Trump admin turns to Supreme Court to ban trans people from military

By : CHRIS JOHNSON OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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With court orders in place from four judges barring the U.S. military from enacting President Trump’s transgender ban, the Trump administration is seeking recourse from the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the policy to go into effect.

U.S. Solicitor General Neil Francisco submitted petitions Nov. 23 for certiorari in three cases calling on the court to review the litigation and reverse the preliminary injunctions enjoining enforcement of Trump’s transgender ban.

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Orlando man looks to raise reward money to find local trans woman’s murderer

By : Jeremy Williams and Melanie Ararat
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ORLANDO | Sasha Garden, a 27-year-old transgender woman, was found dead in the parking lot of a Holden Ave. apartment complex in Orlando July 19.

At that time, Garden became the fourth trans woman murdered in the state of Florida and the 16th trans person taken by violence in the U.S. Those numbers have now climbed to a known five in Florida and a known 22 in the U.S., and in many of these cases local authorities have not turned up any suspects or made any arrests.

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Issue 25.23: Pursuing Passion

By : Jake Stevens
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Two inspiring individuals prove leaving the corporate world can really pay off, voters elect a more liberal, progressive Central Florida, EPIC Generations coalition forms to support aging LGBTQ community, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Watermark’s Holiday Guide 2018

By : Jake Stevens
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Once again, it’s here, it’s queer, and FULL of holiday cheer! Read our best holiday guide yet!

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Transgender Colo. House candidate declares victory

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A transgender woman declared victory in her race for the Colorado House of Representatives Nov. 10.

Media reports indicate Brianna Titone has nearly 400 more votes than her Republican opponent, Vicki Pyne, in the race to represent the state’s House District 27, which includes the Denver suburb of Arvada.

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Illinois state prisons told to develop training on transgender issues

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) | A federal judge in Southern Illinois is ordering state prison officials to develop training for all staff on transgender issues.

The order handed down last week by U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Rosenstengel comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a transgender prison inmate that claims repeated abuse and sexual assaults involving guards and inmates. As part of her order, Rosenstengel also directed state prison officials to re-evaluate Deon “Strawberry” Hampton’s previously denied request for transfer.

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St. Petersburg to hold ‘We Won’t Be Erased’ transgender support rally

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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LGBTQ community leaders and advocates will gather Nov. 4 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Petersburg’s Williams Park for the area’s “We Won’t Be Erased” transgender support rally.

Nathan Bruemmer organized the rally following reports that the Trump administration may attempt to define gender as an immutable condition determined at birth. Partner organizations include Equality Florida, TransAction Florida, Metro Wellness & Community Centers, St. Pete Pride and Project No Labels.

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Issue 25.22: Blue Wave, Red Tide

By : Jake Stevens
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Equality focused organizations, candidates and voters hope to tun the tide November 6, the LGBT+ Center of Central Florida celebrates 40 years with a Studio 54-inspired party, breast cancer survivor confronted at Bucs game, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Uruguay passes law granting rights to trans people

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) | Uruguay’s Congress has approved a law that guarantees rights to the South American country’s transgender community.

Lawmakers in the lower house voted in favor of the measure Oct. 18. It had already been approved by the Senate.

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Issue 25.21: This is Halloween

By : Jake Stevens
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Central Florida and Tampa Bay prep to eat, drink and be scary, Metro relaunches St. Pete Welcome Center, new children’s book explains Pulse tragedy to kids, One Orlando Alliance announces new executive director, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Watermark’s Sarasota Living with Pride

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Find all the greatest spots in Sarasota for arts and entertainment, dining, nightlife and much, much more!

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Transgender student’s treatment during safety drill blasted

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STAFFORD, Va. (AP) | Officials at a Virginia middle school are facing criticism after allegedly barring a transgender student from using the boys’ or girls’ locker rooms during an active shooter drill.

The LGBTQ rights group Equality Stafford said that during the drill, the girl was forced to sit on the bleachers and later in the hall while other students in her physical education class took shelter in locker rooms. The group said the teachers were apparently debating which locker room would be appropriate.

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