Bipartisan legislation introduced to protect trans servicemembers

By : Karen Ocamb of The Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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California Reps. Jackie Speier and Susan Davis joined four other members of Congress on Friday to introduce a bipartisan bill intended to protect transgender military servicemembers under siege by the Trump administration. H.R. 4041 prohibits the Department of Defense from discharging trans members of the Armed Forces based solely on their gender identity.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has repeatedly said the current policy of trans open service remains in effect until he has had a chance to develop a policy, under President Trump’s orders, based on recommendations from a panel of experts. Trans servicemembers have been serving openly since June 2016 without incident. However, in a sudden series of tweets last July 26, Trump issued a directive ordering Mattis and the Pentagon to reverse the Obama-era policy and kick out all transgender individuals working in any capacity and prevent any recruitment or promotion through the accessions policy. Trump gave Mattis six months to come up with a new personnel policy, while Mattis is simultaneously preparing for the possibility of nuclear war. LGBT groups have urged Mattis to recruit trans people with military or national security experience to sit on that panel of experts.

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Trans filmmaker claims Marsha P. Johnson doc director stole her work

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Transgender filmmaker and researcher Reina Gossett has accused “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” director David France of stealing her idea for the documentary.

The film, which is streaming on Netflix, examines Johnson’s involvement in the Stonewall riots, her transgender activism, and mysterious death. Gossett, who is an activist-in-residence at the Barnard College Center for Research on Women’s Social Justice Institute, worked on the short film “Happy Birthday, Marsha!” with Sasha Wortzel.

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Transgender boy voted Homecoming King at Noble High School

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NORTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) – A transgender boy from Lebanon, Maine, has been voted Homecoming King at Noble High School.

The announcement of Stiles Zuschlag as king was made Oct. 6 at halftime of Noble’s homecoming game against Greely.

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Tom Petty’s final tour supported transgender rights

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Tom Petty, who died from cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu on Monday, gave a nod to transgender rights during his final tour.

Petty and his band The Heartbreakers were celebrating their 40th anniversary on their latest tour. On July 27, President Donald Trump tweeted that he intended to ban transgender people from the military. During Petty’s show at Forest Hills Stadium in New York, he gave an encore performance of “American Girl.”

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Nat’l trans group launches political arm for impact on elections

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A leading national transgender group has launched a political arm aimed at electing candidates to advance transgender rights.

The National Center for Transgender Equality, which has existed since 2003 as 501(c)(3) lobbying group, announced its new 501(c)(4) at event Tuesday evening at the D.C.-based law firm of Squire, Patton, Boggs.

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Murder case raises question: Do LGBT hate crime laws work?

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Each year, for the past three years, LGBT advocacy groups have tallied the killings of more than 20 transgender people in the U.S. Yet state or federal hate crime laws are rarely used to prosecute the slayings.

Now many LGBT-rights groups are questioning the effectiveness of the laws, saying they sometimes focus too tightly on individual acts without addressing underlying bias or wider violence. The volatile issue was back in the spotlight this week as Missouri authorities investigated the killing of a transgender teen who was stabbed in the genitals and had her eyes gouged out.

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Hugh Hefner championed gay rights pre-Stonewall

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died from natural causes at his home, the Playboy Mansion, on Wednesday. He was 91.

A pioneer for the straight sexual liberation movement, Hefner was also one of the early advocates for gay rights tracing back to the 1950s.

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No hate crime charges in transgender teen’s grisly killing

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HOUSTON, Mo. (AP) – Authorities say her eyes were gouged out and her genitals stabbed, but that the death of transgender teenager whose burned remains were found near the mobile home of one of her alleged killers in rural southern Missouri, her bones discarded in a chicken coop, was not a hate crime.

The remains of 17-year-old Ally Lee Steinfeld were found last week in the town of Cabool.

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Transgender woman running for Honduras congress

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Rihanna Ferrera could become the first openly transgender person elected to the Honduran congress if she wins in November. (Photo courtesy of Rihanna Ferrera)

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — A transgender woman who is running for a seat in the Honduran congress hopes to make history in her country’s general election in November.

Rihanna Ferrera is a candidate for the center-left United Social Democratic and Innovation Party (PINU).

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Virginia school board asks court to dismiss transgender teen’s suit

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Virginia school board asked a federal judge Sept. 22 to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a transgender teen who sued for the right to use the boys bathroom at his high school.

Gavin Grimm sued the Gloucester County School Board in 2015. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to a lower court last month, asking a judge to decide whether it’s now moot because Grimm graduated in June.

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Trump nominee said transgender children show ‘Satan’s plan’

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – President Donald Trump’s nominee for a federal judgeship in Texas – and the No. 2 in the state attorney general’s office – previously described transgender children as evidence of “Satan’s plan” and suggested that same-sex marriage could lead to polygamy and bestiality.

First Texas Assistant Attorney General Jeff Mateer’s comments came during a 2015 speech. They were first reported by CNN Sept. 20.

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Issue 24.19: Taking Action

By : Jake Stevens
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Come Out With Pride wants you to keep dancing, but also to keep involved, Andy Cohen talks about his AC2 tour through Tampa with Anderson Cooper, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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