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  1. olcharlie added a post in a topic In wake of controversy, new steps to protect LGBTQ students coming to Fresno Unified   

    This Fresno school’s ‘modern families’ want Ashjian out after LGBT comments
    SEPTEMBER 06, 2017 11:37 AM
    Alana Franklin stood up at Dailey Elementary Charter School with a message for Fresno Unified School Board President Brooke Ashjian: She’s not going away. 
    Franklin, who identifies as queer, has a kindergartner at Dailey and is pregnant with a child who will also likely enroll in the school district. 
    “(Ashjian) has the freedom of speech to say whatever he wants but believe me … I will definitely be using my freedom of speech, too,” she said. “And it’s going to be a long 20 years.”
    Franklin joined other LGBT families and allies of the Fresno charter school on Tuesday to call for Ashjian to be removed from the school’s board of directors – and the district altogether. The International Baccalaureate school prides itself on inclusion and diversity, something that Dailey’s so-called “modern families” say Ashjian does not value.

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    LGBTQ Americans have caused the country billions of dollars in structural damage, killed dozens of people, and displaced thousands more from their homes, according to the evangelical figures who believe gay people caused Hurricane Harvey.
    Despite overwhelming evidence that adverse weather and climate change had a hand to play in the storm that has devastated parts of Texas, numerous voices emerged that suggested the biblical proportions of the flood were, well, literally biblical.
    Among those crying “science be damned” and waving their pitchforks in the general direction of the LGBT community over the past week were minister Kevin Swanson, who believes the Bible preaches death to gays, and the similarly delightful radio host Rick Wiles, who thinks Ebola would be a handy way to wipe out the LGBT community.
    More here: http://www.newsweek.com/gay-americans-are-blame-hurricane-harvey-apparently-659059?utm_source=internal&utm_campaign=right&utm_medium=related2
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    California Troops Sue Trump Administration Over Transgender Ban
    The Sacramento Bee | 6 Sep 2017 | by Adam AshtonA pair of transgender California residents who have taken steps to join the armed forces and a group of four military service members are filing a lawsuit on Tuesday against President Donald Trump that aims to block his order banning transgender people from joining the armed forces.
    Their lawsuit, backed by the advocacy group Equality California, is the fourth legal challenge to Trump's Aug. 25 directive prohibiting transgender people from joining the military and banning military healthcare plans from funding sex-reassignment surgeries.
    The plantiffs in the new lawsuit include Aiden Stockman, 20, of Yucca Valley, who has identified as a transgender male since the eighth grade; and Tamasyn Reeves, 29, who first attempted to join the Navy when she was blocked by the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that banned gay people from serving openly in the military.
    Stockman had been preparing to enlist in the Air Force and worries that Trump's order will prevent him from joining the military. He delayed enlisting last year because he wanted to complete a double mastectomy before joining the Air Force, the lawsuit says.
    "I'm in physical good shape, nothing will hold me back from excelling in a branch, it bums me out," he told the TV station KMIR in July after Trump's wrote on Twitter that he would ban transgender people from the military.
    More here: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/09/06/california-troops-sue-trump-administration-transgender-ban.html
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    ‘A girl brain but a boy body.’ Kindergarten parents outraged over transgender book read in class
    AUGUST 25, 2017 11:30 AM
    A book about a transgender child read during story time in a kindergarten classroom in Rocklin has divided a school along ideological lines and sparked a flurry of vitriol on social media and conservative web sites.
    The children’s book “I am Jazz” was brought to Rocklin Academy Gateway School on June 7 by a transgender student who wanted to share it with classmates during story time. “I am Jazz” is the story of a real-life transgender girl named Jazz Jennings.
    “I have a girl brain but a boy body,” Jazz says in the book. “This is called transgender. I was born this way!”
    Later that same day, the Rocklin teacher selected and read “Red: A Crayon’s story,” a book about a crayon struggling with an identity crisis, according to a letter from the public charter school, which is part of the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools. The books are geared to children ages 4 to 8.
    Upset parents called the school and met with administrators. They protested at a June board meeting. Two families pulled their kids from the school. The issue has become so heated that the district hired a public relations firm to help handle the fallout.
     Social media posts have shown heated opposition to the story-time choice. Stories on local news stations, conservative web sites and press releases from family values organizations quoted parents who said the school threw a coming-out party that culminated with a boy coming out of the bathroom in girl’s clothing.
    School officials say there was no such reveal. The child had been transitioning slowly during the school year and had already been wearing girl’s clothes, said Jillayne Antoon, who was principal at the school and has since been promoted to director of growth and community engagement for the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools.
    The girl did go to the bathroom later in the day and changed into a dress, but then quietly returned to the classroom, Antoon said. She said the children had all brought extra clothes to school that day in anticipation of water play at recess, although that didn’t end up taking place.
    “A couple of girls complimented her on her dress,” Antoon said. “We were so proud of how the kids can handle this in a way that clearly the adults are having a hard time with.”
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article169365057.html
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    Assessing the Implications of Allowing Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly
    by Agnes Gereben Schaefer, Radha Iyengar, Srikanth Kadiyala, Jennifer Kavanagh, Charles C. Engel, Kayla M. Williams, Amii Kress
    Recent U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) policy banned transgender personnel from serving openly in the military. Potential changes to this policy raised questions regarding access to gender transition–related health care, the range of transition-related treatments that DoD will need to provide, the potential costs associated with these treatments, and the impact of these health care needs on force readiness and the deployability of transgender service members. A RAND study identified the health care needs of the transgender population and transgender service members in particular. It also examined the costs of covering transition-related treatments, assessed the potential readiness implications of a policy change, and reviewed the experiences of foreign militaries that permit transgender personnel to serve openly.
    More here: https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1530.html
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  6. olcharlie added a post in a topic In wake of controversy, new steps to protect LGBTQ students coming to Fresno Unified   

