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Illinois Republican governor signs two more pro-equality bills

Thursday, August 20, 2015
“We thank Governor Rauner for approving these bills and demonstrating that support for the equal treatment of LGBT Illinoisans is bipartisan,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.
Both bills were spearheaded by Equality Illinois, the state's oldest and largest LGBT advocacy organization. ...

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AP PHOTOS: Transgender youths show hardship, resilience

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Atticus Ranck, 26, of Sunrise, Fla., who identifies as a transgender male, poses for a photograph in a hammock at a friend's apartment in Sunrise, Fla.
Many young transgender people, wrestling with their identities, find themselves shunned by family, friends and co-workers. Here are their stories. ...

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Hillary Clinton offers reassurance to gay youth in Facebook posting

Sunday, July 5, 2015
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The Democratic presidential candidate was responding to a photo of an unnamed boy with a tearful expression. A captioned quote indicates he's homosexual and fearful about the future. ...

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Cuomo demands better protections for transgender students

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the state Education Department to do a better job of protecting transgender students from harassment and discrimination in the classroom. ...

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PBS documentary ‘Growing Up Trans’ explores possibilities, unknowns facing transgender youth

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
This image released by PBS shows transgender teen Ariel in a scene from "Growing Up Trans", from the "Frontline" series airing on PBS on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. “Growing Up Trans” explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever and their parents are now experiencing it.
"Growing Up Trans" explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever (and their parents) now experience it: a frontier of possibilities and unknowns, and a minefield of high-stakes choices. ...

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Was an Alabama teen murdered because she was transgender?

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Mercedes Williamson
Alabama 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson's lifeless body was found earlier this month in a field in the rural Mississippi community of Rocky Creek, according to authorities. ...

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N.Y civil liberties group: State fails to protect transgender students from harassment

Thursday, June 25, 2015
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Transgender students are often harassed in public schools across New York, and education officials have failed to carry out a legislative mandate to protect them, the New York Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday. ...

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Gay couple who always wanted to be dads now adopting their 7th child, a gay teen

Friday, June 19, 2015
Eric Charles-Gallo, center, with husband Louis Gallo, left, and newest addition, Darnell, right. They’re surrounded by their other six kids and a foster baby.
Right from the start of their relationship, Eric Charles-Gallo and Louis Gallo of Kansas City, Missouri, knew they wanted to be dads. ...

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Transgender student sues Virginia high school, citing restroom policy

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Gavin Grimm
A transgender teenager said in a lawsuit Thursday that he has been stigmatized by a policy that bars him from using the boys' restrooms at his eastern Virginia high school. ...

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Court: Transgender teen’s rights violated when she was transferred to a prison

Monday, June 8, 2015
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Connecticut's second-highest court has ruled that a transgender teenager's rights were violated when she was transferred to a prison from the state's child welfare agency last year. ...

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