Posts by Dani Heffernan, Senior Media Strategist at GLAAD

President Obama Nominates Out Lesbian Chinese American to Federal Bench

President Obama has nominated out lesbian civil-rights prosecutor Pamela Ki Mai Chen for a judicial seat on the U.S, District Court of the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn.

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Connecticut Judge Rules DOMA Unconstitutional

A Connecticut judge ruled that a provision of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

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Two Pennsylvania Couples Denied Drivers' License Name Change

Two couples in Pennsylvania have faced the unfair repercussions of the state's refusal to recognize the marriages of lesbian and gay couples.

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Media Fails in Coverage of Trans Hotel Employee in Florida

While this story deals with a sensitive issue of an alleged crime, the media has largely disregarded basic respect for Vanessa and her identity. Several news outlets have used wrong pronouns and called Vanessa the wrong name, misrepresented her gender identity, and even referred to her with derogatory slurs.

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EEOC Inclusion of Transgender Employees Under Civil Rights Act Takes Effect Today

“This is a historic day for human rights in the United States…starting today transgender and gender non-conforming people now have legal recourse if they face discrimination on the job," said Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center (TLC). "We no longer have to be silent when we are fired or not hired simply for being who we are.”

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GLAAD Observes International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). IDAHO, which is observed annually on May 17, has become a time of reflection on the state of equality and a time to take action towards furthering the well-being and legal protection of LGBT people worldwide.

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NY Times Trans Exploitation Generates Community Response

Following an incredibly exploitative piece in the New York Times about the death of transgender woman Lorena Escalera in a fire this past weekend, and the newspaper’s subsequent refusal to acknowledge the true problems with their story, transgender advocates and allies have generated a powerful response asserting the immense hurt felt by so many over this coverage.

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Jenna Talackova a Finalist for Miss Universe Canada

Jenna Talackova has been officially listed among the sixty-two national finalists scheduled to compete in the upcoming Miss Universe Canada competition.

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