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New Suicide Hotline Opens for Trans People

Trans Lifeline is a hotline for transgender people in crisis. From their website: Our hotline is staffed by the true experts on transgender experience, transgender people themselves. Our volunteers are all trans identified and educated in the range of difficulties transgender people experience. Our volunteers are dedicated to improving the lives of transgender people. Trans … Continue reading

ENDA Sees Bipartisan Support in the Senate

Reported by Donna Cassata and Catherine Lucey of the Associated Press. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act – the bill that offers job protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity – are seeing bipartisan support in the Senate.  It’s expected that on Monday’s trial vote, all of the Democratic majority and four Republicans will be voting … Continue reading

Tennessee Withdraws Bathroom Bill from Senate

As we previously reported, the Tennessee General Assembly was pushing a bathroom bill through the Senate that states that bathrooms would only be accessible to people based on the gender on their birth certificates, essentially barring transgender people access to their appropriately gendered facilities.  The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the bill has been … Continue reading

Tennessee General Assembly Pushing Foward With Bathroom Bill

Recently posted in Huffington Post, the Tennessee General Assembly is filing a new “bathroom bill”, which would only consider your sex as it appears on your birth certificate to decide which bathroom you’re going to use – male or female – completely disallowing for intersex, gender non-conforming or transgender people.  Using what they consider to … Continue reading

Massachussetts Approves Transgender Equal Rights Bill

As recently reported in the Huffington Post: Massachusetts will become the 16th state to treat transgender citizens as a protected class after legislature passed the Transgender Equal Rights Bill, which not only adds protections to the state’s civil rights laws against employment, education, housing and credit discrimination, but also adds gender identity and expression to … Continue reading

Transgender Student Suspended Over Bathroom Use

It always seems to come back to the right to pee without issue.  The Advocate reports about a 16 year old high school student recently suspended for three days for using the bathroom appropriate for her gender identity: Two transgender high school students in Fort Collins, Colo., say they have been forbidden to use student … Continue reading

Torso Found In Detroit Identified As Missing Transgender Teen

As reported in The Detroit News: The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed the death of 19-year-old Shelley Hilliard, a transgender teen also known as Treasure, after her mother identified her torso this morning. The teen, who was born Henry Hilliard, went missing in the early hours of Oct. 23 and was last seen … Continue reading

IRS Allows Tax Deduction On Gender Reassignment Surgery

As announced on the Human Right’s Campaign’s blog, the IRS on Wednesday “announced its intent to formally agree, termed a “notice of acquiescence,” with an historic 2010 decision of the U.S. Tax Court that overturned IRS policy disallowing tax deductions for medical care related to gender transition.” The full announcement can be viewed on the … Continue reading

California Governor Signs Two Trans Rights Bills Into Law

The Transgender Law Center has issued a press release in regards to California Governor Brown having just signed two important transgender rights bills into law: The first, the Gender Nondiscrimination Act, brings transgender rights out of the closet in California – making “gender identity and expression” its own protected category at work, at school, in … Continue reading

Feds Revise Medical Guidelines For Trans Inmates

Reported by the Associated Press: Transgender inmates who did not begin treatment prior to entering federal custody can now receive hormones, specialized mental health counseling and possibly gender reassignment surgery while they are in prison, according to new rules adopted by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons as part of a court settlement. A May 31 … Continue reading

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