    Fresno Unified's Bob Nelson announces "all are welcome"
    Aug 23, 2017
    Video here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article169005727.html
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  7. olcharlie added a post in a topic In wake of controversy, new steps to protect LGBTQ students coming to Fresno Unified   

    Fresno Unified board president equates LGBT activists to Ottoman Turks, rejects calls to resign
    AUGUST 23, 2017 10:53 PM
    Fresno Unified School Board President Brooke Ashjian spurned demands for his resignation from members in the audience at an overflow board meeting Wednesday night, and equated LGBT activists, who have opposed him, with Ottoman Turks.
    Ashjian’s comments came at the end of a five-hour board meeting in which several dozen people addressed his remarks made earlier this month about LGBT-inclusive sex education. Some offered support for Ashjian’s views and his right to express them, while others said his words were harmful to students and urged him to step aside.
    In a two-page letter that Ashjian read into the record, he said LGBT leaders were attacking his faith, trying to silence him and force him from his school board, tactics he said were akin to what the Ottoman Turks had done to Armenians leading up to the 1915 genocide.
    Ashjian, a Mormon, said: “These individuals who are personally attacking me and my religious foundation while demanding my resignation, I ask why? Is it simply because I exercised my Constitutional rights of freedom of speech while I was doing my duty or isn’t something more nefarious, like simply desiring to muzzle anyone who dares not fall in line with the narrative of the day.
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article169034157.html
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  8. olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political Activism   

