Poof! Ivy League glee club’s gender restrictions disappear

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Leaders of the Whiffenpoofs, Yale University’s world-famous glee club, say their sound isn’t changing, but they are ending their more than century-old tradition of being a male only a cappella ensemble.

The Whiffs, as they are known, and Yale’s senior women’s a cappella group, Whim ‘n Rhythm, issued a joint announcement Feb. 1 that tryouts for both groups will now be open to all rising seniors, including transgender students.

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RNC approves resolution backing Trump’s transgender military ban

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Republican National Committee has approved a resolution in favor of President Trump’s effort to ban transgender people from the U.S. military, according to the Associated Press.

The RNC approved the resolution Friday at its annual winter meeting, which this year is taking place in West Virginia. Trump delivered remarks at the event this week before departing for Mar-a-Lago for the weekend.

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Push for hate crimes law fails again in Indiana Legislature

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will remain one of just five states without a hate crimes law after Republican Senate leaders announced Tuesday they were killing a bill that targeted crimes motivated by bias.

Advocates say the move deals a blow to Indianapolis’ bid to land a new Amazon headquarters after unexpectedly making the shortlist of 20 finalists. The Republican Statehouse majorities, however, could not overcome opposition within their ranks.

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Morality push may outlaw gay sex in Indonesia

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Riding a tsunami of moral conservatism and anti-gay prejudice, Indonesia’s Islamic political parties appear on the cusp of a major victory: outlawing all sex outside marriage.

Revisions to Indonesia’s criminal code being considered by Parliament would allow prison sentences of up to five years for sex between unmarried people. Those changes would also criminalize gay sex, the bugbear of Indonesia’s Islamic and secular political parties.

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issue 25.02: Over the Rainbow

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Lacking resources for an aging LGBTQ community, Central Florida attorney elected chair of HRC board of directors, out medical director opens Diversity Health Center of Tampa Bay, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Murder charge in stabbing of transgender woman found in burning home

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles authorities have announced murder charges for a man suspected of fatally stabbing a transgender woman whose body was found inside her burning home.

Police said at a news conference Tuesday that 29-year-old Kevyn Ramirez admitted stabbing Victoria Gutierrez in her house after a dispute and setting the fire earlier this month.

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New HHS division slammed as tool for anti-LGBT discrimination

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Roger Severino hailed the creation of a conscience division at HHS. Image courtesy C-Span.

Consistent with media reports indicating the move was coming, the Department of Health & Human Services on Thursday formally established a conscience division that critics say will allow medical practitioners to deny abortion-related services and treatment to LGBT people on religious grounds.

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Report of HHS anti-trans health rule riles LGBT advocates

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A new media report that the Trump administration is set to propose a rule that would allow medical providers to refuse abortion-related services or treatment for transgender people has invoked concern among both LGBT and women’s groups.

On Wednesday, Politico reported the Department of Health & Human Services is preparing a rule enabling its civil rights office to shield workers who refuse to provide abortion-related care and services to transgender people on religious grounds. The rule would reportedly allow HHS to punish organizations that don’t allow practitioners to express these objections.

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Connecticut city’s elected body eliminates gender pronouns

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The legislative body in Stamford, Connecticut, has removed gender pronouns from its written rules.

The Board of Representatives voted last week to remove “he/she” and “his/her” from its rules of order, replacing them with specific titles, including president and clerk, the Advocate newspaper reported.

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Vermont considers 3rd gender option on driver’s licenses

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — State residents who don’t identify as male or female may soon be able to choose another gender on their driver’s licenses.

Vermont Public Radio reports the Department of Motor Vehicles’ new computer system will allow a third gender option.

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Two transgender Utah residents want sex designation on IDs changed

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two transgender Utah residents, who have been denied a change in their sex designation on their driver’s licenses by a state judge, are asking the Utah Supreme Court to overturn the decision.

Angie Rice and Sean Childers-Gray both have driver’s licenses and insurance cards that have their new names, but still bear the sex designations that were assigned to them at birth.

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Chelsea Manning takes steps to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A transgender former Army intelligence who rose to national prominence for leaking sensitive information to Wikileaks has taken steps to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland.

The Federal Election Commission website indicates Chelsea Manning on Thursday filed for candidacy to run as a Democrat in the mid-term election.

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