Protective laws have become increasingly enacted since , despite the state's reputation as socially conservative and highly religious. Same-sex marriage has been legal since the state's ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court on October 6, In addition, statewide anti-discrimination laws now cover sexual orientation and gender identity in employment and housing. In spite of this, there are still a few differences between treatment of LGBT people and the rest of the population.
I love teaching and working with young people, and it breaks my heart to see some of them facing hostility and rejection just for being who they are. These students need and deserve a supportive, positive role model, just like all students do. I can't regret having been there for them, and shouldn't be punished for having done so. From day one, Julia Frost was subjected to harassment by administrators and other faculty because of her sexual orientation.
In the suit, the American Civil Liberties Union alleged that three teenagers detained at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility had suffered abuse and harassment because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The teens said corrections staff had ignored -- and in some cases assisted in -- the mistreatment. A federal district court judge ruled in their favor. While the case forced Hawaii to settle the suit and adjust its policies toward LGBT juvenile detainees years ago, other states and localities are only now moving in the same direction.
Constance McMillen in her own words. The settlement comes after the ACLU sued the school district in Fulton, Mississippi, on behalf of Constance McMillen, a lesbian teen who was told by Itawamba Agricultural High School officials she and her girlfriend would be ejected if they attended the school-sponsored prom. I won't ever get my prom back, but it's worth it if it changes things at my school," McMillen said in a statement released Tuesday.