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  1. David Michael Conner | 11/11/2016 11:36 am ET
    "I can’t say whether he is one of the abusers who called me a faggot, who kicked me, flicked my ears, pinched and punched me in the locker room, and who ultimately caused me to read the suicide textbook “The Final Exit” and stockpile pills throughout my youth as an emergency escape hatch."  -- huffingtonpost.com
    I Am Gay. I Will Not Be Tortured Again
  2. Pastor Writes To Dispel Embedded Misconceptions About Transgender People (Audio)
     
  3. BY  Daniel Reynolds | August 20 2015 8:26 PM ET
    ""I'd rather have found out from a doctor that I had terminal cancer than I have a gay son,” she wrote."  -- advocate.com
    Christian Man Recounts Year Pretending to Be Gay in Ted Talk
  4. Queensland, Australia
     
    “Under resourced transgender medical services across Queensland are buckling under the pressure of high demand and with no funding are at risk of having to shut their doors according to Gina Mather, President of the Australian Transgender Support Association of Queensland (ATSAC).” – Toby Longhurst
     
    QLD TRANSGENDER SERVICES AT RISK
  5. i happened to turn to ABC-TV tonite just in time to catch the news program 20/20's segment about a widow who's in a legal battle with her late husband's family. the widow is a transwoman who says he knew it from day one but loved her unconditionally. his family (and their lawyer) says he didn't have a clue and was devistated when he found out.

    Nikki Araguz will probably lose all contact with her late husband's children, she'll probably lose any benefits that would have gone to a wife because as far as TX is concerned... she is a male, which in the eyes of TX law...made her marriage a same-sex marriage - illegal in TX. and so her marriage is considered null and void, which means she's not a widow and therefore entitled to nothing.

    "This story just seems to represent such a tragedy for everyone involved. Unfortunately, this situation highlights many injustices faced by transgendered families in this country." -Masen Davis, executive director, Transgender Law Center, San Francisco

    the video is not online yet, but you can read the story and catch a vid clip or two...
    "Transgender Widow May Lose Her Deceased Husband's Benefits..."
  6. "A judge recently ruled Nikki Araguz’s marriage to Captain Thomas Araguz was not valid because she was born a man, making her ineligible to receive $600,000 in her husband’s death benefits..."

    Read the article (with photo): Transgender widow of Wharton Co. firefighter appeals decision that marriage was invalid
  7. Yep, Texas

    “In Houston, transgender widow Nikki Araguz has appealed a district judge’s ruling denying her death benefits from her late husband, Thomas Araguz III, a volunteer firefighter who was killed in the line of duty in 2010.
    The judge, Randy Clapp, granted summary judgment to Thomas Araguz’s family, which filed a lawsuit alleging the couple’s 2008 marriage is void because Nikki Araguz was born male, and Texas law prohibits same-sex marriage.” - John Wright

    Trans widow continued her fight
  8. Los Angeles

    “Study: Workplaces friendlier to gay employees

    The corporate world -- especially at law firms and big banks -- is a much better place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees than it was a decade ago, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group.” – star-telegram


    Workplaces grow friendlier to gay employees
  9. A lovely article from West Virginia/Ohio

    “All right, class. Who can tell me the answer to this question? If Susie has two lesbian "mommies" and Sam has two transgender "daddies," how many adults who have contributed to California's glorious history are in the two groups?” - Mike Myer

    Really Get Back To Basics
  10. “It should be of little surprise to anyone that, since 2012 is an election year, the stakes are higher than ever in regard to the fight for LGBTQ equality. It may turn out to be a year that presents clear challenges but potential victories around the country, as gay and lesbian Americans continue to demand the rights that should already be afforded to them by the United States Constitution.” - Gina Caprio

    2012 election year holds high stakes for LGBTQ
  11. Rivas-Vaciamadrid

    “It will have 30 staff to look after the 230 residents in the 120 apartments and studios in the complex, with some set aside for people who are HIV positive. "Most homes simply won't let them in," he explained.
    Armenteros insisted that it would not be a place only for gay, lesbian or transsexual people. "What we want is a space of tolerance, where anybody can come," said Armenteros.” - Giles Tremlett

    LGBT-retirement-home
  12. Blog of Elliot Gassenberg

    “Recently, I took part in the World LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Youth Leaders Summit in Tel Aviv. Wahoo! Yes, my friends, the very same controversial and not-so-controversial summit you just may have read about on the news and/or Facebook. The event was hosted by IGY (Israel Gay Youth). There were over forty participants from around the world, including the USA, Chile, Iceland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Mongolia, India, Singapore and Mayalsia, just to name a few. There were also a handful of Israelis, and an Iranian queer refugee who now lives in Canada. I came as a volunteer at Hoshen (Education & Change: The Educational Center of the LGBT Community in Israel) and as a general young queer leader/activist. Yay activists!” - Elliot Glassenberg

