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Beyond marriage equality, challenges ahead for LGBT rights advocates

Thursday, January 1, 2015
Supporters of Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage clash with gay rights activists at a rally at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 19, 2014.
Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, LGBT rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring such quick victories. [...]

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Federal government announces protections for transgender workers

Thursday, December 18, 2014
The U.S. government is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender individuals. The Department of Justice says transgender individuals are covered under Civil Rights Act of 1964. [...]

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Equality Florida launches TransAction Florida to support transgender equality

Monday, December 15, 2014
The group’s goals are to educate lawmakers, advance local and statewide equality legislation, provide workplace and classroom resources, and develop a statewide Transgender Resource Guide. [...]

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New York regulators tell insurers to cover transgender treatment

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Officials say commercial insurers may not deny needed treatment for gender dysphoria when someone's gender at birth is contrary to his or her identity. [...]

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New York City drops surgery requirement for birth certificate changes

Monday, December 8, 2014
New York city has dropped its requirement for sex reassignment surgery to change the gender designation on an individual's birth certificate. [...]

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Miami-Dade County adds gender identity to human rights ordinance

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Miami, Fla.
MIAMI -- The Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday voted to amend its existing Human Rights Ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. The county is the latest of more than two dozen Florida municipalities to enact such [...]

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Maine school district ordered to pay $75K in transgender discrimination suit

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Robert F. Bukaty, APTransgender student Nicole Maines, center, with her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, speaks to reporters outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Maine on June 12, 2013.
ORONO, Maine -- A Maine court has awarded a transgender girl $75,000 in a settlement of her discrimination lawsuit against a school district where administrators made her use a staff, not student, bathroom. Nicole Maines won her lawsuit against the Orono school district in January before the Maine Supreme Judicial [...]

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Miami-Dade County set to vote on transgender rights ordinance

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Miami, Fla.
MIAMI -- The Miami-Dade County Commission is set to vote on an ordinance that would ban discrimination against transgender men and women. The commission is expected to vote Tuesday on the measure that would expand the county's law that prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations... [...]

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Transgender woman presented as male for her open casket funeral

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Jennifer Gable
TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- Friends of a transgender woman who died last month from an aneurysm say they were shocked when family members presented her as a man for her open casket funeral. [...]

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No silence of the trans: Bigoted shouts losing ground in march toward equality

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Ernest Istook
Former Oklahoma GOP Congressman Ernest Istook, a broadcaster and lawyer before entering Congress, has returned to broadcast and print journalism for the conservative press with a recent two-part analysis of the transgender community. He is not happy with the community’s social progress. [...]

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