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Transgender-measure-passes-City-Council-vote-

Transgender measure passes City Council vote - The Chicago City Council, on June 22, approved a measure that removes a provision in the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance requiring individuals to show a government-issued ID upon request when trying to access restrooms and other public accommodations. The provision could potentially be used to to bar transgender individuals from accessing those accommodations should the gender-marker on their ID not ...


Oregon-Resident-can-change-to-nonbinary

Oregon: Resident can change to nonbinary - In a move that has been called historic, an Oregon circuit court ruled that a resident could legally change their gender to nonbinary, The Daily Dot reported. Jamie Shupe—a Portland resident who requested the gender-identity change—said, "Male and female are the traditional categories, but they fail to properly categorize people like me. So I challenged that." As far as legal ...


LGBT-Advocates-Issue-New-Guidelines-for-Hospitals-Treating-Trans-Patients-

LGBT Advocates Issue New Guidelines for Hospitals Treating Trans Patients - From a press release - Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), and the LGBT Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, with pro bono assistance from Hogan Lovells US, LLP, and Proskauer Rose LLP, recently released an update to their ground-breaking 2013 publication that provided guidance to hospitals seeking to improve health care for transgender patients. "Just last week, the ...


Groups-Call-on-Legislators-to-Reject-Appalling-Attacks-on-Trans-Children-

Groups Call on Legislators to Reject Appalling Attacks on Trans Children - From a press release - WASHINGTON — As state lawmakers continue to attack transgender children with outrageous and shameful bills, four leading national health, education and child advocacy groups have added their names to the Human Rights Campaign's ( HRC ) letter calling on state lawmakers and governors across the nation to reject the discriminatory bills being promoted in state legislatures targeting transgender children and ...


New-Employer-Resource-to-Help-End-Transgender-Employment-Discrimination-

New Employer Resource to Help End Transgender Employment Discrimination - From a press release - Washington, DC, June 6, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force and the District of Columbia ( DC ) Office of Human Rights today published a first-of-its-kind resource to help eliminate workplace discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people. The guide, titled "Valuing Transgender Applicants and Employees," provides in-depth best practices intended to help employers across the nation create a genuinely inclusive ...


Transgender-Youth-Employment-Toolkit-released-

Transgender Youth Employment Toolkit released - From a press release - The Los Angeles LGBT Center has released the Transgender Youth Employment Toolkit as a resource for case managers and others to assist them in helping to prepare transgender youth for the workforce. The toolkit is available in print and online at http://lalgbtcenter.org/transgender-youth-employment-toolkit . "This toolkit supplements what case managers already know about working with young people, and provides knowledge and ...


Palm-Center-symposium-on-military-trans-ban-

Palm Center symposium on military trans ban - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Palm Center announced plans today for a symposium in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 13 to mark the one-year anniversary of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's creation of a working group charged with studying how to end the military's transgender service ban. The recommendations for ending the ban were due in January 2016, the six-month deadline ...


Federal-Judge-grants-intervention-motion-in-case-regarding-trans-students-

Federal Judge grants intervention motion in case regarding trans students - Earlier today, U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Alonso granted a motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois on behalf of Student A and two other transgender students, as well as the Illinois Safe School Alliance, to intervene in the case brought against the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education as well as suburban school District 211. The ...


National-roundup-Anti-trans-incidents-politicians-tweet-Texas-murder-charge

National roundup: Anti-trans incidents, politician's tweet, Texas murder charge - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief in Ballenger v. Providence Hospital, a case in which a transgender woman argues a Washington, D.C., hospital discriminated against her because of her gender identity, in violation of Section 1557, the Affordable Care Act's nondiscrimination provision, a press release stated. Lambda Legal's brief was authored by Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Susan L. Sommer, Beth Littrell, and ...


VA-proposes-lifting-ban-on-gender-confirmation-surgery-for-veterans

VA proposes lifting ban on gender confirmation surgery for veterans - From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — On June 2, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) military families, praised the news that the U.S. Department of Veterans ( VA ) is proposing a rule change to lift its outdated ban on gender confirmation surgery for transgender veterans. ( See ...


