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  1. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Gender confirmation surgeries on the rise shows report by American Society of Plastic Surgeons   

    May 22, 2017
    Gender confirmation surgeries are on the rise in the United States, according to newly released data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 
    There has been an almost 20% increase in gender confirmation surgeries from 2015 to 2016, with more than 2,300 gender confirmation surgeries being performed in 2016, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which has been tracking national statistics on gender confirmation surgeries. 
    Loren Schechter, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Chicago, said in a statement that over the past few years plastic surgeons have seen an increase in patients seeking surgical treatment for gender dysphoria. 
    Schechter said gender confirmation surgery covers everything from facial surgery to breast or chest surgery and genital surgery.
    “There is no one-size-fits-all treatment, and no one discipline can meet all the needs of an individual,” Schechter said in a statement. “For example, plastic surgeons work with doctors who specialize in hormone therapy, urology and with mental health professionals who help patients through the emotional aspects of their transition.”
    More here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/05/22/gender-confirmation-surgeries-rise/332315001/
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  2. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools   

    May 22, 2017
    A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools.
    A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the country's second-largest state use public restrooms according to the gender on their birth certificates sailed through the Texas Senate months ago. A similar measure had stalled in the House, but supporters late Sunday night used an amendment to tack the bathroom restrictions onto a separate and otherwise unrelated bill covering school emergency operation plans for situations such as natural disasters.
    Republican Rep. Chris Paddie authored the hotly debated language, saying it had "absolutely no intent" to discriminate. Under it, transgender students at public and charter schools would not be permitted to use the bathroom of their choice, but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms.
    "It's absolutely about child safety," said Paddie, from the East Texas town of Marshall. "This is about accommodating all kids."
     His change passed 91-50. The measure formally cleared the House Monday, sending the modified bill to the Senate, which should easily support it. Texas' legislative session ends May 29, but that's plenty of time — even if the bathroom bill is scaled-back enough to only affect the state's roughly 5.3 million public school students, and not the general public.
    More here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-texas-transgender-bathroom-law-20170522-story.html
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  3. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Transgender woman gunned down in central Fresno   

    Police have not ruled out a hate crime in the early-morning slaying of a transgender woman who was shot multiple times in Fresno, Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Wednesday, adding that he has directed detectives to solve the case “very quickly.”
    The 34-year-old victim, identified Wednesday afternoon as Imer Eliu Alvarado of Fresno, was found on North Fourth Street just south of East Belmont Avenue after the police ShotSpotter system reported multiple gunshots fired at 2:59 a.m. (The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said it identified Alvarado as a man based on available documentation, such as a driver’s license or birth certificate.)
    Officers arrived 4 minutes later and found the victim where an alley connects with Fourth.
    She was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center, and died about 30 minutes later. Dyer said the victim “appears to be transgender,” and that detectives so far do not have a motive. Also unknown: Whether the murder was a hate crime, but preliminary information would make that a consideration, Dyer indicated.
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/article151084507.html

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  4. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Transgender woman gunned down in central Fresno   

    May 17, 2017 7:07 AM By Jim Guy
    A transgender woman was shot and killed Wednesday morning in central Fresno, police said.
    The slaying might be a hate crime; police are continuing to investigate, Chief Jerry Dyer said.
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/article150985977.html

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  5. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Chelsea Manning Will Leave A Military Prison In One Week   

    May 17, 8:41 AM EDTReports: Pvt. Chelsea Manning released from military prisonBy JIM SUHR
    Associated Press
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier convicted of giving classified government materials to WikiLeaks, was released from a Kansas military prison early Wednesday after serving seven years of her 35-year sentence, according to media reports.
    President Barack Obama granted Manning clemency in his final days in office in January. NBC News, citing an unnamed U.S. Army official, reported that Manning was released from Fort Leavenworth military prison at around 2 a.m. Central Time. The BBC, also citing an unnamed Army representative, reported that she had left the facility.
    The Associated Press has not confirmed these reports and it is not clear where she was headed.
    More here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CHELSEA_MANNING_RELEASE?SITE=SCAND&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&SECTION=HOME
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  6. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Chelsea Manning Will Leave A Military Prison In One Week   

