This week read about Cris Blehar murdered in Kentucky, and a gay worker at a hospital in Oregon suing against his workplace for discrimination.

Trans Woman Murdered, Suspect is Awaiting Trial

Cris Blehar, a 65-year-old woman from Kentucky, was fatally shot in May. She has been identified as a transgender woman, making her the 49th trans victim of violence in 2021.

Blehar had been killed on May 19 in Meade County and Tyler Petty, 18, has been charged with her murder. Petty is scheduled to go on trial for the crime in June. Police say that Petty may have worked for Blehar, the Advocate reported.

She was an air force veteran and a former employee for Continental Airlines. Mark Stephens, her cousin, reported her as trans to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and said that Blehar should be “remembered, honored, and counted.”

“Whether it was her military service, her 20+ year career in the airline industry, or her post-retirement decision to buy a farm and start a family of her own. She lived life to the fullest and wanted everyone around her to live their best life as well,” Stephens told the HRC.

Blehar also had a son, Maverick Thompson.

“Cris was an amazing mother and a wonderful person. She had so much love and brought a smile to many,” Thompson said.

Gay Worker Sues Hospital

Hospital

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Brett Goodman, a gay maintenance worker for Oregon State Hospital, is suing the facility and alleging that he was harassed and discriminated against by five of his co-workers because of his sexual orientation.

Goodman’s suit also alleges he was assigned to clean restrooms as retribution for speaking out about his treatment, according to the Lund Report. A spokeswoman for the hospital said they would not comment on the case.

He had been an employee since 2016, but in 2020 told a co-worker that he was gay. Court records say that the co-worker “seemed shocked” by Goodman’s disclosure. The lawsuit alleges that after this, the co-worker “started physically assaulting [Goodman]” and referred to him using vulgar language.

Goodman went to Human Resources and other hospital resources to report the treatment. During this time, hospital managers removed him from his typical duties and made him responsible for cleaning bathrooms and trash removal.

The lawsuit says that Goodman had the free-speech right to come out to his co-workers and the retaliation he has received is unlawful. The lawsuit does not specify the damages that are being sought.


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