Janet Mock says Caitlyn Jenner doesn’t represent transgender community

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Janet Mock shared that she doesn’t consider Caitlyn Jenner the spokesperson for the transgender community while appearing on Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show, “Chelsea.”

Handler asked Mock if she felt the need to defend Jenner for her controversial joke that “liberals can’t shoot straight” in reference to James Hodgkinson shooting at a GOP baseball practice that left Rep. Steve Scalise hospitalized in critical condition.

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Military chiefs seek 6-month delay in transgender enlistments

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The military service chiefs are seeking a delay in implementation of a policy allowing openly transgender people to enlist in the U.S. military, the Associated Press reported Friday.

Laura Ochoa, a defense spokesperson, responded to the report by denying Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work has made a recommendation on the issue, suggesting the situation remains in flux.

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‘The Switch’ features trans actors in new comedy

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA Association
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In today’s media, transgender characters are seen on screen more than ever before. Gone are the days of small roles in “Law & Order” featuring transgender characters who have dismal storylines. Now, transgender representation in media has advanced into the world of comedy with shows like “Transparent” and “Orange is the New Black” and films like “Tangerine.”

While there are funny moments for transgender characters, there is still an underlying theme of darkness surrounding these shows as they fight for acceptance, or more often, simply fight to stay alive.

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Mother, transgender son write book about coping

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WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Donald Collins’ arms are covered with tattoos. Some have metaphorical meanings. The dandelion symbolizes resilience. The robin and the moth represent new beginnings.

Though only 24, he is an old pro at resilience and new beginnings. In his senior year at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Donald came out as transgender. Since then, as he progressed through his transition from female to male — which affected his body, his lifestyle, his name, his interactions with others — he and his mother struggled with their emotions and differing opinions about what was happening to his body and to their family dynamic.

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AMA approves resolution against anti-trans bathroom bills

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The American Medical Association has put its weight behind opposing bills in state legislatures that would bar transgender people from using the restroom consistent with their gender identity.

The organization, which represents physicians and medical residents nationwide, affirmed its position Monday during its annual meeting in Chicago by approving a resolution rejecting legislation that would disrupt bathroom access for transgender people.

The resolution, titled “Access to Basic Human Services for Transgender Individuals,” makes the case that policies that base access to public facilities on biological sex “place undo harm on the physical and social well-being and safety of transgender individuals.”

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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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Issue 24.11: We’re Still Here

By : Jake Stevens
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Orlando reaches the one-year mark of the Pulse tragedy, Equality Florida brings TransPride march to St. Pete Pride, Polk Pride celebrates year three, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Texas ‘bathroom bill’ fades as legislative session wraps up

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will keep spending $800 million on border security while putting little new money into public schools, maintaining therapy cuts for disabled children and easing handgun license fees as the Republican-led Legislature approved a new state budget Saturday.

The $217 billion spending bill sent to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will likely be a quiet footnote to a rancorous legislative session that ends Monday — upended by a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people and an immigration crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities.”

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Texas lawmakers advance anti-LGBT adoption, bathroom bills

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Under a threat from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of being called into a special session, the Texas Legislature late Sunday advanced two anti-LGBT measures — one pertaining to adoption, the other transgender students — with days remaining before lawmakers were set to adjourn.

The Texas Senate voted 21-10 to pass House Bill 3859, which would allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to refuse to place children in homes over religious objections. Given that many of these agencies are religious in nature, that could lead to them refusing to place children with LGBT families.

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Cait Brennan delivers on classic-sounding new album

By : Chris Gerard OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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If you’re gonna record at the legendary Argent Studios in Memphis and call the resulting album “Third” (an homage to the 1978 classic of the same name by power-pop heroes Big Star), you better have the goods to back it up.

Fortunately, up-and-coming singer/songwriter/musician Cait Brennan has delivered an album worthy of its historic birthplace. It has not been an easy road for Brennan, who’s transgender, and her life experience has provided rich material for compelling songwriting, although she certainly knows how to tell a story as well. “Third” is consistently entertaining from start to finish, a well-crafted retro-leaning collection of rockers and ballads that will never leave you bored.

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Transgender people search for acceptance in church

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – For many transgender people, faith communities are a place of judgment and rejection. For Marilyn Lloyd, they are a place of possibility.

Lloyd, 62, and a transgender woman, found God at North Congregational United Church of Christ in Columbus. God and the church filled a void in Lloyd’s life she didn’t know was there, and now she hopes to help others fill the same void.

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GD2017: Watermark’s Complete Guide to Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend

By : Jake Stevens
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The most comprehensive listing of all the events and fun surrounding the first week in June, celebrating 27 years of Gay Day at Disney!

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