    May 17, 8:14 AM EDTChelsea Manning to participate in documentary about herCANNES, France (AP) -- Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier convicted of giving classified government materials to WikiLeaks, will participate in a documentary about her.
    Pulse Films announced the film at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, shortly before Manning was to be released from Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. The film, to be directed by British filmmaker Tim Travers Hawkins and executive produced by "Citizenfour" filmmaker Laura Poitras, is titled "XY Chelsea."
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  7. olcharlie added a post in a topic: net neutrality, please join in   

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  8. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Chelsea Manning Will Leave A Military Prison In One Week   

    May 10, 20178:14 AM ET Chelsea Manning, the former Army private who leaked a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks, will be released from prison on May 17, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Manning's 35-year prison sentence was commuted in January by then-President Barack Obama.
    Most recently, Manning has been held in a prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. After her release, her attorney says, she'll live in Maryland.
    Manning, 29, was arrested in May of 2010. At the time, she was serving in Iraq and was known as Bradley Manning. She announced her transgender identity in August of 2013, at nearly the same time she was sentenced to prison. In a pair of firsts for a person held in a military prison, she underwent hormone therapy and, last fall, the Army agreed to allow her to have gender transition surgery.
    Manning is responsible for what's seen as the largest leak of classified data in U.S. history. Among the records she admitted to leaking was a video showing a 2007 U.S. Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed 11 men, including a Reuters news photographer and his driver. Also included were hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables.
    For months during her detention, Manning was held in solitary confinement. In 2012, the U.N.'s expert on torture said that while she had not yet been found guilty of a crime, Manning's treatment by the U.S. government was "cruel and inhuman."
    More here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/10/527737904/chelsea-manning-will-leave-a-military-prison-in-one-week
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  9. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Transgender death in Saudi Arabia prompts call for inquiry   

    Apr 13, 7:14 AM EDT
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Human Rights Watch is calling on Saudi Arabia to investigate the death of a Pakistani transgender woman who had been detained by police in the capital, Riyadh, following a raid on a private gathering.
    The rights organization says a family member claims the transgender woman was tortured in custody.
    Human Rights Watch said Thursday the medical report states the body did not show "any signs of suspicious wounds." A police memo says the detainee complained of chest pains and was taken to a hospital.
    More here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_SAUDI_TRANSGENDER_DEATH?SITE=SCAND&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&SECTION=HOME
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  10. olcharlie added a post in a topic: North Carolina lawmakers say they’ve agreed on a deal to repeal the bathroom bill   

    Why North Carolina abruptly flip-flopped on its ‘bathroom bill’
    By Amber Phillips March 31 at 7:00 AM
    Even by North Carolina standards, the events surrounding its year-long "bathroom bill" drama have been frenetic.
    In March 2016, North Carolina became the first state to pass a law restricting which public bathrooms and locker rooms transgender people can use. On Thursday — almost exactly a year later — it became the first state to repeal that law. In between, its voters helped elect Donald Trump to the presidency and kicked out a Republican governor.
    Whether the bathroom bill's eventual demise is a spark of social change in the South or a blip on North Carolina's otherwise Republican-dominated politics depends on who you talk to.
    Even as they decried the repeal as discriminatory, LGBT and civil rights advocates say the battle over bathrooms has awakened a new activist class.
    "The political culture of the state has still changed for the better," said Chris Sgro, a former Democratic state lawmaker and head of Equality North Carolina. "We've been talking for 370 days in a row now about why transgender people need to be protected and what it means to be transgender."
    Democrats point out that the same voters who narrowly chose Trump in November also ousted the sitting GOP governor — the first time in North Carolina's history that's happened. And there's a strong case to make that former governor Pat McCrory lost by 10,000 votes because of bathrooms: He defended the law so vigorously that he ended up owning it.
    More here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/31/why-north-carolina-abruptly-flip-flopped-on-its-bathroom-bill/?utm_term=.cdf14a742a2e
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  11. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Transgender Day of Visibility events in Fresno aim to grow support, awareness   

