National Park Service announces LGBT study

A law taking effect Feb. 22 allows citizens to carry weapons in National Parks if they're allowed by state law.
A law taking effect Feb. 22 allows citizens to carry weapons in National Parks if they’re allowed by state law.

Staff Report

FRISCO — The National Park Service will continue its push to broaden its interpretation of American heritage by launching an  initiative focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans in the context of the American struggle for civil rights. National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced the initiative with this statement:

“The men and women who serve in the National Park Service joined our organization to be part of something special, and all of us, no matter what our role, help bring America’s stories to life for our visitors. One of my priorities as we look toward the Service’s centennial year in 2016 has been to ensure that the stories we tell represent the diversity of the American experience and share stories that are relevant to all Americans. To help meet that goal, we have developed a series of heritage initiatives to explore ways that we can increase recognition of underrepresented groups in the National Park System through our interpretation and education programs and expand their inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places and the National Historic Landmarks Program. There is a wealth of information about NPS Heritage Initiatives available here. Continue reading “National Park Service announces LGBT study”


Colorado civil unions bill wins committee approval

Measure would give same-sex and other couples the same legal and financial status as married couples

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee has approved SB-172, the Colorado Civil Union Act. If passed, the bill will provide committed gay and lesbian couples with critical legal protections and responsibilities, such as the ability to inherit property, to take family leave to care for a partner, to visit a partner in the hospital, and to make medical and end-of-life decisions for a partner.

“We applaud today’s vote to ensure that all committed couples have the tools they need to provide for the ones they love,” said Brad Clark, Executive Director of One Colorado, a statewide LGBT advocacy organization. “Especially in these difficult economic times, gay and lesbian couples need the critical protections that civil unions offer to take care for their families.” Continue reading “Colorado civil unions bill wins committee approval”

Gay and lesbian students often singled out for punishment

A Yale study show gay and lesbian students are more likely to face disciplinary actions at all levels of education.

Yale study suggests discrimination is underlying reason for statistical trend

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Lesbian, gay and bisexual adolescents are about 40 percent more likely than other teens to be punished by school authorities, police and the courts, according to a study by Yale University researchers. Published in the January 2011 issue of the journal Pediatrics, the study is the first to document excessive punishment of LGB youth nationwide.

“We found that virtually all types of punishment — including school expulsions, arrests, juvenile convictions, adult convictions and especially police stops—were more frequently meted out to LGB youth,” said lead author Kathryn Himmelstein, who initiated the study while she was a Yale undergraduate. The research was supervised by Hannah Brueckner, professor of sociology and co-director of the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course at Yale. Continue reading “Gay and lesbian students often singled out for punishment”