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Trump-Pence administration refuses to sign statement in support of marriage equality and transgender rights

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Trump-Pence administration has refused to sign a statement in support of an Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ ruling on marriage equality and transgender rights. Earlier this month, the court issued an opinion that Costa Rica is in violation of its treaty obligations under the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR) by not providing […]

One year on ICE prison for transgender immigrants in Texas remains closed

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — VICE News has learned that a year-old detention center for undocumented immigrants in Dallas, Texas never opened its unit for transgender people detained by ICE. Prairieland Detention Center had plans to feature a protected, 36-bed pod exclusively for transgender detainees to keep those individuals safe from violence and abuse. ICE spokesman Carl […]

Changes implemented in the way transgender offenders are accommodated in Canada’s federal prison system

OTTAWA — An important collaboration spanning several years between the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC), and Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) has resulted in changes to the way transgender offenders are accommodated in Canada’s federal prison system. These changes come in the wake of Parliament’s recent change to the Canadian […]

New data released on attitudes toward transgender people

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the global research firm IPSOS released the results of a 23 country survey, including the US, on attitudes toward transgender people. The data was collected online between October 24th and November 7th, 2017 and included the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, […]

New report reveals how Americans differ on participation of male, female transgender students in team sports

WASHINGTON — Despite concerns over player safety, player protests, and declining ratings, PRRI’s annual survey of sports and society finds that football remains Americans’ favorite sport to watch. The survey also examines Americans’ attitudes towards athletics issues from youth sports to professional leagues, including participation of transgender athletes in high school sports. Nearly four in […]

Filming begins for ‘Relish,’ an authentic motion picture exploring transgender teen struggles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. —Filming began Jan. 18 on Relish, a ground-breaking motion picture backed by veteran producers, directors and authentic actors that will spotlight the struggles of today’s transgender teens. Relish is written and directed by the acclaimed Justin Ward, whose motion picture The Meanest Man in Texas garnered 13 official film festival selections, 30 […]

Laverne Cox becomes Cosmopolitan’s first transgender cover girl

Laverne Cox has made history as the first transgender woman ever to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan, appearing on Cosmopolitan South Africa’s February issue in a sheer black leotard. Revealing the cover on her Instagram and Twitter, Cox wrote: “I am so honored and proud to cover the February issue of @cosmopolitansa.” The issue is […]

Trump administration openly promotes healthcare discrimination toward transgender patients

The Trump administration has created a new Health and Human Services Office for Human Rights department for the sole purpose of shielding healthcare workers who refuse to treat transgender patients, LGBTQ people, those living with HIV and AIDS, or those in need of abortion services in cases where they claim moral or religious objections to doing […]

Department of Education dismisses complaints from transgender students

The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights has determined it does not have jurisdiction over responding to discrimination on the basis of gender identity. This approach has led the office to dismiss multiple complaints by transgender students. The department’s Office for Civil Rights has told at least three transgender students that it is no […]

Rally to support open service for transgender military, fed employees, Jan. 14

SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Organizers of a Jan. 14 Rally for Transgender Open Service are looking to spread the word – and the rally – across the nation to show support for transgender service members after landmark court rulings allowed them to begin enlisting Jan. 1. Department of Defense Federal GLOBE, FEDQ, and the North County LGBTQ […]

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