This has been an excellent week for LGBT Hoosiers! I'll give a quick rundown, and hopefully Randy can update us further on the situation he was so directly involved in.
#1 - Bloomington, Indiana adds "gender identity" to its Human Rights Ordinance: Not only is there the Indianapolis Star article to read, but bilerico contributor Brylo brought us breaking news of the vote. You'll notice that only ONE detractor spoke at the meeting. This is such a no-brainer that even the religious right can't muster a defense.
Under the amendment, gender identity is defined as "a person's actual or perceived gender-related attributes, self-image, appearance, expression or behavior, whether or not such characteristics differ from those traditionally associated with the person's assigned sex at birth."
Bloomington is now at least the second Indiana city with such an ordinance as the Indianapolis City-County Council approved similar protections in December.
#2 - South Bend, Indiana considers inclusive HRO: WNDU provides a pretty good story (except for the term "sexual preference"... Argh...) about South Bend's push for equality. The South Bend City Council will vote on a new inclusive human rights ordinance on May 8th. Robin Beck is also the Indiana Equality Region 2 chair. The ordinance follows Indy's lead - including both sexual orientation and gender identity.
There are plenty of books in town on the gay and lesbian lifestyle, but nothing on the books in the way of legal protection against discrimination.
"They're fired from their job and they're fairly sure it's because they're gay or lesbian. (I've) got a gentleman who comes in, who is not able to have his significant other move in with him because the place he lives (states) no same sex couples allowed," says Robin Beck of the GLTG Resource Center.
However, protection when renting apartments or buying homes would be offered to gays and lesbians, in a proposed change in South Bend city policy.
#3 - Lesbians win LGBT discrimination case in Lafayette: During it's first test, the Lafayette human rights ordinance provided protection just like it's supposed to. This is the one Randy was involved with. He works closely with Citizens for Civil Rights and is the Indiana Equality Region 4 chair. Congratulations on all the hard work, Randy! Fill us in on the story!
The Lafayette Human Relations Commission has ruled that Cox's Pub violated the city code in refusing to allow same sex couples to slow dance together.
The commission made the determination Thursday evening, recommending pub owner Eric Cox change his rule "to relate more to behavior rather than to same sex," said commission vice chairperson Ellie Kaplan.