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GLAAD responds to criticism over Atlanta Journal-Constitution media award nomination

A Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation spokesperson responded tonight to my criticism of their selection of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of the nominees for the gay media watchdog group's annual Media Awards in the “Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage” category.

Also nominated were the Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and the Salt Lake Tribune.

Rich Ferraro, GLAAD's Director of Communications, sent our Dyana Bagby the following e-mail late tonight:

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Trans woman fired illegally by Ga. legislature will begin receiving pay, benefits Monday

Vandy Beth Glenn will begin receiving state pay and benefits on Monday, but she will not return to work at the Georgia General Assembly as part of an agreement reached today in her case.

Glenn, who was fired in 2007 from her job as a legislative editor after disclosing her plan to transition from male to female, won her federal lawsuit against the state legislature when a judge ruled July 2 she was illegally discriminated against when Legislative Counsel Sewell Brumby fired her for being transgender.

Judge Richard Story, who ruled in favor of Glenn in the lawsuit, also ruled on Tuesday that Glenn must be reinstated to her job on Aug. 9. The defendants asked for a stay on her returning to work and today held a teleconference with the judge to discuss options.

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Transgender woman wins federal lawsuit against Ga. General Assembly

Vandy Beth Glenn wins lawsuit against GA. General Assembly

Vandy Beth Glenn was eating breakfast Tuesday when she got a call from Dru Levasseur, Lambda Legal transgender rights attorney.

“Dru called me and told me we had won,” Glenn said. “I felt excitement and relief.”

Glenn’s excitement and relief came after learning a federal judge ruled late July 2 that the Georgia General Assembly illegally discriminated against her when she was fired from her job as a legislative editor after announcing her plans to transition from male to female. Lambda Legal is representing Glenn.

After learning the news, Glenn said she broke down in tears.

“This is the happiest I’ve been in a very, very long time. It’s been two years this month since we filed the suit and I was fired more than two and a half years ago. It’s been a very long road,” Glenn said.

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Breaking: Transgender woman wins federal lawsuit against Georgia General Assembly

A federal judge ruled late Friday that the Georgia General Assembly illegally discriminated against Vandy Beth Glenn, a transgender woman, by firing her from her job as a legislative editor when she announced her plan to transition from male to female.

Beth Littrell of Atlanta, staff attorney for Lambda Legal which is representing Glenn in the lawsuit, said she was "thrilled and relieved but not surprised" with the judge's ruling because it was clear those working for the General Assembly who fired Glenn broke federal law.

It's also important to keep in mind the defendants may still appeal the decision, Littrell said, and this ruling is not a substitution for a statewide law needed to ensure people in Georgia cannot be fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Speaking out: Your comments on APD’s new liaison and Ga’s new bully bill

Atlanta police still need to apologize for Eagle raid
Re: “Atlanta police want to sweeten relationship with LGBT community” (News, May 28)

Of course they want to sweeten the relationship. They are tired of being sued.

Except for [GA Voice Deputy Editor Dyana Bagby’s] astute, articulate articles, and [Eagle lawsuit attorney] Dan Grossman’s comprehensive legal expertise, there has been no sense that anyone, including the APD, the City of Atlanta, or our local LGBT so-called leaders have had the slightest clue about the seriousness and legalities of what happened at the Eagle. If the police and the city had, even after the fact, realized the gravity of their actions, they wouldn’t have taken the “underwear dancing” case to trial. And the police would have apologized formally by now for their Gestapo-like actions in September.