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New ‘It Gets Better’ video features parents of transgender youth

Monday, March 19, 2012
"In the Life Media" on Monday released an “It Gets Better” video featuring parents of transgender youth delivering a message of support for other such parents, the first “It Gets Better” video of its kind. [ Read more → ]

Chicago city council considers modified transgender protections ordinance

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
CHICAGO -- Ald. Joe Moreno introduced an ordinance in the Chicago City Council Wednesday that would set specific guidelines for police to follow while handling transgender people. [ Read more → ]

Obama’s childhood nanny in Indonesia is a transgender women who fears for her life

Monday, March 5, 2012
JAKARTA, Indonesia – A 66-year-old transgender woman in Indonesia, living in fear in the streets because of her sexual identity, tells The Associated Press in an exclusive story that she was once the nanny to President Barack Obama and his baby sister, Maya. [ Read more → ]

True transgender story: Laverne Cox, ‘I’m from Mobile, Ala.’

Sunday, March 4, 2012
Laverne Cox remembers the bullying she experienced as a child, and how it's similar to the transphobia she experiences as an adult. [ Read more → ]

Chicago ordinance would create police transgender issues commission

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
CHICAGO -- Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno and a group of local LGBT rights activists are pushing for an ordinance that would establish a transgender issues commission in the Chicago Police Department as well as set guidelines for police to follow while handling transgender people. [ Read more → ]

Baltimore County city council approves transgender protections bill

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The City Council in Baltimore County, Md. has approved a measure to that would protect transgender people from discrimination, making the county the fourth local government in Maryland to adopt such protections. [ Read more → ]

It’s 2012. Do you know where your transgender children are?

Sunday, February 19, 2012
It's 2012. Do you know where your transgender children are? Cisgender America, frightened of change and anxious about its identity, is in a panic over the growing visibility of gender-variant kids. [ Read more → ]
Thomas Manger

MD police official: Transgender rights bill did not lead to rapes, assaults in public restrooms

Friday, January 20, 2012
TOWSON, Md. -- Montgomery County police chief Thomas Manger says that allegations that rapes and sexual assaults occurred in public restrooms following passage of a transgender accommodation law are "untrue." The assertion comes in response to opposition to a transgender rights bill introduced Tuesday in Baltimore County, Md. -- the bill would protect transgender people and allow use of restrooms according to their gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Kuwait: Report highlights police brutality against transgender individuals

Monday, January 16, 2012
Kuwaiti police have been torturing and sexually abusing transgender women continually since 2007, when a discriminatory law was passed which arbitrarily criminalizes “imitating the opposite sex,” Human Rights Watch said in a report released Sunday. [ Read more → ]

‘Work It’ didn’t work — ABC cancels sitcom after only two episodes

Saturday, January 14, 2012
“Work It” just didn’t work. ABC has cancelled the series “Work It” after only two episodes. The series debuted on January 3, 2012 to low ratings, and, according to Entertainment Weekly, dropped another 20 percent this week. [ Read more → ]

Tennessee legislature introduces transphobic ‘bathroom bill’

Friday, January 13, 2012
If it weren’t discouraging enough that the Tennessee legislature will consider a “license to bully” bill and reconsider the “don’t say gay” bill, the new session has opened with the introduction of a blatantly transphobic bathroom bill. [ Read more → ]

Maryland legislature to consider gay marriage, transgender rights bills

Friday, January 6, 2012
Bills calling for legalizing same-sex marriage and banning discrimination against transgender persons are among the hot-button issues set to emerge next week when the Maryland State Legislature begins its 2012 session. [ Read more → ]
Anna Grodzka

2011 marks advances in rights, visibility of transgender and intersex people

Friday, December 30, 2011
Continuing a series of posts on the significant developments in the LGBT community in 2011, there were numerous advances around the world in the rights and visibility of transgender and intersex people. [ Read more → ]

Massachusetts newspaper mocks Chaz Bono, transgender people

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
A Massachusetts newspaper is catching heat for mocking transgender celebrity Chaz Bono and a new state law prohibiting discrimination against gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Fox News invites anti-LGBT guests to mock, smear transgender Macy’s customer

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
During a December 11 segment on Fox News, host Shannon Bream invited former Macy’s employee Natalie Johnson and Mathew Staver, founder of the anti-LGBT Liberty Counsel, to discuss Johnson’s recent termination from her job in San Antonio, Texas. [ Read more → ]

Court ruling in transgender case hailed as ‘hugely important’

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
LGBT advocates are hailing a federal appellate court ruling as a significant win for transgender rights and a means to provide recourse to others who face discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Right wingers call Macy’s transgender policy ‘theater of the absurd’

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The termination of a Macy's employee who refused to uphold company policy in regards to LGBTQ rights has so-called family value christian groups angered. [ Read more → ]

Even Neil Patrick Harris can’t say ‘tranny’ — a teachable moment

Saturday, December 3, 2011
It’s time for some education around Transgender issues and what is now seen as transphobic or discriminatory language. [ Read more → ]
Vandy Beth Glenn

Federal appeals court poised to rule in favor of transgender woman fired from state office

Saturday, December 3, 2011
Two members of a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday signaled that U.S. Supreme Court precedents will require them to uphold a district court ruling that a former Georgia state legislative aide who was fired during her gender transition, was the victim of discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Deval Patrick

Massachusetts Governor signs transgender equality rights bill

Thursday, November 24, 2011
BOSTON -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday signed an historic transgender rights bill, giving the state's estimated 33,000 transgender citizens vital protections against discrimination in employment, housing, education, credit and hate crimes law. [ Read more → ]

Today is a day to honor humans lost to outright bigotry

Sunday, November 20, 2011
Today is a day when all decent persons across the face of the planet should take a moment to pause and reflect on the terrible loss of promising lives rendered incomplete by a noxious and unjust pathology of lies, misconceptions and outright bigotry. Today, Nov. 20, marks the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. [ Read more → ]
Hilda Solis

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis memorializes transgender Americans lost to hate

Sunday, November 20, 2011
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on Friday issued this statement, marking today's 2011 Transgender Day of Remembrance, and memorializing transgender Americans who have lost their lives as a result of violence. [ Read more → ]

Community, allies remember victims lost to anti-transgender hate crimes

Sunday, November 20, 2011
Today marks the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance around the world, a day when the LGBTQ and allied community honor those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice, and seek to raise awareness of the ongoing threat of brutality faced by the transgender community. [ Read more → ]

Massachusetts Senate OKs transgender rights bill; Governor promises to sign

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
BOSTON -- The Transgender Equal Rights Bill -- which had passed the Massachusetts House on Tuesday night with a 95-58 vote -- cleared the state’s Senate on Wednesday with Senators approving the measure on a voice vote with no opposition. [ Read more → ]
Andrea Jones

Transgender woman arrested after exposing her breasts at DMV protest

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
MORRISTOWN, Tenn. -- A transgender woman was arrested after she exposed her breasts in public in a protest against a local driver’s license office that refused to accept her surgeon’s letter confirming her partial surgery and her Social Security status as a woman. [ Read more → ]
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