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The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report indicating the military spent approximately $53,000 on administrative, recruiting and retraining costs in each of the 3,664 discharges under “don’t ask, don’t tell.” That adds up to nearly $200 million wasted from 2004 to 2009.
President Barack Obama touted the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal in his State of the Union address, but did not mention that transgender troops still cannot serve openly.
Ohio state Rep. Alicia Reece introduced a bill that would force election officials to count provisional ballots cast in the correct polling location but the wrong precinct. The legislation is a response to uncounted ballots cast by voters who went to the correct polling location but were directed to the wrong table by poll workers.
Lady Gaga released the lyrics for her new single “Born This Way,” set to drop on Feb. 13. Notable lines include “Don’t be a drag — just be a queen” and “No matter gay, straight or bi/lesbian, transgender life/I’m on the right track, baby/I was born to survive.”
Trials for a revolutionary HIV treatment are proving successful. The newly developed molecular sequence — called an aptamer — recognizes an infected cell, targets the genes that allow HIV to replicate and block it.
In response to the new policy, Equality Ohio is mobilizing state employees and potential state employees who were discriminated against based on gender identity and expression. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved.
Kelly Williams-Bolar, a black woman, was sentenced to 10 days in jail after she falsified her childrens’ residency to enroll them in a better, mostly white, school district. The Akron, Ohio, mother was asked to pay the district $30,000 in back tuition and was indicted when she refused.
The Kids Are All Right, a film chronicling a lesbian couple’s children’s search for their mothers’ sperm donor, picked up four Academy Award nominations. The Oscar nods include best picture, best original screenplay, best actress for Annette Bening‘s performance and best supporting actor for Mark Ruffalo‘s performance.
Thirty-eight years ago the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right to choose in the Roe v. Wade ruling. The court extended the right to privacy clause in the 14th Amendment to a person’s choice to have an abortion. The decision also indicated the right to an abortion must be balanced with the state’s interest to protect prenatal life and the mother’s health.
From the Archives: Kanye West reinvents the word gay and appreciates rainbows.
From the Resources: Kaleidoscope Youth Center is the only Ohio organization devoted solely to supporting LGBT youth. Located in Columbus, the center features an after school program, assistance to gay-straight alliances and a drop-in area.