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sexta-feira, maio 27, 2016

Transsexual people are frequently victims of aggression and discrimination
The process of gender reassignment in transsexual individuals is complex. A new study analyses the characteristics of this collective as well as the psychological adjustment they must undergo during the process. Of the sample studied, 81.75% suffered from some type of physical aggression during their lifetime, 31.16% perceived discrimination in the workplace and 22.84% attempted suicide at least once.

'I don't sound like Barry White' Bank locks transgender woman's account over 'man' voice
A bank has been forced to apologise after it blocked the account of a transgender customer - because she "sounded like a man".

Mesdames et Messieurs les parlementaires, respectez les droits des personnes transgenres
Imaginez-vous, que votre genre social soit différent de celui apparaissant sur vos documents d'identité, vous subiriez des discriminations à l'embauche, ou pour trouver un logement. Vous refuseriez de vous soigner (votre carte vitale affichant votre prénom de naissance), de peur d'humiliations dans les salles d'attentes, ne voteriez plus, et redouteriez d'aller chercher un recommandé à la poste, ou de même payer par chèque. Bref, tous ces actes du quotidien, qui, pour tant de monde s'effectuent sans problème, deviennent calvaire et renoncement pour beaucoup de personnes transgenres.
France debates gender recognition law

Denmark losing patience with WHO, will depathologise trans identities
On this International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) [1], with a special focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing, Transgender Europe positively welcomes news from Denmark which aims to depathologise trans people within the country. Last Wednesday the Danish Health Minister asserted that Denmark would depathologise trans identities in the country if the WHO did not complete its revision process and change the International Classification of Diseases, the ICD, by October. [2] A large majority in the Danish parliament supports this proposal, which is up for vote on May 31.

Alesha TransAction Alliance Activist Murdered Janaza and Protests Planned
Alesha, TransAction Alliance Provincial coordinator of the Peshawar District, Pakistan, died this morning. Alesha was shot eight times yesterday and quickly brought to the hospital by friends, but the doctors refused to treat her. They said that they wouldn’t admit her to the ER and told her friends that they had no beds in the hospital for a transgender person.

Valve Faces Transgender Discrimination Lawsuit
The video game company Valve is facing a potential lawsuit for $3 million following a former employee alleging that they were discriminated against due to their transgender status.
Valve is one of the biggest names in the video game industry and is responsible for hits such as Half-Life, Team Fortress, Counter Strike and Portal as well as the digital distribution platform Steam.

New penis Recipient Looks Forward to Being a 'Complete' Man
The recipient of the nation's first penis transplant says he is looking forward to walking out of the hospital a "complete" man.

Chelsea Manning Appeals Her Conviction in WikiLeaks Case
National security leaker Chelsea Manning is appealing her 2013 court-martial conviction for sending classified material to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks while serving as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq.

Senior Vatican Cardinal warns ‘demonic’ transgender rights are causing the ‘death of God’
A senior Catholic cardinal has rallied against LGBT rights in a Washington DC prayer breakfast, telling lawmakers that trans people are “demonic” and gay unions are a danger to society.

House introduces bill to modify federal RFRA to prevent LGBT discrimination
Sponsors claim 1993 law has been distorted to justify unfair treatment under the guise of religious freedom

House GOP Refuses To Budge On Anti-LGBT Amendment In Defense Budget Bill
Republican leaders in Congress have quashed a bipartisan attempt to remove the so-called Russell Amendment — a sweeping “religious liberty” provision that would allow federal contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees — from this year’s National Defense Authorization Act.

Rep. Luke Messer files legislation to block Obama rule on transgender bathrooms
Rep. Luke Messer introduced legislation Wednesday to block the Obama’s administration’s new guidelines that call on schools to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the gender they identify with.

‘Right To Privacy’ Looks Very Different For Conservatives Who Defend Anti-Trans Bathroom Laws
Students and parents opposing transgender rights say the Constitution protects them from government intrusion.

Supreme Court’s refusal to hear student debt collection case is good news for transgender students
Legal precedent that was being challenged was the foundation for pro-transgender circuit court ruling

Two Paragraphs That Should Convince Everyone That Transgender Discrimination Is Wrong
For years, various governmental agencies have argued that nondiscrimination protections based on “sex” should also protect transgender people from discrimination based on their gender identity. Last week’s guidance from the Obama administration regarding transgender students and patients and the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against North Carolina were the most significant embraces of that interpretation, but it has been widely decried by Republican leaders across the country.

Alabama Lawmaker Missed An Important Detail In His Plan To Discriminate Against Trans People
Alabama state Sen. Phil Williams (R) has proposed what he describes as a “backstop” if North Carolina’s anti-transgender law HB2 is struck down. He also claims his bill is not discriminatory to anyone, and the thing is, he might be right.

Man convicted of hate crime against transgender woman in Oak Park
A 23-year-old man was convicted of assaulting a transgender woman at an Oak Park market, Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Brian Morgan said in a statement Wednesday. The jury also found the offense to be a hate crime.

Michelle’s Case
She was supposed to be the first person to receive sex-reassignment surgery inside an American prison. The prison had other plans.

Guard Charged with Assault After Confronting Transgender Woman Using Women's Restroom, Police Say
D.C. Police have charged a security guard at a Giant grocery store with simple assault after a transgender woman said the guard forced her out of the women's restroom.

DC law protects transgender people’s choice of bathrooms
The ever-growing national discussion about the rights of transgender people and their use of public bathrooms has made its way to the nation’s capital.

Scott, Bondi remain mum on transgender student issue
Social conservatives, angered by the federal government's "guidance" that school districts should allow transgender students to use restrooms and other facilities of their choice, are pressuring Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi to push back against the initiative.

Transgender bathroom debate comes to Florida
Obama administration last week sent guidance to public schools on how to treat transgender students
Florida state Rep. Janet Adkins wants Attorney General Pam Bondi to weigh-in
LGBT rights advocates said Adkins’ request ‘reveals a lot of misinformation’
Transgender bathroom access debated at Clay school board meeting
Collier schools consider parting with federal funding over transgender directive

Mercedes Successful Becomes 12th Trans Person Killed in 2016
A 32-year-old black transgender woman in Florida has become the 12th known transgender person killed in the U.S. this year.

