Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Mayor raises trans pride flag at City Hall

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Mayor raises trans pride flag at City Hall

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says a transgender pride flag raised Monday over Boston City Hall plaza will continue to fly until everyone is equal under the law in Massachusetts. The Democratic mayor and other elected officials joined activists in raising the flag of blue, pink and white horizontal stripes as state lawmakers continue to weigh a bill that would extend protections to transgender individuals in public places. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker hasn't said whether he would sign the measure, which would expand a 2011 state law banning discrimination against transgender people in the workplace and housing by also prohibiting discrimination in restaurants, malls and other public accommodations, including restrooms or locker rooms. The bill would allow transgender people to use public accommodations corresponding to their gender identity. Supporters said they know of only three other cities in the country to fly the flag — Philadelphia, San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.

Nashville

Tennessee campus carry becomes law

A bill allowing staff and faculty at Tennessee's public colleges and universities to be armed on campus became law Monday without the Republican governor's signature. Gov. Bill Haslam said in a statement that he disagreed with the bill for not allowing institutions "to make their own decisions regarding security issues on campus." But he acknowledged that the final version of the measure had addressed concerns raised by college administrators during the legislative process by including provisions protecting schools from liability and a requirement to notify law enforcement about who is armed on campus.

Quick takes

China: Communist Party officials have put outspoken property tycoon Ren Zhiqiang on a one-year probation for writing online comments criticizing President Xi Jinping's propaganda policies, according to media reports Monday.

Honduras: Four men have been arrested in the murder of a Honduran environmental and indigenous rights activist whose killing two months ago prompted international condemnation, authorities said Monday. Activist Berta Caceres led a decadelong fight to block construction of the Agua Zarca Dam along the Gualcarque River, which is sacred to her Lenca people.

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