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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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Former Italian lawmaker briefly detained in Sochi for displaying ‘Gay is OK’ banner

| Sunday, February 16, 2014
Vladimir Luxuria
SOCHI, Russia -- A transgender activist and former member of the Italian Parliament was arrested and briefly detained by Russian authorities in Sochi after she reportedly held up a banner that read “Gay is OK,” according to the leader of an Italian gay rights group.

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Facebook adding new gender options, preferred pronoun choices for users

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Noah Berger, APFacebook software engineer Brielle Harrison demonstrates expanded options for gender identification at her company's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. Harrison, who helped engineer the project, plans to switch her identifier to "Trans Woman."
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- You don't have to identify as male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant is adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.

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Texas court reverses decision that voided transgender widow’s marriage

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Nikki Araguz
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Texas appeals court on Thursday overturned a judge's ruling that had voided the marriage of a transgender widow whose firefighter husband died battling a blaze.

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N.C. high school crowns transgender student Homecoming King

| Saturday, February 8, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 17-year-old senior at East Meck High School in North Carolina has become the state's first transgender teen to be crowned Homecoming King.

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

| Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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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.

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Utah lawmaker introduces bill to define students’ gender for restroom use

| Friday, January 31, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require school students to use restrooms that are consistent with the gender defined on their birth certificate.

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Mass. appeals inmate’s taxpayer funded gender reassignment surgery

| Friday, January 31, 2014
Michelle Kosilek
BOSTON -- Massachusetts prison officials on Friday said they will appeal a decision that would force them to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate serving a life sentence for murder.

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