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Defense Department may delay new recruitment policy allowing transgender people to enter the military

WASHINGTON, D.C. — AP has reported that the Pentagon may delay implementation of the final piece of a policy put into place by the Obama administration that allows qualified transgender people to serve in the Armed Forces. While transgender service members serve openly today thanks to a change implemented last year under the previous administration, […]

New study shows transgender actors effective in teaching new doctors to provide respectful care

NEW YORK— By acting out scenarios commonly seen in the clinic, real-life transgender actors can help residents learn to provide more sensitive care to people with a different gender identity than the one they were assigned at birth. This is the main finding of a study published online June 15 in the Journal of Graduate […]

Chelsea Manning tells ABC News why she leaked secret military documents, fought for transgender rights behind bars

This morning on “Good Morning America,” ABC News “Nightline” co-anchor Juju Chang presented the first look of her exclusive TV interview with Chelsea Manning. Chelsea opened up about why she leaked secret military documents, fought for transgender rights behind bars. Manning’s incarceration was longer than any whistleblower in U.S. history. After releasing approximately 750,000 classified […]

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signs transgender equality bill into law

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gove. Kate Brown has signed into law House Bill (HB) 2673 — legislation that streamlines the process for transgender people to update their birth certificate. HB 2673 updates existing Oregon law to ensure that transgender Oregonians have access to a safer, more affordable and streamlined process for obtaining corrected birth certificates […]

Groundbreaking 7th Circuit ruling in favor of transgender student seeking access to correct bathroom

CHICAGO — The U.S. Court of Appeals for 7th Circuit in Chicago ruled today that a transgender high school student in Wisconsin has both a constitutional and statutory right to use the bathroom that aligns with his gender identity. The ruling is the first of its kind and could lead the way to protecting all […]

SeniorAdvice.com explores the challenges of the aging transgender community

AUSTIN, Texas– SeniorAdvice.com, one of the nation’s top senior housing referral services, has released an article on the challenges and progress of the aging transgender community.  The company recognizes that the LGBT senior community is a very important part of the American population, and that the struggle for acceptance and safety among the transgender community […]

Today: HRC and NEA sponsor national day of reading of ‘I Am Jazz’ in support of transgender youth

WASHINGTON — Today, thousands of parents, educators and allies across the nation will stand in solidarity with transgender students by hosting school and community readings of I Am Jazz, a children’s book by transgender teen trailblazer Jazz Jennings. Following a year of unprecedented attacks on the rights and dignity of transgender young people — including […]

New bill aims to block transgender Texans from participating in school athletics

The Texas House Committee on Public Education is considering a bill, already passed by the State Senate, which could be used to ban transgender students on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) from athletic participation by allowing the University Interscholastic League (UIL) to label their medical treatment as steroid use. Currently, the UIL already bars the use of steroids but protects students […]

Lambda Legal: Sessions’ newfound sympathy for transgender people is a cynical ploy

NEW YORK— Monday, Joshua Vallum was sentenced to 49 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend, Mercedes Williamson, who was transgender. His sentencing marked the first application of the federal hate crimes law for the murder of a transgender person and, following the news, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the tragedy in […]

National leaders, groups file briefs at Fourth Circuit supporting Gavin Grimm and transgender rights

WASHINGTON — Individuals and institutions from across the country today filed friend-of-court briefs in support of Gavin Grimm, an 18-year-old Virginia high school student who is challenging his school board’s refusal to allow him access to the boys’ restroom because he is transgender. The briefs in the case, which is currently being considered by the […]

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