California set to change sex education guidance for teachers

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) | California is close to overhauling its guidance for teaching sex education in public schools, offering teachers a framework for talking to kindergarteners about gender identity, discussing masturbation with middle-schoolers and recommending books that teach healthy practices for LGBT high schoolers.

The proposal the California State Board of Education is scheduled to consider May 8 offers advice on teaching health topics including nutrition, injury prevention and alcohol and tobacco use. But it’s the part about sex that has angered some parents and conservative groups and is expected to bring a large crowd to the meeting.

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Harris takes ‘full responsibility’ for briefs against surgery for trans inmates

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In her first news conference after announcing her 2020 presidential run, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said she takes “full responsibility” for legal briefs as California attorney general seeking to deny gender reassignment surgery for transgender inmates and called for a “better understanding” of needs — medical or otherwise— for transgender people.

Harris made the comments during a news conference Jan. 21 at Howard University in D.C. in response to a question from the Washington Blade, asking her about representing the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation in seeking to deny gender reassignment surgery prescribed to two transgender inmates in the California state prison system.

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Patricio Manuel becomes first male transgender boxer to win pro fight

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Patricio Manuel beat Hugo Aguilar on Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. becoming the first U.S. professional transgender male boxer to win a match.

Manuel, 33, won in a unanimous decision from the judges. In video captured by Golden Boy Boxing, Manuel’s win was met with boos from the crowd.

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California man pleads not guilty in killing of gay student

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) | A Southern California man pleaded not guilty Nov. 9 to the murder of a gay University of Pennsylvania student in a hate crime.

Samuel Woodward, a 21-year-old from Newport Beach, California, entered the plea during a hearing in Orange County Superior Court.

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Oregon man who killed lesbian couple dies on death row

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) | A man who killed a lesbian couple in Oregon and a man in California has died on death row at the Oregon State Penitentiary, authorities said.

Robert James Acremant, 50, died Oct. 26, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections.

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Prison doctor settles with state over LGBTQ discrimination

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)| A psychologist at a California prison is receiving $275,000 to settle her lawsuit alleging that she was twice locked in a room with a dangerous inmate in retaliation for reporting mistreatment of gay and transgender inmates.

The Sacramento Bee reported Oct. 17 that Lori Jespersen accepted the settlement in May in return for agreeing to resign from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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World transgender bodybuilding competition comes to Atlanta

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ATLANTA (AP) | It’s been twenty years since Charles Bennett took the stage to compete in bodybuilding. But at the age of 63 he’s now done something he’s never done before — compete as a man for the first time in what’s billed as the world’s only transgender bodybuilding competition.

Bennett and seven fellow competitors went before a crowd on October 6 in the annual International Association of Trans Bodybuilders competition at a theater in Atlanta.

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NYC to add nonbinary ‘X’ designation to birth certificates

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NEW YORK (AP) | People born in New York City who don’t identify as male or female will have the option of changing their birth certificates to “X” under legislation passed September 12 by the City Council.

The bill adopted by a 41-6 vote will also allow parents to choose the “X” designation for their newborns, and it will permit adults to change the gender on their birth certificates without an affidavit from a doctor or mental health professional.

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California man to stand trial for gay student’s slaying

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) | About six months before he was stabbed to death in what prosecutors call a hate crime, a gay University of Pennsylvania student graphically discussed hopes to have sex with the man now charged in his killing, an investigator said Tuesday.

Blaze Bernstein texted a friend a photo of Samuel Woodward and said the two had run into each other and he thought they were going to hook up, saying sex with the former schoolmate would be “legendary.”

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Harry Styles declares ‘We’re all a little bit gay’ at concert

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Harry Styles showed his support for the LGBTQ community yet again during his final concert stop in Inglewood, Calif.

During the show, Styles spotted a fan holding a sign that read “I’m gay and I love you.” After reading the sign out loud Styles replies, “I mean, we’re all a little bit gay, aren’t we?”

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Hawaii governor signs bill banning conversion therapy for minors

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Friday signed into law a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy for minors.

“Sexual orientation is not an illness to be ‘cured’ — we accept you just the way you are,” said Ige in a tweet that included a picture of him signing the bill.

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Rhode Island House votes to ban ‘gay or trans panic’ defense

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island House of Representatives has voted to prohibit the “gay or trans panic” defense, a controversial legal strategy that seeks to use a victim’s sexual orientation or identity as justification for a violent crime.

The House voted to ban the legal defense May 23. It will now go to the Senate.

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