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QNotesStudent Andraya Williams speaks to a media outlet during an April 4 rally supporting her, after she says officials at Central Piedmont Community College harassed and discriminated against her.

N.C. college battles transgender student over alleged discrimination

Saturday, April 5, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dozens of students and community members gathered Friday afternoon to protest alleged discrimination at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, calling on the college to apologize to a transgender student who claims she was mistreated and harassed by the school. [ Read more → ]
Judge Bill Graves

Court overturns judge’s refusal to allow transgender applicant’s name change

Thursday, March 27, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals has reversed a county judge's refusal to grant a name change to a transgender person. [ Read more → ]
Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.

Md. House OKs transgender rights bill, governor says he will sign into law

Thursday, March 27, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A measure to prevent discrimination against people who are transgender cleared the Maryland General Assembly on Thursday, and Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to sign the bill into law. [ Read more → ]
Laverne Cox gives the keynote address at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, on Jan. 30, 2014 in Houston.

‘What’s between your legs?’ is the new ‘So what do you do in bed?’

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Transgender characters in entertainment were always around, but as the punch line. When it came to news, it was usually about a hate crime. And I can tell you from personal experience even that coverage had to be fought for, from Brandon Teena to Fred Martinez to Gwen Araujo. But increasingly, we are seeing transgender actors, activists, filmmakers, politicians and people from every walk of life coming out and telling their stories... [ Read more → ]
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Md. House committee advances transgender rights bill

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland House of Delegates committee on Tuesday advanced legislation to prohibit discrimination against people who are transgender. [ Read more → ]
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Poll: 71 percent of Marylanders support transgender rights bill

Saturday, March 15, 2014
BALTIMORE -- A new poll finds that 71 percent of Marylanders support proposed legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodation. [ Read more → ]
Chloie Jonsson

Transgender woman sues CrossFit for blocking her from female competition

Friday, March 7, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- A transgender woman in Northern California has sued the company behind the popular CrossFit workouts for refusing to let her compete in the female division of its annual fitness competitions. [ Read more → ]
Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.

Maryland transgender rights bill passes full Senate, heads to House

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity was approved in the Maryland state Senate on Tuesday, and now heads to the House of Delegates. [ Read more → ]
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Md. state Senate gives preliminary approval to transgender rights bill

Monday, March 3, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity gained preliminary approval Friday in the Maryland state Senate. [ Read more → ]
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Maryland Senate Committee approves transgender rights bill

Thursday, February 20, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland senate panel on Thursday advanced a bill that would add gender identity to the state's anti-discrimination law. [ Read more → ]
Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.

Md. senate panel hears testimony on bill to ban anti-transgender discrimination

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland Senate panel on Tuesday heard testimony on a proposal to ban anti-transgender discrimination in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations. [ Read more → ]
Robina Asti

Flying solo: 92-year-old transgender widow fights for survivor benefits

Thursday, January 30, 2014
NEW YORK -- Robina Asti, a 92-year-old transgender woman denied survivor benefits by the Social Security Administration after her husband’s death is asking the agency to reverse the decision. [ Read more → ]
CeCe McDonald

State of the Transgender Union: Time for collective action toward racial justice

Monday, January 27, 2014
In this year’s State of the Union Address to Congress, President Obama is expected to acknowledge and focus on the inequality that is seemingly growing once again in the United States. As the President has been thinking about inequality among the 300 million people who live in the U.S., I wonder if he has thought about transgender people and the inequality we face—the disrespect, the discrimination, the violence, and other inequalities that affect us on an everyday basis... [ Read more → ]
Karen Mke and Kamilla Satto

Brazil transgender women accosted, detained in Dubai for ‘imitating women’

Thursday, January 23, 2014
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Two transgender women from Brazil were detained and their passports confiscated while on vacation in Dubai, and have been charged with the crime of ‘imitating’ women. [ Read more → ]
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The Tragedy of Dr. V

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
As a transgender person, my relationship with mass media hasn’t always been the best of relationships. Every single day, when I watch television, or a film, or read news articles, or books, or even twitter, I feel like I’m walking through a minefield. Inevitably, I will step on one and be onslaught with some horribly insensitive comment or dehumanizing portrayal of a trans person. The systemic view of trans individuals as non-people is too ubiquitous, and the lack of understanding of our struggles coming to terms with our identities has created a mythologization of our lives with little concern for our perspective... [ Read more → ]
Dan LittauerScottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Scottish parliament removes transgender spousal veto from marriage equality bill

Friday, January 17, 2014
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Scotland Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment to remove the spousal veto from the country’s marriage equality bill. [ Read more → ]
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Philadelphia police revamps policy on how to treat transgender people

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia police have issued new guidelines on how officers should treat transgender people, a policy that department officials say is to ensure everyone is treated with respect. [ Read more → ]
Binnenhof, meeting place of the Dutch parliament in The Netherlands.

Netherlands adopts landmark gender identity law, bans forced sterilization

Thursday, December 19, 2013
THE HAUGE, Netherlands -- The Netherlands has adopted landmark legislation banning forced sterilization and allowing transgender people to change their identity on official documents with the requirement of gender reassignment surgery. [ Read more → ]
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.

As gay rights progress, many hurdles ahead for transgender rights movement

Saturday, December 14, 2013
NEW YORK — As gays and lesbians rack up victories in their quest for marriage equality and other rights, transgender Americans are following in their path — hopefully, but less smoothly. [ Read more → ]
Japan

Japan court issues landmark ruling on transgender parent’s rights

Friday, December 13, 2013
TOKYO -- Japan's Supreme Court this week ruled that a toddler born to a transgender man and his wife through artificial insemination shall be regarded as their legitimate child. [ Read more → ]
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Advocacy groups issue hospital guide for treating transgender patients

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
A group of LGBT advocacy organizations have jointly released a unique, groundbreaking publication to provide guidance to U.S. hospitals seeking to improve health care for transgender patients. [ Read more → ]
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Christian group spreading another false transgender harassment story

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
TEMECULA, Calif. -- As the battle intensifies over California's recently enacted transgender student rights law, one transgender advocate said Tuesday she has caught another conservative Christian group spreading a second "fabricated" story about restroom harassment in a California school. [ Read more → ]
Herman Rowland Sr.

Jelly Belly chair supports campaign to repeal transgender student rights law

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Transgender rights advocates are taking aim at the Chairman of the Jelly Belly company after learning that he donated thousands of dollars to the campaign to repeal California's landmark transgender student rights law. [ Read more → ]
VK.comDasha Stern

Transgender woman commits suicide after being fired by Russian employer

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
EKATERINBURG, Russia -- LGBT activists claim that a 22-year-old transgender woman is the first victim of Russia's so-called anti-gay "propaganda" law. [ Read more → ]
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Family of transgender student targeted by harassment hoax speaks out

Monday, October 21, 2013
I’d like to introduce you to a 16-year-old high school student who I’m going to refer to as “Jane Doe.” I’m calling her “Jane” because, after an ex-gay organization orchestrated an international smear campaign against her, numerous individuals have stated that she should be beaten and killed.... [ Read more → ]
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