    In wake of controversy, new steps to protect LGBTQ students coming to Fresno Unified
    AUGUST 23, 2017 5:16 PM
    The interim superintendent of the Fresno Unified School District gathered Wednesday with representatives of LGBTQ organizations to demonstrate the district’s commitment to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students.
    Bob Nelson held a news conference at which he announced a series of steps that he expects to include in a framework to present to the board to ensure protection of LGBTQ students from harassment and bullying at Fresno Unified campuses.
    The news conference came as California’s fourth largest school district deals with comments made earlier this month by Fresno Unified board president Brooke Ashjian to The Bee over state requirements that sex education programs include discussion of LGBTQ relationships. In an Aug. 4 story, Ashjian said that while the district would abide by the law, he had concerns.
    “You have kids who are extremely moldable at this stage, and if you start telling them that LGBT is OK and that it’s a way of life, well maybe you have just swayed the kid to go that way,” Ashjian, a devout Mormon who is also politically conservative, told The Bee. “It’s so important for parents to teach these Judeo-Christian philosophies.”
    The remarks triggered a flurry of reactions, including a statement from Nelson and the district affirming Fresno Unified’s commitmentto tolerance and inclusiveness only a few days after Ashjian’s remarks were published.
     Wednesday’s announcement, just hours before a board meeting where Ashjian’s comments were expected to be revisited, sprang from a meeting Nelson held Tuesday at the district offices with members of Fresno Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network, My LGBT Plus, Trans E Motion, LGBT Fresno, Community Link, and community leaders including Fresno City College President Carole Goldsmith and former Fresno Unified trustee Pat Barr.
    The community meeting also came just a few days after Equality California, a statewide civil rights organization, sent a letter to Nelson urging him to pledge to protect the rights of LGBTQ students.
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article169001797.html
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  9. olcharlie added a post in a topic Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.   

    Trump's Transgender Ban In Military Will Focus On New Enlistments
    August 24, 20177:35 AM ET
    Transgender members of the U.S. military would be subject to removal at Defense Secretary James Mattis' discretion — and the service would bar transgender people from enlisting, under new White House guidelines for the Pentagon. President Trump announced the ban via a tweet last month.
    Rough details of the guidelines were confirmed by NPR's Tom Bowman after the White House plan for the Pentagon was reported by The Wall Street Journal.
    Gay and lesbian troops have been able to serve openly in the U.S. military since 2011; transgender service members were allowed to do the same in 2016, through an order from Defense Secretary Ash Carter. That order deferred setting policy on new enlistments.
    The Obama administration had set a deadline of July 1, 2017, for the U.S. military to decide how to handle transgender recruits. But as NPR's Phil Ewing has reported, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis put off that deadline in June.
    Mattis hasn't spoken much about the plan, and it's not known how rigorously he would enforce a policy on transgender troops. Tom reports, "The big issue for Mattis is service. If you're in the military, people who know him say, he'll give a lot of leeway for keeping transgender people in — unless there's some huge medical issue that prevents deployability."
    On July 26, Trump stated in a series of tweets that the U.S. would not allow transgender people "to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military."
    More here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/24/545759805/trumps-transgender-ban-in-military-will-focus-on-new-enlistments
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  10. olcharlie added a post in a topic Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools   