State school chief to ‘carefully consider’ transgender bathroom policy
Georgia’s superintendent of schools is taking a slow approach to issuing guidelines to schools on the controversial White House directive to allow transgender students to go to a bathroom or locker room of their choice.

Nursing facility doors slam shut for transgender Iowan
Nursing homes and rehab centers' failure to accept transgender people a national problem

Committee OKs transgender policy
School board will consider policy at meeting in June

Emanuel moves to ensure transgender access to public bathrooms
Mayor Rahm Emanuel moved Wednesday to close a loophole in Chicago’s Human Rights Ordinance that, he claimed, could “inadvertently” allow restaurants, hotels and other “public accommodations” to discriminate against transgender people.

Brownback slams Obama administration's orders on school bathrooms, transgender students
Kansas governor calls directive 'unprecedented example of executive overreach'

Transgender lawyer speaks out against new Kansas birth certificate policy
A new regulation by the Kansas Health Department will effectively make it impossible for transgender individuals to change the gender on their birth certificates.

Letcher County officials want to pass law opposing transgender people’s bathroom option
The Letcher County Fiscal Court is getting involved in the national debate over whether transgender citizens should be allowed to use bathroom facilities that match their gender identities.

La. Attorney General: Transgender mandate unlawful
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry issued a press release Wednesday saying he opposes the recent guidelines issued by the U.S. Justice Department regarding the treatment of transgender children in public schools.

Speaker predicts 'mass exodus' if Springfield schools embrace transgender bathroom rules
Outraged by a federal directive to public schools regarding transgender students, speaker Bob Mondy stood before the Springfield school board Tuesday evening and demanded an answer.

Harford prepares to accommodate transgender students, but not all are happy about
Transgender students may soon be accommodated in bathroom and locker room facilities in Harford County Public Schools, in accordance with a federal mandate, but some in the community appear to be uneasy, if not downright hostile, about the change.

State Board of Ed Hears Final Public Testimony on K-12 LGBT Guidelines
In a historic week with federal leadership on trans inclusion in schools, the State Board of Education held its final public meeting May 10 on the State Board of Education Draft Statement and Guidance on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for LGBT students in the Michigan K-12 public school system.

Dow Chemical, Other Companies Oppose Bathroom Legislation
As a response to much talked about legislation by state Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, that would require Michigan students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their assigned gender at birth, Dow Chemical Co. and other Michigan-based companies have come out in strong support of trans youth.

The Latest: Advocate says transgender students need support
The Latest on the Mississippi Department of Education reconsidering its stance on transgender accommodations (all times local):

Sens. Wicker, Cochran: Obama Transgender Directive Lacks the Force of Law
Below is a verbatim statement and a copy of the letter from Sen. Roger Wicker's (R-Miss.) press release:

After federal order, Billings school district reviewing bathroom policy for transgender students
As a directive from the Obama administration to allow transgender students to use a bathroom or locker room that aligns with their gender identity makes waves across the nation, School District 2 administrators said they haven’t received complaints from parents.
State organization challenges transgender bathrooms

North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Law’ Is Invigorating The Push For Criminal Justice Reform
Dolores Chandler had no idea that a standard flight to New Jersey from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport would quickly turn into a nightmare. But the trip went downhill the moment Chandler tried to get through security.
Seth Meyers does it again: This is the North Carolina explainer you need to watch now
Republicans rip Cooper for not doing 'his job' over HB2
Nation's Largest Latino Civil Rights Group Joins LGBTs in N.C. Boycott
Southern Christian Leadership Conference of NC stands behind Gov. McCrory on HB2
Charlotte Mayor on HB2 Backlash: 'I Did Not See This Coming'
Group of interfaith clergy calls for repealing House Bill 2

Transgender Woman Attacked, Beaten in Brooklyn: NYPD
'Next thing you know, I got my hair pulled and was just getting hit in multiple directions, fists at the same time,'

Transgender bathroom bills introduced in Oklahoma Legislature
Oklahoma schools would be required to grant religious accommodations to students who object to sharing restrooms or shower facilities with transgender students who were anatomically born a different sex under a bill introduced Thursday in the Oklahoma Legislature.

Allegation of transgender discrimination at former Horseshoe Casino
An alleged act of bias, caught on camera, inside a place where people press their luck.

Lower Merion Schools Pass Transgender Policy: Report
The Lower Merion School District became just the fourth school in Pennsylvania to pass a progressive policy for transgender students.

SC schools could officially buck transgender directive
Berkeley County schools would officially buck the Obama administration's directive that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice under local legislation approved in the Senate.

Haslam questions need for state action on transgender bathrooms
While some Tennessee lawmakers are calling for a special session or a lawsuit to challenge the Obama administration's stance on transgender restrooms, Governor Bill Haslam doesn't see the need.

Tenn. may sue over federal transgender bathroom rule
One day after sending a letter to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to express opposition to the federal government's directive on transgender bathrooms, Republican lawmakers began considering the idea of holding a special session over the controversial guidance and officially sent a letter to the state's attorney general asking him to take the issue to court.

Texas governor belittles Obama's fight for transgender rights
Gov. Greg Abbott is ratcheting up his rhetoric against Barack Obama in the national fight over which restroom should be used by transgender people, belittling the battle by comparing him unfavorably to another Democratic president.
Texas Leading Suit To Stop Obama Transgender School Policy

Group of parents against transgender directive ask for action from state leaders
A small group of parents gathered at the state Capitol prior to the special legislative session Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to act against the directive from President Barack Obama's administration telling schools to allow transgender students to use facilities that align with their gender identity.

Kept out: School discourages gay, transgender enrollment
Like many educational institutions, St. John’s Lutheran School in Baraboo uses federal tax dollars to pay for certain programs, such as free and reduced-price lunches for disadvantaged students.

