Posts by Dani Heffernan, Senior Media Strategist at GLAAD

San Antonio passes non-discrimination protections for LGBT residents

Yesterday, the city of San Antonio, Texas, passed an ordinance to protect LGBT residents from discrimination in city employment and contracts, housing, public office, and public accommodation.

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The 23rd annual Southern Comfort Conference celebrates transgender lives, features Dr. Marci Bowers

The 23rd annual Southern Comfort Conference (SCC), a four-day symposium focused on supporting and celebrating the lives of transgender people, will will be held September 4-8 in Atlanta, Georgia. SCC brings together transgender and allied vendors, authors, entertainers and leaders for seminars, on-site activities, and planned day trips centered on transgender people and issues.

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Vigil held tonight for Islan Nettles, a trans woman murdered in New York City

A vigil will be held tonight in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood to honor the life and memory of Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender woman of color who was brutally attacked and killed last week.

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Chelsea Manning's name and pronouns need respect, not clarification

Yesterday, after Private Chelsea Manning came out publicly as a transgender woman, many media outlets failed to refer to her accurately with the correct name and pronouns. GLAAD assembled resources for the media to improve their coverage, yet still, some outlets are claiming that the issue of how to refer to Manning is unclear. This is simply not the case.

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Breaking: Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill to protect California's transgender students

Today, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that ensures the state's public schools will take responsibility for the well-being of all students, including the transgender student population.

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Take Action: Help University of North Carolina students protect gender-neutral housing

On Friday, August 9, the University of North Carolina's Board of Governors will vote on a policy that would ban gender-neutral housing at all seventeen UNC campuses, and threaten the safety and well-being of trans and gender non-conforming students living there. This policy was previously approved by a "Governance Committee" and is moving on to a final vote before the full board.

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GLAAD working to correct media coverage of trans woman murdered in Philadelphia

This past weekend, GLAAD learned that local Philadelphia media sensationalized and inaccurately reported on the murder of a trans woman of color, using the wrong name and pronouns and including irrelevant information about her past.

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Court dismisses abuse allegations by transgender inmate

As the new web series Orange is the New Black brings focus to transgender women in prison through a character played by transgender actress Laverne Cox, real life transgender inmates are calling for the prison system to provide the healthcare and safety they need.

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