Proposal would add ‘X’ category to NYC birth certificates

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NEW YORK (AP) — People born in New York City who do not identify their gender as either male or female would have the option of choosing a third category for their birth certificates under a new proposal.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said the new category of “X” would be available through the proposal, which is expected to be introduced by Johnson on Thursday with public hearings to be held later this month.

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New York City jails to accommodate transgender inmates

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NEW YORK (AP) — Inmates in New York City’s jail system will be housed with fellow inmates of the gender they identify with, officials said Monday.

The announcement by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city commissioner of human rights means New York will join San Francisco in establishing a policy to accommodate transgender inmates.

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Twitter bans anti-gay and anti-trans language

By : Jamie Hyman
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Bigots may no longer express their hate in 140 characters or less.

On Dec. 30, Twitter announced they’ve updated their rules to ban abusive behavior and hateful conduct. The new rules explicitly mention that sexual identity and gender expression are protected:

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HRO in the works for Osceola County

By : Jamie Hyman
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Kissimmee – The Osceola County Commission is taking a step toward implementing a Human Rights Ordinance.

There’s a public hearing on the HRO set for  1:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at commission chambers in Kissimmee.

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Guest Column: Transgender people need non-trans advocates

By : Steve Yacovelli
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Steven Yacovelli

Steve Yacovelli

One of the things I do for work and am pretty darn passionate about is teaching diversity and inclusion. Whether it’s helping corporate folks understand the different “internal dimensions” of diversity (such as age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or race) and “external dimensions” of diversity (like education, salary, work experience, appearance, and marital status that can change more frequently); I really enjoy helping people see the differences and similarities in each of us. Exploring topics like “stereotyping,” “bias behavior, “ “inclusive communication,” and “silent collusion” in the workplace gives me a sense of purpose and I feel I’m making a small difference toward the greater good of embracing and understanding others not like ourselves. Many businesses understand that solid diversity and inclusion policies are not just the right thing to do but make great business sense, and my role as a corporate educator is to bring that message to the company’s peeps in a memorable and meaningful way.

I’ve had the pleasure of presenting topics related to diversity and inclusion at several conferences both locally and on the national level over the past several years. Some topics were general in nature and could really fit into the broader theme of diversity and inclusion (like “inclusive communication”) while others were more targeted toward a certain areas within the dimensions of diversity (such as “public speaking for the LGBT advocate”).

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DMV forces South Carolina teen to remove his makeup for driver’s license

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Chase Culpepper, a 16-year-old non-gender teen who prefers male pronouns and wears girl’s clothing and makeup, said the DMV in Anderson, S.C. forced him to take off his makeup when he was there to get his driver’s license.

According to the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund as reported by the Daily News , “workers accused him of not looking the way ‘a boy should’ and refused to take his picture while he was wearing makeup.”

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