Morehouse College to admit transgender men starting in 2020

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The country’s only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year, marking a major shift for the school at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students.

Leaders of Morehouse College in Atlanta told The Associated Press that its board of trustees approved the policy on April 13. 

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Issue 26.07: The Rainbow Divide

By : Jake Stevens
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The Rainbow Divide

To gain full LGBTQ equality we must first address discrimination within our own community, Orlando to recognize LGBTQ-certified businesses, Tampa Bay holds 14th annual Dining Out For Life, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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‘Queer Miami’ exhibit looks at LGBTQ community past century

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MIAMI (AP) | The first thing you notice when walking into the new “Queer Miami” exhibit are voices. They echo in the background — and all around — and become clearer as you stroll deeper inside the HistoryMiami Museum in downtown Miami.

They are voices of transgender performers talking about their craft. They are the voices of gay Mariel refugees who carved a new life in Miami in 1980 after fleeing Fidel Castro’s Cuba. And they are voices of protestors of gay discrimination ordinances in the 1970s.

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Trans woman shot to death near Washington DC

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Police in Fairmount Heights, Md., a small town in Prince George’s County just across the border from D.C., are appealing to the public for information about the murder of a 27-year-old transgender woman who was found shot to death on a street about 6:30 a.m. on March 30.

Neither Fairmount Heights police nor P.G. County police, who have taken over the investigation of the murder, had released the woman’s name or identified a possible motive for the killing as of March 31. But friends who knew her informed D.C. transgender activist Earline Budd that the woman’s name is Ashanti Carmon, a D.C. resident.

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St. Petersburg issues Transgender Day of Visibility proclamation

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | Mayor Rick Kriseman has issued a proclamation recognizing March 31 as Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) in St. Petersburg.

TDOV is an annual holiday celebrated worldwide, now in its 10th year. It is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save transgender lives. 

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Our Visibility Matters: Celebrating the 10th Annual International Transgender Day of Visibility

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As a classic book begins, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” So describes the state of the transgender community as we celebrate the 10th Annual International Transgender Day of Visibility.

We come together every year on March 31 to celebrate stepping out of the shadows and being visible and viable members of society. This year has never been more the case, as the transgender community has been visible on a national scale like never before. Sparked by a fractured national dialogue, an administration determined to erase us and daily incidents of alarming violence and overt discrimination; the transgender community has never been more visible or engaged. The transgender discussion spans the globe from the classroom to the White House. Never has there been more awareness of what it means to be transgender, and never has there been more misunderstanding of what it means to be transgender.

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School official appeals job removal after trans boy harassed

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) | A West Virginia assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student is appealing a decision to remove him from his job after this school year.

WBOY-TV reports an attorney for Lee Livengood asked the Harrison County Board of Education to reconsider last week’s vote not to renew Livengood’s contract at the end of a three-year probationary period.

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Issue 26.06: Tampa Proud

By : Jake Stevens
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Tampa Proud

Jane Castor posed to become Tampa’s first openly LGBTQ mayor, Central Florida performer wins Miss International Queen 2019, Habitat for Humanity Pinellas County announces Pride Guild, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Deaf, genderqueer actor Chella Man lands role on DC’s ‘Titans’

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Deaf, genderqueer actor and model Chella Man has been cast as Jericho in DC Universe’s series “Titans.”

Jericho is the son of villain Deathstroke, played by Esai Morales in the series. After Jericho’s vocal chords are severed during his kidnapping, he now communicates through sign language and can control people’s bodies and voices through eye contact.

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House approves birth certificate changes in transgender cases

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) | Transgender residents and those who don’t identify as either male or female would be allowed to change their name and sex information on their birth certificates under a bill passed by the New Hampshire House this week.

The bill would require an applicant to get notarized statements from health care providers stating that in the provider’s opinion, an individual is male, female or neither and is reasonably expected to continue as such for the foreseeable future. New birth certificates would be issued, but the original certificates would also be kept.

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Tampa Pride Guide 2019

By : Jake Stevens
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Tampa Pride is back for a fifth year and prepared to be bigger and better than ever!

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Transgender political activist in Egypt arrested for ‘misusing social media’

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A transgender political activist in Egypt remains in police custody after authorities arrested her last week on charges that she was “misusing social media.”

Human Rights Watch in a press release cited a pro-government newspaper that said authorities on March 6 arrested Malak al-Kashif. She had been held at an undisclosed location, but a source told the Washington Blade on March 11 that her lawyers have learned she is at a Cairo police station.

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