A new, gay-friendly bank deemed "G&L Bank" by co-founders Steven Dunlap and Keith E. Cotham, will offer walk-in banking at its Pensacola, FL headquarters and service throughout the U.S. via online "branches."
Dunlap first got the idea to start a gay-friendly bank after being repeatedly denied funding for a gay and lesbian resort that he dreamed of building. "You could just see the color run out of their faces," said Dunlap, referring to the bankers who denied his request for a loan.
Houston retail manager Michele Johnson told AP that she intends to bank with G&L because she knows that gay and lesbian partners who try to open joint checking accounts at traditional banks face rampant discrimination. "You know, the looks, the cold shoulders, people not really wanting to do that and making you jump through all the hoops," she said.
The bank currently has 11 employees, about half of whom are gay or lesbian, and half of whom identify as heterosexual. G&L expects to add another 14 employees to its staff before the bank opens in late spring '99.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .