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Within the next five years, all public-school students in New Jersey will learn about the contributions of LGBTQ pioneers like Barbara Gittings and Harvey Milk as part of their regular social-studies curricula.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation that requires all public middle- and high-school teachers and boards of education to update curriculum to “accurately reflect the political, economic and social contributions” of gay, lesbian and transgender citizens.

A former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania who didn’t serve in that role long – but will be remembered for fighting for civil rights since the segregation era, and in LGBTQ circles for his same-sex marriage – has died.

Harris Wofford spent 1991 to 1995 in the Senate, but had a remarkable history of civil rights accomplishments before. He is thought by some to have helped elect two presidents, served as president of the women’s Bryn Mawr College for most of the 1970s, and then late in life as a widower, he married his male partner.

 LGBT advocates are praising a recent order by a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that allows trans students at Boyertown Area Senior High School to access restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity.

“This case has always been about ensuring a fair and equal educational environment for transgender students,” said Mary Catherine Roper, deputy legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, which was involved in defending the case. “We are grateful that the court understood that, and we are especially grateful to our clients who bravely stood up in defense of the school’s practice.”

Coach Carr from the movie “Mean Girls” stands in front of a chalkboard with the word “Abstinence” bolded and circled at the top. He begins his lecture to the bleacher-load of ambivalent high-schoolers, with this infamous first line: “Don’t have sex. ’Cause you will get pregnant and die.”

Now is a very good time to be gay at Kutztown University. The (KU) Allies activist student union just celebrated its 20th anniversary of supporting and advocating for the school’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, transgender, questioning and straight-ally community.

Last fall, PGN reported that two Ventnor City, N.J., men had been indicted on charges of operating an all-male prostitution ring out of one of the suspect’s apartments, and last week both suspects admitted their involvement in the prostitution ring that targeted troubled young men for recruitment.

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