April 7, 2011
Members of LGBTQ community deserve respect To the editor: It is a sad day in our society when some people in our local community are still using discriminatory and racist language when it comes to considering the LGBTQ community as a culture or subculture in our community. The LGBTQ community does exist in Hagerstown and Washington County. We are a big group in this community and we support this community in many ways. I apologize to all citizens of Washington County for a few citizens who cannot accept that we are in the community.
March 15, 2001
Senate hears testimony on gay rights bill Annapolis By LAURA ERNDE email@example.com A Washington County man told a Senate committee Wednesday that he lost a job as an office administrator because he's gay. David Poole said that two weeks before he was going to start his new job, his boss-to-be found out about his sexual orientation and told him not to show up for work. "I was without recourse," said Poole, who asked the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Wednesday to approve a gay rights bill that would give others in his situation the right to sue. The bill would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in public accommodations, employment and housing.
March 29, 2001
Committee approves gay rights bill By LAURA ERNDE / firstname.lastname@example.org ANNAPOLIS - Gay rights legislation embarked Wednesday on what's expected to be a speedy trip through the Maryland House of Delegates. The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-8 to send the bill to the House floor, where it will likely pass, although most Washington County delegates plan to vote in opposition. The bill bans discrimination based on sexual orientation in the areas of housing, public accommodations and employment.
November 20, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- As traffic whizzed through Hagerstown's Public Square, TerriLee Bell stood on the sidewalk and promoted tolerance. Bell held up a sign telling motorists that Thursday was a day to remember transgendered people who have faced discrimination, crime and even death for who they are. Thursday was the 10th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. The occasion brought members of Hagerstown TGs to Public Square for a candlelight vigil and to hold up signs to catch the attention of those passing by. Hagerstown TGs is a social network and support group for "transsexuals, cross dressers, transgenderists, androgynes and anyone who considers themselves gender conflicted," according to a notice describing the group.
August 19, 2007
The 2008 presidential debate is heating up in topic while cooling down in excitement. It seems that every interest group is grilling presidential candidates seeking nomination from their respective political parties on issues important to their organizations. From immigration to labor, it seems that interest groups are out in full force with the main goal of finding out where candidates stand on their issues. Gay-rights interest groups are no exception and from a political standpoint, could determine who does or does not get elected!
July 24, 1998
The potentially explosive combination of politics, sexual orientation and religion is stirring a renewed debate about gays and lesbians, and whether they can be "healed" of their lifestyle. The issue erupted last month when U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said he believed homosexuality is a sin and that gay people should be treated like alcoholics and others suffering from addiction. Full-page advertisements placed in national newspapers by conservative Christian groups last week defended Lott's comments and also promoted an "ex-gay" ministry that claims to have helped homosexuals turn to heterosexuality through Christianity.
August 24, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer Pleading guilty to armed robbery, two Hagerstown men were sentenced Thursday to prison for an attack the victim says was "gay bashing. " Michael Lynn Cordell, 30, was sentenced to six years and Terry Lee Peterson, 39, got 10 years in prison. Both sentences were levied by Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell. "This was a very serious case," McDowell said, believing the attack will affect the victim "the rest of his life. " Deputy State's Attorney Charles Strong said the April 6 incident occurred at 5 Winter St., where the victim, Edward Holtsclaw, heard a noise around 10:30 p.m. while he was watching television.
April 11, 1997
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October 31, 2000
Hate crimes reporting said to be lax in W.Va. By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg CHARLES TOWN, W. Va. - Hate crimes happen in West Virginia virtually every day. That was part of the message delivered Tuesday night by a senior U.S. assistant attorney general to about 70 people gathered at St. Paul's Episcopal Church to discuss the issue. "It's not a rare situation," said Paul Sheridan, coordinator of a hate crimes task force and a lawyer in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.