Posts by Dani Heffernan, Senior Media Strategist at GLAAD

TLDEF Secures Policy Change in Aetna Health Care Coverage for Transgender People

This week, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) announced a victory in a case brought by a transgender woman, Beth Scott, against Aetna, her private insurance company. GLAAD congratulates Ms. Scott and thanks TLDEF for challenging policies that unfairly deny health care coverage to transgender people.

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Pew Poll Shows Growth in Support for Marriage Equality

A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center finds that support for marriage equality in the United States is higher than ever, with 47% of Americans in favor of marriage for same-sex couples.

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EEOC Says Transgender Federal Employees Covered by Civil Rights Act

On April 20, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), an agency of the United States Government that oversees federal employment discrimination, issued an official opinion stating that employment discrimination against transgender Americans violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Media Round-up of GLSEN's Day of Silence

To commemorate the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) Day of Silence, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and allies worked to raise awareness about anti-LGBT bullying by not speaking. You can see some of the media coverage of the Day of Silence below.

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'The Daily' App Runs Article on Transgender History in the Media

Yesterday, 'The Daily,' a news app for iPad launched in early 2011, published an article featuring transgender people sharing their own histories in relation to memorable moments in media and pop culture.

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New Report on Discrimination Against Latina Transgender Women by Law Enforcement

In a new report, researchers explore the extent of discrimination and mistreatment that Latina transgender women living in Los Angeles, California experience from the very people whose job it is to uphold justice.

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More Videos from the 'I AM: Trans People Speak' Campaign

Last month, GLAAD and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) announced the upcoming national launch of the “I AM: Trans People Speak” video campaign. The campaign has since received considerable attention from advocates and the media, and more user-created videos have been added to the campaign’s video channel. In addition to the campaign trailer, you can view some of the user-created videos below.Read More

Associated Press to Honor Out Gay Reporter Hank Plante

On June 2nd, retired political reporter Hank Plante will accept the 2012 Stan Chambers Award for Extraordinary Achievement from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association. Plante was one of the first openly gay TV reporters in the country.

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