11 February 2019

El Salvador - Nayib Bukele elected president of El Salvador

Ernesto Valle
Washington Blade

San Salvador, El Salvador
(1868 flag)

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civil rights - ACLU sues Springs business over denial of health coverage to transgender employee

Andy Koen

Colorado Springs, CO
Doolittle Hall (United States Air Force Academy)

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Wisconsin - Despite Strides, Disparities In Health Care Remain For LGBTQ Population

Mary Kate McCoy

Madison, WI

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lead story - Two men on trial for unleashing ‘sheer brutality’ on transgender community

Keith L. Alexander
The Washington Post

Washington DC

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10 February 2019

Cameroon - Submission by Human Rights Watch to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Cameroon

Human Rights Watch

Yaoundé, Cameroon

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civil rights - Bill killed in ongoing battle on transgender rights in SD

Sarah Mearhoff
Rapid City Journal

Rapid City, SD

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Wyoming - Orr declares new protections for LGBTQ employees

Austin Hugulet
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

Cheyenne, UT

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lead story - Commentary: Transgender people just want to be themselves

Dex Rumsey
The Salt Lake Tribune

Grantsville, UT

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09 February 2019

Bermuda - Advisory group to help police

Renae Stampp
The Royal Gazette

Hamilton, Bermuda
The Royal Gazette (1796)

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civil rights - Gender-neutral bathrooms benefit a lot of people. Our region needs more of them.

D. Taylor Reich
Greater Greater Washington

Washington DC

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Indiana - Elvis impersonator turned state legislator files anti-transgender bill in Indiana

Alex Bollinger
LGBTQ Nation

ezs note:  Uh-huh.  If you live in Indiana's 45th district, (Jasonville area) maybe it's time to send Fake Elvis (Bruce Borders) packing.  Contact your Democratic committee.

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lead story - ‘I hope no one tries to kill me in the middle of the street,’ transgender woman living in New Orleans says

Aubry Killion

New Orleans, LA

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08 February 2019

Uzbekistan - The Missing Piece in Uzbekistan’s Reform Puzzle

James Reston
The Diplomat

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

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civil rights - Treatment of Transgender People in Custody Must Improve

Deborah Lolai
New York Law Journal

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Georgia - Transgender metro Atlanta teen named homecoming queen

Project Q Atlanta

Atlanta, GA
Object of Wo(man), William Massey

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lead story - Trump ban on transgender troops in US military could be reversed by new congress bill

Felicia Sonmez

US Capitol

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07 February 2019

Donald Trump - Trump Is Walling Off the GOP

Ronald Brownstein
The Atlantic

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Macedonia/EU - Transgender Macedonians Hail ‘Turning Point’ European Court Ruling

Eve-Anne Travers
Balkan Insight

Skopje, Macedonia

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civil rights - Transgender man, former “Queer Eye” guest, sues University of Georgia over health care discrimination

John Riley

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Ohio - Discrimination complaints to Ohio Civil Rights Commission up

Laura Hancock

Columbus, OH

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lead story - South Dakota lawmakers defeat bill giving parents right to deny transgender treatment

Lisa Kaczke
Sioux Falls Argus-Leader

Pierre, SD

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ezs note:  South Dakotans - thank you!

06 February 2019

civil rights - HRC and LGBTQ Community: Here’s the Real State of the Union

Charlotte Clymer

House of Representatives

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Illinois - Transgender Illinois inmate feels safer after transfer


Lincoln, IL

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lead story - Hartke's book teaches about gifts of transgender Christians

Hilary Howes
National Catholic Reporter

Northfield, MN

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05 February 2019

South Sudan - Adut Akech: The South Sudanese refugee making fashion history

Shirine Saad

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civil rights - Weinberg: Remembering Babs, a transgender activist who blazed a path for LGBTQ rights

Loretta Weinberg

ezs note:  Goodbye, Babs...

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Kansas - Meet the transgender activist suing the state of Kansas

Ciara Pate
University News

Topeka, KS

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lead story - State of the Union: Five lawmakers invite transgender service members

Tim Fitzsimons
NBC News

US Capitol at night 

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04 February 2019

AUDIO - This Is Happening with Jerry Quickley - David Cay Johnston

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Donald Trump - Trump’s ‘Great Memory’ Fails As He Repeatedly Forgets Names In New Supercut

Ed Mazza

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Netherlands/US - Prosecutors to decide if Nashville anti-gay charter breaches Dutch law

Gordon Darroch

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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civil rights - New Jersey restaurant server claims she was fired because she’s transgender

John Riley

Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

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New York - Gillibrand invites transgender Navy officer to State of the Union address

Mark Weiner

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

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lead story - We need to be counted. New CDC data help drive transgender visibility.

Miranda Rosenblum
USA Today

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03 February 2019

Malta - Being transgender is not a mental disorder - MEP Roberta Metsola

Malta Independent Online

The Beheading of Saint John - Caravaggio

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civil rights - New Jersey to require schools to teach LGBT history

Hannan Adely
USA Today

Woodland, NJ

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Mississippi - Mississippi lawmakers propose ‘license to harass’ for transphobic teachers

Zack Ford

ezs note:  If you haven't heard of this yet, HB1176 is an absolutely repulsive bill that allows 'teachers' to harass transgender students with impunity.  If you live in Mississippi, please tell your legislators to vote 'no' on this bill.  If you live outside Mississippi, please tell your legislators that if this bill passes, Mississippi will no longer be on your state's dime.  I have already contacted State Rep. Jillian Gilchrest. (D-CT)

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lead story - Transgender LA LEO is among many living 'their truth' on force

Brenda Gazzar

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02 February 2019

VIDEO - Matt Baume - Jussie Smollett and Others Attacked

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Donald Trump - What Do You Learn About Trump in an 85-Minute Interview?

Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman
The New York Times

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Kenya/Uganda - Ugandan Trans Refugees Seek Farming Opportunity in Kenya

Matt Tracy
Gay City News

Nairobi, Kenya

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civil rights - Transgender military ban is about discrimination

Nicole Vanderheiden
Bangor Daily News

Bangor, ME

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Nebraska - Midlands Voices: Physician expresses support for gender legislation

Jean Amoura
Omaha World-Herald

Omaha, NE

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lead story - Prominent transgender advocate harassed by anti-trans feminists, video shows

Tim Fitzsimons
NBC News

Sarah McBride

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01 February 2019

crazy batshit - Rep. Louie Gohmert is Steve King’s ally in white nationalism

Luke Barnes

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Jamaica - J-FLAG seeking funds to rebuild office destroyed by fire

Jamaica Observer

Kingston, Jamaica

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ezs note:  To donate, please press   https://www.gofundme.com/rebuildingjflag

civil rights - What Pakistan gets right and the US gets wrong on trans rights

Shamus Khan, Joss Greene

Lahore, Pakistan

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New York - What New York Employers Should Know Regarding the Rights of Transgender Employees

David W.D. Mitchell, Maria Benvenuto

Albany, NY

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ezs note:  Although this is an excellent piece, it is slightly dated.  To read more, please press here.

lead story - Hong Kong: Court ruling a setback in fight for equality for transgender people

Man-kei Tam
Amnesty International

Hong Kong

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