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LESBIAN - Gay South Carolina Police Chief Makes Historic Sheriff's Run
(AP) A small town police chief in staunchly conservative South Carolina is trying to make history by becoming the first female sheriff in the state. And the first openly gay one, too.
Crystal Moore knows the November election will be tough, but she has beaten the odds before. Just two years ago, residents in Latta (population 1,400) rallied around Moore after the mayor fired her. He was later caught on a recording ranting that he would rather have a drunk watch a child than a lesbian.
When the tape surfaced, residents voted in a special election to strip the mayor of his power and the Town Council rehired Moore.
Now Moore is running for sheriff in Dillon County, a former tobacco hub of 31,000. Moore is running as a petition candidate, unaffiliated with any party, against a Democratic incumbent seeking a third term. Not being associated with any party may hurt her because the 15 percent to 25 percent of county voters who hit the button to vote a straight Democrat ticket will automatically select Sheriff Major Hulon.
BISEXUAL - Bi Boxer Wins Second Olympic Gold
(SFGN) Boxer, Nicola Adams won her second gold medal for Great Britain, defending her flyweight championship title against French boxer, Sarah Ourahoune in Rio, Pink News reports.
Adams first won the flyweight division title in the 2012 Olympics when she became the first British female and the first LGBT individual to win Olympic gold in boxing.
Pink News quoted Adams saying “No one’s ever really cared about me being bisexual and I only came out because I had always been out, it’s just the general public didn’t know. I’m quite fearless. I’m like, ‘Let’s just go out there and do this and see what happens.’”
She told Marie Claire: “I worried about how everyone would react, so I used to say I was single, rather than say I was with a girl. I felt like I was lying all the time. I didn’t like living like that so, in the end, I thought, ‘Well, this is who I am. It’s not as if I can stop it.’”
TRANSGENDER - Settlement Reached in Transgender Lawsuit Against Hospital
(AP) A settlement has been reached in a discrimination lawsuit brought by a transgender employee at a Fargo hospital, according to court documents filed Wednesday.
Faye Seidler, who was born as a male and identifies as a female, filed the complaint in December against Sanford Medical Center. The suit was seeking unspecified damages and an order to stop the hospital from discriminating against employees who have undergone or are undergoing a gender transition.
Seidler said in the suit that managers did not treat her fairly and she was wrongly denied access to the women's locker room. She said she was forced to put her coat in the break room and in one instance her $300 down jacket was damaged with ink.
Seidler's attorney, Joshua Newville, says the agreement resolves the matter "to the mutual satisfaction of the parties." He would not disclose terms of the settlement or comment further.
Sanford's attorneys, Elizabeth Alvine and Kristy Albrecht, did not respond to requests for comment. Sanford spokesman Darren Huber declined to comment.