W.Va. AG asks for clarification on transgender restrooms and school funding
West Virginia’s attorney general wants the federal government to clearly define one of its most controversial directives.

Hace tres años se acordó declarar a la capital del país libre de fobias sexodiversas Comunidad sexodiversa entregó ordenanza contra la discriminación por orientación sexual
La Cámara Municipal de Caracas lo debatirá en primera discusión; y posteriormente, en una segunda discusión se lo presentará al pueblo para que conozca de cerca la terminología y conceptos de esta propuesta que contiene inicialmente 20 artículos

Privan de libertad al actor Armando Cabrera por muerte de transexual
El Ministerio Público logró privativa de libertad para el actor Armando Cabrera (63), por su presunta responsabilidad en la muerte de Keiduin Alexander Suárez (27), hecho ocurrido el pasado sábado 14 de mayo en la avenida Pichincha con calle Tamanaco de la urbanización El Rosal, municipio Chacao del estado Miranda.
Dejan preso en el Rodeo III al actor Armando Cabrera por asesinato de trabajador sexual
Muere transexual herido de bala en el pecho por actor Armando Cabrera
Allegados de Armando Cabrera aseguran que el actor no mató a transexual
Actor Armando Cabrera: Soy inocente, no maté a nadie
Actor venezolano Armando Cabrera detenido por muerte de un transexual
Actor de Televen, Armando cabrera se declara inocente en homicido de transexual
Los nuevos detalles del caso de Armando Cabrera y la transexual
Actor Armando Cabrera se declaró inocente de homicidio a transexual
Asesinato de transexual cometido por actor Armando Cabrera podría ser pasional

Bolivia's lower house OKs bill legalizing change of sex, name by transsexuals
Bolivia's Chamber of Deputies on Thursday approved a bill that allows transsexuals to change their sex and name.

quarta-feira, maio 25, 2016

BE apresenta projecto de lei para permitir mudança de sexo aos 16 anos
Proposta elimina muitos dos requisitos “abusivos e atentatórios da dignidade humana” agora exigidos.
Há quem enfrente ilegalidades quando muda de sexo no Registo Civil

School principal concerned at boy’s transgender process
Boy’s father has completed transgender process and now goes under female name

Norway will let trans six-year-olds change their legal gender for the first time
Norway plans to liberalise its gender recognition system – allowing trans people to change their legal gender by filling out a simple form, and opening the process up to children.

Penang transgender committee un-Islamic, says Perkasa
The Penang government is “insensitive” to set up a transgender committee last Tuesday, said Malay rights group Perkasa.

Australia’s first peer-led trans and gender diverse health service launched
Equinox has been created to put trans and gender-diverse people back in the driver's seat.

[New Zealand]
Queenstown Rotary Club elects transgender president
A transgender woman is set to become the next president of a New Zealand Rotary club and says it's not the "fuddy duddy" organisation some think.

Transgender voices on Bill C-16 and the struggles that led to it
Liberals' new legislation aims to eliminate discrimination everywhere from workplace to health care system

Bible-toting mom marches through Target, screams in protest over transgender bathroom policy: ‘Are you gonna let the devil rape your children?’
Armed with a Bible and some of her 12 kids, a manic mom marched through a Target store, wailing apocalyptic messages in protest over the chain’s transgender bathroom policy.

Dallas Pastor Calls Pro-LGBT Businesses a Bigger Threat Than ISIS
A Dallas pastor, incensed by the Obama administration's directive last Friday allowing transgender students access to bathrooms in public schools, is claiming pro-LGBT businesses, who put pressure on lawmakers to reject anti-LGBT legislation, are a bigger threat than ISIS.

Fox Doctor Keith Ablow: Being Transgender Is Like Saying You "Identify As Younger"
Texas Governor Greg Abbott says the president cannot rewrite our civil rights with his transgender mandate, and he vows to keep fighting. But does the White House have the power to force states to comply?

Wash. Post Columnist Peddles Widely Debunked Anti-LGBT “Bathroom Predator” Myth
Fox News contributor and Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen peddled the widely debunked myth that nondiscrimination protections for transgender people are “an open invitation to sex predators” in public restrooms.

‘Out-of-touch political correctness’: Senator takes aim at Obama’s transgender student policy
The Obama administration last week issued guidance to schools across the country, telling them to accommodate transgender students or risk losing federal dollars. Predictably, there has been backlash.

Trump: 'Protect Everybody' But Rescind Obama’s Trans Directive
The Donald says he finds transgender rights to be a "very interesting subject," but he does not support the Obama administration's federal transgender directive.
Donald Trump’s Incoherent Position On Transgender Protections

Why It’s ‘Transgender’ Not ‘Transgendered’
The word “transgender” has only recently come into widespread usage, largely as a result of the firestorm over state laws restricting which bathrooms transgender people should use. Assistant professor K.J. Rawson explains the word’s history, and tells Here & Now’s Robin Young why the proper use is “transgender,” not “transgendered” — because “transgender” is something you are, not something you do.

White House ‘strongly objects’ to anti-LGBT defense bill
Ahead of an expected vote in the U.S. House on major defense spending legislation, the White House is making clear it “strongly objects” to a provision in the bill that would undermine President Obama’s executive order against anti-LGBT workplace discrimination among federal contractors.

Group Says Walmart's Silence on Trans Bathrooms Gives Bigotry a Free Pass
Making Change at Walmart, the national campaign to change Walmart into a more responsible employer, and UFCW OUTreach, a constituency group dedicated to building mutual support between the The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)'s International, regions, and locals and the LGBT community, issued a joint statement regarding reports that a Connecticut woman says she was harassed in a Walmart bathroom by someone who mistook her as transgender.

Transgender 'milestones' took decades; more lawsuits likely
With two milestone developments in the federal government's policy on gender issues, last week was heady for transgender people and advocates.

What LGBT Activists Can Learn from Reproductive Rights Advocates
Our friends and allies in the reproductive rights movement have been here before and have a gold mine of advice on effectively fighting state-sponsored religious bigotry.

Ark. pastors debate transgender bathrooms
A heated and hostile meeting over the issue of transgender bathrooms happened on Tuesday.

