Actor Brian Michael comes out as transgender

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Actor Brian Michael has publicly come out as transgender.

Michael, 32, appeared on Wednesday’s episode of “Queen Sugar” as transgender police officer Toine Wilkins. Michael has previously only played cis-gender roles making his appearance on “Queen Sugar” the first transgender character he has portrayed.

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Federal court urged to strike down Puerto Rico birth certificate policy

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lambda Legal has urged a federal court to strike down a Puerto Rico policy that does not allow transgender people to change the gender marker on their birth certificates.

The group made the request in a brief it filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico on June 26.

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Va. trans candidate wins primary, now faces anti-LGBT lawmaker

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A transgender former journalist pulled off a surprise victory in a Virginia primary on Tuesday, winning the Democratic nomination to face off against anti-LGBT Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) in the general election.
Danica Roem, who was seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 13th District seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates, beat out Steve Jansen, Andrew Adams and Mansimran Kahlon to win her party’s backing, the Associated Press reported at 8:30.

If Roem succeeds in besting Marshall, she could become the first openly transgender person to be elected and seated as a state legislator. The general election will be held Nov. 7.

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Netflix acquires transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson documentary

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Netflix has picked up the worldwide rights to David France’s documentary, “The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson,” Variety reports.

Johnson played a pivotal role as one of the first people to fight back in the Stonewall Riots in 1969, along with Sylvia Rivera. In 1970, the pair would found the world’s first trans-rights organization, STAR (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries). Johnson’s body was found floating in New York’s Hudson River in 1992 and ruled a suicide by investigators.

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DOJ withdraws lawsuit against N.C. over anti-trans bathroom law

By : Chris Johnson of the Washingston Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Although North Carolina replaced anti-LGBT House Bill 2 with a law that critics say still enables anti-LGBT discrimination, the U.S. Justice Department has withdrawn the lawsuit against the state filed last year under Obama administration.

In a five-page notice, the Justice Department under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced it has voluntarily withdrawn the lawsuit filed last year by former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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Judge orders school to treat trans child ‘like the girl she is’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge rejected a school district’s challenge to President Barack Obama‘s rule on transgender bathrooms Sept. 27, ordering a biologically male student who identifies as female be treated “like the girl she is.”

Judge Algenon Marbley said the Highland Local Schools in Morrow County had failed to provide a persuasive argument that giving the student access to the girls’ restroom would jeopardize other students’ privacy or safety. He further ordered that Highland use a female name and pronouns in referring to the 11-year-old.

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Creep of the Week: Trans, Texas and Attorney General Ken Paxton

By : D’Anne Witkowski
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DanneWitkowskiMugLGBT people have heard the phrase, “Come out, come out, wherever you are” over and over again for decades now. The idea, of course, is that coming out of the closet is the only way to change hearts and minds about who and what LGBT people are. After all, it’s hard to hate, say, lesbians, if you find out that your favorite aunt or your sister or your favorite coworker is playing for Team Lez. You’ve got to at least take a step back and rethink all of the terrible assumptions you’ve made and ideas you’ve had about lesbians, right?

Ideally, yes. And truth be told, the fact that the closet door is no longer the major barrier it once was for so many people (but not all people—we’ve got a long way still to go) has been key in advances in LGBT rights, especially over the last five to 10 years.

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Trans Significant Other (Tampa)

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A support group for trans individuals and their significant others to meet and discuss topics with other trans couples.

This group meets in Tampa on the 1st and 3rd Thursday and in St. Pete on the 4th Wednesday of every month.

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A support group for trans individuals and their significant others to meet and discuss topics with other trans couples.

“The Grandmother of our movement”: The NYT gives trans hero Judge Phyllis Frye her due

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Over the weekend, New York Times journalist Deborah Sontag penned an impressive – OK, inspiring – piece about Phyllis Randolph Frye, a transgender judge with a sharp tongue and an even sharper history. Frye, who scraped her way to acceptance after years of abuse, occupies a slightly more intellectual profile than that of the current crop of trans celebrity. Her path was not one of Karadashians and Barbara Walters interviews, but just the same (and perhaps because of the notice to the issue of transgender acceptance lately), Frye’s fight for justice echoes that much more evidently. Kicked out of home by her father, attempting suicide, fighting for her life, Frye is an unsung hero who we can all admire. And when she came out, so did the worst parts of society, the Times reports.

“In response, she got her house egged, her tires slashed, and her driveway spray-painted with obscenities. Teenagers openly mocked her, the engineering profession blackballed her and the federal government rejected her for a job because of her “desire to impersonate the opposite sex.”

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Caitlyn Jenner’s emotional ESPY Awards acceptance speech

By : Billy Manes
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As you may have heard, Caitlyn Jenner accepted ESPN’s ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award last night. “The last few months have been a whirlwind of experiences and emotions,” she said, following a 15 minute tribute video that highlighted Jenner’s former career as an Olympic champion.

“I had never met a trans person [before],” she said after making a few jokes about the fashion police coming after her Versace dress.

But Jenner’s tone turned fairly and rightfully serious shortly thereafter, highlighting suicide rates and suicide stories from the trans community. She spoke of the responsibility of the spotlight and the responsibility of the media in highlighting “a very simple idea: accepting people for who they are.” It’s pretty amazing to see this in our times. Please, if you have a minute and a tissue, watch the link below.

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Transgender man sues loan company over sex bias claim

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New Orleans (AP) – A 21-year-old transgender man says in a sex discrimination lawsuit that he was forced to leave his job at a Mississippi-based loan company once officials there found out he was born a woman but dressed and acted like a man.

Tristan Broussard filed suit on April 13 against First Tower Loan LLC., a financial loan company based in Flowood, Mississippi, with offices in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri and Illinois.

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