Sex change leads to lawsuit against UTA
By Pamela Manson
The Salt Lake Tribune
A former bus driver who was born a man but is becoming a woman sued the Utah Transit Authority on Friday, claiming the agency fired him because he failed to conform to stereotypical male behavior.
Krystal S. Etsitty, who was born a biological male named Michael R. Etsitty and is planning to undergo a sex change operation, contends UTA officials said they had to let him go because he looked like a female and they were afraid of what the public and other employees would think.
In addition, they expressed concerns about which restroom he would use, Etsitty alleges in his lawsuit.
The legal action, which was filed in U.S. District Court and accuses the UTA of sex stereotyping and gender discrimination, seeks unspecified damages. It uses male pronouns because the claims are based on Etsitty's biological sex.
Gay marriage vote may tip Michigan for president
By Ted Roelofs
The Grand Rapids Press
If Michigan's presidential race is as tight as it seems, a looming battle over gay marriage could give Republicans a crucial edge.
Foes of gay marriage expect to turn in 400,000 signatures Monday -- likely enough to force a statewide vote on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
And that, political analysts say, could stir up the evangelical GOP base just enough to boost President Bush in his race with presumptive Democratic foe John Kerry.
"It could get people to the polls who would not otherwise come to the polls, particularly those who tend to be emotional," said Bill Rustem of Public Sector Consultants in Lansing.
Gay activists form political movement, plan talks with governor hopefuls
The Homosexual Political Group of Thailand (HPGT), the first political movement for Thai gays and lesbians, will hold a series of meetings with gubernatorial contenders, asking them to make space for homosexual issues in their campaigns.
The first of these meetings will be tomorrow, with massage-parlour tycoon Chuwit Kamolvisit, followed by a session with Democratic candidate Apirak Kosayodhin on Wednesday.
The HPGT was officially formed last week and includes many homosexual networks such as the Lesla group, the Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand, the Sapaan group, Bangkok Rainbow and the Bangkok Gay Festival. The movement aims to improve homosexual rights in society and develop into a voice for homosexuals in the political arena.
After Natee Teerarojjanapongs announced his entry into the Senate race, many homosexual organisations banded together to support and further the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transvestite political movement.
British Isles: GTR web site record month
Posted by: gayteens on Saturday, July 03, 2004 - 05:17 PM
For the second month in a row web traffic to the site reaches an all time high.
The gayteens.org site recorded double traffic in June 2004 with an average of 800+ visitors daily. On the 30th June 980 visitors were recorded. On the 31 May 1080 the highest recorded daily visits.
We have decided to step up our promotion and target our schools and colleges this month with global coverage we hope with members efforts our poster campaign reaches more teens in need.
Please print off a A4 poster and letter and stick it in a large envelope and send it to your old school, college or even the local library. Find out your colleges and schools in your area and help promote the site so that we can help others.