    'Bathroom bill’ dies again in Texas as session abruptly ends
    Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert, Associated PressPublished 5:10 a.m. ET Aug. 16, 2017 | Updated 6:00 a.m. ET Aug. 16, 2017
    AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people died again late Tuesday along with many of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s summer demands as an already bruising legislative session was derailed by Republican backbiting that could preview an even nastier 2018 primary season.
    It is the second time that North Carolina-style bathroom restrictions have failed to pass in Texas, and Abbott gave no indication he would order weary lawmakers to stay in Austin and try again — which would risk a third failure over what has erupted into one of the most high-profile bills in any U.S. legislature.
    Corporate heavyweights from Amazon to Exxon Mobil lined up against the measure, as did some top law enforcement agencies, and opponents celebrated the latest failure despite the support from the governor and influential social conservatives who drive GOP politics and primaries in Texas.
    More here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/16/texas-bathroom-bill/571671001/
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    WASHINGTON — Five transgender people serving in the United States military sued President Tru​mp and top Pentagon officials on Wednesday, asking that transgender troops be allowed to stay in the military.​
    More here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/us/politics/5-transgender-service-members-sue-trump-over-military-ban.html
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    Commandant: 'I Will Not Break Faith' With Transgender Coast Guardsmen
    Military.com | 1 Aug 2017 | by Hope Hodge SeckAs military services await guidance following President Donald Trump's announcement last week via Twitter of a ban on transgender service members, the commandant of the Coast Guard is speaking out, saying he has no intention of leaving transgender Coast Guardsmen out in the cold.
    Speaking on the topic for the first time at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Tuesday morning, Adm. Paul Zukunft said his first action upon becoming aware of Trump's tweets was to have his office reach out to all 13 members of the Coast Guard who have self-identified as transgender.
    More here: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/08/01/commandant-i-will-not-break-faith-transgender-coast-guardsmen.html?ESRC=airforce_170801.nl
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    Army's Top Leader Sees No Clear Policy on Transgender Troops
    Military.com | 27 Jul 2017 | by Matthew CoxThe U.S. Army's top officials said late Wednesday that the service doesn't yet have a clear policy on transgender personnel, despite President Trump's Twitter announcement earlier in the day banning transgender people from serving.
    More here: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/07/27/armys-top-leader-sees-no-clear-policy-on-transgender-troops.html?ESRC=airforce_170801.nl
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    Transgender SEAL to Trump: Tell Me to My Face I'm Not Worthy
    Business Insider | 27 Jul 2017 | by Paul SzoldraA retired Navy SEAL Team 6 hero who is transgender had a message for President Donald Trump after he announced the US military would bar transgender people from serving.
    "Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy," Kristin Beck, a 20-year veteran of the Navy SEALs, told Business Insider on Wednesday. "Transgender doesn't matter. Do your service."
    Beck said Trump's abrupt change in policy could negatively affect many currently or wanting to serve in the military. The RAND Corporation estimated in 2016 that there were between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender people serving. Many of them just want to serve their country like everyone else, Beck said.
    More here: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/07/27/transgender-seal-trump-tell-me-my-face-im-not-worthy.html?ESRC=airforce_170801.nl
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    Previous Integration Efforts and the Experiences of Foreign Militaries Indicate a Minimal Likely Impact on Force Readiness
    The limited research on the effects of foreign military policies indicates little or no impact on unit cohesion, operational effectiveness, or readiness. Commanders noted that the policies had benefits for all service members by creating a more inclusive and diverse force.Policy changes to open more roles to women and to allow gay and lesbian personnel to serve openly in the U.S. military have similarly had no significant effect on unit cohesion, operational effectiveness, or readiness.Full Rand Corp report here: http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1530.html
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    JULY 26, 2017 9:58 PM
    President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement via Twitter on Wednesday morning that the U.S. government “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military” came as a shock to Amanda Watson of Fresno, a transgender woman who served in the U.S. Navy during Desert Storm.
    “It just made me feel like my service was unvalued, that I didn’t exist,” Watson says, “and that we don’t have rights.”
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article163889873.html
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  17. olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political Activism   

    Pressure mounts to curtail surgery on intersex children
    July 25, 2017, 9:37 AM
    Children whose sexual characteristics don't neatly align with the norm have for decades faced surgery to rearrange their anatomy to resemble that of more typical boys and girls — long before they were old enough to have a say in the decision.
    But now the practice is under assault, as never before. The American Medical Association is considering a proposal discouraging it. Three former U.S. surgeons general say it's unjustified. And on Tuesday, Human Rights Watch and InterACT a group advocating for intersex youth — are releasing a detailed report assailing the practice and urging Congress to ban it.
    "The results are often catastrophic," says the report, asserting that the surgeries "can inflict irreversible physical and psychological harm."
    "The pressure to fit in and live a 'normal' life is real," said Kyle Knight, a Human Rights Watch researcher who wrote the report. "But there is no evidence that surgery delivers on the promise of making that easier."
     One of multiple reasons for the concern: Some intersex children may undergo surgery aimed at assigning them as male or female, yet grow up to identify as the other sex — a potentially traumatic situation.
    More here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-surgery-intersex-children-20170725-story.html
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    President Trump said he will ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, a reversal of the Obama administration decision that would have allowed transgender recruits to serve, he announced on social media on Wednesday.
    More here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/07/26/trump-announces-ban-on-transgender-people-in-u-s-military/?utm_term=.d1dea20fba77
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    Jul 26, 9:41 AM EDT
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is barring transgender people from serving in the military "in any capacity," citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption."
    Trump's announcement Wednesday morning on Twitter did not say what would happen to transgender people already in the military.
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  20. olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political Activism   

    Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces.
    Jul 26, 9:24 AM EDT
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says he will bar transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the U.S. armed forces.
    Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that after consulting with "Generals and military experts," that the government "will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military."
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  21. olcharlie added a post in a topic Community vigil seeks justice for transgender woman slain in 2015   

    JULY 24, 2017 1:57 PM
    Fresno City Council President Clint Olivier is raising by $2,000 the Crime Stoppers reward for information leading to the arrest of the man who killed Casey “K.C” Haggard, the transgender woman slain two years ago on Blackstone Avenue.
    The reward will now sit at $7,000, and Olivier hopes that will get more people talking. “It’s two years later and we still haven’t got him yet,” Olivier said by phone Monday. “I hope more people will come forward.”
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/article163355383.html
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  22. olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political Activism   

    Lawsuit: Effects of 'Bathroom Bill' Linger in North Carolina
    A revised lawsuit says transgender people in North Carolina say are still effectively prevented from using restrooms matching their gender identity under a law that replaced the state's notorious "bathroom bill.".
    July 21, 2017, at 12:48 p.m. By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The law that replaced North Carolina's notorious "bathroom bill" sports a new look but maintains LGBT discrimination and prevents transgender people from using restrooms matching their gender identity, according to a lawsuit Friday.
    The lawsuit renews a high-profile legal battle that has thrust North Carolina into the center of the national debate over LGBT rights. The state took the "bathroom bill" off the books in late March after a yearlong backlash that hurt North Carolina's reputation and caused businesses and sports leagues to back out of lucrative events and projects.
    But lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal said the replacement law, known as H.B. 142, continues the harms of its predecessor.
    "Legislators were forced to rewrite the law," ACLU lawyer Chris Brook told reporters Friday. "But make no mistake ... H.B. 142 is a wolf in sheep's clothing crafted to keep discrimination intact but sporting a new look."
     The compromise earlier this year between Republican legislative leaders and Democrats led by Gov. Roy Cooper eliminated the "bathroom bill" requirement that transgender people use restrooms in many public buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates.
    But the new law makes clear that that only the General Assembly — not local government or school officials — can make rules for public restrooms from now on. Local governments are also prohibited from enacting new nondiscrimination ordinances for workplaces, hotels and restaurants until December 2020.
    More here: https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-07-21/apnewsbreak-lawsuit-says-bathroom-bill-effects-still-felt
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  23. olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political Activism   

    Community vigil seeks justice for transgender woman slain in 2015
    JULY 22, 2017 11:19 PM BY CHUEYEE YANG
    Almost two years after the still unsolved slaying of a transgender woman, community members gathered Saturday in central Fresno for a vigil and die-in in a bid for justice.
    Casey or “K.C.” Haggard, 66, was “just transitioning,” said Jess Fitzpatrick, co-chairman of Trans-E-Motion, when she was fatally stabbed in 2015.
    “We’re remembering a member of our community who was violently murdered on the streets of Fresno,” Fitzpatrick said. “Although the murder was caught on camera, a suspect has yet to be arrested.”
    The vigil was hosted by Trans-E-Motion, a nonprofit that provides support and education for the transgender community.
    More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article163156858.html
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    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...
    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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  25. olcharlie added a topic in Transgender Rights & Political Activism   

    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.
    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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