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Posted on 16 Feb 2006 at 7:41pm
By Staff and Wire Reports

Former volleyball coach says CSU fired her because she is lesbian

FRESNO, Calif. The former volleyball coach at California State University, Fresno, sued the school for discrimination, saying her contract was not renewed because of a perception she was a lesbian.

Lindy Vivas filed suit Feb. 9 in Fresno County Superior Court seeking unspecified damages from the CSU’s governing Board of Trustees and 10 unidentified defendants. She is the third former female sports department employee to take the school to court.

“They don’t like stronger women, they don’t like successful women,” said Vivas, who worked at the school for 14 years. “They don’t like women who speak out.”

Scott Johnson, who was athletic director at the time, said her contract wasn’t renewed because she missed work and her performance was lackluster.
Former women’s basketball coach Stacy Johnson- Klein and former assistant athletic director Diane Milutinovich have also filed discrimination complaints against the school.

Victim in attack at gay bar says paramedics mistreated him

BOSTON A victim of a teenager’s violent rampage in a New Bedford gay bar has filed a complaint with the state alleging he was treated poorly and abusively by paramedics treatment he believes he endured because he’s gay.

Robert R. Perry, 52, of Dartmouth, was struck in the head with a hatchet and shot in the back when 18-year old Jacob D. Robida attacked patrons of Puzzles Lounge two weeks ago. Two other men were injured in an attack police labeled a hate crime.

In a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Perry says the New Bedford paramedics took too long transporting him to the hospital, were physically and verbally abusive, and shared private information about his injuries with certain family members without his permission.

Colorado clergy announce opposition to anti-gay-marriage amendment

DENVER The Colorado Clergy for Equality in Marriage announced their opposition Tuesday to a state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman.

The group of mostly Protestant and Jewish leaders advocates for full marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

The marriage amendment, which is expected to make the November ballot, is being touted in large part by Bishop Phillip Porter, an African-American Pentecostal pastor and former chairman of the board at Promise Keepers. He is joined by other evangelical Christians and Catholics.

The Rev. Phil Campbell, Founder of Colorado Clergy for Equality in Marriage and United Church of Christ minister, said the coalition’s aim is to present the other side from a religious standpoint.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition of February 17, 2006.

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