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A resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer people, and their allies, held its grand opening in Billings this weekend.

Montana State Capitol.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

A proposal to add gender identity or expression and sexual orientation to Montana’s Human Rights Act is again up for debate in the state Legislature.

House Bill 465 would extend the statewide anti-discrimination policy to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. A similar proposal was voted down during the last legislative session, primarily along party lines with Republican opposing it.

University of Montana's Main Hall.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

Black and African college students from around northwest Montana and Michigan will converge in Missoula this weekend to discuss racial discrimination, political disenfranchisement, social organization and other topics. 

L to R, Kedryn McElderry, Gabe Mahoney, Kyllian Mahoney, Walter Pearson and Cherilyn DeVries are members of Flathead LGBTQ Alliance
Nicky Ouellet

Young people growing up queer in Montana say one of the hardest parts is how truly alone it can feel to be different under the big sky.

For the last seven months, a group of mostly high school students in the Flathead Valley has been trying to change that. They call themselves the Flathead LGBTQ Alliance, and are hosting Ally Night Thursday in Whitefish. The goal is to raise community awareness while providing support and a safe place for kids who are trying to figure themselves out.

Zuri Moreno speaks at the launch of Free and Fair Montana campaign in Billings, Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in this screen capture from Free and Fair Montana's Facebook video.
Screen capture from Free and Fair Montana's Facebook video.

A group called Free and Fair Montana is urging voters to oppose the so-called “bathroom ballot” initiative that would require people to use public restrooms and locker rooms that align with the gender on their birth certificate rather than the gender by which they live and identify.

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