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Facebook adds new gender option for users: ‘Fill in the blank’

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Facebook users who don't fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank. [...]

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Hawaii legislative panel backs bill to ease gender switch on birth certificates

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Mika Inoue, of Kahala, poses outside a hearing room at the Hawaii Legislature on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Honolulu. Inoue supports a bill that would lift a surgical requirement for those who want to switch the gender designation on their birth certificates.
Mika Inoue was in college when she faced some of the scariest threats against her life as a transgender woman. Now, at age 25, she hopes to avoid those situations by getting a new birth certificate that confirms with her gender identity, without undergoing surgery. [...]

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Ohio man accused of fatally stabbing gender fluid child

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Brian Golec
An Ohio man is facing murder and domestic violence charges in the stabbing death of his gender fluid child late Friday. [...]

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Jenner’s gender identity speculation comes at key time for transgender rights

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Bruce Jenner
Whether or not Olympic legend Bruce Jenner becomes its new champion, the transgender rights movement is making remarkable strides on many fronts, ranging from mass-media visibility to legal protections. [...]

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Bruce Jenner’s mother opens up about his gender journey

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Bruce Jenner
With speculation flying, Bruce Jenner's mother opened up Wednesday about his gender journey in a wide-ranging, nearly hour-long phone interview with the Associated Press. [...]

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Reports: Bruce Jenner to sit down with Diane Sawyer to discuss his gender transition

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Bruce Jenner
Olympic gold medalist turned reality television personality Bruce Jenner will sit down with Diane Sawyer to discuss transitioning from male to female, according to various media reports. [...]

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Study: Transgender youth aren’t confused about their gender identity

Monday, February 2, 2015
Brennan Linsley, APCoy Mathis (left), a transgender girl, plays with her sister, Auri, 2, center, at their home in Fountain, Colo. In June 2013, the Colorado Division of Civil Rights ruled that a suburban Colorado Springs school district had discriminated against Mathis, 6 , by preventing her from using the girls' restroom.
A new study of transgender youth indicates that the gender identity of these children is deeply held and is not the result of confusion about gender identity or pretense. [...]

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Governor Andrew Cuomo urges civil rights law for transgender New Yorkers

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says in his state of the state speech Wednesday that the Legislature should pass a bill to add "gender identity or expression" as a protected class. [...]

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Uninformed religious leaders are guilty of causing Leelah Alcorn’s pain, desperation, rejection, and death

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Leelah Alcorn
I place culpability and thus, guilt, on Christian and conservative leaders who, over the past four decades, have constructed an extreme intensity of cultural and religious discrimination against the LGBT community. [...]

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Toledo city council expands hate crimes ordinance to include gender identity

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Toledo, Ohio
TOLEDO, Ohio -- The Toledo city council on Tuesday voted unanimously to strengthen the city’s hate crime statute to protect transgender individuals. The Toledo Blade reports the council voted 12-0 to add gender identity to the city ordinance in the wake of a brutal beating and robbery last month [...]

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