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NPR Press Release: HB 218-Georgia's "Religious Freedom" 

February 18, 2015
 
The Honorable Nathan Deal, Governor
The Honorable David Schafer, Senate President Pro Tempore
The Honorable David Rolston, Speaker of the House
Georgia State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
 
Dear Governor Deal, President Pro Tempore Shafer, and Speaker Rolston:
 
As leaders of organizations committed to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, we are writing to express our serious concerns about Georgia House Bill 218, the “Preventing Government Overreach on Religious Expression Act.” As drafted, this legislation invites and legitimizes further discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
 
Last year, legislation similar to HB 218 passed the Arizona legislature but was vetoed by former Governor Jan Brewer following an outcry from businesses, sports organizations, and LGBT advocates. At the heart of this outcry was a simple message: Arizona should be open and welcoming to all people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
 
The passage of HB 218 or a similar measure will send a loud message across the country that Georgia is an unwelcoming place for LGBT Americans. Such a message threatens the state’s ability to recruit and retain the best and brightest workers, secure corporate relocations that spur the economy, support innovative entrepreneurship, and further develop its thriving travel and tourism industry. All of us have organizational members in Georgia; like them, we want Georgia’s brand to remain welcoming to all.
 
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Wellesley & Simmons Colleges Continue to Shatter the Glass Gender Binary by Admitting Trans Women!

Contact: Jen Self, Publications and Communications Chair, pubcom@lgbtcampus.org

March 17, 2015

New York, NY: The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals celebrates Simmons College and Wellesley College’s decisions to be just the third and fourth of the 119 “single-sex” campuses in the U.S. to admit trans women. Just six months after Mills College and Mount Holyoke College opened their admissions policies to trans women and allowed for the continued enrollment of trans men, Wellesley & Simmons follow suit to “align themselves on the right side of history” according to Simmons College junior, Danny Boucher. Similar to Mills College, Wellesley’s new policy opens admissions to trans women. However, the policy does not open the door to the admission of trans men who have legally changed their gender markers to “M.” By contrast, Simmons College adopted a policy that more closely resembles Mount Holyoke’s, opening admissions to all people assigned female at birth regardless of current gender identity and all trans women.

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Consortium to University of Minnesota-Duluth and Erskine College ~ What a Shame! Violating Title IX?

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Contact: Jen Self, Publications and Communications Chair, pubcom@lgbtcampus.org

March 8, 2015

New York, NY: The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals denounces two recent decisions affecting LGBTQ people in higher education. We are disappointed to learn of Erskine College Athletic Department’s recently adopted “homosexual morality” clause and the University of Minnesota - Duluth’s (UMD) Athletic Director Josh Berlo’s recent dismissal of Women’s Hockey Coach Shannon Miller. Both Erskine’s “Statement on Human Sexuality” and Miller’s firing shine a bright light on the entrenched systemic sexism and heterosexism within athletics.

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Creating Change 2015: Awarding our Leaders!

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Contact: Jen Self, Publications and Communications Chair, pubcom@lgbtcampus.org

February 17, 2015

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals was honored to recognize three great leaders among us at the National LGBTQ Creating Change Conference in early February. This year three awards, the Promising New Professional, the Award for Intersectionality, and the Award for Research and Assessment were presented to three outstanding members of our field, Natasha Cox, Leslie Morrow, and Genny Beemyn, respectively. 

Natasha CoxPromising New Professional, is currently the Program Coordinator at the LGBTQA Resource Center at Penn State. She is completing her doctoral work with research gaining a better understanding of how Black trans men understand themselves.

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