Parent suing Duval schools over transgender bathroom use policy
A local mom is suing the Duval County school district over its policy that allows transgender students to use bathrooms based on their gender identity.

Deal calls Obama statement on transgender bathrooms 'federal overreach'
Gov. Nathan Deal is blasting the Obama Administration over a transgender bathroom directive, calling it a “federal overreach,” fueling controversy in Georgia schools.
Georgia Republicans to Deal, Olens: Block ‘harmful’ transgender bathroom rules
Nathan Deal leaves Georgia transgender bathroom rules up to school districts

Park district board in Highland Park set to adopt transgender policy
The Park District of Highland Park is poised to adopt a transgender policy that allows patrons to use the restrooms and changing facilities that align with their full-time gender identity.

Transgender student asks for change in Wichita ordinance
A transgender college student is asking the city of Wichita to change a 1990 ordinance on the use of public restrooms.

Kansas school board rebukes transgender bathroom directive
The Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday criticized the Obama administration's directive that public schools allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identities, not their sex at birth.

Boston Medical Center Launches First Comprehensive Transgender Medical Center In Northeast
Boston Medical Center CEO Kate Walsh was in a meeting a few years ago when something about gender identity and health came up. She turned to Dr. Joshua Safer, who was treating many of the hospital’s transgender patients.

Braeburn Pharmaceuticals Announces Decision to Continue with North Carolina Manufacturing Facility Plans
Braeburn Pharmaceuticals, developer of medications for opioid addiction and other chronic neurological diseases, will proceed with plans to develop a manufacturing and research facility in Durham County, North Carolina, despite the enactment of HB2, the controversial law that overturns local ordinances to prohibit discrimination against the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community. Braeburn's decision to move forward with its $19.9 million investment is expected to create at least 52 jobs in the area.
NC Lt. Gov: HB2 based on facts, not opinions, identity
Stenehjem doubts Obama's authority over transgender bathrooms

Nebraska schools are stuck on transgender issue
Lincoln Public Schools allow transgender students to use the restrooms of the gender of which they identify. This is in accordance with a letter sent out last week from the Obama Administration.

Students, parents in Medford protest Obama administration's transgender bathroom directive
It's been one week since the Obama administration issued a directive for public schools allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. But it's not exactly sitting well with a group of students and their parents at one Medford middle school.
Medford students hold counter-protest supporting transgender rights

Upper Dublin School Board approves policy permitting transgender students to use restrooms of choice
A policy permitting transgender students to use the restroom and locker room “that corresponds to the gender identity they consistently assert at school,” was approved by the Upper Dublin School Board May 9.

Haley, Wilson attack federal transgender directive
Transgender bathroom access should be determined on local and state level, Haley and Wilson say
“As I said when North Carolina passed its law, I don’t think we need that type of law here,” Haley said
SC filed a brief in a case before the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals “to reject the federal government’s legal authority in this area”

Knox County Schools officials: Federal directive on transgender bathrooms unlikely to have local effect
Policies at Knox County Schools are unlikely to change following a federal directive that allows transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity, district leaders said Tuesday.

Special session, lawsuit sought over transgender directive
One day after sending a letter to Gov. Bill Haslam to express opposition to the federal government's directive on transgender bathrooms, Republican lawmakers began considering the idea of holding a special session over the controversial guidance and officially sent a letter to the state's attorney general asking him to take the issue to court.

Paxton Seeks Clarification on Transgender Directive
Will public schools really lose federal education funding if they refuse to comply with a new Obama administration directive regarding transgender students?

Abbott: Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s invocation of Jim Crow in transgender bathroom debate “ignorant”
Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s comments comparing the fight for transgender rights to the Jim Crow era were “offensive” and “ignorant.”

Legislature to study impact of directive on transgender students; LDS Church weighs in
Leaders in the Utah Legislature voted Tuesday to study the local impacts of a recent directive from the White House telling schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.

Utah woman works to become first transgender Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate
A Utah woman is trying to become the first transgender nominee for U.S. Senate from a major party.

terça-feira, maio 24, 2016

Vem aí uma nova discussão sobre a Lei de Identidade de Género
O deputado José Soeiro aproveitou a participação no #debate19 para informar que o Bloco de Esquerda tinha entregue, nesse mesmo dia, na Assembleia da República um projecto de lei para alterar a lei de Identidade de Género, aprovada em 2011.

At Least 100 trans people have already been murdered worldwide in 2016
It's the highest number registered since 2008

European Union says US states are ‘breaking human rights treaty’ with anti-LGBT laws
The European Union has warned that North Carolina and Mississippi are violating a human rights treaty with anti-LGBT legislation.

Ladies only! Devastated transgender woman kicked out of toilets after complaints
A transgender woman who was kicked out of the ladies loos of a UK nightclub has spoken of her disgust at the complaints of fellow clubbers.

Giulia, la trans aggredita a Napoli:"Chiedo giustizia, lascerei subito la strada se qualcuno mi desse un lavoro decoroso"
Ventidua anni, è stata acoltellata in via Nuova Agnano. Il secondo caso in quindici giorni. Le prime a insultarla somo state le ragazze.

Transgender activist critically injured after being shot multiple times in Peshawar
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Trans Action Alliance coordinator has been critically injured after she was shot six times on Sunday night.
TransAction Alliance’s Ali Sha shot, hospital refuses to treat

Man Charged With Raping His Trans Step-Daughter
A man in Australia has been charged with rape and incest after Victoria County Court heard evidence that he sexually abused his transgender step-daughter over the course of thirteen years.

Six year old student wins right to wear pants to school
A grade one student from Melbourne has been granted the right to wear trousers to school after her mother launched an online petition when the school said no.

More transgender bathrooms pop up in Winnipeg
'I think it's important that everybody feels safe and welcome,' says owner of Oh Doughnuts

Justin Trudeau promises 'full protection' with transgender rights bill
Government bill being tabled Tuesday will follow two unsuccessful attempts to amend Human Rights Act

Ongoing human rights dispute calls into question collection of gender info with SIN numbers
The federal government is staring down the possibility of being ordered to stop collecting gender information on Canadians as part of their social insurance number record.

