Doctors group recommends support for transgender children

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A doctors group took a stand in support of transgender children September 17, offering advice in what it called “a rapidly evolving” field.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended support for kids who change their names or hairstyles to affirm their chosen gender identity. The group said children are more likely to have better physical and mental health with such support.

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Keeping It Real: No, it’s not over yet

By : Nathan Bruemmer
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So, how many days until summer vacation? After spring break all across this nation, this is one “critical” question most middle and high school students would probably get right. While kids beam with pride when they recite the exact number of days, parents across this nation fall back into shock and awe that another school year is about to end.

Why aren’t we asking our youth a truly critical question—Do you know about HIV and AIDS? April 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. This year we celebrate the fifth annual observance of a day created to educate about the impacts of HIV and AIDS on youth.  According to the CDC, 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses were in young people aged 13-24 years, but only 10 percent of high school students have ever been tested for HIV. That means there is a significant gap between those who have it and those who know they have it. Without knowledge, you cannot prevent transmission. But where do our youth get their education on HIV and AIDS?

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Report: States lack protections for transgender youth

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Most states lack anti-discrimination policies and staff training needed to protect transgender youth in foster care, juvenile detention facilities and homeless shelters, according to a new report.

There are clear federal standards for the treatment of such youth, but states and communities don’t always follow such rules, said Currey Cook of the civil rights organization Lambda Legal, which helped write the report.

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Protesters: Trump a ‘bully’ for rescinding trans student protections

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Hundreds of people gathered outside the White House on Wednesday to protest President Trump’s decision to rescind guidance on how public schools should accommodate transgender students.

Gavin Grimm, a trans student who filed a lawsuit against his Virginia school district’s bathroom policy that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear next month, is among those who spoke to the crowd.

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Trump admin to rescind trans student protections

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Despite pleas from parents of transgender children and LGBT employees, the Trump administration is set Tuesday to rescind Obama-era guidance to schools barring discrimination against transgender students and ensuring they have access to the restroom consistent with their gender identity.

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, told the Washington Blade on Monday she’s heard from “reliable sources” President Trump has green-lighted the plan for the Justice Department and Education Department to send a “Dear Colleague” letter to schools rescinding the guidance.

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Marion County school board votes anti-transgender rules

By : Jamie Hyman
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In a 4-1 vote, the Marion County School Board approved a resolution that requires students and staff to use the restroom that matches their biological sex, regardless of gender identity.

The April 26 meeting was held before a packed room, with overflow attendees watching via a television screen outside. According to Gina Duncan, Equality Florida’s Transgender Inclusion Director, 47 people spoke on the proposal, and most were against it.

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State backtracks on LGBT foster youth protections despite wide support

By : Jamie Hyman
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Religious organizations are playing politics with the Florida Department of Children and Families and if they are successful, LGBT foster children lose.

The LGBT Child Welfare Work Group asked DCF to add LGBT protections to the rules governing group homes in the summer of 2015, which kicked off the discussion around updating policies. The workgroup is made up of child welfare professionals around the state who want better futures for LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care systems such as schools, foster care and homeless assistance. Robert Latham is the workgroup chair and is also the supervising attorney for the Children & Youth Law Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law.

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Hearing set to examine content of LGBTQ youth conference in Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa lawmaker has announced a hearing to investigate allegations of inappropriate content at a conference earlier this year on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

Rep. Bobby Kaufmann said Oct. 27 that members of the House Government Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on Nov. 18.

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Community panel sparks transgender awareness and candid conversation

By : Krista DiTucci
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Tampa – On August 31, 2015, Tampa Bay locals gathered at Metro Wellness for a community panel designed to provide an open discussion about transgender and gender queer issues.

The panel consisted of four members and moderator Tristan Byrnes, licensed mental health counselor. After panelists shared their individual stories, the floor was opened for questions and community information sharing.

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