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Investigators: U.S. Army discriminated against civilian transgender worker

Friday, October 24, 2014
Tamara Lusardi
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Army officials discriminated against a transgender employee who underwent a sex change while working at an Alabama installation, restricting her from the women's restroom and using her male name despite her preference to be referred to as a woman, a federal investigation found.

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Raleigh, N.C., unanimously passes transgender worker protections

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Raleigh, N.C.
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s capital city became the sixth statewide to protect transgender workers from employment discrimination. City Council members passed the revised policy unanimously at a meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

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Beyond marriage, the battle for LGBT equality marches on

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Pamela Thiele, left, and her spouse, Lauren Fortmiller, of Lakewood, Colo., take part in a rally on the steps of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on October 8, 2014. For many activists, the top priority after marriage is federal legislation that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against LGBT people. There's no such federal law now, and more than half the states do not ban discrimination by employers or public accommodations based on sexual orientation.
NEW YORK -- Even as they celebrate epic victories in the push for marriage equality, gay-rights activists acknowledge that other difficult issues remain on their agenda. There's the persistent high rate of HIV infections, the struggles to expand transgender rights, and the striking fact that even in some states allowing same-sex marriage, people can lose their job for being gay.

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Ky. school board upholds policy banning gender identity discrimination

Saturday, September 27, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville high school's policy on transgender students' rights will remain in place after the Jefferson County Public School appeals board turned away objections from parents.

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W.Va. DMV tells transgender women they must appear as male in license photos

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Trudy Kitzmiller (left) and Kristen Skinner
Two transgender women in West Virginia say they were harassed and humiliated by Department of Motor Vehicle workers who refused to take their pictures as they appear on a daily basis. In two separate incidents this year, Kristen Skinner, 45, of Ranson, W.Va., and Trudy Kitzmiller, 52, from Mount Storm, W.Va., both claim they were told by DMV workers ...

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Obama announces expanded safeguards for transgender workers

Monday, June 30, 2014
President Barack Obama, left, with first lady Michelle Obama, speaks during a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014.
WASHINGTON -- The White House is preparing an executive order offering transgender federal workers formal protection from discrimination at work, President Barack Obama announced Monday at a White House reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month. At least two other measures already prevent the federal government from firing people for being transgender ...

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Five things you should know about the transgender community

Monday, June 23, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO — President Barack Obama has quietly done more to advance rights for transgender people than any other president, but they remain among the nation’s most misunderstood minorities. Here are five things to know about transgender America...

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Without fanfare, Obama Administration advances transgender rights

Saturday, June 21, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) fundraiser gala in Gotham Hall in New York on June 17, 2014.
SAN FRANCISCO -- President Barack Obama, who established his bona fides as a gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage, has steadily extended his administration's advocacy to the smallest and least accepted band of the LGBT rainbow: transgender Americans. With little of the fanfare or criticism that marked his evolution...

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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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TIME examines transgender rights as ‘America’s next civil rights frontier’

Thursday, May 29, 2014
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Transgender activist and "Orange is the New Black" star Laverne Cox graces the cover of TIME this week as the magazine examines "the radical rise in awareness of transgender Americans and how this movement is reshaping our definitions of gender."

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