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Teen who set agender victim on fire will serve 7 years under plea agreement

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Sasha Fleischman
OAKLAND, Calif. — A California teen accused of setting fire last year to an agender individual who was sleeping on an Oakland city bus, has entered a plea of no contest to felony charges. Richard Thomas, 17, faces a sentence of up to seven years in prison after a plea agreement was reached Thursday in which he admitted to a charge of ...

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All-female college adopts new policy to admit transgender students

Sunday, August 24, 2014
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Transgender students who identify as female will now be considered for enrollment at Mills College in Oakland. The announcement makes Mills the first of the country’s 119 single-sex colleges to have an official policy for transgender applicants.

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Teachers criticize Catholic school contracts that regulate their private lives

Saturday, May 24, 2014
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Roman Catholic Dioceses in Oakland and Cincinnati have come under fire for new morality clauses that require teachers to conform to church teachings in their private lives.

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Teen charged as adult in hate crime attack for setting fire to agender victim

Saturday, November 9, 2013
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- A 16-year-old teen has been charged as an adult in an alleged hate crime against an agender victim whose skirt was set on fire while sleeping on a city bus.

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Oakland queer youth space destroyed by unexplained fire

Monday, July 30, 2012
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Officials at an Oakland queer youth space are frantically trying to find a new location after the building they had been using was destroyed by a fire.

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Principal architect of California’s Prop 8 named Archbishop of San Francisco

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Salvatore Cordileone
SAN FRANCISCO -- Salvatore Cordileone, a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church and one of California's leading opponents of same-sex marriage, was named was named Archbishop of San Francisco by Pope Benedict XVI on Friday.

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Another federal judge rules ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ unconstitutional

Friday, May 25, 2012
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A federal judge in Oakland, Calif., ruled late Thursday that a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), is unconstitutional to the extent that it limits same-sex spouses of state workers in obtaining the insurance.

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Friends say murder of transgender woman in Oakland was a hate crime

Monday, April 30, 2012
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- A transgender woman was shot to death in downtown Oakland, Calif., over the weekend, and friend believe her killing was a hate crime.

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California’s Alameda County elects nation’s first transgender trial judge

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Victoria Kolakowski
California's Alameda County has been elected its first transgender Superior Court Judge. Victoria Kolakowski, 49, defeated her opponent, Deputy District Attorney John Creighton, in a narrow win in what had been a hotly contested race.

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