Toronto mayor commits city to transgender rights
The rainbow flag raising at Toronto city hall happened as the federal government tabled a bill to protect trans rights.

Transgender accommodation focus for Vancouver business
TransFocus Consulting has worked with public schools and the Vancouver Parks Board

Accused in UBC Pride flag burning pleads not guilty
This was an act of civil disobedience, says Brooklyn Marie Fink

For the first time ever, the Feds have introduced a trans rights bill
Fast-track motion fails, but government pledges a speedy passa
Some Conservatives now ready to support bill on transgender rights
Transgender protection finally has government muscle: Tim Harper
Locked door forces senator to answer questions on Canada’s transgender bill
Bill to protect transgender rights long overdue, Winnipeg advocate says

Charlie Lowthian-Rickert, transgender tween, says she wants 'justice and peace'
Legislation will 'improve our future so that we can live a more accepting, more joyful life'

Target CEO Speaks Out About Bathroom Backlash
The CEO of Target, Brian Cornell, has spoken out about the company's stand of transgender bathroom issues and the backlash they have received from Christian extremists.

Trans equality foes spying on bathrooms at Target; Fallout hits close to home
No one will disagree that fallout from Bathroom Bills impacts all trans people one way or another, no matter where they live — even if it’s in a relatively safer part of the country, such as here in the Pacific Northwest. This was underlined today by a bit of disturbing news that was shared on social media by a well-known local trans/LGBTQ advocate.

Demi Lovato Takes A Stand For Trans Rights At #BBMAS And It Is GLORIOUS (TWEET)
Musicians tend to be very left leaning. Unless they’re Ted Nugent, usually rock stars stand up for LGBT equality and other civil rights causes. That is just what superstar singer Demi Lovato did Sunday Night at the Billboard Music Awards.

Dead on arrival: Governors refuse to implement Obama’s transgender bathroom policy
Despite the power of the bully pulpit, and the pull of billions of dollars in federal education funding, leaders in at least a dozen states have said Barack Obama's guidance on transgender bathroom, shower, and locker room use is unconstitutional, with many saying the decree will not be implemented, come what may.

In freakout over trans rights, Franklin Graham asks followers: 'What are you willing to take a bullet for?'
Son of evangelist Billy Graham keeps ratcheting up anti-LGBTI rhetoric

The Angry, Confused, Bigoted Responses To Transgender Student Inclusion
On Friday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) told the country’s schools that they should be making sure transgender students have equal access to all educational opportunities, including using facilities that match their gender identities. If they don’t, they put themselves at risk of losing federal funding.

Obama on trans student guidance: ‘We’re talking about kids’
President Obama justified on Monday guidance from his administration assuring transgender students have access to school bathrooms by insisting the instructions are about protecting youth.
Obama Defends Transgender Directive for School Bathrooms

Allowing Open Transgender Military Service Would Pose Few Difficulties, Report Finds
Defense Secretary Ash Carter pledged last year to pursue changes but has yet to formally change policy
White House defends ongoing review of trans military ban

When a Birth Certificate Equals Bathroom Rights
A new lawsuit seeks to allow trans people the right to change their gender on birth certificates without expensive sex reassignment surgery—and could provide a way to fight back against HB2.

Family Rejection May More Than Triple Suicide Attempt Risk by Transgender Individuals
Family rejection increases the risk of two critical health outcomes that are common among transgender individuals–suicide attempts and substance misuse–according to a new study published in LGBT Health, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the LGBT Health website until June 16, 2016.

The Federal Government Quietly Expands Transgender Rights
In a new ruling Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services said Obamacare outlaws discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Alabama DA seeks to add hate crime charges against Josh Vallum for the murder of Mercedes Williamson
Although Alabama doesn’t recognize gender identity as a protected class, prosecutors are attempting to add hate crime charges to present to the grand jury this summer.

Gov. Ducey speaks out on transgender restroom policy
Gov. Doug Ducey scolded the White House on Monday, saying the president's directive on transgender restrooms is neither wanted nor needed in Arizona.

A transgender 9-year-old tells her story
The 9-year-old is growing up. She used to play with Barbies. Now she’s the class treasurer of her West L.A. elementary school. She plays girls volleyball, paints her nails and likes to challenge herself on Minecraft.
She’s also transgender.

Connecticut woman says she was harassed in Walmart bathroom after customer mistook her as transgender
Even cisgender people aren’t safe from the transphobic mania over bathrooms.

Transgender at 9: Tyler uses the boys’ bathroom. Why is that a big deal, he asks
Tyler is 9 years old, and he can’t fathom the transgender bathroom debate raging across the country.

Clay superintendent to fight Obama order on transgender bathrooms in schools
Charlie Van Zant Jr., Clay County superintendent, announced Monday that his school district will not follow the Obama administration’s directive to allow transgender students to use whatever bathroom they feel comfortable with.

Gwinnett schools will not comply with transgender bathroom directive
A Georgia lawmaker is calling on state attorneys general across the country to fight the Obama administration's directive on public school restrooms.

Branstad slams federal transgender "over-reach"
Gov. Terry Branstad criticized the Obama administration Monday for using a federal "over-reach" in threatening to withhold education funding to local schools that don't allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms aligning with their gender identity.

Evanston, Niles Township high schools respond to federal transgender bathroom directive
Niles Township High School District 219 does not automatically allow transgender students access to bathrooms and other gender segregated facilities that correspond with their gender, according to a district policy. The policy dictates that those decisions are made on a "case-by-case."

Reaction mixed to transgender bathroom guidelines
A new federal directive that ramps up protections for transgender students has the support of local schools and LGBT advocates but concerns some parents about dangers they say could come with the changes.

Kansas School Threatens to Expel LGBT+ Students
Trinity Academy, a private Christian school in Wichita Kansas, locked out NBC 3 reporters looking for clarification about its contradictory statement regarding their written policy of expelling LGBT students, as well as those who have LGBT family members, friends or allies.
Christian School In Kansas Threatens to Expel Students With LGBT+ Family Members

Kentucky woman says man beat her for looking too masculine — as people stood by and watched
A Paintsville, Kentucky woman said that she was attacked and brutally beaten on Thursday for looking too masculine.

