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Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.

Maryland transgender rights bill passes full Senate, heads to House

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Md. state Senate gives preliminary approval to transgender rights bill

Monday, March 3, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity gained preliminary approval Friday in the Maryland state Senate. [ Read more → ]
Vincent Gray

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

Thursday, February 27, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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.

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

Monday, February 24, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Maryland

Maryland Senate Committee approves transgender rights bill

Thursday, February 20, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland senate panel on Thursday advanced a bill that would add gender identity to the state's anti-discrimination law. [ Read more → ]
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Transgender high school athletes approved by Va. governing board

Thursday, February 20, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights activist wearing rainbow outfit, headdress arrested at Olympic Park

Monday, February 17, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Vladimir Luxuria

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

Monday, February 17, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Vladimir Luxuria

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

Sunday, February 16, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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."

Facebook adding new gender options, preferred pronoun choices for users

Thursday, February 13, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Nikki Araguz

Texas court reverses decision that voided transgender widow’s marriage

Thursday, February 13, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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N.C. high school crowns transgender student Homecoming King

Saturday, February 8, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.

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

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Utah lawmaker introduces bill to define students’ gender for restroom use

Friday, January 31, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Michelle Kosilek

Mass. appeals inmate’s taxpayer funded gender reassignment surgery

Friday, January 31, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Barneys highlights lives of transgender models in spring ad campaign

Thursday, January 30, 2014
NEW YORK -- Barneys New York, an American retail chain of luxury department stores, has partnered with the National Center for Transgender Equality and the New York LGBT Community Center to feature the lives and stories of 17 transgender models and their family members as part of its Spring advertising campaign. [ Read more → ]
Robina Asti

Flying solo: 92-year-old transgender widow fights for survivor benefits

Thursday, January 30, 2014
NEW YORK -- Robina Asti, a 92-year-old transgender woman denied survivor benefits by the Social Security Administration after her husband’s death is asking the agency to reverse the decision. [ Read more → ]
Robert F. Bukaty, APTransgender student Nicole Maines, center, with her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, speaks to reporters outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Maine on June 12, 2013.

Maine supreme court: Transgender student’s rights were violated

Thursday, January 30, 2014
PORTLAND, Maine -- School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, according to a ruling by the highest court in Maine that's believed to be the first of its kind. [ Read more → ]
CeCe McDonald

State of the Transgender Union: Time for collective action toward racial justice

Monday, January 27, 2014
In this year’s State of the Union Address to Congress, President Obama is expected to acknowledge and focus on the inequality that is seemingly growing once again in the United States. As the President has been thinking about inequality among the 300 million people who live in the U.S., I wonder if he has thought about transgender people and the inequality we face—the disrespect, the discrimination, the violence, and other inequalities that affect us on an everyday basis... [ Read more → ]
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The Tragedy of Dr. V

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
As a transgender person, my relationship with mass media hasn’t always been the best of relationships. Every single day, when I watch television, or a film, or read news articles, or books, or even twitter, I feel like I’m walking through a minefield. Inevitably, I will step on one and be onslaught with some horribly insensitive comment or dehumanizing portrayal of a trans person. The systemic view of trans individuals as non-people is too ubiquitous, and the lack of understanding of our struggles coming to terms with our identities has created a mythologization of our lives with little concern for our perspective... [ Read more → ]
Ophelia De’Lonta

Parole granted for Va. transgender inmate seeking sex-change surgery

Thursday, January 16, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- A Virginia prison inmate who has asked a federal judge to force the state to pay for a sex-change operation has been granted parole, the chairman of the Virginia Parole Board said Thursday. [ Read more → ]
Dr. Keith Ablow

Fox News’ Dr. Keith Ablow: There’s no such thing as being transgender

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Fox News “Medical A Team” member Dr. Keith Ablow continued his pattern of baseless smears against LGBT people with an ill-informed, transphobic rant against a new California law that allows transgender students to use facilities that match their gender identities. [ Read more → ]
Chris Christie

Christie vetoes bill allowing new birth certificates for transgender people without surgery

Monday, January 13, 2014
TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey governor Chris Christie on Monday vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender citizens to obtain a new birth certificate to reflect their gender identity without surgical requirements. [ Read more → ]
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D.C. man sentenced to 10 years for stabbing transgender woman 40 times

Monday, January 13, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A D.C. man who stabbed a transgender woman 40 times last summer after an argument about sex was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday. [ Read more → ]
Jewlyes Gutierrez

Transgender teen faces battery charge for defending herself from bullies

Friday, January 10, 2014
HERCULES, Calif. -- A transgender teenager who says she has been repeatedly bullied by other students at a California high school is now facing a criminal charge for defending herself during a confrontation. [ Read more → ]
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