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New Rhode Island law makes it easier to change gender on records

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Rhode-Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island has made it easier for transgender residents to change their gender designation on their birth certificates. The state Health Department removed the requirement that people have gender reassignment surgery before changing their gender on a birth certificate. Instead, a medical provider can certify...

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Cleveland city council mulls changing gender identity ordinance

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Cleveland, Ohio
CLEVELAND -- Jacob Nash remembers being forced to use the women's room at City Hall in 2009 when he was part of a coalition of LGBT groups working with City Council on passing anti-discrimination laws. The resulting ordinance outlawed housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but a last-minute provision ...

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Jazz Jennings: The new face of transgender youth

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Jazz Jennings
As the debate surrounding transgender children swirls, one girl is sharing her personal story in the hope that she can help others. By age 2, Jazz Jennings began to verbalize her feelings that "she was a girl," and by 5 she was one of the youngest people ever to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

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Complaint alleges job offer rescinded due to transgender status

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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BEND, Ore. -- An Oregon individual who identifies as neither a man nor a woman has filed a sex discrimination complaint against a Wisconsin-based wilderness therapy program claiming they lost out on a job by identifying as transgender.

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Cuomo calls on N.Y. legislature to outlaw gender identity discrimination

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people, saying gender identity and expression should be included in the state's civil rights law alongside race, religion and disability. In a letter to the Empire State Pride Agenda dated Tuesday, Cuomo said transgender people face significant ...

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Fashion industry, retailers and the challenges faced by the gender binary

Sunday, August 3, 2014
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A gender binary exists in fashion, and that's a challenge for those who don't conform. Masculine-presenting women are often destined for boys' departments or bad fits, while people born male who transition or simply like to dress in femme clothes sometimes don't know what to expect in sizing or from sales clerks...

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N.Y. agencies collecting data on gender identity to improve LGBT services

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Paul Hamilton
ALBANY, N.Y. -- State agencies have begun adding gender identity to their data collection, part of an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo said will help the state better meet the needs of LGBT New Yorkers. A new report Wednesday identified eight agencies, including the Department of Health, collecting or updating their data systems to gather those demographics.

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GOP-led N.Y. Senate blocks reparative therapy ban, transgender protections

Sunday, June 22, 2014
New York state capitol in Albany.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York state Senate adjourned Friday without calling a vote on two LGBT-related bills passed by the Assembly -- one that would ban reparative therapy for minors, and another that would have added gender identity to the state's non-discrimination laws.

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N.Y. state assembly passes gender expression non-discrimination act, again

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
New York state capitol in Albany
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York State Assembly on Tuesday again approved the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. It is the seventh time the measure has passed in the Assembly, but has never come to a vote on the floor of the State Senate.

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Medicare coverage ban on gender reassignment surgery lifted

Friday, May 30, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO — Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for gender reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures as a medically necessary and effective treatment for individuals who do not identify with their biological sex.

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