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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
HHS-seal
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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Pentagon approves moving Manning to civilian prison to obtain gender treatment

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Chelsea Manning
WASHINGTON -- In an unprecedented move, the Pentagon is trying to transfer convicted national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison so she can get treatment for her gender disorder, defense officials said.

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Ill. student leads dorm with goal of gender and diversity inclusion

| Sunday, May 4, 2014
Brandon Rohlwing of West Dundee leads the Gender and Diversity Inclusive Living Community dorm floor at Roosevelt University in Chicago.
As the son of a special-education teacher and an Illinois State Police officer Brandon Rohlwing says he tried to come across as just another typical suburban sports-loving, heterosexual boy during his middle-school years in West Dundee, Ill., but "some students saw through that and saw the real me," he says.

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For transgender people, a massive new resource: ‘Trans Bodies, Trans Selves’

| Thursday, May 1, 2014
Trans-Bodies,-Trans-Selves
NEW YORK -- As transgender people strive to gain more acceptance and legal protections, they will soon have a hefty new resource to assist them — a 672-page book, written by scores of transgender contributors, that encompasses social history, gender politics and wide-ranging advice on health, law, relationships and many other matters.

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Student allowed to perform previously censored poem on gender stereotypes

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Michael Barth
LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska state champion speech student will be allowed to perform a poem about gender identity for television after originally being asked not to by a statewide schools organization.

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Sex change surgeon in conservative South Korea: ‘I correct God’s mistakes’

| Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Ahn Young-joon, APDr. Kim Seok-Kwun talks with an unidentified patient at Dong-A University Hospital in Busan, South Korea. Dr. Kim is a pioneer in slowly changing views on sexuality and gender in the country, where many have long considered even discussions of sexuality a taboo.
BUSAN, South Korea -- As Dr. Kim Seok-Kwun begins surgery to create a functioning penis for a Buddhist monk who was born female, he is well aware of the unease his work creates in this deeply conservative country. The devout Protestant known as the "father of South Korean transgender people" once wrestled with similar feelings.

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Pvt. Manning seeks formal name change to Chelsea

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Chelsea Manning
The Army private who was tried and convicted as Bradley Edward Manning for leaking U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks is petitioning a Kansas court for a name change, to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. Leavenworth County District Court has scheduled an April 23 hearing on the request, according...

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