City-Council-committee-votes-to-advance-trans-measure-

City Council committee votes to advance trans measure - The Committee on Human Relations of the Chicago City Council passed a recommendation June 8 that the City Council adopt a measure forbidding business owners and service providers from requiring individuals to have gender-markers on their identification matching their gender-presentation when those individuals try to access restrooms or other public accommodations. City officials, community members, advocates and political officials spoke ...


Uptown-Target-counter-protest-strikes-emotional-chord-

Uptown Target counter-protest strikes emotional chord - Claiming that national retailer Target's position of gender identity inclusion for its customers and employees is "allowing biological men into women's restrooms," the Ohio-based religious hate group Faith2Action's planned a nationwide protest of Target Stores June 4 which they termed "Don't Target Our Daughters." Faith2Action founder and president Janet Porter called the event the "best opportunity to take back ground ...


Trans-and-allies-to-support-Target-Saturday-

Trans and allies to support Target Saturday - CHICAGO — To counter an anti-transgender day of protest organized by elements of the religious right, pro-trans forces will show their support for Target Stores' pro-equality stance by holding a rally in front of the Target store in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, 4466 N. Broadway at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 4. In March 2016, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into ...


Views-The-Bathroom-Americas-New-Civil-Rights-Battleground-

Views: The Bathroom: America's New Civil Rights Battleground - Using bathroom access as a tool to play on people's ignorance feels familiar. I have vivid memories of my grandfather pulling the car over to the highway shoulder during our trips to the south so my grandmother could use the bathroom. Even though it was the 1970s, for her the humiliating memories of "For Coloreds" signs were so strong that ...


Trans-United-Fund-releases-Sanders-answers-shares-Clintons-Op-Ed

Trans United Fund releases Sanders answers, shares Clinton's Op-Ed - From a press release - Washington, DC, JUNE 4, 2016….. Trans United Fund, the nation's first political advocacy group and PAC for trans people, engaged each presidential campaigns with a candidate questionnaire on issues critical to trans people's lives. The group released Senator Sanders' response to the TUF questionnaire on Saturday morning. Secretary Clinton's campaign released the following op-ed yesterday. The group has received no ...


Report-looks-at-trans-community-and-the-law

Report looks at trans community and the law - A new report states that restroom-access measures that target transgender people contribute to a pattern of criminalizing individuals solely on their gender identity. "Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails Transgender People" analyzes how transgender and gender non-conforming people face high levels of discrimination in many areas of life putting them at risk for economic insecurity, the experience of ...


Trans-measure-testimony-set-for-June-8

Trans-measure testimony set for June 8 - The City Council's Committee on Human Relations on June 8 will hear testimony on a new measure that prohibits public accommodations—such as hotels, restaurants or grocery stores—from requiring that patrons show a government ID to prove their gender identity in order to access facilities such as restrooms or changing facilities. The measure was introduced in the May 18 City Council ...


-Trans-activist-dies-after-being-shot

Trans activist dies after being shot - Pakistani transgender activist Alesha, 23, has died after being shot and allegedly deprived of hospital treatment. She was shot eight times in Peshawar May 22 during an altercation between a group of men and several transgender people. Although the specific cause was not immediately clear, but transgender Pakistanis are frequently victims of violence and extortion. Immediately following the shooting, Alisha ...


Testimony-on-Chicago-transgender-measure-set-for-June-8-

Testimony on Chicago transgender measure set for June 8 - The City Council's Committee on Human Relations on Wed., June 8 will hear testimony on a proposed amendment to the city's Human Rights ordinance that prohibits public accommodations—such as hotels, restaurants or grocery stores—from requiring that patrons show a government ID to prove their gender identity in order to access facilities such as restrooms or changing facilities. The measure was ...


