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Study: 24,000 transgender voters could be disenfranchised in November

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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LOS ANGELES – Ten states’ strict voter ID laws may create substantial barriers to voting and possible disenfranchisement for more than 24,000 transgender voters this November. According to a new study entitled, “The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election,” authored by the Williams Institute’s ...

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More women’s colleges address transgender applicants

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass.
BOSTON — Women’s colleges are revisiting policies around enrolling transgender students as institutions of higher learning – single-sex, coed and those with religious affiliations – demonstrate varying degrees of acceptance for changing norms. Mills College in Oakland, California, recently became the first women’s college in the U.S. to declare it would accept ...

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HRC president delivers apology to transgender community for past divides

| Friday, September 5, 2014
Chad Griffin
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin has delivered a public apology to the transgender community for past mistreatment by the HRC, and "for the times that the transgender community has been underrepresented or unrepresented" by his organization. Speaking Friday at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta, one of the nation’s largest conferences for the transgender ...

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Wis. school district adopts policy for transgender students

| Friday, September 5, 2014
Janesville-WI
JANESVILLE, Wis. -- A Wisconsin school district has adopted a policy allowing transgender students to use the bathroom and locker room of the gender with which they identify if it's OK with their parents and principals. The Janesville Gazette reported Friday that the Janesville School Board adopted the policy to bar discrimination based on gender identity...

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Transgender rights group sues S.C. over teen’s driver’s license photo

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Chase Culpepper
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An organization that supports transgender rights has filed a lawsuit against the state of South Carolina after it refused to issue a driver's license to a 16-year-old gender non-conforming teen unless he took off his makeup. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund filed the lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday on behalf of Chase Culpepper...

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Four unsolved murders of transgender women test Baltimore police outreach

| Saturday, August 30, 2014
Kayla Gilchrist Jones
BALTIMORE -- The day after Mia Henderson's body was found in a Baltimore alley, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts invited members of the city's LGBT community to a meeting. "We are listening. We are paying attention," he told them. "We are responding, and we are taking this very seriously." That isn't nearly enough, advocates and some citizens say, after the second unsolved killing...

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Cincinnati to cover transgender procedures under city’s health insurance

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Cincinnati, Ohio
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Medically necessary procedures related to a person's gender identity will be covered under the City of Cincinnati's health insurance starting next year. Cincinnati.com reports that City Councilman Chris Seelbach, the city’s first openly gay council member, led a council majority in signing a letter urging the change. ...

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One year later, family, friends seek justice for transgender woman’s murder

| Monday, August 25, 2014
Islan Nettles
NEW YORK -- One year since the murder Islan Nettles, a group of advocates and supporters gathered at the site where the transgender woman was beaten to death in a bid to keep the case in the public eye.

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All-female college adopts new policy to admit transgender students

| Sunday, August 24, 2014
Mills College, Oakland, Calf.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Transgender students who identify as female will now be considered for enrollment at Mills College in Oakland. The announcement makes Mills the first of the country’s 119 single-sex colleges to have an official policy for transgender applicants.

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Laverne Cox hopes to inspire with life story: ‘Anything is possible’

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Laverne Cox realizes she is having a winning moment as a transgender actor in entertainment - including a recent Emmy nomination - and she hopes her story will continue to inspire others. "It gives me hope that anything is possible. I'm a black trans woman from Alabama raised by a single mother from a working class background. And I think in a lot of ways...

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