Watermark Third Thursday

By : Jake Stevens
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Watermark’s Third Thursday at Fairvilla. Funds go to Pug Rescue. Ad Pop award presented to Parliament House, received by Darcel Stevens. Performances by Phantasmagoria

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Transgender New Yorkers Have New Health Insurance Protection

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Transgender individuals in New York state have new protections when it comes to health insurance coverage.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says health insurers can’t deny coverage based on gender identity. A state Department of Financial Services letter Wednesday tells health insurers to take reasonable steps to determine if the insured is eligible for services before denying a claim.

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Trans of Thought: Transphobia

By : Melody Maia Monet
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Hello, I’m a transgender woman and I am mentally unstable. My well being is propped up on a razor’s edge by hormones, complicated and expensive medical procedures, as well as therapy.

I am a ticking time bomb and cannot be trusted around your children, women in the ladies’ room, or to do my job in combat situations. I suffer from a mental illness that deludes me into thinking I am a woman, but in actuality I am the sick byproduct of a patriarchy compelled to undermine female power and invade their spaces. I entrap straight men into committing unwitting homosexual acts and trick lesbians into sex with men. I am a deceiver and counterfeit with the intent of forcing the world to reject common sense views on gender and sexual identity. The only positive aspect of my existence is that I am part of a group so small that my rights as a human being can be conveniently disregarded by society based on the slimmest of suspicions, but without any basis in proven fact.

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Pakistan bills offer unprecedented protections for transgender people

By : Helen Parshall of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Two groundbreaking bills have been introduced in Pakistan that would provide expansive legal protections to the country’s transgender community.

The Transgenders Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill and The Transgenders Persons (Protection of Rights) Criminal Law Amendment Bill would provide nondiscrimination protections for the trans community and criminalize acts of violence and discrimination.

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Dirty Bingo

By : Dillan Ramirez
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Blue was thrilled to be back at the Stardust Lounge hosting Dirty Bingo. She had a lot of vulgarity built up and the crowd welcomed it with open arms as she awarded donated prizes from Fairvilla Megastore. Blue will continue to host Dirty Bingo and serve up the dirtiest jokes Orlando has heard for the next 5 Tuesdays.

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Texas anti-transgender bathroom bill dies

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The Texas House of Representatives adjourned on Tuesday without voting a bill that would limit transgender people from using bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.

Senate Bill 3 would have prohibited schools from allowing trans students from using bathrooms and locker rooms that are consistent with their gender identity. Critics also pointed out SB 3 would have undermined trans-inclusive nondiscrimination measures as they relate to access to bathrooms, locker rooms and athletic activities.

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Trump on trans ban: ‘I’m doing the military a great favor’

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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President Trump said Thursday he’s “doing the military a great favor” by seeking to ban on transgender people from the armed forces, insisting he has “great support” from the LGBT community.

Trump made the remarks during an exchange with reporters at the Bedminster National Golf Club in New Jersey, where the president is staying during August vacation as the situation over North Korea’s improved nuclear weapons capabilities continues to escalate.

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Kentucky man, transgender wife sue Amazon for workplace bias

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(AP) – A Kentucky man and his transgender wife sued Amazon on Wednesday, alleging that they endured sustained discrimination and harassment during a year as co-workers at the mammoth online retailer’s warehouse in northern Kentucky.

A lawyer working with the couple said the case is notable in part because Amazon, one of the nation’s largest corporations, has a record of strongly supporting gay and transgender rights.

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Issue 24.16: Diamonds are Forever

By : Jake Stevens
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Central Florida and Tampa Bay softball leagues celebrate milestone anniversaries this season, Hope and Help settles into their new digs, Metro Wellness & Community Center puts on youth talent show, Jennifer Real sings her heart out, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Trump sued over plans to ban transgender military service

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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President Trump’s recently announced plan to bar transgender people from the armed forces isn’t yet policy, but LGBT legal groups have already initiated a lawsuit seeking to enjoin enforcement of the ban.

The 15-page complaint was filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders on behalf of five anonymous transgender service members identified as “Jane Doe.”

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White House issues guidance on Trump’s trans military ban

By : Karen Ocamb of The Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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President Donald Trump may be on a 17- day vacation but his White House has been scrambling to hand him a “win” by the time he returns. Trump’s tweets last week announcing a ban on transgender individuals serving openly in the U.S. military was turned into a “guidance” policy for implementation that passed muster with the White House Counsel’s office Friday night.

Approved by Trump, the new policy is expected to be now delivered into the hands of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has been quiet on the issue with approximately 15,000 trans service members under his command.

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Trial begins for man charged in D.C. murder of trans woman

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A D.C. Superior Court trial began on Wednesday for a District man charged with first-degree murder while armed for the February 2012 stabbing death of transgender woman Deoni JaParker Jones, 23, at a bus stop in Northeast Washington.

Police and prosecutors charged Gary N. Montgomery, who was 55 at the time of the incident, with stabbing Jones in the head as she stood at a bus stop near her home at East Capitol Street and Sycamore Road, N.E. on the evening of Feb. 2, 2012.

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