Transgender punk rocker burns birth certificate at N.C. protest concert
As the sound of 430 people clapping in unison began to reverberate off the brick walls of the Motorco Music Hall in perfect metronome timing, Laura Jane Grace stepped out onto the stage with guitar in one hand and birth certificate in the other-a document that she would immediately set on fire.
Emails show North Carolina commerce officials responding to HB2 fallout
Loss of federal funds could eliminate 53,000 jobs, $2.4 billion in wages
Opponents of NC’s anti-trans bathroom law try clever new strategy
ACLU: Don't Enforce Transgender Bathroom Bill
Groups seek immediate halt to N Carolina transgender bathroom law
Another Anti-LGBT Law Rally Set After Dozens Arrested
Several arrests made at Moral Monday rally opposing HB2 in Raleigh

Ricketts urges schools to ignore federal transgender guidance
Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday suggested that Nebraska public school leaders should ignore an Obama administration directive urging them to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identities.

New Jersey's Anti-Discrimination Law Is 'Just A Tool' To Protect Gender Identity
Seventeen states have legal protections to prevent discrimination against transgender people in areas like housing and employment.

Police want these men for Brooklyn transgender attack
NYPD want these three men for questioning about their role in a Brooklyn transgender attack on May 13th.

Pre-Obama Directive, NYC Public Schools Embraced Transgender Rights
Mary Louise Kelley talks to Jared Fox, LGBT liaison for New York City's public schools. New York has had policies in place relating to transgender students for years.

Middle school students protest transgender bathroom mandate
A group of Hedrick Middle School students skipped class Monday to protest transgender bathrooms.
Medford students skip school to protest transgender bathroom directive

Pine-Richland bathroom policy for transgender students stands
Despite several hours of debate on Monday night, the Pine-Richland School Board passed on voting for a measure that, if approved, would have scrapped the district's practice of letting transgender students use bathrooms of the gender with which they identify.

Video: Transgender bathroom debate dominates candidates forum in Anderson
The debate over which bathrooms transgender people should be allowed to use dominated a South Carolina Senate candidates forum Monday night hosted by the Anderson County Republican Party.

Sumter Schools Writes Its Own Transgender Policy
The Sumter School District is working on a new transgender policy of its own, getting ahead of new U.S. Department of Education guidelines for public schools.

Tennessee governor criticizes Obama over transgender bill
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, who opposed a transgender bathroom bill in the Tennessee Legislature, is speaking out against a directive by President Barack Obama's administration that public schools must allow students to use facilities consistent with their gender identity.
27 Tennessee Senators Call For Haslam Action Opposing Obama Transgender Decree

WFISD Agrees to Not Adopt a Policy for Transgender Bathrooms
The WFISD Board of Trustees agreed tonight to continue with its current practice as-is and not adopt a policy for gender assignments in school bathrooms.
Organization forms to combat FWISD transgender bathroom policy

Parents ramp up attack on transgender rules in Fort Worth schools
Group calls for school district to repeal guidelines
Texas attorney general joins critics at news conference
Guidelines don’t say transgender students can access all bathrooms

Many local schools are unfazed by Obama’s transgender bathroom order, though one Utah County board is threatening action
Public school representatives along the Wasatch Front see little cause for concern after new nondiscrimination guidelines were released by the federal government last week.

Some WI Republican congressmen pushing back against Obama’s transgender restroom guidance
A Wisconsin congressman says transgender issues show that the country is in "moral decline." The Obama administration is telling public schools to let transgender students use the restroom they prefer, and some Wisconsin Republicans are pushing back.
GOP Congressman Cites 'M*A*S*H' Character In Opposing Transgender Rights

Diputados aprobaron ley sobre identidad de género
Son más cerca de 1.085 ciudadanos que exigen realizar este trámite. Hay requisitos para quienes opten por el trámite, con el fin de estar acordes a su orientación sexual
Gobierno promulga Ley N° 807 de Identidad de Género
Promulgan la Ley de Identidad de Género
Ley de Identidad de Género no aprueba matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo, aclara presidente del Senado boliviano
Senado sanciona Ley de Identidad de Género en medio de cuestionamientos de la Iglesia
Conferencia Episcopal rechaza la ley de identidad de género
Obispos rechazan proyecto de Ley de Identidad de Género
Bolivia aprueba una ley de identidad de género

sábado, maio 21, 2016

Lei de Identidade de Género poderá ser melhorada em breve
O Bloco de Esquerda quer rever a sua própria lei de 2011 sobre identidade de género.

France debates gender recognition law
The French National Assembly will debate this week a proposal that could introduce for the first time a gender recognition procedure in the country. The proposal foresees a self-declaratory juridical procedure. Accordingly, an individual could start a procedure before the prosecutor, if accompanied by one of the following forms of evidence:

Introducing Thailand’s Miss Tiffany Universe
Thailand’s trans community’s answer to the Miss Universe contest – Miss Tiffany Universe - took place on the weekend and a model turned fashion designer has come up trumps as the title holder.

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Agender president resigns, sets up new group
Lynda Whitehead has announced her resignation as President of Agender and has formed a new trans support and advocacy organisation.

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Primary school's unisex toilet for transgender six-year-old girl
To accommodate one pupil, an Auckland school has provided a unisex toilet for a transgender girl.

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Corrections deny trans prisoners are subject to assault
Corrections has responded to claims - made last Wednesday evening at the Equal Justice Project forum - that prisons are unsafe for trans prisoners.

Liberal bill seeks to safeguard Canadian transgender community
The Liberal government will introduce legislation this week to protect transgender Canadians against discrimination and violence, pushing the type of measure that is causing a political storm in the United States.

