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    Oregon, California regulators require transgender health coverage Associated Press SALEM, Ore. -
    Message 1 of 10 , Feb 18, 2013

      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 10 , Aug 18 6:17 PM

        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 10 , Sep 5, 2013

          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 10 , Jan 9, 2016

            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


          • Affirmation: United Methodists
            Probing The Complexities Of Transgender Mental Health http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/03/23/471265599/probing-the-co
            Message 5 of 10 , Apr 19, 2016

              Probing The Complexities Of Transgender Mental Health




              Facebook, Apple Not Fans of Transgender Law




              The Transgender Day of Remembrance each November recognizes the known killings of transgender people in the last year.  Keep an eye open for an event near you.

              Trans Woman Shot Dead on LA's Skid Row




              Delaware Prohibits Limits on Transgender Health Coverage




              NYPD: Transgender woman sexually assaulted at Stonewall Inn




              North Carolina's attorney general says he won't defend transgender law in court




              Man Who Repeatedly Punched Transgender Woman Pleads Guilty




              Wells Fargo NC Building Lights Up With Colors of Trans Flag




              Anti-Gay Hate Group Bullies NJ School District Over Trans Policy




              Activists Try to Calm Fears Over Transgender Bathroom Access




              SC Bill Would Bar Requiring Transgender Choice of Bathrooms




              Anti-Trans Restroom Bill Revived by Tennessee House Panel




              After Being Assaulted, Calif. Trans Teen Critically Injured in Hit-and-Run




              NYC Trans Man: Whole Foods Coworkers Called Me 'She, Her or It'




              Why is America so angry about transgender people going to the toilet?




              UNC President: Transgender Law Could Hurt Schools




              Parent Support May Help Transgender Children's Mental Health




              China Panel Hears First Transgender Discrimination Case




              Mich. Lawmaker Pushes Plan to Restrict Transgender Bathroom Use




              South Carolina Senators to Hold Hearing on Transgender Bill




              Transgender Bathroom Bill Delayed Amid Financial Questions




              Florida Teacher Suspended After Quizzing Students on Gender




              Bathroom Access for Transgender People Debated Across South




              Transgender Advocates Fear Bill's Fallout Even If It Dies




              Transgender Bathroom Bill Fails in Tennessee Legislature


            • Affirmation: United Methodists
              Because we re way behind, we re going to send out May articles, then work in June. After this we promise to try go get things out weekly. General Conference
              Message 6 of 10 , Jul 1, 2016

                Because we’re way behind, we’re going to send out May articles, then work in June.  After this we promise to try go get things out weekly.  General Conference took its toll.  Sigh…



                Education Secretary Calls for Repeal of 2 Transgender Laws

                by Jennifer C. Kerr and Christine Armario

                Associated Press

                Tuesday May 3, 2016




                Chicago: Students Can Access Bathrooms By 'Gender Identity'

                Associated Press

                Tuesday May 3, 2016




                Boston Traffic Reporter Comes Out as a Woman

                by Mark Pratt

                Associated Press

                Wednesday May 4, 2016




                Va. School Board Appeals Transgender Restroom Ruling

                Associated Press

                Wednesday May 4, 2016




                Target Faces Backlash on Stance on Transgender Bathrooms

                by Anne D'Innocenzio

                Associated Press

                Wednesday May 4, 2016




                Tech Company Settles Transgender Discrimination Complaint

                Associated Press

                Thursday May 5, 2016




                Illinois Families Sue Over Transgender Access to Locker Room

                by Michael Tarm

                Associated Press

                Thursday May 5, 2016




                Alabama City's Leaders Vote to Recall Bathroom Ordinance

                by Phillip Lucas

                Associated Press

                Thursday May 5, 2016




                Transgender Voices In North Carolina: Devastated By New Law

                by Jonathan Drew

                Associated Press

                Saturday May 7, 2016




                AG: NC Anti-LGBT Law is State-Sanctioned Discrimination

                Associated Press

                Monday May 9, 2016




                ACLU Sues Mississippi Over 'Religious Rights' Law

                by Emily Wagster Pettus

                Associated Press

                Monday May 9, 2016




                California Assembly Passes Gender-Neutral Restrooms Bill

                by Alison Noon

                Associated Press

                Tuesday May 10, 2016




                Fort Worth superintendent says he won’t resign; stands by ‘bathroom policy’

                May 10, 2016 10:47 AM




                Fort Worth school superintendent stands his ground against critics

                May 10, 2016 5:53 PM




                Texas Lt. Gov. Targets Fort Worth Schools Chief Over Transgender Guidelines

                May 10, 201612:08 PM ET




                Debate Over Transgender Bathroom Access Spreads Nationwide

                by David Crary

                Associated Press

                Tuesday May 10, 2016




                Lynch: NC Transgender Law Part of Civil Rights Struggle

                by Eric Tucker and Jonathan Drew

                Associated Press

                Tuesday May 10, 2016




                Debate Over Transgender Bathroom Access Spreads Nationwide

                by David Crary

                Associated Press

                Tuesday May 10, 2016




                Lynch: NC Transgender Law Part of Civil Rights Struggle

                by Eric Tucker and Jonathan Drew

                Associated Press

                Tuesday May 10, 2016




                Philippines Elects First Transgender Politician to Congress

                Associated Press

                Wednesday May 11, 2016




                What’s Behind the “Common Sense” Rhetoric of Bathroom Bill?

