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Stonewall Presents Living in Limbo
Have you ever wondered what a contemporary lesbian relationship looks like in Birmingham, Alabama? Look no further. Images from Carolyn Sherer’s “Living in Limbo: Lesbian Families in the Deep South” are on display at the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Wilton Manors, 2157 Wilton Drive. The exhibit, on display through June 28, honors the complexities of lesbian family life in the South, providing an intimate view of a population that has largely been invisible and underrepresented in public art. Museum hours are from 2 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, visit www.stonewall-museum.org
Five Police Reportedly Injured in Kiev Gay March Clash
(Edge Media) Opponents of a gay rights march held in Ukraine's capital have thrown smoke bombs and tear gas and the Interfax news agency cites police as saying five officers were injured in the clash.
Other reports said four of the estimated 300 marchers also were injured.
The march took place Saturday morning along the Dnipro River in Kiev. Helmeted riot police formed a cordon to keep marchers and opponents at a distance from each other. The opponents threw smoke bombs and some tried to break through the cordon. Some demonstrators were attacked after the march dispersed.
As in other parts of the former Soviet Union, animosity to the LGBT community persists. The tensions are aggravated by opponents' claims that Ukraine's political turn toward the West will promote gay marriage.
Father of Bi Teen Who Died by Suicide: 'Worst Pain You Can Ever Imagine'
As reported by The Advocate, Adam Kizer was a bisexual teenager who came out six months ago to a supportive family and friends. He died last weekend after being taken off life support following a suicide attempt. The teenager’s father, William Kizer, told The Press Democrat “it’s the worst pain you can ever imagine.”
“I don’t think the boy went a whole week without somebody messing with him” Kizer told The Press Democrat. School officials told the local media they did not know about the bullying, but William Kizer says they were aware of the bullying his son endured.
Kizer is proud of his son for being an organ donor. He tells The Advocate that Adam’s organs helped save three lives.
OSHA publishes guide to restroom access for trans workers
(Press release) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers. The publication provides guidance to employers on best practices regarding restroom access for transgender workers. The guide was developed at the request of the National Center for Transgender Equality, an OSHA Alliance partner that works collaboratively with the agency to develop products and materials to protect the safety and health of transgender workers.
"The core principle is that all employees, including transgender employees, should have access to restrooms that correspond to their gender identity," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "OSHA's goal is to assure that employers provide a safe and healthful working environment for all employees."