violated the rights of a transgender teen by requiring that all students use the restroom corresponding to their biological gender.
U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen declined to hear the Gloucester County School Board's request to dismiss the case, arguing the board violated former student Gavin Grimm's rights under the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause and the federal Title IX protections against gender-based discrimination. Read More
Gender dysphoria: Ohio bill protects parental rightsCINCINNATI, Ohio (BP) -- State legislators in Ohio last week introduced a bill that would protect parents who do not want their children to undergo treatment for gender dysphoria.
The bill, sponsored by Republican state Reps. Tom Brinkman and Paul Zeltwanger, affirms the fundamental right of parents to "withhold consent for gender dysphoria treatment or activities that are designed and intended to form a child's conception of sex and gender." Read More
Calif. bill already impacting religious expressionLOS ANGELES Calif. (BP) -- The California state legislature's latest effort to outlaw biblical views on sex, marriage and gender identity appears to have claimed its first casualty. Citing concerns over possible legal repercussions from a pending bill, Colorado-based Summit Ministries has canceled a summer conference at Biola University in the Los Angeles area.
"The vagueness of the bill has opened up threats to religious communities that the author did not intend," Biola communications director Brenda Velasco said. Read More
Therapy bans, the new battlefieldOLYMPIA, Wash. (BP) -- In the last few weeks, at least four states have taken action on laws barring therapists from counseling individuals about their sexual orientation or gender identity, other than to encourage homosexuality or transgenderism.
Supporters of the laws argue the bans protect people from ineffective and abusive methods while contending sexual orientation and gender identity are fixed and efforts to change them result in repression and shame. Read More