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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

By Elliot Owen| The Bay Area Reporter | Monday, July 30, 2012
The windows are boarded up on the second floor of Oakland's SMAAC center.
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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