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    Oregon, California regulators require transgender health coverage Associated Press SALEM, Ore. -
    Message 1 of 8 , Feb 18 2:05 PM
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      Oregon, California regulators require transgender health coverage

      Associated Press


      SALEM, Ore. — Regulators in Oregon and California have quietly directed some health insurance companies to stop denying coverage for transgender patients because of their gender identity.





      Brown University to Cover Sexual Reassignment


      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Monday Feb 11, 2013


      The Brown Daily Herald, Brown University’s student newspaper, has announced that the college’s new health insurance plan will cover "14 different sexual reassignment surgery procedures starting in August."


      Brown University Director of Insurance and Purchasing Services Jeanne Herbert confirmed the health plan change in an email to the newspaper. "We identified this as an important benefit for students to have access to," Hebert wrote.





      Terrence Higgins Trust launches extensive online trans health service

      by Amy Ashenden
      12 February 2013, 5:09pm


      UK HIV and sexual health charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), announces its launch of a new health and wellbeing advice service for transgender people.





      Mass. Department of Education issues rules in support of transgender pupils

      Associated Press


      BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Education on Friday issued directives for handling transgender students, including allowing them to use the bathrooms or play on the sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify.





      Trans MP Anna Grodzka says homophobia and transphobia means people are leaving Poland

      by Dom Sansalone
      18 February 2013, 12:48pm


      Anna Grodzka, Europe’s first transgender MP spoke out about poverty and social exclusion in the LGBT community on Sunday at the National Lesbian and Gay Federation Conference in Dublin.




    • Affirmation: United Methodists
      UK: National Transgender Memorial vandalised by Scott Roberts 7
      Message 2 of 8 , Aug 18, 2013
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        UK: National Transgender Memorial vandalised

        by Scott Roberts
        7 August 2013, 2:14pm


        A memorial to remember victims of transphobic hate crime has been vandalised in Manchester.




        Turkish Government urged to protect transgender women from murder

        by Scott Roberts
        6 August 2013, 7:07pm


        The Greek Transgender Support Association (GTSA) has condemned a series of violent attacks and murders against transgender women in Turkey and has called on the Turkish Government to respond.




        California Governor Signs Transgender-Student Bill

        by Tom Verdin

        Associated Press

        Monday Aug 12, 2013


        SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California on Monday became the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender K-12 students in state law, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want.




        Transgender students to be granted more rights in California

        by Daniel Carter
        13 August 2013, 1:41pm


        Legislation passed in California will grant sweeping new rights to transgender students attending public schools in the state.



      • Affirmation: United Methodists
        Germany: Birth certificates to gain third gender option by Corinne Pinfold 18
        Message 3 of 8 , Sep 5, 2013
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          Germany: Birth certificates to gain third gender option

          by Corinne Pinfold
          18 August 2013, 11:34am

          From November this year, Germany will become the first country in Europe to introduce a third option for assigning gender on birth certificates, giving parents the choice to leave the child’s gender indeterminate.




          German Law Change to Brings Recognition to a Third Sex

          by Sergio N. Candido

          South Florida Gay News

          Wednesday Aug 21, 2013


          Germany is about to join the small list of countries who legally recognize intersex people.

          According to The Local, a ruling from the Federal Constitutional Court will come into effect this November, which will allow intersex people to decide their own sex when they decide to do so.




          August 20, 2013 7:00AM

          The Religious Right's New Target: Transgender People

          Post by Candace Chellew-Hodge


          One of the most frustrating, and often infuriating things about religious conservatives is their stubborn penchant for dividing the world into either/or categories. People are either straight or gay, white or black, male or female, religious or atheist. And of course if you're on the right side of the dichotomy, you're on the right side of God. Anyone else is at best inferior and at worst, a sinner damned to hell.



        • Affirmation: United Methodists
          Well, we have no explanation for it. Life got complicated, and we ve let some of the news pile up for a bit. Inspirational mother explains challenges of
          Message 4 of 8 , Jan 9
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            Well, we have no explanation for it.  Life got complicated, and we’ve let some of the news pile up for a bit.