Student-A-seeks-intervene-in-trans-lawsuit-against-the-feds-District-211-

Student A seeks intervene in trans lawsuit against the feds, District 211 - From a press release - Chicago — Student A, the young woman at the center of a very public debate in suburban Chicago about use of locker room facilities for students who are transgender, today joined with her parents, two other families with students ( Student B and Student C ) who are transgender in District 211 and a statewide group that works with LGBT ...


Lawsuit-Filed-by-11-states-challenges-Obama-on-trans-guidance-

Lawsuit Filed by 11 states challenges Obama on trans guidance - From press releases - Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas and other states and officials have filed a lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration's recently released guidance to schools across the country clarifying that federal law already prohibits discrimination against students based on gender identity. Paul D. Castillo, Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal's South Central Regional Office in Dallas, issued the following ...


Trans-United-Fund-issues-questionnaires-to-prez-candidates-

Trans United Fund issues questionnaires to prez candidates - From a press release - Trans United Fund ( TUF ), a national political voice for trans people in the U.S., today announced an update to their distribution of the first-ever trans focused questionnaire to presidential candidates. No Republican candidate's campaign responded and both the Sander's and Clinton campaign committed to complete the survey. However, only the Sanders campaign has followed through on that commitment. ...


Report-Bathroom-bills-further-criminalize-trans-lives

Report: Bathroom bills further criminalize trans lives - From a press release - Washington, D.C. — Bathroom laws targeting transgender people contribute to a pattern of criminalizing individuals solely based on their gender identity, according to a landmark report released today. The report offers a snapshot of how the U.S. criminal justice system fails transgender people, targeting them through police profiling and harassment and subjecting them to abuse and violence in prison and ...


ACLU-Chelsea-Manning-Prosecution-Was-Unconstitutional-

ACLU: Chelsea Manning Prosecution Was Unconstitutional - From a press release - FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a brief supporting the appeal of Chelsea Manning's conviction for giving classified documents to Wikileaks, arguing that her prosecution under the Espionage Act of 1917 violated the Constitution and should be overturned. The friend-of-the-court brief was filed yesterday with the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, along with Manning's ...


UN-blocks-orgs-that-rep-trans-people-from-AIDS-meeting-

UN blocks orgs that rep trans people from AIDS meeting - From a press release - New York, New York - GMHC released the following statement after a shocking story in The New York Times this week that details the exclusion of 22 nongovernmental organizations from a United Nations global meeting to stop the AIDS epidemic. The New York Times reported that "Russia, Cameroon, Tanzania, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a 57-nation bloc, objected to ...


23-civil-rights-groups-back-Title-IX-moves-trans-students-

23 civil-rights groups back Title IX moves trans students - From a press release - See details below on a letter sent from 23 civil-rights groups backing Title IX interpretations to cover transgender people. The Honorable Loretta Lynch Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20530 The Honorable John King Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary King and Attorney General Lynch, On ...


Demi-Lovato-Wears-Support-For-Trans-Community-During-Billboard-Awards

Demi Lovato Wears Support For Trans Community During Billboard Awards - LAS VEGAS, MAY 22, 2016 — Multi platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato wore her support for the transgender community during the 24th Annual Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, once again taking a strong stand against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law known as HB2. At the Billboard Music Awards, broadcast May 22 on ABC, women were in the spotlight. Madonna paid tribute ...


Chicago-mayor-LGBT-Caucus-introduce-measure-to-protect-trans-residents-from-bias

Chicago mayor, LGBT Caucus introduce measure to protect trans residents from bias - A new measure was introduced in the Chicago City Council May 18 that prohibits public accommodations—such as hotels, restaurants or grocery stores—from requiring that patrons show a government ID to prove their gender identity in order to access facilities such as restrooms or changing facilities. A proposed change in the language of the Human Rights Ordinance indicates that, "Each person ...


Trans-actress-Shakina-Nayfack-out-in-the-open

Trans actress Shakina Nayfack, out in the open - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Shakina Nayfack has starred in two autobiographical rock musicals, and played the role of the Statue of Liberty in Manuel Versus the Statue of Liberty. She is also the founding artistic director of Musical Theater Factory, and the first transgender woman to receive a Lilly Award. Nayfack will have a new addition to her long list of accomplishments this July, ...


