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Autopsy reveals no clues into suspicious death of transgender woman

| Sunday, June 22, 2014
Zoraida Reyes
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Police are no closer to determining the cause of death of a transgender woman whose body was found June 12 behind a Dairy Queen restaurant in Anaheim, Calif. An autopsy did not reveal any obvious fatal injuries that would have led to the death of Zoraida Reyes, a 28-year-old transgender immigrant rights activist...

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GOP-led N.Y. Senate blocks reparative therapy ban, transgender protections

| Sunday, June 22, 2014
New York state capitol in Albany.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York state Senate adjourned Friday without calling a vote on two LGBT-related bills passed by the Assembly -- one that would ban reparative therapy for minors, and another that would have added gender identity to the state's non-discrimination laws.

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First transgender priest to preach at National Cathedral

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
Cameron Partridge
WASHINGTON -- An openly transgender Episcopal priest is set to preach at Washington National Cathedral. The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, will be a guest preacher on Sunday. He'll be the first openly transgender priest to preach from Canterbury Pulpit at the cathedral.

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Without fanfare, Obama Administration advances transgender rights

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) fundraiser gala in Gotham Hall in New York on June 17, 2014.
SAN FRANCISCO -- President Barack Obama, who established his bona fides as a gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage, has steadily extended his administration's advocacy to the smallest and least accepted band of the LGBT rainbow: transgender Americans. With little of the fanfare or criticism that marked his evolution...

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Massachusetts to remove barriers to transgender related healthcare

| Friday, June 20, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)
BOSTON -- A range of gender identity treatments — including hormone therapy and gender-reassignment surgery — could soon be covered in both private insurance and in public programs for Massachusetts residents. [caption id="attachment_144308" align="alignright" width="450"] Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)[/caption] The Patrick administration said Friday that...

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New York state sued over lack of transgender Medicaid coverage

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
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NEW YORK -- A lawsuit filed Thursday against New York state seeks Medicaid coverage for transgender people seeking what they consider to be life-saving health treatments, including gender change procedures. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan against the state health commissioner, seeks class-action status on behalf of ...

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Miami Beach to offer transgender healthcare benefits for city workers

| Monday, June 16, 2014
Miami-Beach
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The City of Miami Beach will be the first municipality in Florida to offer transgender benefits to city employees. The city commission voted unanimously last week to offer the coverage, which takes effect in October.

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Maryland man sentenced for assaulting transgender woman in D.C. store

| Monday, June 16, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A man who pleaded guilty to pistol-whipping a transgender woman in a convenience store in Washington has been sentenced to 28 months in prison. Thirty-six-year-old Michael Phillips of Fairmount Heights, Maryland, was sentenced Monday in Superior Court in the District.

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Transgender candidate for Nev. state Assembly wins GOP primary

| Saturday, June 14, 2014
Lauren Scott
RENO, Nev. -- A transgender woman seeking a seat in the Nevada state Assembly won her Republican primary this week, and if elected in November, could become the nation’s first openly transgender state legislator. Lauren Scott, co-founder and executive director of Equality Nevada, won the GOP nomination to represent Nevada’s 30th District.

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SF Pride to honor Chelsea Manning, ban National Guard over transgender policy

| Saturday, June 14, 2014
Participants in San Francisco's 2013 pride parade celebrate Chelsea Manning, who was chosen as an honorary grand marshall last year, then suddenly drop amid controversy surrounding that decision.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Organizers of San Francisco have banned the National Guard from participating in this year's festival in response to the military's ban on openly transgender service members, and instead will celebrate a controversial transgender Army private who leaked military secrets as their honorary grand marshal.

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