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Conn. city says there was no bias against transgender police officer

| Saturday, March 29, 2014
Francesca Quaranta
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- An investigation by a Connecticut city has found no evidence that a transgender police officer was subject to discrimination or a hostile work environment.

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Against Me! lead singer Laura Jane Grace on transition, new album

| Saturday, March 29, 2014
Brian Ach, Invision (AP)Laura Jane Grace
NEW YORK -- Laura Jane Grace, who came out as transgender two years ago, says she's able to sing in a new, liberated voice on her band's latest album because she's no longer hiding.

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

| Thursday, March 27, 2014
Judge Bill Graves
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.

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

| Thursday, March 27, 2014
Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.
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.

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Justice Dept. to train local police forces to work with transgender people

| Thursday, March 27, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department launched a program Thursday to train local police departments to better respond to transgender individuals, a population authorities say is disproportionately harmed by violence.

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

| Thursday, March 27, 2014
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.
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...

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Md. House committee advances transgender rights bill

| Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Maryland-statehouse
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland House of Delegates committee on Tuesday advanced legislation to prohibit discrimination against people who are transgender.

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Opponents of Calif. transgender rights law revive ballot fight

| Tuesday, March 25, 2014
California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Opponents of a new California law that provides transgender students certain rights in public schools are challenging the secretary of state's finding that they failed to gather enough voter signatures for a referendum to repeal the law.

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High school science teacher changing gender to ‘authentic self’

READ IT AT: The Fresno Bee → | Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Fresno BeeKaren Adell Scot
After spring break, 24-year Yosemite, Calif. high school science and multimedia teacher Gary Sconce will return to teach as her true self. "It's like getting out of dark solitary confinement in prison where you never saw the light."

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Poll: 71 percent of Marylanders support transgender rights bill

| Saturday, March 15, 2014
Maryland
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.

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