Latest-RuPauls-Drag-Race-winner-crowned-

Latest 'RuPaul's Drag Race' winner crowned - Out of 12 competitors in season eight of the Logo show RuPaul's Drag Race, it all came down to Naomi Smalls, Chicago's Kim Chi and Bob the Drag Queen. In the end, Bob the Drag Queen prevailed. "Winning is a dream come true and a great opportunity," Bob The Drag Queen said in a news release, according to Entertainment Weekly. ...


Groups-laud-Education-Dept-ruling-on-trans-bathroom-access

Groups laud Education Dept. ruling on trans bathroom access - The National Center for Transgender Equality called it "one of the biggest victories of the transgender community ever," referring to the May 13 announcement by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice that discrimination against transgender students violates a federal law against sex discrimination. But last week saw two additional historic victories for transgender people, as well as one somewhat ...


Chicagoans-react-to-transgender-guidelines

Chicagoans react to transgender guidelines - The Obama administration, on May 13, released guidelines directing public schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom facilities matching their gender identity. The directive follows weeks of debate around the issue, which is visibly playing out in Chicago and surrounding suburban areas. Chicago Public Schools already updated its 2014 guidelines about transgender students, for example, while conservative activists ...


Trans-author-Chase-Joynt-discusses-his-latest-work-

Trans author Chase Joynt discusses his latest work - Toronto's Chase Joynt just published a new work titled You Only Live Twice. In the book, while coming together over the films of Chris Marker, Joynt corresponds with HIV-positive Canadian filmmaker Mike Hoolboom. Since being diagnosed, Hoolboom has made dozens of films, two of which won Best Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Joynt is a multimedia artist ...


Palm-Center-Questions-Pentagon-Claim-that-Transgender-Service-Complicated

Palm Center Questions Pentagon Claim that Transgender Service "Complicated" - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — As the Obama administration signals that defending transgender equality will be a major priority of its last year, Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter said this week that transgender military service "is complicated," and he has so far declined to end the Pentagon's discriminatory policy. His remarks come four months after the Pentagon missed its own ...


Obamas-Education-Dept-Affirms-the-Rights-of-Transgender-Students-

Obama's Education Dept. Affirms the Rights of Transgender Students - From press releases - The Obama administration has issued a directive directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. Actually, the guidance for school districts goes beyond restrooms in public and federally funded schools, discussing privacy rights and equal access to sex-segregated facilities such as locker rooms. A joint letter from the education and justice departments is going ...


Trumps-States-Rights-Policy-Assertion-on-Trans-Students-Dangerous-Reckless

Trump's 'States' Rights' Policy Assertion on Trans Students Dangerous, Reckless - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement after Donald Trump declined this morning to support the Obama Administration's important announcement that school districts should ensure that transgender students are treated with dignity and allowed equal access to facilities, such as restrooms, consistent with their gender identity. "Trump's reckless anti-LGBT suggestion is to turn ...


Massachusetts-has-no-trans-accommodation-bill-either

Massachusetts has no trans-accommodation bill, either - VIEWPOINT - Mississippi and North Carolina can now be added to the list of states codifying transgender discrimination. To date, only 17 states across the country have passed non-discrimination bills protecting transgender citizens in public spaces. Shockingly, Massachusetts isn't one of them. With Massachusetts lauded as one of the most pro-LGBTQ states in the country, my lawmakers have disappointed me with their ...


US-DOJ-sets-lawsuit-against-North-Carolina-Gov-McCrory-

U.S. DOJ sets lawsuit against North Carolina Gov. McCrory - From press releases - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC issued the following statements in response to the announcement by Attorney General Loretta Lynch that the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuitagainst North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, the state's Department of Public Safety, and the University of North Carolina and Board of Governors of the ...


