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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Issue 25.20: Matthew’s Legacy

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20 years after his tragic death, Watermark remembers Matthew Shepard and the work done in his name, Come Out With Pride keeps Orlando dancing at Saturday parade, festival, Come OUT St. Pete returns with inaugural parade in second Pride-filled year, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Equality Florida brings transgender workplace training to Orlando

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ABOVE: Gina Duncan speaking at an Equality Florida event at Orlando City Hall in 2015. Photo by Dana Ng

ORLANDO | Equality Florida will host the organization’s Transgender Dynamics in the Workplace workshop at the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 16.

The workshop includes a panel discussion with corporate leaders, as well as an appearance from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. The event looks to educate attendees on transgender workplace issues and concerns, as well as offer ways to improve policies and protocols for transgender employees.

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Transgender Nike contractor says company ignored harassment

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) | A transgender software engineer who worked as a Nike contractor says in a recently filed complaint with state labor officials that the company did nothing to stop abuse and harassment by other contractors.

Jazz Lyles, who identifies as transmasculine/nonbinary and prefers the pronouns “they” and “them,” says in a complaint filed Sept. 25 that some of their colleagues refused to use gender-neutral pronouns.

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Issue 25.19: Local Love

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Lakeland filmmaker brings ‘At the End of the Day’ to Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Fest 29, The Reformation Project hosts sixth national LGBTQ Inclusion Conference in downtown Orlando, Pasco Pride holds inaugural festival, first in Pasco County, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Come Out With Pride 2018 Guide

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This year Come Out With Pride celebrates a week of Pride festivities in Orlando!

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Doctors group recommends support for transgender children

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A doctors group took a stand in support of transgender children September 17, offering advice in what it called “a rapidly evolving” field.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended support for kids who change their names or hairstyles to affirm their chosen gender identity. The group said children are more likely to have better physical and mental health with such support.

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NLGJA event emcee calls trans attendees ‘things and its’ at annual convention, resigns from group

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An emcee at the closing night reception for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) National Convention resigned from the organization after he welcomed guests at the event saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, things and its” Sept. 9.

The event was emceed by Marshall McPeek, a meteorologist for the ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. McPeek’s comment upset many of the event’s attendees and was taken as a derogatory reference to transgender and non-binary journalists in the room.

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Bliss CARES announces new program to assist hardship patients

By : Jaime Donelson
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ORLANDO l Bliss CARES announced a new eligibility card program to help patients experiencing financial hardships or individuals without insurance.

The eligibility card will allow the holder access to free healthcare services related to HIV, Hepatitis and STDs for one year. Services will include clinic visits, lab tests, mental health care counseling, vaccines, co-pays, medicine and care management.

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Issue 25.18: Money Shame

By : Jake Stevens
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The taboo subject of money and why not talking about your finances can be detrimental, Orange County has largest voter turnout for 2018 midterms, City of Tampa holds LGBTQ youth forum, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Man accused of attacking transgender woman in South Carolina

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) | A man is accused of brutally attacking a transgender woman and her sister as the two women left a bar and restaurant district in South Carolina.

The Post and Courier reports 30-year-old Christopher Lamar Price was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree assault and battery. Authorities have classified the attack as bias-motivated. Charleston police say Price used slurs about the woman’s gender identity before punching her early one morning last month.

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Trans woman, D.C. restaurant reach ‘resolution’ in discrimination case

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A transgender woman has dropped a discrimination complaint against a downtown D.C. restaurant that forced her to leave its premises in June because she used the women’s restroom after it agreed to take a series of actions in support of the trans community and to prevent a similar incident from taking place again.

In a joint statement released on Aug. 31, trans activist Charlotte Clymer and Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar announced that the two parties reached “a just resolution regarding the charge of discrimination regarding the incident that occurred at the D.C.-based restaurant on June 22, 2018.”

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