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Pavel Golovkin, APGabriela Isler of Venezuela is crowned Miss Universe on Nov. 9, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

Miss Universe: Transgender contestants should have their own pageants

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Gabriela Isler, the former Miss Venezuela who was crowned Miss Universe on Saturday, said she does not believe transgender contestants should be allowed to participate in the Miss Universe pageant. [ Read more → ]
Cemia Dove

Life sentence for murderer of Cleveland transgender woman

Thursday, November 14, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The convicted killer of Cemia “CeCe” Dove, a transgender woman found murdered earlier this year, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison. [ Read more → ]
Karen England, executive director of the California Resource Institute, left, and volunteers Grace LeFever, center, and Christina Hill, sort through stacks of mail with petitions for a referendum to overturn a new California law that allows transgender students to chose which public school restrooms they use.

Opponents of Calif. transgender law say they will qualify for ballot initiative

Sunday, November 10, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Opponents of a new California law that gives transgender students certain rights said Sunday that they had collected enough signatures for an initiative that would repeal the law. [ Read more → ]

Advocacy groups issue hospital guide for treating transgender patients

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
A group of LGBT advocacy organizations have jointly released a unique, groundbreaking publication to provide guidance to U.S. hospitals seeking to improve health care for transgender patients. [ Read more → ]

Christian group spreading another false transgender harassment story

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
TEMECULA, Calif. -- As the battle intensifies over California's recently enacted transgender student rights law, one transgender advocate said Tuesday she has caught another conservative Christian group spreading a second "fabricated" story about restroom harassment in a California school. [ Read more → ]

HRC needs to engage more with the LGBT community rather than policymakers

Friday, October 25, 2013
This past summer, I was a Family Project intern of the Human Rights Campaign. Depending on who I’m talking to at Yale, that sentence can serve as a coming-out statement on various levels. Aside from my friends who are conservative in their attitudes on same-sex marriage, I have progressive friends who are angry with HRC. I’ve been carrying an umbrella and mug displaying HRC’s logo — the equal sign that took Facebook by storm last March — only after giving it much thought. I’m wary of entering a heated debate at any moment, with friends on my right or my left. At some points I have felt frustrated with the organization too... [ Read more → ]
Jeff Chiu, APJamison Green, a transgender man who owns Jamison Green & Associates, a transgender benefit consulting firm, says part of the reason more companies don’t offer transgender benefits is that many are not aware that the insurance they’ve purchased excludes treatments for transgender employees.

More companies offering health benefits to transgender workers

Thursday, October 24, 2013
WASHINGTON -- When Koset Surakomol decided to have a sex change operation, the company she worked for told her co-workers that the man they'd labored alongside for a dozen years should be addressed as a woman going forward. [ Read more → ]
VK.comDasha Stern

Transgender woman commits suicide after being fired by Russian employer

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
EKATERINBURG, Russia -- LGBT activists claim that a 22-year-old transgender woman is the first victim of Russia's so-called anti-gay "propaganda" law. [ Read more → ]

Family of transgender student targeted by harassment hoax speaks out

Monday, October 21, 2013
I’d like to introduce you to a 16-year-old high school student who I’m going to refer to as “Jane Doe.” I’m calling her “Jane” because, after an ex-gay organization orchestrated an international smear campaign against her, numerous individuals have stated that she should be beaten and killed.... [ Read more → ]

N.C. county votes to add protections for transgender workers

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mecklenburg County, N.C., commissioners on Tuesday voted 6-3 to add protections for transgender workers to the county’s non-discrimination policy. [ Read more → ]

Colo. transgender woman denied breast cancer screening

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
DENVER -- A transgender woman in Denver is suing Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and Women's Wellness Connection after she was denied a free breast cancer screening. [ Read more → ]
Roxanne Joganik

Justice Dept. files suit against Texas RV park in transgender discrimination case

Friday, October 11, 2013
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against a Texas recreational vehicle park for alleged discrimination against a transgender woman. [ Read more → ]

LGBT History Month profile: Transgender author Patrick Califia

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Patrick Califia is a transgender author of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. His writings explore sexuality and gender identity, and have included lesbian erotica and works about BDSM subculture. [ Read more → ]

Pat Robertson compares transgender people to his castrated horse

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
On the 700 Club on Wednesday, Pat Robertson reacted to a David Brody report on a new California law protecting transgender students by blasting the law as “insane.” [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)

Calif. governor Jerry Brown signs transgender birth certificate bill

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill designed to make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain birth certificates reflecting name and gender changes. [ Read more → ]

The four most important things I learned during my first year of transition

Saturday, October 5, 2013
I’ve never revealed any personal details of my life in articles that I’ve written for publication. Mainly because I didn’t feel that they were relevant to the topics at hand. However, because it's pride season here in Orlando, it seems like an appropriate time to mention the fact that I’m a transgender woman. This wasn’t a secret. I’ve been publicly out since February. I’ve just never addressed the matter in a publication before. I’ve learned a lot since I started my transition -- like the fact that women’s pants pockets are useless... [ Read more → ]

Report outlines harm facing transgender immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees

Friday, October 4, 2013
WASHINGTON -- On the heels of the U.S. House introduction of an immigration proposal and ahead of the "National Day of Dignity and Respect" -- a day of action scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5 -- the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has issued a new report outlining the barriers and harms transgender immigrants face while navigating the U.S. immigration system. [ Read more → ]
Gwen Araujo

LGBT History Month profile: Transgender hero Gwen Araujo

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Gwen Araujo was a transgender teen who was the victim of a brutal murder. Her attack brought national attention to the issue of violence against transgender people. [ Read more → ]

Nepal opens up national elections to members of ‘third gender’

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The Nepal government's Election Commission said Monday that LGBT and inter-sex Nepalis are able to register as “third gender” for the first time in the country's history, and will be able campaign openly for legislative seats in the upcoming November 19 national elections. [ Read more → ]

More healthcare choices for transgender Colorado residents

Saturday, September 28, 2013
DENVER -- LGBT activists are cheering the announcement that another health insurance plan will offer services for transgender Colorado residents. [ Read more → ]
KNBC-TVCassidy Lynn Campbell

Bryan Fischer lashes out at transgender homecoming queen

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
A transgender California teenager has been a target of bullying after she was named her high school’s homecoming queen, and now American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer has joined in the backlash against the sixteen-year-old. Fischer called her election as homecoming queen a “charade” that “violates every known standard of decency and normality.” [ Read more → ]
Masha Bast

Transgender human rights lawyer announces bid for Russian president

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
MOSCOW -- A transgender attorney and Chairperson for the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights announced Monday her intent to run for President of the Russian Federation. [ Read more → ]

Social media trolls hammer transgender homecoming queen

Monday, September 23, 2013
A transgender teen in Orange County, Calif., who was crowned her school’s Homecoming Queen last week, has been deluged by an outpouring of negative feedback on and transphobic comments on social media. [ Read more → ]
Heath Adam Ackley

Theology professor to leave Christain college after coming out as transgender

Monday, September 23, 2013
AZUSA, Calif. -- A veteran theology professor at Azusa Pacific University, a California Christian college, has been asked to leave his teaching post of 15 years after announcing last week that he is transgender. [ Read more → ]
KNBC-TVCassidy Lynn Campbell

Transgender teen crowned Homecoming Queen at Calif. high school

Saturday, September 21, 2013
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- A transgender student made history Friday night when she was elected crowned homecoming queen at an Orange County, Calif. high school. [ Read more → ]
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