Groups-Respond-to-Gov-McCrorys-Lawsuit-

Groups Respond to Gov. McCrory's Lawsuit - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC issued the following statements in response to the news that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has filed a lawsuit defending his deeply discriminatory HB2. "North Carolina's HB2 law is blatantly unconstitutional and violates federal civil rights law," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "The Department of Justice has already been clear ...


Gov-McCrory-forces-HB2-in-9-hrs-wants-more-time-from-DOJ-

Gov. McCrory forces HB2 in 9 hrs, wants more time from DOJ - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality North Carolina, released the following statement May 8 when North Carolina after Gov. Pat McCrory said on Fox News Sunday that he requested more time from the Department of Justice to comply with a letter issued by the Department of Justice that HB2 puts Governor McCrory in violation of ...


Conservative-groups-file-suit-against-District-211-and-feds-in-school-bathroom-case

Conservative groups file suit against District 211 and feds in school bathroom case - Updated May 8, 2016 - A federal lawsuit was filed against the government and a suburban school district May 4 over that district's rules allowing a transgender student to use the locker room facilities of the gender with which she identified. Alliance Defending Freedom and the Thomas More Society filed suit on behalf of 51 area families against the United States Department of Education, United ...


ACLU-responds-to-filing-of-lawsuit-regarding-transgender-student-locker-room-access

ACLU responds to filing of lawsuit regarding transgender student locker room access - From a press release - Statement of Edwin C. Yohnka Director of Communications and Public Policy Re: Lawsuit against District 211 regarding transgender student access May 4, 2016 Today's lawsuit is a sad development by groups opposed to fair and humane treatment of all students, including those who are transgender. Over the past few weeks, a federal appellate court and the Chicago Public Schools ...


BREAKING-Oxford-Ala-Council-Retreats-Votes-to-Repeal-Shameful-Anti-Trans-Ord-

BREAKING: Oxford Ala. Council Retreats, Votes to Repeal Shameful Anti-Trans Ord. - From a press release - MONTGOMERY Ala. - At a special meeting earlier today, the Oxford, Ala, City Council voted 3-2 to repeal a discriminatory new ordinance that would have prevented transgender residents and visitors from using public restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity. This anti-transgender law was unprecedented in its establishment of criminal penalties for violations — including a $500 fine or 6 ...


BREAKING-US-Justice-Dept-Says-HB2-Violates-Federal-Law-Gives-Gov-McCrory-Monday-Deadline-

BREAKING: U.S. Justice Dept. Says HB2 Violates Federal Law, Gives Gov. McCrory Monday Deadline - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC responded to news that the U.S. Department of Justice has determined North Carolina's discriminatory HB 2 violates federal civil rights law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. As reported by the Charlotte Observer, ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TELEVISION-Reality-show-features-football-gender-fluidity

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Reality show features football, gender fluidity - Esquire Network's Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country is bringing attention to a gender-fluid 8-year-old this season. One of the cast members prefers to be called Abby Scott some days and Adam Scott on others while being raised in Monaca, Pennsylvania. The Esquire reality show centers around six football teams in the Beaver County Youth Football League, in which Scott plays. ...


Gender-identity-options-added-to-college-applications

Gender-identity options added to college applications - On April 25, both The Universal College Application ( UCA ) and The Common Application announced significant changes to their college application forms beginning in the 2016/2017 academic year. The UCA will both change the question of an individual's sex on its standardized form to 'legal sex' as well as adding an optional field for an applicant to note their ...


Suburb-to-institute-gender-neutral-restrooms

Suburb to institute gender-neutral restrooms - The Chicago suburb of Highland Park has instituted that all new single-occupancy bathrooms must be designated as "gender-netural" or "all-gender," WLS-TV reported. Officials contend the policy is designed to accommodate the transgender community. Legislation involving transgender individuals and restrooms have been in the spotlight recently. Laws in Mississippi and North Carolina require transgender people to use restrooms that correspond to ...


