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Transgender student recants sexual assault report

| Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A transgender teen who said he was beaten and sexually assaulted in a California high school bathroom recanted the story, police said Tuesday.

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Hong Kong lawmakers set to debate restrictive transgender rights bill

| Tuesday, March 4, 2014
HONG-KONG
HONG KONG -- Lawmakers in Hong Kong are set to debate a draft bill that if passed would codify an existing government policy that transgender people must undergo surgery to remove their genitals and construct new ones before they can qualify for legal recognition of their gender reassignment.

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Maryland transgender rights bill passes full Senate, heads to House

| Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.
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.

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Md. state Senate gives preliminary approval to transgender rights bill

| Monday, March 3, 2014
Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity gained preliminary approval Friday in the Maryland state Senate.

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D.C. mayor announces health coverage requirements for transgender citizens

| Thursday, February 27, 2014
Vincent Gray
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Thursday announced that public and private health insurance plans that the D.C. government regulates -- including Medicaid, D.C. government employee insurance, and private plans sold on D.C.'s health exchange -- will be required to cover transition-related care.

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Bid to repeal Calif. transgender student rights fails to qualify for November ballot

| Monday, February 24, 2014
Lenny Ignelzi, APDaniella McDonald, an activist and supporter of the School Success and Opportunity Act (AB1266), tells attendees at a rally organized by San Diego LGBTQ rights organizations Canvass for a Cause, SAME Alliance, and Black and Pink that the petition drive to place a proposition on the ballot to repeal the law failed to garner enough signatures Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in San Diego.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Opponents of a new California law that provides transgender students certain rights in public schools have failed to gather enough voter signatures to place a referendum to repeal the law on the November ballot.

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Maryland Senate Committee approves transgender rights bill

| Thursday, February 20, 2014
Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland senate panel on Thursday advanced a bill that would add gender identity to the state's anti-discrimination law.

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Transgender high school athletes approved by Va. governing board

| Thursday, February 20, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- The governing body of high school sports in Virginia has sanctioned the participation of transgender athletes at the state's 313 high schools, on the condition they undergo gender reassignment surgery.

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Gay rights activist wearing rainbow outfit, headdress arrested at Olympic Park

| Monday, February 17, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia -- An Italian activist shouting "It's OK to be gay" and dressed in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game.

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Russia: Activist and former Italian lawmaker was never detained in Sochi

| Monday, February 17, 2014
Vladimir Luxuria
SOCHI, Russia - Italian gay rights activist Vladimir Luxuria said she was detained by police at the Olympics after being stopped while carrying a rainbow flag that read in Russian: "Gay is OK." Police on Monday denied this happened, and the owner of Sochi's gay club said she was at his club that evening "enjoying" herself.

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