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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 12, 2000

NATION/WORLD

LGBT
Continued from Page 1A
action, Harrison Prado said. In addition
to the political aspect of the rally, speak-
ers focused on how the University can
be a more friendly environment for
transsexuals. "We're trying to get gen-
der-neutral housing on campus - dorm
rooms that aren't specifically female and
male" Severs said.
Harrison Prado agreed that residence
halls on this campus need to be
reformed. "Housing policies are rela-
tively supportive of lesbian, gay and
bisexual people," Harrison Prado said.

"But transgender, transsexual and gen-
der-queer students can have real issues
including those of personal safety when
living in residence halls, and using pub-
lic restrooms and public lockerooms."
Harrison Prado said University offi-
cials have been working to accommo-
date these students, starting with gender
neutral bathrooms in some University
buildings.
"The 3rd floor bathroom of the
Michigan Union is now Gender inclu-
sive," Harrison Prado said, explaining
that the restroom has two stalls open to
everyone.
Chris Kolb, a publicly homosexual

member of City Council who is seeking
a seat in the state House of Representa-
tives, also spoke at yesterday's rally. ,
Kolb said student activism pushed Ann
Arbor to pass the first anti-discrimina-
tion city laws against gay and lesbian
residents in 1972.
The rally culminated with a ceremo-
nial walk through a door, made of card-
board and streamers, for students and
staff to publicly acknowledge their sexu-
al orientation and show support of
minority sexual-orientation students on
campus.
The student-sponsored event was
organized by the Gender MOSAIC

Q&A, a student group dedicated to the
support of transsexual, transgender,
bigender and gender-queer students, and
QWER, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender campus group. The event
had the support of the Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender Office.
Frederic MacDonald-Dennis, director
of the LGBT office, said he is proud of
the LGBT office, which opened at the
University in 1971 was the first of its
kind.
Yesterday's Coming Out Day rally
was dedicated to the late Ruth Ellis, the
oldest African American active lesbian
in Detroit, who announced her sexual
orientation in 1914. Psychology prof.
Charles Behling said he attended the
rally to show his support for people of
all sexual orientations. "I'm here as an
ally, because I believe if any of us aren't
free, none of us are free," Behling said.

ACROSS TH E ATiON(
Disabilities act challenge divides coett
WASHINGTON - As disabled-rights activists demonstrated ouide
the Supreme Court building last night, nine sharply divided justices
debated whether the Constitution permits people to sue state governmnts
for employment discrimination under the Americans With Disabilities
Act.
Legal analysts consider the case, Alabama vs. Garrett, one of the most imp@
tant this term. The court's decision will affect not only the legal scope of the
ADA, but also the balance of power between the federal government and 'the
states.
In a string of recent 5 to 4 decisions, the court has restricted Congress's
power to authorize individual suits for damages against state governments
as a means of accomplishing national policy goals, including fighting var-
ious forms of discrimination.
Earlier this year, for example, the court, in an opinion written by Sandra
Day O'Connor, held that state "sovereign immunity" precluded an agedis-
crimination suit against Florida.
A victory for Alabama in this case would indicate that the majorit
believes that preserving state autonomy requires striking down a part
yet another federal anti-discrimination statute, the ADA, whidh was
approved by Congress and signed by President Bush in 1990.
Verm nt yunionS country," said Dick Lambert, the
dairy farmer who made the signs
cause bitter conflict and sold 5,000 out of his garage f'r
$5 a piece. "People down South see
CABOT, Vt. -The fight over gay the license plate and give us the'fin-
civil unions used to be waged ger. ... They think we're the: gay
among strangers - opposing inter- state, but this has nothing to do
est groups in the March legislative us." '
debate that led to Vermont becom-
ing the first state to give gay cou-
ples the same rights as married U.S. businesseager
people. But now, as Rockwell and for China trade
hundreds of others begin to exercise
the new rights, it's getting more YAKIMA, Wash. - When WAsh-
intimate, played out on front lawns, ington's agricultural industry lookrat
neighbor to neighbor. China, it sees consumers - lotof
Within months came the home- consumers.
grown backlash: Thousands of black China is the world's most populous
and white signs that say "Take Back nation at 1.2 billion people, and
Vermont" sprouted on trees, barns and U.S. decision to establish permaent
front doors. trade relations with China will open
The movement against civil up this huge market to Washington
unions has no headquarters, no potatoes, fruit and wheat.
leader. But the resentment runs The Chinese are developing a tste
deep enough that five legislators for that American favorite, the french
who voted for civil unions lost their fry, and exports to China are estimat-
seats last month, and Democratic ed to increase 10-fold in the next
Gov. Howard Dean may be in trou- decade, said Pat Boss, director ofthe
ble come November. Washington Potato Commissiof4
"We're the laughingstock of the Moses Lake.
AROUND THE WORLD
Milosevic allies try "If they reject this, we will caH on
the people to demand the elections,
to take control Djindjic said, threatening a renewal of
the popular revolt that ousted Milose-
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia - Allies vic.
of ousted president Slobodan Milose- More than 90 percent of Yugosavs
vie said yesterday they were reassum- live in Serbia, which together with
ing control of the police and fighting much smaller Montenegro make up
efforts by Yugoslavia's new president Yugoslavia. Whoever controls Setbia
to purge the country's military leader- effectively controls Yugoslavia.
ship.
Pro-democracy leader Zoran Djind- e lQ
jic dismissed the statements as "hag-Asians y more
gling and manipulations" by Serbia's in economy rebound
government, which remains in the
hands of Milosevic supporters despite HONG KONG -- In Hong Ko,
the change of power at the federal Cathay Pacific Airlines is adding flights
level. to accommodate extra passengers. In
The Serbian government has resisted China, cars and trucks are logging more
pressure to resign and formally hand miles. In South Korea, the nation's giant
over control to a transition administra- steel mills are boosting production.
tion of supporters of new Yugoslav Asia's economies are shaking off'the
President Vojislav Kostunica. effects of the 1997 financial crisis mbre
But Djindjic - who has emerged rapidly than almost anyone expected.
as a key figure in the new Yugoslav But as it rumbles back to life, t'his
leadership - gave the Serbian gov- region is gulping oil again, boosting
ernment until Friday to set a date for worldwide demand for energy.
new elections or the opposition would
call its followers into the streets. - Compiled from Daily wire repts.

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