    Queers’ Visit to the Holy Land
  13. “From politics and activism to fashion and the arts, we list the most talented, intriguing and promising Australians from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities to watch in 2012.” - Jason Bartlett

    LGBTI PEOPLE TO WATCH IN 2012
  14. “South America-based LAN Airlines has launched a website just for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers.
    The website, LANdiversity.com, gives travelers tips on restaurants and activities at gay-friendly destinations, articles of interest to the gay and lesbian community, and listings of events and gay-themed vacations. It also has a Facebook and Twitter feed for travelers to communicate with each other.” - By Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY

    LAN Airlines launches website for LGBT
  15. “Clapham Common is expected to welcome 250,000 people to an Olympic house in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community during the London 2012 Games.” - Louise Ridley

    Pride House to be "one of the biggest" Olympic houses
  16. New Jersey

    “Too often, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people think that they must choose to be queer or to be a person of faith. Through the web and film, Our Spirit is helping young people reconcile their faith with their sexuality, helping them understand that the two need not be mutually exclusive. Our Spirit was founded about a year ago as a web resource for youth who are hurt and confused by so-called "traditional" religious teachings about homosexuality.” - Toby Grace

    "Our Spirit" helps LGBT youth
  17. Baltimore

    “The bill will be similar to a law passed last month by the Howard County Council, Quirk said. Proponents of the law say it was spurred by a highly- publicized attack on Chrissy Polis, a transgendered Rosedale woman, last year.” - Bryan P. Sears

    Baltimore-New-Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Bill
  18. West Virginia

    “Kevin McCoy of the West Virginia Family Foundation says last-minute amendments to the anti-bullying policy, approved by the state Board of Education behind the scenes, now include the categories of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" -- neither of which was originally included in the bill. The new policy, which goes into effect July 1, includes punishment guidelines against any student who targets another because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. Students will also be held accountable for what they write on Facebook or Twitter, and they will receive an automatic ten-day suspension from school for any violations.” - Bob Kellogg

    Mountain State paving way for 'gay' indoctrination
  19. “Family Equality Council, the national organization that connects, supports, and represents the one million American families with lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) parents, today announced details of Celebrate, Commit, Connect – a campaign to mark the 30th anniversary of the group and the LGBT family movement. This year, Family Equality Council will commemorate its origins in 1979 as a support group for divorced gay fathers and acknowledge its evolution into a leading advocate working to create a world where LGBT families and all American families can be recognized, respected, and protected.” - BWW News Desk

    Family Equality Council To Mark 30th Anniversary In 2012
  20. “The Advocate, a prominent publication for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, has come out with its third annual list of the "Gayest Cities in America." And the list has critics buzzing.” - Kitty Bean Yancey

    'Gayest Cities in America'
  21. “HRC names Deloitte a best place to work for LGBT equality for the sixth year in a row”

    “The CEI measures and analyzes inclusion initiatives, company benefits, and support made available for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) personnel and the wider LGBT community. HRC's criteria for earning a spot on this coveted list continues to be raised, including a more rigorous assessment of LGBT health benefits, full transgender inclusion, and the ability to offer effective diversity training, recruiting, resources, supplier diversity and company citizenship. The number of companies earning this distinction has declined nearly 50 percent based on these additional criteria.” - press release in Market Watch

    SOURCE Deloitte

    Deloitte Scores 100 Percent Rating on Human Rights
  22. “Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, Americans continue to experience stark social, economic, and health disparities despite significant gains in securing basic rights for LGBT people over the last decade. According to recent data families headed by black same-sex couples are more likely to raise their children in poverty, black lesbians are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases, and black LGBT youth are more likely to end up homeless and living on the streets.” – Center for American Progress

    Black Gay and Transgender Americans Need More than Marriage Equality
  23. “From a news release 2012-01-11”

    Chicago

    “President Obama has demonstrated that his vision for a brighter future includes greater equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. The President and his Administration are dedicated to eliminating barriers to equality, fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and engaging LGBT communities across the country.” – Windy City Times

    Improving for LGBT Americans'health and well-being
  24. “Stephen Ira Beatty is gay. Alright. I mean…I’m a lesbian. Beatty is gay. It happens that way. Gender Identity and sexuality are, well, pretty much separate. Beatty, who is apparently a fairly femme gay man, has been having some interesting conversations about this issue over the last several years.” - Bridgette P. LaVictoire

    Beatty Has Boyfriend & Is Gay- Yep, It Happens


    "Pretty much separate" ~ Bridgette P. LaVictoire

    He-he ~ Beth
  25. Elmhurst College: Elmhurst, Illinois

    “But the new policy hasn’t spawned a windfall of openly gay applicants. About 5 percent of the 2,204 applicants so far this year have identified themselves as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender), Elmhurst admissions dean Gary Rold said.” - Mitch Smith

    No Identity Crisis