US mayors pledge to uphold transgender protections

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ABOVE: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Image from Facebook.

BOSTON (AP) — Mayors from across the nation on Sunday endorsed a campaign to uphold transgender protections during a gathering in Boston focused on issues impacting cities.

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Hawaii Department of Education releases transgender protections for students

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Honolulu (AP) – Hawaii education officials have released new guidelines they say are meant to help state schools better address the needs of transgender students.

The state Department of Education’s policies regarding transgender students have been in the works since last year and were presented to the Board of Education on June 7. Under the proposed guidelines, students are allowed to use restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity and staff is encouraged to address students by their preferred names and pronouns.

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California group threatens repeal of transgender protections

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California is the first U.S. state to pass a law detailing the rights of transgender students, but opponents of the law say they have collected enough support to get it repealed.

The law goes into effect Jan. 1, and its goal is to reduce discrimination against transgender students from the age they enter school to the age they graduate secondary school. Critics argue the law violates the privacy of non-transgender students.

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Pinellas to vote on transgender protections

By : Steve Blanchard, Susan Clary
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Clearwater – Nearly five years after the Human Rights Ordinance was passed in Pinellas County, there is hope transgender people will be included in its legal protections.

Commissioners will vote Aug. 20 on whether to replace the term “sexual identity” with “gender identity” in the wording of the ordinance.

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