Chicago school district to allow unrestricted locker room access for transgender students

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PALATINE, Ill. (AP) | A fight lasting more than four years for equal access to locker rooms for transgender students in a north suburban Chicago school district ended Jan. 7 when a new policy allowing them unrestricted access took effect.

The policy change in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 came after the school board voted 5-2 in favor of it in November, WLS-TV reported.

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Judge declines to dismiss Gavin Grimm lawsuit

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Gavin Grimm speaks at SMYAL’s annual Fall Brunch in D.C. on Nov. 6, 2017. A federal judge in Norfolk, Va., has declined a motion to dismiss his lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board. Washington Blade photo by Tom Hausman.

A federal judge on Tuesday declined to dismiss a lawsuit that a transgender man filed against his Virginia school district’s bathroom policy.

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Anti-trans bathroom ballot initiative defeated in Anchorage

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A ballot initiative in Anchorage that would have removed transgender protections from the city’s non-discrimination ordinance has been defeated, transgender advocates against the measure declared Friday night.

Although the city had yet to declare the results officially, 57.3 percent of voters had rejected Proposition 1 in the ballots that were counted as of Friday night. With fewer than 10,000 ballots left to count, the campaign against the measure declared victory. The deadline to vote was Tuesday.

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DOJ withdraws lawsuit against N.C. over anti-trans bathroom law

By : Chris Johnson of the Washingston Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Although North Carolina replaced anti-LGBT House Bill 2 with a law that critics say still enables anti-LGBT discrimination, the U.S. Justice Department has withdrawn the lawsuit against the state filed last year under Obama administration.

In a five-page notice, the Justice Department under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced it has voluntarily withdrawn the lawsuit filed last year by former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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North Carolina GOP eases into session before facing Democratic governor

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)- North Carolina Republican legislators handed out chairmen’s gavels and filed bills on Wednesday, easing into a new work year that is likely to feature clashes with the state’s Democratic governor, including over what to do with a controversial law limiting LGBT rights.

The General Assembly finished in less than an hour with no recorded votes in sessions held two weeks after lawmakers re-elected GOP House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger.

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South Dakota to consider transgender locker room bill

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP)- South Dakota lawmakers will consider restricting which locker rooms transgender students can use, reigniting a bitter fight from last year over what school facilities are open to transgender students.

The bill, introduced Wednesday by two Republican lawmakers, would require public school students to use the locker rooms, shower rooms and changing facilities that match their sex at birth. It comes after Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a broader bill last year that also applied to bathrooms. His chief of staff, Tony Venhuizen, said Wednesday that Daugaard intends to veto a bill that is “substantially the same” as last year’s measure.

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Wisconsin GOP begin session eyeing anti-transgender, pro-gun policies

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Emboldened with their largest majorities in decades, Republicans began the Wisconsin legislative session Jan. 3 saying they are focused on finding long-term solutions to problems that have long vexed the state such as a projected $1 billion deficit in spending for roads and bridges.

They are also eyeing taking action on several hot-button issues, including legalizing the carrying of concealed weapons on college campuses, breaking up the Department of Natural Resources and restricting which bathrooms transgender students can use.

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Most trans people avoid public restrooms for fear of harassment, survey says

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NEW YORK (AP) — The largest-ever survey of transgender Americans paints a grim picture of pervasive discrimination and harassment, to the point that many of them attempt suicide at some point.

Released by the National Center for Transgender Equality Dec. 8, the survey assesses input received in 2015 from 27,715 respondents from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories. The largest previous transgender survey, conducted by the center and a partner organization in 2008-09, had 6,450 responses.

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NC governor blames state Democrats in live TV debate for passage of anti-LGBT bill

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s gubernatorial candidates clashed Oct. 18 in a live televised debate over the state’s economy, coal ash pits and a law signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that prompted a national uproar over its impact on LGBT people.

In what’s likely to be their final debate, McCrory sought anew to blame rival Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper and a political alliance with Charlotte’s mayor for forcing Republican leaders in Raleigh to pass the controversial law known as House Bill 2.

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California approves gender-neutral bathrooms

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown waded further into the national debate over transgender rights Sept. 29 as he signed a bill requiring that all single-stall toilets in California be designated as gender neutral.

The measure requires that businesses and governments post non-gender-specific signs on single-occupant restrooms by March 1, 2017. Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco said his legislation would establish the nation’s most inclusive restroom-access law and “chart a new course of equality for the nation.”

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Experts: NC case unaffected by Texas transgender ruling

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Supporters of North Carolina’s bathroom rules have urged a federal judge to closely consider a ruling in Texas that has temporarily blocked the Obama administration’s ability to withhold federal money from schools that don’t let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

But opponents and independent legal experts said Aug. 23 that the ruling in Texas won’t affect the North Carolina litigation.

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