Chicago-Fed-looks-at-TRANSitioning-in-the-Workplace

Chicago Fed looks at 'TRANSitioning in the Workplace' - If there is any light to be found between the hatred, intolerance and antagonism cast by North Carolina's anti-LGBT bill HB2 and its counterparts in legislative committees or on House and/or Senate floors across the United States, it is in organizations like Target. Despite concerted efforts by hate groups such as the American Family Association and One Million Moms ( ...


Video-shows-parents-of-trans-kids-speaking-out

Video shows parents of trans kids speaking out - From a press release - In response to continued attacks on trans people across the nation, recently nationalized by failed Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, the Trans United Fund ( TUF ), a recently formed political advocacy organization, has produced a moving and historic ad utilizing the voices of parents of trans children and speaking directly to the impact of the increasingly hostile rhetoric faced by ...


IKEA-AIG-Join-200-Business-Leaders-Against-HB-2-

IKEA, AIG Join 200+ Business Leaders Against HB 2 - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC have announced that executives from 23andMe, Instacart, The Honest Company, United Guaranty Corporation, Cabot Creamery, Castlight Health, Inc., Willis Towers Watson, Merck, IKEA US, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc., AIG, Yadkin Bank and Direct Marketing Association have signed onto an open letter that now includes nearly 200 leading CEOs ...


Upcoming-Chicago-House-spring-brunch-I-Am-Jazz-fashion-awards-

Upcoming: Chicago House spring brunch, 'I Am Jazz,' fashion awards, - Chicago House's annual spring brunch May 1 Chicago House's 2016 spring brunch and fashion show will take place Sunday, May 1, at Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., with the brunch/fashion show commencing at 11:45 a.m. This year's event takes on a special meaning, as it will also serve as a farewell to Executive ...


Springfield-area-trans-student-wins-access-in-settlement-with-school

Springfield area trans student wins access in settlement with school - From a press release - A Springfield area high school student who is transgender has resolved a complaint against his school that results in fair and equal treatment for the student, and other transgender students in the district, including access to the gender-appropriate restroom and locker room facilities at the school. The student, Alex McCray, attends Williamsville High School, part of Williamsville-Sherman Community Unit School ...


Tenn-gov-urged-to-veto-anti-LGBT-bill

Tenn. gov. urged to veto anti-LGBT bill - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is being asked to veto a bill the Tennessee Legislature recently passed. House Bill 1840/Senate Bill 1556 states that no person providing counseling or therapy services shall be required to counsel or serve a client regarding goals or behaviors that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor or therapist. Pro-LGBT groups have condemned ...


-National-Trans-teens-letter-Cruz-blasted-Michelle-Obamas-statement

National: Trans teen's letter, Cruz blasted, Michelle Obama's statement - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A transgender ninth-grader wrote a letter to N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory about the so-called "bathroom bill," a press release stated. The boy, Skye Thomson, sent it to the governor, and the National Center for Transgender Equality posted it on Twitter and Facebook. In part, Thomson wrote, "I've dealt with bullying my whole life. And now I feel that my own ...


HRC-Blasts-Ted-Cruzs-New-Transphobic-Ad

HRC Blasts Ted Cruz's New Transphobic Ad - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement on Ted Cruz's despicable new campaign ad attacking transgender people. "Ted Cruz's transphobic smear campaign peddles a dangerous brand of hate and ignorance," said HRC Communications Director Jay Brown. "At a time when transgender women are at a disproportionately high risk for violence and assault, Ted Cruz's ...


Lambda-tells-court-State-Dept-intersex-passport-policy-absurd

Lambda tells court State Dept. intersex passport policy 'absurd' - Lambda Legal April 22 urged the U.S. District Court in Colorado to deny the federal government's motion to dismiss the lawsuit Lambda Legal filed on behalf of an intersex client, Dana Zzyym. The U.S. State Department denied Dana a passport because Dana refused to lie on the passport application form, and the form does not provide any gender marker designation ...


