lgbt http://kvpr.org en Returning Home, Valley LGBT Veterans Fight Another War http://kvpr.org/post/returning-home-valley-lgbt-veterans-fight-another-war <p><em>This report is the first in the Valley Public Radio series <a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/common-threads-veterans-still-fighting-war">"<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Common Threads: Veterans Still Fighting The War</span></a></em><a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/common-threads-veterans-still-fighting-war"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.<em>"&nbsp;</em></span></a><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Support for this series comes from</span><a href="http://www.calhum.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; Tue, 27 May 2014 18:39:40 +0000 Ezra David Romero 33310 at http://kvpr.org Returning Home, Valley LGBT Veterans Fight Another War Fresno State Holds Its First LGBTQ+ Graduation http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-state-holds-its-first-lgbtq-graduation <p>A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;group of 18 students from schools across Fresno State were hooded with rainbow banners today in a first for Fresno State:&nbsp; a lesbian, gay, bi, transgender and questioning graduation ceremony.</span></p><p>“I was really inspired because I noticed a lot of openly gay people, but we didn’t have a ceremony of our own, a reception of our own,” says Curtis Ortega with Fresno State’s United Student Pride Club. “We were kind of there as openly gay students, but I felt we needed our own expression and graduation ceremony.”</p> Sat, 17 May 2014 00:59:44 +0000 Ezra David Romero 32809 at http://kvpr.org Fresno State Holds Its First LGBTQ+ Graduation Transgender Student Law Takes Effect in California http://kvpr.org/post/transgender-student-law-takes-effect-california <p>Beginning this week all California public school districts must allow transgender students to use facilities and play on sports teams according to which gender they identify with. Supporters say the law will protect a vulnerable group of students. But opponents think voters should have a say. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>High School Junior Ashton Lee hustles between after school activities. First he makes a stop at the Gay Straight Alliance. There, as club president, he leads a discussion on how to handle holiday stress.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 26628 at http://kvpr.org Transgender Student Law Takes Effect in California Looking to LA for Transgender Student Policy http://kvpr.org/post/looking-la-transgender-student-policy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As of this week, all public schools districts in California must allow students to use facilities and play on sports teams based on the gender with which they identity, not their biological sex. The law has generated controversy and faces a possible referendum. But a similar policy has been in place in the Los Angeles Unified School District since 2005. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</span></p><p><em>(“Come on you guys, let’s go!)</em></p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 20:12:18 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 26627 at http://kvpr.org Looking to LA for Transgender Student Policy Brown Signs Controversial Transgender Rights Bill http://kvpr.org/post/brown-signs-controversial-transgender-rights-bill <p>California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that increases the rights of transgender students at public schools.&nbsp; It will allow students to participate in extracurricular activities and use school facilities based on their gender identity – not their physical characteristics.</p><p>Critics have suggested “bad actors” could use the law to prey on school children.&nbsp; But the bill’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, calls those complaints “scare tactics” and says they’ll go away with education.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:59:03 +0000 Katie Orr 19921 at http://kvpr.org Brown Signs Controversial Transgender Rights Bill California National Guard Finding Success With LGBT Community http://kvpr.org/post/california-national-guard-finding-success-lgbt-community <p>The repeal of the federal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy has opened up a new world of recruiting possibilities for the armed forces. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the California National Guard is interested in doing more than just complying with the law.</p><p>The California National Guard decided to lead the way when it came to recruiting gays and lesbians. Throughout the summer the Guard marched in Pride Parades around the state, carrying a banner that read, “Yes! We really do want you!!!”</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 22:52:42 +0000 Katie Orr 19810 at http://kvpr.org California National Guard Finding Success With LGBT Community Bill to Penalize Boy Scouts for Gay Membership Ban Clears Committee http://kvpr.org/post/bill-penalize-boy-scouts-gay-membership-ban-clears-committee <p></p><p class="p1">A bill that would penalize the Boy Scouts of America for the group’s ban on gay membership has cleared its first hurdle in the California legislature.&nbsp; As Capital Public Radio’s Marianne Russ reports, some groups could pay more taxes under the measure.&nbsp;</p><p class="p3">The bill would remove sales and corporate tax exemptions from youth groups that discriminate based on sexual orientation, gender identity or religious affiliation.&nbsp; Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara wrote the bill.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:51:51 +0000 Marianne Russ 13418 at http://kvpr.org Bill to Penalize Boy Scouts for Gay Membership Ban Clears Committee On Valley Edition: Seth's Law; Water Meters; Renzi Exhibit http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-seths-law-water-meters-renzi-exhibit <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk with the mother of Seth Walsh, the Tehachapi teen who took his life after being bullied at school about his sexual orientation. We&#39;ll learn more about a new state law that aims to prevent such tragedies, and a new film about bullying. We&#39;ll also learn more about the City of Fresno&#39;s ongoing operation to install water meters at every home in the city, and about a new exhibit at the Fresno Art Museum that celebrates the legacy of one of Fresno&#39;s greatest artists, sculptor Clement Renzi.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Valley Edition for May 29, 2012:</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 20:32:12 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1139 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: LGBT Youth Suicides; Jesse Morrow Mountain; Arts Visalia http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-lgbt-youth-suicides-jesse-morrow-mountain-arts-visalia <p>This week on Valley Edition we look at the steps parents and educators are taking to stop bullying of teens, especially over their sexual orientation. We&#39;ll also learn about the controversial plan to mine a scenic and culturally significant mountain on Highway 180 near Reedley and Sanger. We&#39;ll close the program with a profile of Arts Visalia&#39;s upcoming &quot;Sofa Art&quot; show.</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 22:32:14 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1158 at http://kvpr.org