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LGBT-related laws include but are not limited to: government recognition of same-sex relationships, LGBT adoption, sexual orientation and military service, immigration equality, anti-discrimination laws, hate crime laws regarding violence against LGBT people, sodomy laws, anti-lesbianism laws, and higher ages of consent for same-sex activity.

Journal Issues Revised Version of Controversial Paper That Questioned Why Some Teens Identify as Transgender

By | March 20th, 2019|LGBT|

Following a review that lasted more than six months, the journal PLOS ONE has published a revised version of a controversial paper by a Brown University researcher on whether social media and the influence of friends lead some teenagers to identify as transgender — a theory that’s been dubbed Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria.

The new version

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Dilemma for Methodist Colleges

By | March 11th, 2019|Education, LGBT|

When delegates to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted late last month to strengthen the church’s prohibitions on performing same-sex marriages and ordaining gay and lesbian clergy, it was over the opposition of Methodist colleges and universities in the U.S.

The presidents of a group of 93 colleges and universities affiliated with the

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Equal Protection for Trans Students

By | March 7th, 2019|Education, LGBT|

As presidents of two public community colleges, serving a combined 82,000 students in Maryland and Pennsylvania, we are concerned about news that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is drafting policies that eliminate the concept of transgender persons.

It is easy to imagine how transgender students could face circumstances that require

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Transgender Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy is among many living ‘their truth’ on force

By | January 24th, 2019|LGBT, Police & Community|

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Austin Guastalli never wanted to be “out and proud.”

Guastalli transitioned from female to male while on the force. He’s one of at least a dozen transgender deputies employed by the largest sheriff’s department in the nation, most of whom made the changes while on the job….

Los Angeles Daily News

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Under new law, training on transgender issues, sexual orientation will be required of many seeking to become law enforcement officers

By | January 24th, 2019|LGBT, Police & Community|

Those training to become law enforcement officers and public safety dispatchers in California will soon learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the academy under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year.

Assembly Bill 2504, which was authored by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Cupertino), also ensures optional LGBTQ-specific educational training for officers already on

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How transgender inmates are treated has become a problem for police, so here’s what’s being done about it

By | January 24th, 2019|LGBT, Police & Community|

Complaints from two transgender women who were housed on the male floor of the Long Beach City Jail have spurred local police to establish a new policy on the proper treatment of transgender people who’ve been taken into custody or who are encountered by officers in the field.

The new policy marks the latest move among

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TRUMP’S TRANSGENDER MILITARY BAN COULD DISQUALIFY ONE MILLION AMERICANS FROM SERVICE

By | January 23rd, 2019|LGBT|

The Supreme Court voted 5–4 Tuesday to enact the Trump administration’s policy prohibiting people with a gender identity that differs from their biological sex from serving in the military, while cases challenging the ban continue in lower courts.

The ban excludes those who are already serving in the military and those who are willing to serve

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Supreme Court Revives Transgender Ban for Military Service

By | January 22nd, 2019|LGBT|

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday revived the Trump administration’s policy of barring most transgender people from serving in the military. In a brief, unsigned order, the justices temporarily allowed the ban to go into effect while cases challenging it move forward.

The vote was 5 to 4, with the court’s five conservative

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Is banning trans troops a legal tactic to reverse civil rights?

By | January 14th, 2019|Intergroup Relations, LGBT|

U.S. Supreme Court cases involving the discrimination of trans people, either by banning them from the military or firing them because of their sex, have much more at stake than is often perceived. Chase Strangio, an attorney at ACLU’s LGBT and HIV project, spoke to NewsHour Weekend’s Ivette Feliciano, explaining that they can

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Blaze Bernstein’s killing one year later: How his death has impacted Orange County and beyond

By | January 10th, 2019|Hate Crimes, LGBT|

On Jan. 10, 2018, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators found 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein’s body in a shallow grave near Borrego Park in Foothill Ranch.

Officials determined he had been stabbed 20 times, killed in an act of rage. Bernstein was gay and Jewish, the grandson of a Holocaust survivor.

And for most of 2018, a year

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