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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
New-York
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
hate-crimes
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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N.Y. state assembly passes gender expression non-discrimination act, again

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
New York state capitol in Albany
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York State Assembly on Tuesday again approved the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. It is the seventh time the measure has passed in the Assembly, but has never come to a vote on the floor of the State Senate.

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AMA advises surgery should not be a requirement for birth certificate changes

Monday, June 9, 2014
AMA
CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association on Monday said transgender people should be able to switch the sex designation on their birth certificates without having sex-change surgery. Most states make the operations a prerequisite, but a new AMA policy acknowledges that gender identity doesn't always match a person's birth anatomy.

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Transgender woman held captive two years, claims she was kept as sex slave

Sunday, June 8, 2014
human_trafficking
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana — Authorities say that a transgender woman was held as a slave in rural, northwestern Louisiana for two years in what local authorities describe as the most “severe and disturbing” case of human trafficking ever investigated in the area.

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