Netflix revives ‘Tales Of The City,’ with Laura Linney, Ellen Page

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ABOVE: Ellen Page. Screenshot courtesy of YouTube.

Netflix has ordered a 10-episode season of Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City,” according to Deadline.

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Transgender Kansas teacher honored with award

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A transgender teacher in Kansas has been named “National Educator of the Year” by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Wichita North High School music teacher Stephanie Byers came out as a transgender woman in 2014. Byers says she didn’t transition to be a pioneer or an advocate, but that she’s become both.

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White House won’t comment on HHS proposal to nix rule for trans health

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The White House has declined to comment on recent indications the Trump administration is set to undo an Obama-era rule barring medical providers from refusing service to transgender people, including gender reassignment surgery.

The Washington Blade sought to ask White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the proposed reversal Monday during the daily briefing, but the spokesperson didn’t call on the Blade for a question, nor did any other reporter ask about the issue following a report on the development in the New York Times.

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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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Daniela Vega seeks meeting with Chilean cardinal

By : Nicolás Levy OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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SANTIAGO, Chile — The transgender actress who starred in “A Fantastic Woman” has asked the archbishop of Santiago to meet with her after he spoke against a trans rights bill that is currently before Chilean lawmakers.

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, who sought to defend his position on minors’ ability to legally change their sex, argued the bill raises “something deeper” given that “a cat will not become a dog just because I give it a dog’s name.” Daniela Vega, the trans actress who starred in “A Fantastic Woman” that recently won an Oscar and reignited the public debate around gender identity in the country, asked Ezzati to meet with her.

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Louisiana high court rejects LGBTQ rights order

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a 4-3 decision, Louisiana’s Supreme Court on Friday rejected Gov. John Bel Edwards’ attempt to revive an executive order protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in state government.

The court refused to hear arguments on Edwards’ April 2016 order banning discrimination in state government and state contracts based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Defying court, DOJ won’t name experts Trump ‘consulted’ on trans ban

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Despite a court order requiring the U.S. government to disclose the names of military experts President Trump consulted before announcing his transgender military ban, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Thursday it would keep that information to itself.

In a five-page filing before U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Washington State, the U.S. Justice Department asserts executive privilege in keeping that information confidential — even though Pechman had determined that information isn’t subject to that protection — and insists information already given to the court is sufficient.

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Lutheran seminary fires president over LGBTQ ‘conversion therapy’

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The board of trustees at a prominent Lutheran seminary in Pennsylvania has voted to fire the school’s president after it was revealed she worked for a group that promoted “conversion therapy.”

United Lutheran Seminary said Wednesday it has fired the Rev. Theresa Latini.

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Judge issues decision favorable to Md. trans student on locker room use

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A federal judge in Maryland has issued a decision favorable to a transgender student whose school has barred him from the locker room consistent with his gender identity.

In a 40-page decision, U.S. District Judge George Russell III, an Obama appointee, stopped short Tuesday of issuing a preliminary injunction in favor of Max Brennan, identified as M.A.B in the lawsuit, but nonetheless finds St. Michaels Middle High School in Talbot County’s policy “does not withstand” heightened scrutiny and amounts to unlawful sex-stereotyping.

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LGBT groups rally at Supreme Court against Trump nominees

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Mass.) speaks at a rally in front of the United States Supreme Court against Trump nominees. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

Civil rights leaders, transgender parents and LGBT advocates — joined by Reps. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Donald McEachin (D-Va.) — rallied before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in opposition to two Trump nominees, one with a history of anti-LGBT legal work, the other with a history of black voter suppression.

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Missing transgender teen found safely after misgendering by Largo Police

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Largo, Fla. | A missing transgender teenager has been found safely after being misgendered on the official Largo Police Department Facebook page Feb. 12.

“Help us find runaway Zachary Musgrave,” the police department’s original post, now deleted, read. “He is a Largo High student, 16 years of age. He has not been seen since Jan. 19. He does not have a vehicle.”

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Kansas GOP votes to oppose validating transgender identity

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Republican Party has approved a resolution that opposes “all efforts to validate transgender identity,” including opposing any medical treatments to alter a person’s body to conform with his or her perceived gender identity.

The resolution, approved Saturday by the party’s state committed during its annual meeting in Wichita, said the GOP affirms “God’s design for gender as determined by biological sex and not by self-perception,” The Wichita Eagle reported . The resolution was approved on a voice vote by the committee, which includes about 180 people.

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