Transgender woman found dead in Orlando apartment complex parking lot

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ORLANDO | A 27-year-old transgender woman was found dead in the parking lot of an Orlando apartment complex on the morning of July 19.

The victim was identified by multiple members of the LGBTQ community on social media as a Central Florida trans woman named Sasha Garden.

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Death of transgender teen who ‘had enough’ deemed suicide

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The death of a troubled transgender teenager who begged people to fix society before she stepped in front of a tractor-trailer on a highway has been deemed a suicide, and the investigation into it has been closed, the State Highway Patrol said.

Leelah Alcorn, who was 17, walked into the path of the tractor-trailer in the wee hours of Dec. 28. She had left a handwritten note on her bed, “I’ve had enough,” and had done an online search about runaway assistance and a Tumblr search for the word “suicide” before walking onto Interstate 71 in suburban Cincinnati, according to a patrol report released April 29.

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Gay students attacked by peers at Atlanta school

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Atlanta – Two gay students who attend Carver School of the Arts in Atlanta were attacked by a number of peers and authorities are saying the attack was not a hate crime.

Timothy Jefferson, 16, and Zyderryo Brown, 17, said that a mob of 20 teens attacked them, including one who used a screwdriver, and another 100 kids watched after school on April 20. Jefferson believes the attack was premeditated because of his sexual orientation.

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Egypt’s military investigates ‘AIDS Detector’

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Cairo (AP) – An Egyptian judicial official says the country’s chief prosecutor has asked military prosecutors to investigate a set of devices that inventors said detect and cure AIDS and hepatitis C – a claim widely dismissed by experts in Egypt and abroad.

The official said on Jan. 14, 2015 the investigation comes after a lawyer filed a complaint against the inventors, who include a now-retired army chief engineer and another military officer. The official says the complaint accuses the inventors of misleading the public.

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Head start leader claims sexuality led to investigation

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Tampa – A department director who supervised children’s programs has resigned from Hillsborough County government after an investigation found she gave unsolicited sexual advice to co-workers, including subordinates.

Erica Moore, interim director of the county’s Head Start program, stepped down Nov. 1 after the investigation. She later issued a statement saying the investigation was a farce and that evidence was overlooked and shaped by gay stereotypes.

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Student says fraternity rejected him because he’s gay

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Baltimore (AP) – A Morgan State University student has filed a complaint after he says he was denied membership in a fraternity because he is gay.

WBFF-TV reports Brian Stewart wanted to be a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He says members of the fraternity hinted that because of his sexual orientation he was unlikely to be admitted. Stewart got a denial letter Oct. 3 and filed a claim against the university and the fraternity a few weeks later.

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Is the story of a boy harassed in a Walmart over a pink headband a hoax?

By : Susan Clary
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is developing and we are posting updates as they become available. Please scroll down to the bottom to read the latest.

The Davenport woman whose account of her son being assaulted and called an anti-gay slur in a Walmart went viral this week has been transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center under the Baker Act.

Kathleen Rebekkah Carpenter, 31, posted her story to The Huffington Post Aug. 2, describing an incident she claims happened July 29 in a Walmart near her home. Carpenter, who penned the piece under the name “Katie Vyktoriah,” describes her 2-year-old son Dexter, whose favorite color is pink. According to Carpenter, Dexter wore a pink “lace flower headband” into the store and after being laughed at by two teenage girls, faced a much scarier confrontation:

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