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Top of the News: Afternoon Edition

Teen girls are facing discimination in athletics, a transgender inmate vows to continue lawsuit against the state, the Massachusetts House sees a growing number of anti-choice lawmakers and more in today’s afternoon round-up!

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Prop 8 Court Victory: A Reproductive Justice Win Too

The widely-celebrated court decision striking down Proposition 8 is important for many reasons, not least because it underscores that reproductive and sexual rights are integrally and intimately linked.

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Get Real! I Feel Like My Body Is Wrong, But My Parents Say My Feelings Are Wrong

Listen to your own feelings and sense of self. You’re the expert when it comes to your own identity. The only ultimate authority on our gender is us.

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In The Interest of “Equality,” Malawian Woman’s Identity Is Erased

 

The mainstream media is notorious for misgendering trans people; when trans women are written about, they are described as being “men dressed as women” and referred to persistently as “he.” And although many gay rights groups include the letter “T” in their acronyms and claim to be inclusive of diversity in gender identity, they don’t hesitate to blatantly disregard gender identity when it serves their purpose of arguing for “equality” in the treatment of gays.

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Transgender Community in New Orleans Speaks Out Against Abuse and Discrimination by Police

New Orleans’ Black and transgender community members and advocates complain of rampant and systemic harassment and discrimination from the city’s police force, including sexual violence and arrest without cause.

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Stuck in the Middle with You: Inventing “Normal” for Sex and Gender

Our culture struggles with the notion of how gender ought to manifest — that there are fixed recognizable differences in the look and function of sex organs, presence of hormones and type of chromosomes that generate two distinct and bounded categories: male and female. And therefore man and woman. But actually, there aren’t.

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At “Breakthrough” Meeting, Holy See “Condemns Criminalization of Homosexual Conduct”

At a "breakthrough meeting," the Holy See condemned “unjust discrimination against homosexual persons,” and advocates detailed the spread throughout Africa of violence and hatred against gay, lesbian and transgender persons.

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*UPDATE* Fla. MacDonald’s Manager Tells Transgender Job Applicant “We Don’t Hire Faggots”

The manager of a Florida McDonald’s tells a job applicant: “We don’t hire faggots.” The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund has filed a complaint with the state of Florida, but few states protect transgender persons from discrimination.

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Get Real! How Can I Help My Trans Partner with a Medical Transition?

The best way to be an ally and a support to anyone often starts with questions like “How can I support you?” or “What do you want and need from me in this?” Then you listen to the answers and respond accordingly.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is important because violence against anyone is unacceptable, no matter their gender.

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