Many higher education institutions are well-versed in Title IX compliance and litigation issues as they relate to gender discrimination claims on account of university conduct, or claims arising out of sexual assaults on campuses. However, an increasingly concerning area of Title IX litigation, enforcement, and compliance deals with peer gender-based harassment and bullying, including, specifically, harassment and bullying of students that identify as LGBTQ. University legal departments and Title IX coordinators should consult with counsel to formulate Title IX policies that can limit the impact of these potential claims, in addition to retaining counsel well-versed in peer-harassment issues to handle the defense of underlying lawsuits or to associate with insurance defense counsel. … [Read more...] about Title IX Implications for Higher Education Institutions Over Peer Gender-Based Harassment
China's Sina Weibo on Monday reversed a decision to censor gay content after outcry among gay Chinese who say the company had smeared homosexuality by lumping it with pornography. China's Twitter-equivalent Weibo said on Friday it would remove pornographic, violent or gay videos and cartoons, especially a genre of manga animations and comics that often depict raunchy gay male relationships. In response, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) advocates poured online to criticize the decision using hashtags, open letters and even calls to dump Sina shares. BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Sina Weibo on Monday reversed a decision to remove gay content after outcry among gay Chinese who say the company had smeared homosexuality by lumping it with pornography as it tried to meet government censorship directives. … [Read more...] about China’s Sina Weibo has stopped censoring gay content after outcry from Chinese LGBT community
Although the majority of testimony heard was in support of the bill, it’s unlikely the measure will become law with the end of the session just a few days away. Both Razer and Hannegan’s bills were filed early in the session, yet weren’t assigned to a House committee until last week. … [Read more...] about Push for LGBT rights in Missouri clears hurdle — but unlikely to become law this year
North Carolina’s legislature recently passed a law that prevents transgender people from using government-run bathrooms corresponding to the gender with which they identify. The law — House Bill 2 (HB2) — has incited a state-wide civil liberties b Ali Rizvi, Nicole L. Cvetnic and Sohail Al-Jamea / McClatchy … [Read more...] about Republican and gay: Can the GOP change on LGBT rights?
“I told the principal about the incident and the officer’s response, but he chose to ignore it. The principal’s rationale was that what the boys did to me happened a few yards from school property. That was confusing. I know a bunch of my friends had gotten in trouble down on that path for smoking or other things. The principal chose not to take action when it was an assault for being gay, but for any other reason, he was happy to step in,” Funk wrote. … [Read more...] about High School Principal, Resource Officer Being Removed After Anti-LGBT Discrimination Allegations