Boston, other marathons say trans women can compete as women

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BOSTON (AP) — In 1967, a Boston Marathon official nearly dragged a woman off the course after she managed to enter the men’s-only race. Five decades later, race officials aren’t as concerned about gender boundaries: They’re now publicly acknowledging that transgender runners can compete using the gender they identify with.

“We take people at their word. We register people as they specify themselves to be,” said Tom Grilk, chief of the Boston Athletic Association, the group behind the race. “Members of the LGBT community have had a lot to deal with over the years, and we’d rather not add to that burden.”

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Watch: Marc Jacobs proposes to his boyfriend with Chipotle flash mob

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Fashion designer Marc Jacobs popped the question to his boyfriend, candle maker Char Defrancesco, with a surprise flash mob proposal at Chipotle on Wednesday.

Jacobs posted the video on Instagram which shows a group of people, including some of the restaurant workers, dancing to “Kiss” by Prince at a New York City Chipotle location. At the end of the dance, Jacobs gets down on one knee and proposes. Defrancesco can be seen nodding his head yes.

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Anti-trans bathroom ballot initiative defeated in Anchorage

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A ballot initiative in Anchorage that would have removed transgender protections from the city’s non-discrimination ordinance has been defeated, transgender advocates against the measure declared Friday night.

Although the city had yet to declare the results officially, 57.3 percent of voters had rejected Proposition 1 in the ballots that were counted as of Friday night. With fewer than 10,000 ballots left to count, the campaign against the measure declared victory. The deadline to vote was Tuesday.

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Mississippi court: Woman has parent rights in same-sex split

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ABOVE: Christina Strickland image from Lambda Lega website.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a woman has parental rights to a 6-year-old boy born to her ex-wife when the two were married, in a case watched by gay rights activists and groups aiding in vitro fertilization.

Christina “Chris” Strickland brought the appeal, challenging a lower court decision that an anonymous sperm donor still had parental rights and that Strickland did not. Strickland ultimately hopes to win 50-50 custody of Zayden Strickland, who bears her last name and was born by Kimberly Day through artificial means when Day and Strickland were married.

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AMA: Trans military ban ‘mischaracterized and rejected’ medical research

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The nation’s association for physicians had stern words Wednesday for Defense Secretary James Mattis over his recommendation to President Trump against transgender military service, saying his findings “mischaracterized and rejected” medical research.

In a letter dated April 3 and made public by Politico, James Madara, executive vice president of the American Medical Association, said Mattis distorted medical research in his determination transgender people are ineligible to serve in the U.S. armed forces.

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CVS accused of releasing patients’ HIV status

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In a little-noticed development, three HIV-positive residents of Ohio on March 22 filed a class action lawsuit against the CVS pharmacy and healthcare company for what they claim was its “unauthorized public disclosure” of their HIV status and the HIV status of over 6,000 others in Ohio in July and August of 2017.

The three residents, saying they wish to protect their privacy, filed the lawsuit under the names John Doe One, John Doe Two, and John Doe Three before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

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Gay dating app Grindr shared HIV status with other companies

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NEW YORK (AP) — The gay dating app Grindr has acknowledged sharing its users’ HIV status with two companies.

Grindr says Localytics and Apptimize were paid to test and monitor how the app is used. The company says the firms are under “strict contractual terms that provide for the highest level of confidentiality, data security and user privacy.” Grindr says data that may include location or information from HIV status fields are “always transmitted securely with encryption.”

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Federal judge rules Puerto Rico birth certificate gender marker policy unconstitutional

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A federal judge has ruled Puerto Rico must allow transgender people to change the gender marker on their birth certificates.

Lambda Legal last April filed a lawsuit on behalf of three trans Puerto Ricans and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a local advocacy group. U.S. District Court Judge Carmen Consuelo Cerezo in her ruling that she signed on March 28 said the U.S. commonwealth’s birth certificate policy, which the Puerto Rico Supreme Court decreed in 2005, is unconstitutional.

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Air Force lifts penalty on officer who won’t recognize gay airman’s spouse

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ABOVE: Air Force Col. Leland Bohannon won’t recognize his subordinate’s same-sex marriage. Photo public domain.

In a move LGBTQ rights supporters say amounts to allowing discrimination in the U.S. military, the U.S. Air Force has lifted the penalty on an officer who refused to recognize the marriage of a gay subordinate in retirement materials.

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Gay candidate criticizes rival over ‘prancing’ suggestion

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ABOVE: State Sen. Richard S. Madaleno. Image from Sen. Madaleno’s Facebook.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates are clashing over the implications of the verb “to prance.”

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House rejects bill letting agencies refuse LGBT adoptions

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House has rejected a bill that would have allowed adoption and foster care contractors to refuse placements to gay and lesbian couples based on religious grounds.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the House voted down the measure Thursday, hours after the state Senate approved nearly identical legislation. The bill now goes to a conference committee, where lawmakers from the House and the Senate will negotiate a final bill.

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State senator’s husband indicted on sexual assault charges

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BOSTON (AP) — A state senator’s husband was indicted Thursday on charges of sexual assault, distributing nude photos without consent and criminal lewdness.

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