250-Sexual-Assault-Domestic-Violence-Groups-Condemn-Anti-Trans-Laws

250+ Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Groups Condemn Anti-Trans Laws - Amid the national uproar over a North Carolina law that codified discrimination against transgender people, more than 250 sexual assault and domestic violence organizations around the country today released a landmark statement calling for an end to legislation that harms transgender people and excludes them from restrooms and other facilities. The nation's leading anti-sexual assault and domestic violence organizations are ...


APA-opposes-state-bills-targeting-LGBTs-

APA opposes state bills targeting LGBTs - WASHINGTON - The American Psychological Association is committed to promoting the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We are therefore seriously concerned about the recent wave of state-level legislation discriminating against these individuals. Our association has a long history of supporting protections for LGBT people, including in those areas currently under attack — most notably employment, ...


Rauner-meets-with-trans-bill-advocates

Rauner meets with trans-bill advocates - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on April 13, met with advocates from Equality Illinois and AIDS Foundation of Chicago to advance a pro-LGBT equality agenda, especially with regards to two current pieces of transgender-related legislation. Advocates encouraged Rauner to sign HB 6073, legislation state Rep. Greg Harris sponsored that eases the process by which transgender Illinoisans can change the gender markers on ...


Report-Trans-College-Students-At-Higher-Risk-For-Suicide-Attempts-After-Denial-of-Access

Report: Trans College Students At Higher Risk For Suicide Attempts After Denial of Access - ATLANTA—Transgender university and college students are at a significantly higher risk for suicide attempts when their campus experience includes being denied access to bathrooms and gender-appropriate campus housing, a Georgia State University study finds. "An alarmingly high proportion of the transgender individuals participating in this study — 46.5 percent — had a history of attempted suicide," said Kristie Seelman, assistant ...


Federal-Appeals-Court-Rules-in-Favor-of-Trans-Student-in-Restroom-Case-

Federal Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Trans Student in Restroom Case - Richmond, Va. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today ruled in favor of transgender male student Gavin Grimm in his challenge to Gloucester High School's discriminatory restroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers by requiring them to use "alternative, private" facilities. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit marks ...


National-roundup-Task-Forces-call-NC-law-Hillary-and-AIDS-activists

National roundup: Task Force's call, N.C. law, Hillary and AIDS activists - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National LGBTQ Task Force is calling on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to resign. A press release from Executive Director Rea Carey stated that "the governor signed a law, HB 1523, that legalizes discrimination against LGBTQ people. This new law may also lead to discrimination against unmarried people raising children, unmarried people having sex, and others." Carey added, "Contrary to ...


Rauner-meets-with-trans-bill-advocates

Rauner meets with trans-bill advocates - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on April 13, met with advocates from Equality Illinois and AIDS Foundation of Chicago to advance a pro-LGBT equality agenda, especially with regards to two current pieces of transgender-related legislation. Advocates encouraged Rauner to sign HB 6073, legislation state Rep. Greg Harris sponsored that eases the process by which transgender Illinoisans can change the gender markers on ...


NCTE-condemns-South-Carolina-Sheriff-Wright-for-threatening-trans-women-

NCTE condemns South Carolina Sheriff Wright for threatening trans women - From a press release - Last week, in remarks at the Greenville-Spartanburg Republican Women's Meeting, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright addressed the anti-trans bill moving through South Carolina's legislature. S. 1203 would restrict access to restrooms in public buildings based on the sex listed on an individual's birth certificate and is currently being heard in a Senate subcommittee. In expressing his support for the bill, ...


UIC-hosts-Her-Story-screening-discussion

UIC hosts 'Her Story' screening, discussion - The Gender and Sexuality Center and the Women's Leadership and Resource Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) hosted a screening and panel discussion April 7 for the web series Her Story. Her Story is about trans and queer women navigating "the intersections of desire and identity." It focuses on two Los Angeles trans women, former ...


Parole-hearing-discrimination-keeps-trans-prisoners-behind-bars-advocates-say

Parole hearing discrimination keeps trans prisoners behind bars, advocates say - By Victoria Law, Truthout - Rickie Blue-Sky will appear before the California parole board on Wednesday. He has spent the past 32 years in prison for an act that he has always asserted he did not do. This will be his fifth parole hearing. He is now 70 years old. In 2013, Blue-Sky appeared before the parole board with numerous certificates showing the programs that ...


