Gay police officer claims discrimination
By Marshall Allen Staff Writer
MONROVIA - A former Monrovia police officer is suing the department, its chief and other employees for allegedly discriminating against him because he is gay.
Michael Solarez, 38, spent seven years with the Monrovia Police Department before he was terminated in March 2005.
For many years no one knew he was gay, Solarez said, until he confidentially told Chief Roger Johnson in an attempt to protect fellow gay officers from hazing. Johnson is accused in the lawsuit of making Solarez's sexuality public, and then finding ways to terminate him.
Student who wrote he was gay dismissed from school
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. A University of Cumberlands student who revealed he was gay on a personal Web page has been expelled.
A university spokesman says 20-year-old Jason Johnson was asked to leave the small Baptist school earlier this week.
The student from Lexington was dismissed after he posted on his Web page at the popular Internet site MySpace.com that he was gay.
CBS employees gay-bashed in St. Maarten
published Saturday, April 8, 2006
Two U.S. men vacationing on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten were victims of an anti-gay attack early Thursday morning and have been transferred to a Miami hospital, CBS News reported on Friday.
Richard Jefferson, a senior news producer for CBS, was hospitalized with his friend Ryan Smith, also a CBS employee, after being attacked after leaving Bamboo Bernie's, a popular nightclub.
The men were reportedly beat with a wheel wrench or metal pipe. Smith suffered a fractured skull and remains unable to speak properly. Jefferson had severe cuts on the back of his head and lower back, but he is able to walk, the network reported.
Gay rights group seeks apology
Official's `species' remark criticized
By Marc Freeman
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Education Writer
A local gay rights group is demanding an apology or explanation from School Board Chairman Tom Lynch for a word he uttered near the end of Wednesday's board meeting.
The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council issued a statement the next day condemning Lynch's use of the term "protected species" in a reference to homosexuals
THE IRAN PLANS
Would President Bush go to war to stop Tehran from getting the bomb?
by SEYMOUR M. HERSH
The Bush Administration, while publicly advocating diplomacy in order to stop Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack. Current and former American military and intelligence officials said that Air Force planning groups are drawing up lists of targets, and teams of American combat troops have been ordered into Iran, under cover, to collect targeting data and to establish contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups. The officials say that President Bush is determined to deny the Iranian regime the opportunity to begin a pilot program, planned for this spring, to enrich uranium