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Illinois Consent Decree Important Step For Transgender Individuals Seeking Birth Certificate Changes

photo courtesy of penelope waits

A lawsuit filed by the ACLU brings an important change to Illinois rules regarding birth certificate changes.

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Have We Evolved in Our View of Transgender People?

Twenty states now have laws prohibiting gender discrimination against LGBT people. However, that still means that 30 states do not.

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A Transgender Father Challenges Breastfeeding Norms

Transgenderd father Trevor MacDonald and his son

Trevor MacDonald, a trans father in Canada who has breastfed his son for over a year, was rejected by La Leche League as a volunteer leader because of his gender identity.

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Global AIDS Policy: Still Rife With Stigma and Discrimination

If we are fighting HIV, we need to join hands no matter whether we are straight, gay, sex workers, whatever…but with no discrimination. This is high time we tell the US government they should respect all human rights – whether you are a sex worker, straight, gay, disabled. We are all equal.

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Cervical Health Awareness Month: Trans Men and Genderqueer/Gender Nonconforming People

January is cervical health awareness month, and NCTE wants to remind everyone that cervical health is a critical issue for trans men and genderqueer/gender nonconforming folks.

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Reproductive Justice and Latino Heritage Month 2011: The Work of Harmony Santana

A series for Latino Heritage Month which will highlight Latin@s who impact the reproductive justice movement in various ways.

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Louisiana Sex Workers Will No Longer Be Labeled as Sex Offenders

Louisiana’s era of forcing certain convicted sex workers to register as sex offenders appears to be over. Governor Jindall’s office announced today that he had signed into law a bill, sponsored by Louisiana State Representative Charmaine Marchand Stiaes, that effectively moves prostitution convictions back to the level of misdemeanor.

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Roundup: More Women Taking Emergency Contraception

More women have taken emergency contraception now that it is available over the counter; White House to hold first-ever transgender issue meeting; and maternal mortality for African-American women in California skyrockets.

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Why I Started a Campaign After the McDonald’s Attack Video

When I first saw the video of a young woman attacked in a McDonald’s restroom, I was brought to tears. And then I turned to action.

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Health Equity? Still Waiting But On the Right Track

As an African-American female who has worked in public health for 20 years I am a little exhausted of the slow progress that the United States has made concerning health equity for minority populations.

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