Anti-Bill 10 rallies in Calgary, Edmonton
Parents group rep says bill goes too far, fears 'children may be getting counselled'
Edmonton the scene of duelling protests over Alberta legislation protecting LGBTQ individuals
Protest groups clash over Bill 10 at Alberta legislature grounds
Albertans debate Bill 10 at twin rallies at the the Legislature

Vancouver transgender advocates ‘elated’ by federal bill banning discrimination based on gender identity, expression
Historic legislation is being tabled by the justice minister on Tuesday.

Anti-Trans Hoaxes On Fake News Websites Are Spiking — And Going Viral
Trans advocates worry the hoaxes, which increased after the passing of North Carolina’s HB2, could fuel anti-trans violence.

Gender Dysphoria Is Killing Transgender Teens. Why Aren’t We Talking About It?
A 2011 survey of 6,500 transgender people published by the National Center for Transgender Equality revealed that 41 percent of transgender individuals have attempted suicide at least once. Fifty percent of transgender youth will attempt suicide before their 20th birthday.

Obama Push for Schools to Allow Multi-Gendered Restrooms and Showers Strips Parental Authority and Local School Autonomy
Today, the Obama administration sent guidance to schools throughout the country directing school administrators to allow self-identified “transgender” students to use the restroom and changing rooms of the student’s choosing. This “significant guidance” claims to be adding no new “requirements to applicable law.” However, its description of Title XI requirements is clearly legally binding. The administration is attempting to pressure schools to adopt the administration’s poorly-supported interpretation of “sex discrimination” (banned under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972) to cover “gender identity” under threat they may withhold federal funds from states’ education programs.
Hate Group Head Blasts Obama Admin's Trans School Policy as 'Lawless'
TLDEF Applauds Obama Administration for Directing Schools to Allow Transgender Students to Use Appropriate Bathrooms
Feds Instruct Nation’s Schools To Respect Transgender Students
Big win! Federal gov issues historic guidance on transgender students
Trump, conservatives not on board with trans student guidance
White House defends school guidance for trans students
Online dictionary searches for ‘transgender’ spike more than 600 percent after Obama’s directive on school bathrooms
States Dig in Against Directive on Transgender Bathroom Use

Department of Education affirms critical protections for trans students
Today, we have won one of the biggest victories of the transgender community ever. The federal government has made it more clear than ever: discrimination against transgender students in education is illegal.

Donald Trump flip-flops on LGBT equality again as he claims to have ‘no opinion’ about trans rights
Donald Trump has changed his stance on LGBT rights yet again, hitting out at Barack Obama after the federal government advised schools not to discriminate against trans people.

A New Report Pulls Back the Curtain on Changing Room Bias Trans discrimination not limited to bathrooms
With so much media focus on North Carolina‘s anti-transgender bathroom law, LGBT advocates may be overlooking another public space that presents a distinct challenge to the hundreds of thousands of people nationwide trying to live authentically in their true gender. A new report reveals transgender women and all women of color frequently face discrimination when using retail changing rooms, compared to other women.

White House zings No. 2 Texas official over transgender bathrooms
The White House fired back at Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Friday, after he declared the state would not be "blackmailed" by Obama's directive demanding that public schools allow transgender students to use the private facilities corresponding with their gender identity.

New ACA rule bans anti-trans discrimination in health care! What does this mean for you?
Today, the federal department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights issued final regulations on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. The rule specifically bans discrimination in insurance coverage or the denial of health care on the basis of gender identity.
Obamacare Prohibits Providers From Denying Health Care to Trans People
Epic Week For Transgender Rights Expands With Health Care Protections
HHS Issues Regulations Banning Trans Health Care Discrimination

U.S. Congress urged to impeach President Obama over pro-transgender bathroom use policy
Conservative leaders have expressed outrage over U.S. President Barack Obama's directive to all public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker room consistent with their gender identity.

Schools Offer Lessons on Accommodating Transgender Students
From locker rooms and sex education classes to dress codes and overnight field trips, many U.S. public schools already are balancing the civil rights of transgender students with any concerns that classmates, parents and community members might have.

Anti-LGBT Extremist Stumped Over Which Bathroom a Transgender Person Should Use: WATCH
On Friday’s Hardball on MSNBC, host Chris Matthews stumped a guest from the anti-LGBT group Family Research Council about what bathroom transgender people should use.

Princeton Prof: Transgenderism Not Scientific, ‘Superstitious Belief’
A noted Princeton University professor has attacked the very notion of transgenderism, saying that the belief “that a woman can be trapped inside a man’s body” is ludicrous and superstitious, with no basis in medical fact.

When A Transgender Person Uses A Public Bathroom, Who Is At Risk?
One issue at the center of North Carolina's so-called bathroom bill controversy is safety, but who's at risk? Depends on whom you ask.

How A Poison Pill Worded As 'Sex' Gave Birth To Transgender Rights
The legal case over transgender rights hinges on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion and sex. But the word "sex" wasn't always going to be part of the bill. And "sex" which at the time, was meant to mean gender - was not on that list when the bill came to the House.

Obama seismic statement: transgender rights are civil rights
The Obama administration made several moves this week to cast transgender rights as a civil rights. They point to the president's own evolution on LGBT issues.

Military's slow transgender shift
Months before U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the Pentagon would take steps toward allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military, Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King last year became what she believes is the first openly transgender member of the infantry.
Pentagon chief: Trans military service ‘complicated’

These Are the Trans People Killed in 2016
Those We've Lost This Year

Arkansas governor tells schools to disregard LGBT directive
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is recommending public schools disregard an Obama administration directive that they must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas blasts Obama school transgender guidelines
Diane Douglas, the state's top education administrator, on Friday denounced the decision by President Barack Obama's administration to direct public school districts across the country to let students use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

California is ahead of transgender bathroom issue that's being debated across the U.S.
Transgender students across the country should have access to bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with the gender they identify with, regardless of their birth gender, the Obama administration said Friday.

Harsh Reaction From Focus On The Family On Transgender Bathroom Access
The Obama administration is directing public schools nationwide to allow transgender students to use restrooms matching their gender identity and the move is gaining harsh reaction from Focus on the Family.