Report-Canvassers-can-change-voters-minds-on-trans-issues

Report: Canvassers can change voters' minds on trans issues - Some of the North Carolina lawmakers who rushed through and passed the notorious HB2 anti-transgender legislation last month have argued they were simply responding to the fears of their constituents that allowing transgender people the right to use the bathroom with which they identify will enable sexual predators to invade the privacy of and attack women and children. Although there ...


North-Carolina-Gov-issues-executive-order-forcing-trans-people-to-use-wrong-restroom

North Carolina Gov issues executive order forcing trans people to use wrong restroom - From a press release - RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory ( R ) today issued an executive order that maintains House Bills 2's provisions that force transgender people to use the wrong restroom while prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for state employees. The news follows the passage of House Bill 2, a measure that removes existing protections for ...


National-roundup-Transgender-Freedom-Project-NC-news-HIV-ravaged-town

National roundup: Transgender Freedom Project, N.C. news, HIV-ravaged town - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Freedom for All Americans launched the Transgender Freedom Project ( TFP ), a multi-year initiative aimed at building public support for transgender people and transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination protections, according to a press release. The TFP has three main goals: amplifying the stories of transgender Americans in the media and in statehouses, developing winning campaign strategies in partnership with other organizations, and ...


Transgender-Americans-talk-Hillary-Clinton

Transgender Americans talk Hillary Clinton - Publicity feature by Sarah McBride, hillaryclinton.com - Every year, the transgender community and our allies come together for Transgender Day of Visibility to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the transgender community, and to rededicate ourselves to combatting discrimination and securing equality for transgender people everywhere. Despite unprecedented visibility for the transgender community in media, popular culture, and politics, the reality remains that many trans people are ...


130-CEOs-business-leaders-urging-lawmakers-to-repeal-anti-LGBT-North-Carolina-Law

130+ CEOs, business leaders urging lawmakers to repeal anti-LGBT North Carolina Law - From a press release - WASHINGTON - This morning, the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC, the state organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians, announced that executives from GE, the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, Oracle, Whole Foods Market, InterContinental Hotels Group, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, LabCorp., American Society of Interior Designers, BD, Thermo Fisher ...


Study-Conversation-with-trained-canvassers-reduce-voter-prejudice-against-trans-people

Study: Conversation with trained canvassers reduce voter prejudice against trans people - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, April 7, 2016—Researchers from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley report in today's edition of Science that volunteer canvassers trained in an approach developed by the Los Angeles LGBT Center reduced voters' prejudice against transgender people. Last year the study's authors set off a firestorm of debate about the need for transparency in social science research ...


I-Am-Jazz-readings-in-Chicago-in-April-May

'I Am Jazz' readings in Chicago in April, May - The Human Rights Campaign, through its Welcoming Schools program, is planning more than 100 readings of the book I Am Jazz—by transgender teen activist Jazz Jennings—across the nation on the same day. In Chicago, at least three readings will take place. ( Note: The dates differ. ) They will be at: —Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., on ...


Lilly-Wachowski-makes-first-public-appearance

Lilly Wachowski makes first public appearance - Director Lilly Wachowski made her first public appearance since coming out as transgender at the GLAAD Media Awards held April 2 in Beverly Hills, California. "My flight instinct is off the charts right now but you have to fight against it," Wachowski told TheWrap of her nerves. She and trans sister Lana attended the event in support of her Netflix ...


Transgender-Day-of-Visibility-observed-locally-nationally

Transgender Day of Visibility observed locally, nationally - The 2016 International Transgender Day of Visibility ( TDOV ) met and exceeded its March 31 goal. The hashtag #TDOV began trending early on Twitter with supportive tweets from organizations including the Black Youth Project ( BYP ) 100, The Trevor Project, TED Talks, It Gets Better and the American Civil Liberties Union. The hashtag is estimated to have reached ...







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