Trans athletes make great gains, yet resentment still flares

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Across the U.S. and in many places abroad, transgender athletes are breaking barriers in high school, college and pro sports and being embraced by teammates and fans. But resentments can still flare when transgender women start winning and dominating their sport.

Exhibit A is a recent public exchange involving tennis great Martina Navratilova, who came out as a lesbian in 1981 and is a longtime gay-rights activist. She now stands accused of being “transphobic” after asserting that many transgender women — even if they’ve undergone hormone treatment — have an unfair advantage over other female competitors.

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Japanese same-sex couples sue for equal marital rights

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TOKYO (AP) | Thirteen gay couples filed Japan’s first lawsuit challenging the country’s rejection of same-sex marriage Feb. 14, arguing the denial violates their constitutional right to equality.

Six couples holding banners saying “Marriage For All Japan” walked into Tokyo District Court to file their cases against the government, with similar cases filed by three couples in Osaka, one couple in Nagoya and three couples in Sapporo.

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New Zealand shopping center displays ‘gender-busting’ Santa

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A shopping center in Auckland, New Zealand put their own twist on Santa Claus with a “gender-busting” statue.

Ponsonby Central introduced “Santa Poppins,” Santa dressed as Mary Poppins, for the holiday season. Santa dons a red robe and fishnet stockings and is holding Poppins’ magical carpet bag and umbrella.

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New Zealand lawmakers apologize for 100s of gay convictions

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – New Zealand lawmakers unanimously apologized July 6 for the “tremendous hurt and suffering” of hundreds of men who were convicted of homosexuality during the years it was treated as a crime.

Parliament took the rare step of issuing a formal apology to all those unfairly convicted under the antiquated laws. Lawmakers also approved the first stage of a bill that will allow the men to have their criminal records wiped clean, legislation that comes four years after the South Pacific nation legalized same-sex marriage.

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Interactive version of the Laramie Project will be first in history

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STATE OF REHEARSAL: Peter Ruiz rehearses with Samantha Cooke in preparation for the first interactive version of The Laramie Project. Photo courtesy of Richard Gottfried.

STATE OF REHEARSAL: Peter Ruiz rehearses with Samantha Cooke in preparation for the first interactive version of The Laramie Project. Photo courtesy of Richard Gottfried.

Orlando – When Baggy Pants Artistic Director Steve Halpin called the Matthew Shepard Foundation to float the idea of an interactive version of The Laramie Project, he was surprised to hear he was the first person to ever suggest the idea.

Since 2000, the play about how the townspeople of Laramie, Wyo., felt after the 1998 torture and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard has been performed thousands of times. An estimated 30 million people have seen it.

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