    March 29, 2017 4:35 PM By Carmen George cgeorge@fresnobee.com
    Transgender Day of Visibility is about spotlighting transgender people for positive reasons.
    “Instead of always viewing transgender people as the victims of violence – what trans day of remembrance is about – it’s (Transgender Day of Visibility) about showcasing them as people with real talents and expertise and gifts,” said Jess Fitzpatrick, co-chair of Trans-E-Motion in Fresno.
    There will be several Transgender Day of Visibility events in Fresno, starting this week with a movie night at Fresno State on Thursday and a rally and march on Friday.
    Trans-E-Motion sponsored the first visibility events in Fresno last year. A study last year estimated there could be around 1.4 million transgender people in the U.S.
    Fitzpatrick says transgender people make up less than a half percent of the total population.
    “We need the support of our community and our allies because we are so small,” Fitzpatrick said. “Right now, without more resources, we are stuck in this mode of just always dealing with the latest emergency, and we aren’t able to do really systemic changes for our larger community.”
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article141588644.html

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  12. olcharlie added a post in a topic: North Carolina lawmakers say they’ve agreed on a deal to repeal the bathroom bill   

    By Mark Berman March 30 at 8:36 AM
    [North Carolina’s bathroom bill cost the state at least $3.7 billion, new analysis finds]
    Since H.B. 2 was signed, North Carolina has watched as companies abandoned plans to expand in the state, entertainers canceled shows and sports leagues pulled some games and vowed to keep out more. The most recent such threat, coming from the NCAA, gave lawmakers until Thursday to change the law if it wants to host any college sports championships through 2022.
    According to the text of a bill aimed at repealing the bathroom measure and up for a vote on Thursday, lawmakers would also enact a law stating that “no local government in this state may enact or amend an ordinance regulating private employment practices or regulating public accommodations.” Local school boards and government agencies would also be prevented from regulating “multiple occupancy bathrooms, showers or changing facilities,” with that left up to state legislators.
    More here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/03/30/north-carolina-lawmakers-say-theyve-agreed-on-a-deal-to-repeal-the-bathroom-bill/?utm_term=.3314131a959   
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  13. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Texas 'bathroom bill' advances after 13 hours of testimony   

    Mar 8, 8:28 AM EST
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" has cleared a first vote in Texas after 13 consecutive hours of public comment dominated by transgender-rights supporters who oppose the measure.
    A Senate committee early Wednesday advanced the proposal that would require people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates. The bill has drawn backlash from big businesses including Google and the NFL.
    More here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_LGBT_RIGHTS_TEXAS?SITE=SCAND&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&SECTION=HOME
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  14. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Madrid officials impound bus with anti-transgender message   

    Mar 1, 6:55 AM EST
    MADRID (AP) -- Madrid authorities say they have impounded an orange-and-white bus used by a group campaigning to outlaw children changing their gender.
    Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena said Wednesday that police stopped the bus returning to the Spanish capital's streets in order to prevent a hate crime.
    The bus has several anti-transgender phrases written on its sides. One says, "If you're born a man, you're a man. If you're a woman, you will always be a woman." The bus led to an outcry after it first appeared in public Monday.
    More here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_SPAIN_TRANSGENDER_SPAT?SITE=SCAND&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&SECTION=HOME
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  15. olcharlie added a post in a topic: Missouri Senate votes down LGBT discrimination protections   

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri state senators voted down a proposal early Wednesday to ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, in what was a loss for LGBT advocates.
    Democratic state Sen. Jill Schupp's amendment would have banned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and covered employment, housing and public accommodations.
    The Creve Coeur Democrat asked colleagues to add the measure to a contested Republican-backed bill to make it more difficult to sue for discrimination.
    In earlier debate, Schupp argued its passage would have shown that people in Missouri "care about treating people fairly" and provided LGBT people with equal rights.
    Lawmakers voted 20-10 against it.
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