            Inspirational mother explains challenges of raising a trans child



            Nancy Pelosi warns about ‘heartbreaking’ spike in transgender murders




            Attorneys for Transgender Student Ask for New Judge

            by Larry O'Dell

            Associated Press

            Wednesday Oct 21, 2015




            Stonewall sets up trans advisory board to guide transgender campaign work




            Beautiful children’s book about a trans teddy takes world by storm

            The new children’s book which explores issues faced by transgender people has garnered international praise. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/10/28/beautiful-childrens-book-about-a-trans-teddy-takes-world-by-storm/



            Obama administration backs transgender boy’s right to use men’s bathroom

            The Obama administration has spoken out in favour of a trans boy in Virginia – after he was banned from using male toilets. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/10/30/obama-administration-backs-transgender-boys-right-to-use-mens-bathroom/



            US: School district violated transgender student's rights

            By HERBERT G. McCANN

            Nov. 2, 2015 10:45 PM EST

            CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education said Monday that a suburban Chicago school district is violating the rights of a transgender student by refusing to allow her the unrestricted use of a girls' locker room.




            For transgender community, Argentine girl sign of hope

            By PETER PRENGAMAN

            Nov. 4, 2015 1:50 PM EST

            MERLO, Argentina (AP) — Luana grabs her sparkly blue dress with one hand and spins, using her other hand as a guide while a strand of tulle floats around her body.




            Reform Jews Approve Far-Reaching Transgender Resolution

            The largest movement of Judaism in the U.S. passed the most far-reaching resolution in support of transgender rights of any major religious organization, saying Thursday that it's a continuation of a tradition of inclusion in the Reform Jewish movement. http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/?188408



            US: School District Violated Transgender Student's Rights

            The U.S. Department of Education said Monday that a suburban Chicago school district is violating the rights of a transgender student by refusing to allow her the unrestricted use of a girls' locker room.




            Transgender woman in Zambia convicted of sodomy

            A report indicates that a transgender woman in Zambia faces 15 years in prison after a judge found her guilty of sodomy.




            The Perfect "Trans-storm"

            Many people are familiar with the term, "the perfect storm" that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will impact a situation drastically. I truly believe we are now in "a perfect storm" for the fight for equality including workplace and health benefits for transgender people. Many positive recent happenings have now all aligned so that there is a tremendous focus on understanding and appreciating this misunderstood and often maligned segment of our population.




            Comments on Lily Allen’s post about Trans Awareness Week show exactly why we need it

            To mark Transgender Awareness Week, Lily Allen posted a meme to her Facebook page.

            The post reads “gender is up here”, pointing to a brain, “not down there”, pointing to some underpants.

            However the post attracted a number a transphobic comments.




            First clinic for transgender veterans opens

            The Department for Veterans Affairs has opened a clinic for transgender veterans, a first for the US. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/11/13/first-clinic-for-transgender-veterans-opens/



            Transgender Driver Lawsuit to Move Forward in Michigan




            NCTE Lauds HUD's Proposed Rule to Protect Transgender People in Shelters

            The Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed an important rule requiring shelters to treat transgender people according to their gender identity in emergency shelters.




            Ind. College to Rebrand 14 Campus Restrooms as 'All Gender'

            Associated Press

            Thursday Nov 19, 2015

            Officials at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have announced a plan to re-label 14 restrooms across campus as "All Gender."




            House Equality Caucus Holds Landmark Congressional Forum on Trans Violence

            Wednesday Nov 18, 2015

            The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus hosted a landmark forum addressing issues of violence against the transgender community. The forum was held on November 17 at 2 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building. Members of Congress heard testimony from survivors of violence, community organizers, advocates and policy experts.




            Homicides of Transgender Women in US Reach Alarming High

            by David Crary

            Associated Press

            Sunday Nov 22, 2015

            For a few transgender Americans, this has been a year of glamour and fame. For many others, 2015 has been fraught with danger, violence and mourning.




            Transgender Driver Lawsuit to Move Forward in Michigan

            Associated Press

            Saturday Nov 21, 2015

            A judge has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of transgender people against Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.




