HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Tonight I read that Fred Phelps, pastor at the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, said that God hates Lady Gaga. It was striking timing for me personally because next week I'll be coming home myself to Topeka, the city of my birth. The Phelps story also comes a couple of days after I myself discovered Lady Gaga. And I must admit I think she is brilliant, an amazing artist and a very intelligent and earnest human being. Besides being an extremely gifted and accomplished musician, she seems to be a person who sincerely cares for other people.
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LAWRENCE, Kan. - This past year, the Lawrence branch of the Kansas Equality Coalition, a statewide group that advocates for the rights of GLBT Kansans, went to the Lawrence city commission asking that the city add the term "gender identity" to Lawrence's human rights ordinance. The ordinance as it stands now includes language protecting Lawrence residents from discrimination based on race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability or familial status.
Apparently the city commission wasn't sure whether or not to include two more words in the ordinance, so they passed the issue on to the Lawrence Human Relations Commission for a recommendation. After holding an open forum where the public could speak its mind and then discussing the matter amongst themselves, in November of 2009, the Human Relations Commission recommended to the city commission that it NOT add the term "gender identity" to the anti-discrimination policy.
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