Colorado lawmakers urge schools to ignore federal transgender directive
Palmer High School senior Doe Schall led the charge to get a gender-neutral bathroom on campus.

Mercedes Successful, Black Trans Woman, Becomes 11th Trans Person Murdered This Year In US
Halfway through May and again, we have to mourn another trans woman who’s been murdered and another trans woman who’s been misgendered in death. And again, it’s a Black trans woman who’s been murdered. This time it was 32-year-old Haines City, Florida native Mercedes Successful, who was found shot to death on Sunday in a parking lot. As usual, Cherno Biko and Monica Roberts were two of the first people to have details on this tragic case.

Rep. Blasts 'Cisgender Bigots' of North Carolina
In a sweeping takedown of bathroom bills, Rep. Alan Grayson has reportedly become the first to say the word 'cisgender' in the U.S. House of Representatives

School board won't obey feds; bathroom policy stays in place
A transgender bathroom ban will continue in Marion County schools, despite a warning from the Obama administration on Friday that school districts could face a lawsuit and lose federal funding if they do not allow transgender students to use the restroom of their gender identity.

Only on 3: Parents of local transgender student tell their story
As debate continues over whether or not transgender people should be allowed to use the bathroom they identify with, schools have come to the forefront of the issue.

Boise transgender teen applauds federal mandate: 'This is just such a victory'
For more than a year now, the Boise School District has allowed a teen to use the restroom in which she identifies with. Still, many transgender teens haven't been as lucky.

Idaho politicians criticize Obama’s transgender directive
Three of Idaho’s top elected politicians are blasting the Obama administration directive that public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

Local transgender women speak out against HB2
After a recent directive from the Obama Administration stating that public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, politicians from around the country, including right here in Idaho have blasted the decision.

8-year-old girl in choked unconscious in South Loop bathroom while mom in next stall, police say
A man is accused of choking an 8-year-old girl until she passed out in the bathroom of a restaurant in Chicago's South Loop.
Man who choked 8-year-old girl in women’s restroom stokes alarm over transgender access

Area schools working to comply with federal transgender guidelines
Years after East Aurora School District 131 faced national controversy when it approved and then rescinded a policy affecting transgender students, school board President Annette Johnson said the district has learned lessons on how to address the topic that has again come up in a directive from the White House.

Transgender student says she was rejected by school
The federal government is coming down hard on schools across the nation, giving new guidelines on how schools should have transgender students use bathrooms, locker rooms and spend overnight trips.

Topeka public schools support White House guidance on transgender bathrooms
The ‘bathroom law’ has not only been a debate nationwide, but also Kansas.
U.S. discrimination advisory conflicts with Kansas bills aimed at transgender students

32 Louisiana legislators push back on transgender bathroom access, protections
Thirty-two Louisiana legislators are questioning whether recent protections extended to the transgender community by Gov. John Bel Edwards and President Barack Obama are legal.

Minnesota leaders react to Obama’s transgender restroom ruling
The Obama administration weighed in Friday on which bathrooms transgender people are allowed to use — a heated debate that has stretched from Mississippi to North Carolina to Minnesota.

Parents, superintendent react to federal transgender bathroom decree
South Mississippi school leaders are trying to figure out how to deal with a federal order regarding restroom rights for transgender students. The Obama administration wants every public school in the country to let transgender students use bathrooms that match their chosen gender identity. While many Coast superintendents didn't want to discuss the guidelines, several parents were very vocal.

Mississippi Gov.: Schools "Should Not Participate" in Obama's "Social Experiment"
Phil Bryant is taking a stand against the Obama administration's policy that transgender students are protected under Title IX.

Transgender Man Assaulted In Park Slope, Attack Investigated As Hate Crime
A transgender man was assaulted by two men in Park Slope last weekend, and police are investigating it as a hate crime.

Transgender Woman Attacked, Beaten in Brooklyn: NYPD
'Next thing you know, I got my hair pulled and was just getting hit in multiple directions, fists at the same time,'

In transition: OHSU evolves to aid transgender patients
The job was so new Amy Penkin didn't have business cards yet. She wasn't sure, exactly, what tasks awaited her. She understood only that she had to convince transgender people it was safe to visit a place many fear: The hospital.

RI ACLU: It's Time For Rhode Island To Adopt Policy On Transgender Student Rights
Transgender advocates and civil rights groups plan to urge Rhode Island to adopt a statewide policy on transgender students in public schools. Last week the federal government issued guidance that says transgender students must be allowed to use the bathroom and locker room of the gender they identify with.

Citadel tackles policies regarding transgender cadets
By coincidence, as a cadet went public about being transgender, The Citadel’s leaders spent the recently ended school year tackling the college’s policies regarding transgender students.
Citadel cadet realizes his transgender identity

Newly appointed Texas Ed Chief Mike Morath will defer to AG on Transgender Bathrooms
Mike Morath appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott Jan 2016 as Texas Education Chief proudly espoused the individual ISD board rule-making system in all instances except when asked about Fort Worth’s transgender policy. When grilled about that Morath said everyone has the right to free speech, alluding to Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick grandstanding and demand for the FWISD Superintendent’s resignation. Morath refused to make a statement saying he is in communication with AG about Transgender access to public accommodations.

Cruz talks transgender bathrooms at Texas GOP convention, avoids the topic of Trump
The Texas GOP convention wrapped up in Dallas, Saturday. Donald Trump stickers and signs sprinkled the crowd, but most attendees sported gear in support of U.S. Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Can’t Explain What Transgender Means, Has a Total Meltdown: WATCH
Appearing on All In With Chris Hayes on Friday, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick dodged questions from Hayes about transgender rights.
Megyn Kelly Grills Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Transgender Bathroom Rights: ‘Is This a Problem?’ – WATCH

Rock City Church takes stand against transgender restroom policy
The nationwide discussion about gender identity and bathroom usage caused a crowd to gather at Rock City Church in Lubbock Sunday afternoon.

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Police make transgender training video
While many people in the transgender community are feeling marginalized by recent "bathroom" laws and policies in some parts of the country, one police department is making a special effort to be welcoming.