                By Stephanie Russell-Kraft May 12, 2016




                Mayor: North Carolina City Won't Back Down On LGBT Equality

                Associated Press

                Thursday May 12, 2016




                North Carolina's Transgender Law Creates Tangle of Lawsuits

                by Jonathan Drew

                Associated Press

                Thursday May 12, 2016




                Here's Exactly What The Administration Is Saying About Transgender Students

                May 13, 201610:54 AM ET




                White House Sends Schools Guidance On Transgender Access To Bathrooms

                May 13, 20165:02 AM ET




                California Catholic School Lets Transgender Teacher Keep Job

                Associated Press

                Friday May 13, 2016




                Official: Texas Will Forego Federal Funds Over LGBT Policy

                by Paul J. Weber

                Associated Press

                Friday May 13, 2016




                National Center for Lesbian Rights Applauds Federal Guidance on Trans Students

                Friday May 13, 2016




                Kansas to Toughen Rules on Transgender Birth Certificates

                by John Hanna

                Associated Press

                Friday May 13, 2016




                ACLU Sues School District Over Transgender Bathroom Policy

                Associated Press

                Friday May 13, 2016




                US Gives Directive to Schools on Transgender Bathroom Access

                by Eric Tucker

                Associated Press

                Friday May 13, 2016




                Massachusetts Senate Approves Transgender Rights Bill

                by Steve LeBlanc

                Associated Press

                Friday May 13, 2016




                Protecting kids from bullies is reason given for Fort Worth transgender rules

                May 13, 2016 12:00 PM




                We’ve fought about who should be allowed in public restrooms before — by race

                May 13, 2016 9:49 AM




                States dig in against directive on transgender bathroom use

                By JONATHAN DREW and PAUL J. WEBER

                May 13, 2016 9:19 PM EDT




                ‘Straight into the paper shredder:’ Texans the first to decry Obama’s schools directive about transgender bathrooms

                May 13




                Here's Exactly What The Administration Is Saying About Transgender Students

                May 13, 201610:54 AM ET




                Why Conservative Evangelicals Won’t Let Us Pee in Peace

                By Daniel Schultz May 13, 2016




                Schools Offer Lessons on Accommodating Transgender Students

                by Lisa Leff

                Associated Press

                Saturday May 14, 2016




                Reaction to President Obama's Transgender Directive

                by Bruce Schreiner and Pat Eaton-Robb

                Associated Press

                Saturday May 14, 2016




                New Jersey's Anti-Discrimination Law Is 'Just A Tool' To Protect Gender Identity

                May 16, 20166:12 PM ET




                “Excruciatingly Different” Mississippi Religious Lib Law Specifies Beliefs

                By Stephanie Russell-Kraft May 16, 2016




                ACLU: Don't Enforce Transgender Bathroom Bill

                Associated Press

                Monday May 16, 2016




                Mom Sues School District to Stop Transgender Bathroom Use

                Associated Press

                Tuesday May 17, 2016




                Group Says Walmart's Silence on Trans Bathrooms Gives Bigotry a Free Pass

                Tuesday May 17, 2016




                Canada Introduces Bill to Protect Transgender Canadians

                by Rob Gillies

                Associated Press

                Tuesday May 17, 2016




                Miss. Governor Applauds Transgender Bathroom Reversal

                Associated Press

                Wednesday May 18, 2016




                Mississippi School Chief Shelves Transgender Bathroom Policy

                by Jeff Amy

                Associated Press

                Wednesday May 18, 2016




                Transgender 'Milestones' Took Decades; More Lawsuits Likely

                by Jessica Gresko

                Associated Press

                Wednesday May 18, 2016




                Transgender Bathroom Choice Nothing New for Seattle Schools

                by Walker Orenstein

                Associated Press

                Wednesday May 18, 2016




                Georgia Governor Blasts Transgender Student Order

                by Kathleen Foody

                Associated Press

                Wednesday May 18, 2016




                Will “Do No Harm Act” Do Any Good in Religious Lib Battle?

                By Stephanie Russell-Kraft May 19, 2016




                Mississippi Superintendent Backtracks on Transgender Policy

                by Jeff Amy

                Associated Press

                Thursday May 19, 2016




                Do the Arguments Against Bathroom Equality Hold Water?

                By Patricia Miller May 20, 2016




                ACLU Seeks Federal Intervention on Tennessee Restroom Rule

                Associated Press

                Friday May 20, 2016




                Yale's Gender Neutral Bathrooms Part of Changing Climate

                by Pat Eaton-Robb

                Associated Press

                Saturday May 21, 2016




                Superintendent: No Need to Obey Transgender Student Policy

                by Kathleen Foody

                Associated Press

                Saturday May 21, 2016




                22 Complaints Filed Under Utah's New LGBT Discrimination Law

                by Michelle L. Price

                Associated Press

                Monday May 23, 2016




                Nearly A Dozen States Sue U.S. Government Over Transgender Policies

                May 25, 20163:03 PM ET


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