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News briefs: Anti-trans bill proposed in Indiana; Rustin home state landmark
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
2015-12-29

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In Indiana, Republican state Sen. Jim Tomes has proposed a bill that would make it illegal for transgender people to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity, according to an Advocate.com item.

The measure would include punishments of a year in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for those found to have violated it.

Texas, Florida and Kentucky have considered measures addressing bathroom use, according to SFGate.com . In November, Houston voters rejected an LGBT rights ordinance after a campaign focused on the issue.

Rustin home OK'd as state landmark

The New York State Historic Preservation Office unanimously approved the Bayard Taylor Rustin home in New York City as a state landmark.

The New York State Historic Preservation Office will forward the nomination to the National Park Service for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. If accepted to the National Register, it will join four (only) other LGBTQ sites on the register.

Rustin was an African-American activist who led social movements in the areas of civil rights, nonviolence and gay rights. He is probably best-remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.

The home is one of 28 properties, resources and districts the office has recommended to the state and national registers of historic places, according to LongIsland.com .


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