Parents sue Madison schools over transgender policy

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) | A group of parents filed a lawsuit Feb. 11 alleging the Madison school district’s transgender policy is unconstitutional because it prohibits teachers and staff from informing parents that their children are transgender.

Conservative law firm Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed the lawsuit on the parents’ behalf in Dane County Circuit Court.

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Transgender Hondurans with HIV face uncertain future

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: An LGBTI advocacy group in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, honors Roxsana Hernandez. Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras | Roxsana Hernandez was a transgender woman with HIV from Comayagua, a city that is roughly 50 miles northwest of the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa.

Hernández on May 9, 2018, asked for asylum in the U.S. at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego after she joined a migrant caravan that left Honduras a few months earlier. Hernández died at a New Mexico hospital 16 days later while in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

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Connecticut student runners sue to block participation of transgender athletes

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) | The families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit Feb. 12 seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from participating in girls sports.

Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury High School, Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton High School and Alanna Smith, a sophomore at Danbury High School are represented by the conservative nonprofit organization Alliance Defending Freedom. They argue that allowing athletes with male anatomy to compete has deprived them of track titles and scholarship opportunities.

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Ban on treatments for trans kids fails in South Dakota

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) | Legislation aimed at stopping South Dakota physicians from providing puberty blockers and gender confirmation surgery to transgender children under 16 failed to get enough support in a Senate committee Feb. 10.

A Republican-dominated Senate committee voted 5-2 to kill the proposal, likely ensuring the issue won’t be considered by the Legislature again this year.

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UK Starbucks ad shows trans teen using new name for the first time

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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A new Starbucks ad featuring a transgender boy is making a push for trans acceptance in the U.K.

According to LGBTQ Nation, the commercial is part of a partnership with a U.K. transgender youth organization, Mermaids. Part of the coffee chain’s “What’s your name?” campaign, the ad follows a trans teen named James as he goes about his day; we see him being repeatedly called by his deadname – at the doctor’s office, on his student ID card, by family.

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Bliss CARES prepares for TRANSformation’s 2020 series

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ABOVE: Bliss CARES’ TRANSformation 2020 kick-off party in Orlando Jan. 30. (Photo by Dana Ng)

ORLANDO | Bliss CARES began its enrollment period for the next TRANSformation series with a kick-off party at its clinic in Orlando Jan. 30.

TRANSformation, a six-part educational series focusing on aspects of gender transition with a goal of creating more leaders within the transgender community, first launched in 2017. TRANSformation 2020 will be Bliss CARES’ fourth time providing the series of classes to Central Florida’s transgender community.

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Transgender and nonbinary discrimination in the LGBTQ community

By : Alec Reynolds
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The LGBTQ community celebrated a milestone in 2019, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. It was an uprising born of exhaustion and fury over the NYPD’s incessant raids on the LGBTQ bar.

Almost nightly, officers harassed and arrested Stonewall Inn patrons simply for gathering at the Greenwich Village locale. Until June 28, 1969. That’s when LGBTQ patrons stood up and fought back, led by two transgender women of color: Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

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S. Korean military decides to discharge transgender soldier

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ABOVE: Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Laurie Nevay, from Wikimedia Commons)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) | South Korea’s military decided Jan. 22 to discharge a soldier who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, a ruling expected to draw strong criticism from human rights groups.

It was the first time in South Korea that an active-duty member has been referred to a military panel to determine whether to end his or her service due to a sex change operation. South Korea prohibits transgender people from joining the military but has no specific laws on what to do with those who have sex change operations during their time in service.

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South Korea to decide fate of 1st transgender soldier

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ABOVE: Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Laurie Nevay, from Wikimedia Commons)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) | In the first such case in South Korea, military officials will determine this week whether to discharge a soldier who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, officials said Jan. 17.

South Korea bans transgender people from joining its military but has no specific regulations on what to do with those who have transitioned during their time in the service.

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Trans of Thought: Good riddance 2019

By : Maia Monet
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I almost killed myself two or three times in 2019. I know that sounds dramatic, but it is also true. I’m not saying this to garner sympathy, or even worse, elicit advice. Rest assured, I am taking the steps necessary to improve my state of mind. It is just that being trans can often feel like existing in a vat of acid eating away at your dignity and integrity. It is the rare trans person who hasn’t contemplated escaping the pain through drastic means. If you don’t believe me, find a trans person in your life you happen to be close to and ask them if they’ve ever created a suicide plan. Don’t be surprised if they have a ready answer.

Perhaps my first column of the year should be about looking forward with a sense of optimism, but that doesn’t reflect my life as part of the trans community. I sometimes wonder if cisgender people appreciate how difficult it is to be transgender in today’s world. They might be able to quote the suicide rate for trans people, but I suspect they are detached from the reality of our everyday lives. They don’t actually experience the emotional stress of hearing about yet another government policy meant to incrementally erase the legal status of trans people. They can’t comprehend the blinding fear of coming out as a trans woman to a cisgender heterosexual man who might decide violence is the appropriate response.

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

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Above: Locker room (Photo by Charles Kremenak on Flickr)

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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