HCC Board of Trustees unanimously approves trans protections

The Houston Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approve trans protections during their regular meeting last week. The measure to include Gender Identity and Expression in the college’s system-wide nondiscrimination policy was voted on as part of a group of noncontroversial actions considered by the board.

Lou Weaver, president of the Transgender Foundation of America, attended the board meeting and said the vote happened so quickly, and with so little discussion, that he almost missed it. “As an HCC alumni, I can’t express how thankful I am to the HCC Board of Trustees for taking this step,” said Weaver. “I look forward to working with the school to insure that the new policy is fully implemented in a way that insures that members of the transgender community have the same educational opportunities as everyone else.”

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Finnish Lutherans Approve Church Ceremonies For Gay Unions, So Long As Nobody Calls Them Marriages

Voting 73-30 on Friday to let churches hold prayer services for same-sex civil unions, the Synod of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church approved "blessing ceremonies" for The Gays, stopping short of letting anyone call these things marriages. "The decision accepts the human value of every person," says Archbishop Kari Mäkinen, who was glad to see the measure pass. "No type of insulting or denigrating attitude toward homosexual people is acceptable. But at the same time, this keeps marriage as a union between a man and a woman." (NB: In Finland, domestic partnerships have been legal since 2002, though Parliament is expected to take up gay marriage and adoption legislation next year.) But it was Wille Riekkinen, the bishop of Kuopio (pictured), who had the best commentary: "Let’s adjust our pacemakers, and show a bit of respect toward all people," he says, shooting down conservative opposition to recognizing gay marriages because the Bible supposedly says so. "Or should we not eat our Christmas ham this year? It is one of the things that are prohibited in the Fifth Book of Genesis."


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