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University of North Alabama

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — The University of North Alabama is opening a new center to help students, including those from the LGBTQ community.

The Mitchell/West Center for Social Inclusion will open this fall on the campus in Florence.

An announcement from the university says the center will address multiple challenges including suicide prevention, food insecurity and LGBTQ issues.

It will also serve as a link to The Point Foundation, which grants scholarships for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

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CARBON HILL, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of a rural northwest Alabama town who posted online about "killing out" gay and transgender people has posted an apology, after initially denying he was responsible.

WBRC-TV reported that Carbon Hill Mayor Mark Chambers complained on Facebook that "homosexuals lecture us on morals" and "transvestites lecture us on human biology." He also complained about "baby killers" and "socialists."

Chambers wrote: "The only way to change it would be to kill the problem out."

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama deputy has been put on administrative leave for posting a homophobic comment on a Facebook post about a gay teen who killed himself.

Al.com reports Madison County Deputy Jeff Graves wrote the comment Sunday on a WZDX-TV Facebook post about the death of 15-year-old Nigel Shelby, who killed himself last week. His family says he was bullied for his sexuality.

Activists Urge Conversion Therapy Ban

Nov 29, 2018

Some community activists are calling on leaders in Alabama's largest city to ban conversion therapy for minors.

Al.com reports the Affirming Birmingham Coalition wants Mayor Randall Woodfin to support a city ordinance to prohibit mental health professionals from trying to change a minor's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Some states and municipalities around the country have approved bans prohibiting state-licensed psychologists from using conversion therapy techniques. No such bans currently exist in Alabama.

Birmingham Hires First LGBTQ Liaison

Jun 11, 2018
Josh Coleman
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The mayor of Alabama's largest city has hired its first LGBTQ liaison.

AL.com reports Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin announced yesterday at PrideFest that Josh Coleman will serve as both a city spokesman and a representative of LGBTQ interests. Coleman is currently the vice president of Central Alabama Pride, and will start his new city job on June 25.

Woodfin says Coleman's appointment upholds the legacy of "the city that taught the world the importance of inclusion."

Rep. Todd Loses Job Offer Over Ivey Tweet

May 18, 2018
Patricia Todd
via Twitter

An LGBTQ organization in Florida founded in the aftermath of the PULSE nightclub shooting is taking back a job offer from an Alabama lawmaker. This comes after she made a social media post speculating about the governor's personal life.

The One Orlando Alliance announced yesterday it has retracted a job offer to Patricia Todd, Alabama's only openly gay lawmaker. Todd was set to become the group's executive director. Chairwoman Jennifer Foster said Todd showed a "lapse" in judgment with regard to her comment.