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Gays rally for equal rights
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hate,” Fuglei said. “I believe all of us
are entitled to the same rights and
freedoms as everyone else.”
Fuglei said he used to cry himself
to sleep at night, but has had people
who love and support him to help.
Not all gays are that fortunate, he
Scott Winkler, chairman of the
Nebraska Federation of Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
Political Organizations, said
Nebraskans must work together to
“It’s our turn,” he said. “We came
here today to claim our freedom and
seek equality for all Nebraskans. We
must come together as one commu
Marcella Bucknam, a national
coordinator for Binet USA, an orga
nization for bisexuals, said many
people are bisexual and it’s not some
thing others should be afraid of.
“We are targets of abuse^igno
rance and hate crimes,” she said. “It’s
time to put aside stereotypes, envy
Workplace discrimination was
the target of the week’s action in
Under the current system,
employers are not barred from dis
criminating against people because
of their sexual orientation.
Organizers are supporting LB69,
a bill that would add sexual orienta
tion to the list of characteristics for
which one cannot be discriminated
against. The list currently includes
race, gender and religion.
An organizing effort to encour
age businesses to adopt anti-discrim
ination policies is also under way.
Under the Nebraska Fair
Workplace Project, employers are
being asked to sign a pledge solidify
ing their support for nondiscrimina
Six companies that have already
Speaker says visibility
is key to equal rights
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bus tour, stopping in towns across
the state to educate citizens.
“Those things prove equality
does begin at home,” Lobel said.
“You know and I know that the
changes we need to make to (gain
our freedom) begin in small towns,
cities and states.”
Lobel formerly served as lead
organizer of the Women’s Project in
Little Rock, Ark. Her work there
focused on women and AIDS, vio
lence in the home and women in
The NGLTF works to eliminate
prejudice, violence and injustice
against gay, lesbian, bisexual and
At Friday’s rally, Lobel said the
right wing’s stifling conservative
views are slowly dying.
“I believe the right wing is
breathing its last dying breaths,”
she said. “They are using our com
munity to raise money. We intend to
hold them accountable ”
Lobel has also worked as a con
sultant to 200 national organiza
tions, where she helped to define
goals and strengthen the internal
structures of the groups.
pledged were presented with work
place fairness awards at the rally.
These included First Data
Corporation, Norwest Bank
Nebraska, Oriental Trading
Company, Printmakers Limited,
Travel X Financial Service and US
“Fairness in the workplace is the
way to get (good) workers,” said
It is up to us
to do our
part to form
gay rights speaker
From 1979 to 1984, Lobel
served as executive director of the
Southern California Coalition on
She is editor of “Naming the
Violence: Speaking Out About
Lesbian Battering,” as well as co
author of “Lesbian Teens in
Abusive Relationships” and “HIV,
AIDS, and Reproductive Health: A
Peer Trainer’s Manual.”
Lobel said it is up to the gay, les
bian, bisexual and transgender
community to make an impact.
“It is up to us to do our part to
form and change public opinion,”
she said. “We can only do that by
Stephen Charest, Citizens for Equal
Protection legal counsel.
Although the rally marked the
end of Equality Begins at Home
week, organizers said it was the start
of a changing attitude.
“This is not an end, but a begin
ning,” Johnson said. “We are here to
change the face of Nebraska family
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Computer virus Melissa’
spreads through businesses
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Computer
experts hope a weekend of warnings
will prevent workers returning to
their office terminals Monday from
spreading a new virus that launches
documents into cyberspace and clogs
Several businesses and govern
ments around the world have contact
ed Carnegie Mellon University’s
Computer Emergency Response
Team for help with the virus, said
CERT manager Katherine Fithen.
She said they should consider it a
potential security breach.
CERT first learned of the virus
Friday afternoon and its members
worked through the night to analyze
it, Fithen said. She said the full reach
of the virus may become clear
Monday when millions of people sit
down at their computer terminals for
the first time since Melissa emerged.
“It’s safe to say we’re bracing our
selves,” she said.
Fithen declined to say if any gov
ernment’s security was breached. She
also wouldn’t name anyone affected.
The Melissa virus spreads via
infected e-mail and attacks comput
ers loaded with Microsoft’s widely
used Word 97 or Word 2000 pro
grams, according to CERT.
Infected documents are sent as
attachments to e-mails most fre
quently bearing a header: “Subject:
Important Message From” and the
name of person whose computer
relayed the virus.
The body of the message says,
“Here is that document you asked for
... don’t show it to anyone else
Several anti-virus software mak
ers have posted software on their Web
sites that their customers can down
load to detect and reject the virus.
People can also protect themselves by
not opening the attachments, Fithen
If a computer user opens an
infected Word-format document, the
virus propagates itself by reading the
user’s e-mail address book and send
ing an infected message to the first 50
entries, CERT said.
The message can include the con
tents of any Word document open on
the computer, Fithen said.
Also, the virus can send so much
unwanted e-mail that it crashes mail
servers, the computers that distribute
Microsoft was among the compa
nies hit by the virus, but it suffered no
problems, said company spokesman
Adam Sohn. The company limited its
e-mail transmissions and didn’t lose
any confidential information, he said.
Microsoft officials said company
programmers worked with CERT and
manufacturers of anti-virus programs
to develop an antidote.
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