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VA Montana named a 'Leaders in Healthcare Equality'

FORT HARRISON — VA Montana Health Care System was one of two healthcare systems in Montana and one of 426 nationally to be recognized by Human Rights Campaign Foundation as “Leaders in Healthcare Equality” in its Healthcare Equality Index.

October 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: Church making life harder for LGBT folks

Guest opinion: Church making life harder for LGBT folks

In an Oct. 2 guest opinion, Bishop Michael Warfel defined what marriage is, but left out one important caveat in his title: “according to Catholicism.”

October 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Nondiscrimination ordinance good for business, crowd told Tuesday

Nondiscrimination ordinance good for business, crowd told Tuesday

Nondiscrimination ordinances can be as good for business as they are for the people whose civil rights they protect.

July 15, 2014 9:04 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Open meeting law applies to nondiscrimination ‘initiative’

With the draft nondiscrimination ordinance as the last item on its agenda tonight, the Billings City Council can expect to hear again from many passionate proponents and opponents. The meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. is a work session where no formal votes will be taken.

July 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: All people in Billings deserve equal rights, not special rights

There is a part of the nondiscrimination argument that I cannot get behind anymore. And it is coming from supporters of the ordinance.

June 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: LGBT minority's 45-year struggle for equal rights

The first three words of the U.S. and Montana’s Constitutions — We the People — are words of inclusion. No natural person is excluded. We the People includes everybody; no exceptions.

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Gazette opinion: Marathon meeting puts council back on right track

Gazette opinion: Marathon meeting puts council back on right track

At the end of the longest City Council meeting in Billings’ history, the council majority did the right thing. They voted to start reviewing a draft nondiscrimination ordinance at the June 16 work session.

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Guest opinion: State law prohibits cities from banning discrimination

The city of Billings is considering a non-discrimination ordinance similar to those adopted by Missoula, Helena, Butte and Bozeman. It is my opinion that the foregoing self-government cities acted in excess of their legal authority. My purpose is to point out how the enactment of such an ord…

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Council tables nondiscrimination ordinance in 12:30 a.m. vote

Council tables nondiscrimination ordinance in 12:30 a.m. vote

More than six hours after commencing its Tuesday night meeting, a divided Billings City Council voted to order city staff to suspend work on the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.

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Guest opinion: 'Former felons' celebrate change in MT code

A year ago this week, Gov. Steve Bullock signed Senate Bill 107, repealing an archaic state law that made it a felony to be in a same-sex relationship in the state of Montana, a “crime” punishable by fines of up to $50,000 and 10 years in jail.

April 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

NIOT to host community discussion on hate and intolerance

Not in Our Town Billings will host a town hall meeting to discuss the impact of hate and intolerance within the community.

April 15, 2014 11:08 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Let's ensure freedom, independence for LGBT Montanans

I believe each one of us has the moral obligation to leave this place in as good or better shape than we found it for our kids and grandkids. That responsibility also means making sure everyone has the opportunity to succeed regardless of whom he or she loves. We’re at a decisive moment in o…

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Former priest: 'I got the cue he's falling in love with me'

Former priest: 'I got the cue he's falling in love with me'

BOZEMAN – As a 13-year-old Catholic boy growing up in Twin Bridges, population less than 400, D Gregory Smith knew he was different from other boys his age.

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Sip 4 Pride event at winery features author Zenker

Sip 4 Pride event at winery features author Zenker

TAP 365 and the YMCA Writer’s Voice invite the public to "Sip 4 Pride: A Meet & Greet with Montana author Bobbie Zenker."

November 30, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Tour focuses on same-sex couples' rights, place in church

Tour focuses on same-sex couples' rights, place in church

Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people deserve both legal and spiritual rights in their day-to-day lives, said the Rev. Gil Caldwell, a civil rights activist, at a Saturday gathering.

September 18, 2011 12:20 am Photos

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GOP-controlled Legislature is pushing discrimination

The conservative candidates in the last election built their wins on what are now apparent misrepresentations. Since they have been in office, they have been working to pass legislation that intrudes further into the lives of Montanans than any other Legislature in history. The real scary th…

February 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Anti-gay marriage bills advance in Wyoming Legislature

CHEYENNE — Legislation to prohibit recognition of same-sex marriages from outside Wyoming advanced further in the state House of Representatives on Friday.

January 21, 2011 11:52 amLoading…
Matthew Shepard Scholarship applications now available in Iowa

Matthew Shepard Scholarship applications now available in Iowa

DES MOINES - Applications are now available for the 2011 Matthew Shepard Scholarship Program, which honors openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Iowa high school seniors.

January 03, 2011 11:19 amLoading…

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