            Detroit Responds to Killing of Transgender Women

            Friday Nov 20, 2015




            Transgender Insurance Exclusions Lifted in Maryland

            by John Riley

            Metro Weekly

            Saturday Nov 28, 2015

            The majority of Maryland's transgender residents will be able to have medically necessary health care treatments covered by insurance, following a groundbreaking announcement by FreeState Legal.




            Trans Victims Recalled at Day of Remembrance

            by Cynthia Laird

            Bay Area Reporter

            Saturday Nov 28, 2015

            A somber remembrance of transgender people who have been killed in the last year included some closure for one three-year old Oakland case as police announced that it had been solved.




            Trans Employees Open Up About Workplace Issues

            by Sari Staver

            Bay Area Reporter

            Saturday Nov 28, 2015

            Accomplished opera singer Breanna Sinclaire, recently honored by Out magazine as one of the top 100 LGBT advocates of the year, still worries when she applies for a job or meets new co-workers.




            Wisc. School Bullied By Hate Group Into Cancelling Reading of Book About Trans Kid

            Associated Press

            Sunday Nov 29, 2015

            MOUNT HOREB, Wis. -- A southern Wisconsin elementary school cancelled a planned reading of a children's book about a transgender girl after a group threatened to sue.




            Asia’s first trans health and support centre opens in Bangkok

            The centre will be dedicated to providing help, support and health treatment for the city’s trans community.




            Religious Colleges Seek Waivers on Transgender Students

            by Lisa Leff

            Associated Press

            Friday Dec 18, 2015

            SAN FRANCISCO -- Nearly three dozen religious colleges and universities in 20 U.S. states have received federal waivers allowing them not to accommodate transgender students in admissions, housing and other areas of campus life, according to a report by the nation's largest LGBT rights group and documents obtained by The Associated Press.




            Transgender Rights Group Sues State Over Care Limitation

            by Kyle Potter and Brian Bakst

            Associated Press

            Friday Dec 18, 2015

            A Minnesota gay rights advocacy group and a transgender man are seeking to overturn the state's bar on public health programs covering gender reassignment procedures in a lawsuit filed Thursday, arguing that ban treats transgender men and women as inferior.




            Fraught Trans Process Exposed

            by Jason Hanasik

            Bay Area Reporter

            Sunday Dec 20, 2015

            Sweat is pooling beneath Eliot Daughtry's freshly-pressed white shirt, cerulean tie and khaki vest as he walks up and down Franklin Street in Oakland. It's 86 degrees and his jeans are beginning to stick. As the shutter from a camera releases, his furrowed brow softens and he grins. Click.




            New York city government issues strong warning against transphobia

            Transgender people have had some legal protection in New York since 2002 but the guidelines further clarify what qualifies as discrimination under ‘The New York City Human Rights Law’ and contains examples of transphobic discrimination that violates the law.




            Transgender Man in Ecuador Makes History With Pregnancy

            by Jacobo Garcia

            Associated Press

            Thursday Dec 24, 2015

            A couple in Ecuador is making history with a unique pregnancy: The father-to-be is carrying the baby of his transgender partner.




            Eddie Redmayne: Reading 'Danish Girl' Script Was Like Getting 'Sucker-Punched'

            Updated December 28, 20151:51 PM ET Published December 24, 20154:16 PM ET

            Actor Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar last year for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Now he's been nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in another biopic, The Danish Girl. The film tells the story of transgender woman Lili Elbe, one of the first people known to have had gender reassignment surgery.




            New VA Clinic Opens For Transgender Vets

            Updated December 29, 20158:17 PM ET Published December 29, 20154:07 PM ET

            A Veterans Affairs hospital in Tucson, Ariz., is expanding treatment to a previously underserved faction of the armed services: transgender veterans.




            The Year in Transgender Health

            by Winnie McCroy

            EDGE Editor

            Wednesday Dec 30, 2015

            From the high-profile but ultimately disappointing transition of Caitlyn Jenner to the excellent media representations of the transgender community by Laverne Cox, Janet Mock and their peers, to the everyday struggle of transgender folks in our own communities, it's been a very visible year for the transgender struggle.




            State Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills Threaten Transgender Health

            Tuesday Jan 5, 2016


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