LGBTQ Corner

Bryn Mawr Accepts Transgendered Students.

Bryn Mawr recently became the fourth women’s college to accept transgendered students in the U.S.

The first three women’s colleges to accept transgendered students were Simmons College, Mount Holyoke College and Mills College.

The decision came after the Bryn Mawr’s board of trustees affirmed the college’s mission to “educate women to be future leaders.” The board also made clear its awareness that gender is fluid, and that traditional gender identity and expression can be limiting and restrictive.

The college now accepts applications from trans women, trans feminine nonbinary, as well as people assigned “female” at birth, including trans men and trans masculine nonbinary. The college’s choice to also accept masculine applicants is not meant to be taken as “trans men are actually women,” but as an attempt to realize that there are many gender identities to be recognized.

Eureka City bans anti-LGBT discrimination

Arkansas State is looking at signing a law to ban municipalities from enforcing laws the forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

At the same time, Eureka Springs, Arkansas moved to pass an LGBT-inclusive antibias ordinance. Eureka Springs will be the only Arkansas municipality to have such an ordinance. It has been nicknamed the “gay capitol of the Ozarks” after they were the first to pass a domestic-partnership law in the state and the first to marry a same-sex couple in the state. Even after all of the advancements, Eureka Springs had no laws in place to protect the very community that they were so proud to help move forward.

The new ordinance bans discrimination on “real or perceived race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, familial status, marital status, socioeconomic background, religious, sexual orientation and disability or veteran status.”

It’s uncertain whether Arkansas state law against enforcing antidiscrimination of LGBT workers will affect the city ordinance against protecting LGBT workers. It’s possible that the state law will override the city ordinance. Still, the city wants to have the ordinance in place, even if it will be overridden. They wanted to try.

All Alabama Counties must marry same-sex couples

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ruled in favor of marriage equality. Now, judges in every county of Alabama are ordered to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Granade was also the same judge to rule against Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage in January. She ruled Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.

Before the ruling, only 23 of the 67 counties were issuing licenses to same-sex couples. As of last Thursday, 26 counties out of the 67 stopped issuing all marriage licenses.