gay rights

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The Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage is a significant step for gay rights in the country.  The obtaining of those rights has been neither easy nor quick. 

The basic history often jumps from the Stonewall Riots of 1969 to the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.  Historian Jim Downs fills in the years in between, in his book Stand By Me

They were years of community-building for what we call the LGBT community today. 

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It's not every day the president of the United States refers to his vice president as getting "a little bit over his skis."  But those are the words President Obama used when Vice President Joe Biden said the administration supported the legalization of same-sex marriage. 

Soon Obama himself switched to that position, and before long, the Supreme Court invalidated gay marriage bans. 

The tale of the evolution of the White House and court positions is told in Kerry Eleveld's book Don't Tell Me To Wait.

SOU Called "LGBT Friendly"

Sep 10, 2014
Southern Oregon University

It's hard for a small regional public college to crack the ranks of the top schools in the country.  At least in academics and athletics. 

But Southern Oregon University recently showed up on a top-50 list. 

SOU is ranked among the most tolerant schools in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. 

Marriage Campaign Ramps Up In Oregon

Feb 19, 2014
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Oregon voted to enshrine marriage in the state constitution as a one man/one woman transaction nearly ten years ago. 

With the tide of public opinion changing, a campaign is mounting to reverse that earlier vote.  The Oregon United for Marriage Campaign wants to broaden the definition to include either two men or two women.

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Kids don't need much of a reason to pick on each other, but the concern heightens when teasing turns to bullying.  A number of programs work to ease bullying in schools, including several programs of the Lotus Rising Project, which seeks to make life better for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) people in Southern Oregon.