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Danica Roem, Trans History Maker, Fights Another Anti-LGBT Candidateand Their Donorsin Virginia

Roem does not shy from the fame that 2017 brought and she remains a vocal LGBTQ rights and equality advocate. But just as in 2017, she seems happiest and most engaged talking about policy and fighting for her 13th District constituents, encompassing Manassas, Manassas Park, Gainesville, and Haymarket. She is proud of voting to expand Medicare to 400,000 uninsured Virginians, including 3,800 of her constituents. She is especially happy to talk about her major passion: transportation, and the legislation she has introduced to fix 28as in resolve the congestion problems…

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Row as lesbian group asked to leave National Theatre bar

Women claim staff did not like the T-shirts we are wearing but NT says the action was a result of a series of disturbances The National Theatre has become embroiled in a bitter war of words after a group of lesbians was refused service in its Green Room bar in the run-up to Londons Pride celebrations. The women and their supporters claim their treatment at the hands of staff, who called the police, was a response to their campaigning stance in the gender-identity dispute. Other witnesses in the bar have…

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Frenchie Davis: As a Queer Black Woman, Shoutout to Our Sister, Marsha P. Johnson. God Rest Her Brave Soul

In this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacyBroadway performer, and soul, dance/electronica, and pop singer; former contestant on American Idol When/how did you first hear about the Stonewall Riots, and what did you make of it? I feel like Id been hearing about Stonewall for my whole life, but I didnt fully grasp all of it until my teens/early adulthood. What is their significance for you? Its significant for me in a multitude of ways. Particularly as a…

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He Gave Birth to His Sonand Filmed It for You to See

Its not an unusual occurrence: Child care needs and work commitments have forced single dad Freddy McConnell and me to shuffle our interview appointment a few times. So when we finally connect and I can hear the faint cries of a child in the background, I am surprised and delighted. Is that his son? No, McConnell laughs, explaining that hes taking the call from the beach in Deal, England, where he lives. Thats another random baby. Wants an ice cream, I think. Though McConnell spent three years extensively documenting his…

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Under Trumps Ban, Transgender Troops Must Decide: Come Out or Hide

The gender dysphoria and keeping their jobs. Mental health experts warn that will be a terrible double bind for transgender troops. We certainly have data to suggest that living with gender dysphoria or any kind of distressjust the day in, day out chronic stress of having an incongruence between ones identity and ones biological sex at birthcauses a range of physical and mental health problems, Dr. Ashli Owen-Smith, a behavioral scientist at Georgia State Universitys School of Public Health, told The Daily Beast. Those problems include depression, anxiety, and increased…

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Disney is creating robots that can do acrobatic flips in the air

Scarlett Johansson is getting heat from trans actors for her new role.Image: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic The controversy over another bad Scarlett Johansson casting decision continues to reverberate as several prominent transgender actors have spoken out about her upcoming role as a trans man.  SEE ALSO: Scarlett Johansson apparently learned nothing from the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ controversy When it was announced that Johansson had signed on to star as real-life massage parlor owner Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender man, in Rub & Tug, the casting was met with backlash, much like Johansson’s…

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Dave Chappelle wades back into controversy with two new Netflix specials

Well that's not good.Image: Lester Cohen/getty Dave Chappelle is widely considered to be a comedic genius. So when Netflix announced it had released two Chappelle stand-up specials, people freaked. A little comedy to wrap up this bitter year has to be a good thing, right? Well, maybe. But maybe not. The specials just dropped, but there’s already some pushback when it comes to Chappelle’s thoughts on the transgender community.  Of the two videos, “The Bird Revelation” and “Equanimity,” it’s the latter that is once again bringing Chappelle’s controversial views into…

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On Transgender Day of Remembrance, These Are 25 Trans People Killed, So Far, in 2017

The year 2017 is already the deadliest on record for transgender Americansand theres still a month to go. According to the Human Rights Campaign, at least 25 transgender people have been killed this year, surpassing 2016s total of 23. The majority of victims were black transgender women. The youngest were just 17 years old; the oldest was 59. Transgender Day of Remembrance, observed every Nov. 20, was created in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialize the victims of these killings. Smith was moved by the story of Rita Hester,…

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Tech leaders respond to Trumps ban of transgender people in the military

With Obamacare reform back from the dead and wending its way toward a substantive vote, the Trump administration has decided that two massive national policy controversies are better than one. In a set of tweets this morning, President Trump announced that he is banning transgender individuals from serving in any capacity in the U.S. military. The decision, if implemented, would reverse an Obama-era policy put in place by then-Secretary of Defense Ash Carter asserting thattransgender people could not be dismissed from service or prevented from enlisting just for being transgender.…

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‘The system’s violating everyone’: the Canadian trans parent fighting to keep gender off cards

Baby Searyl has a health card with no gender marked but for trans parent Kori Doty it is a small win in a broader battle A parent whose baby has been given a health card that does not specify a gender believed to be a world first has said the aim is to allow the child to discover their gender on their own. I think were starting to understand that gender identity is not directly attached to genitals, Kori Doty, a non-binary trans person who does not identify as male…

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Transgender recruitment in US military delayed by six months

Defense secretary Jim Mattis gives armed forces until December to assess effects on military readiness and rejects calls for two-year deferral Defense secretary Jim Mattis is giving the military another six months to conduct a review to determine if allowing transgender individuals to enlist in the armed services will affect its readiness and lethality. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Mattis made the decision on Friday. The delay in allowing the enlistment of new recruits does not affect transgender troops who are already serving openly in the military. Mattis said in…

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