Posts by Dani Heffernan, Senior Media Strategist at GLAAD

Miami-Dade County votes in favor of transgender protections in Human Rights Ordinance

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade County Commission voted to include protections against discrimination based gender identity and gender expression in its Human Rights Ordinance. In an 8-3 vote that followed a four-hour public hearing, commissioners approved the inclusion of these protections in employment, housing and public accommodation.

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NY Court of Appeals allows retrial of hate crime charge for killing of Syracuse trans woman

Today, the New York State Court of Appeals announced that it will allow the Onondaga County District Attorney to retry Dwight DeLee, the man accused of killing a transgender woman, Lateisha Green, in 2008, while overturning his previous conviction.

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MTV and Logo observe #TDOR, "Look Different" hosts Twitter chat

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day when we honor the lives of those who were lost to acts of anti-transgender violence.As part of bringing attention to the violence that largely impacts transgender women of color, MTV News, Logo, and MTV Act shared graphics and information about TDOR on social media, and directed their followers to resources about being transgender as part of their "Look Different" campaign. Read More

LGBT advocates tell the truth about Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance on #IStandSunday

On Sunday, anti-LGBT activists gathered at Grace Community Church for a rally criticizing Houston's openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, and her support for the city's recently passed non-discrimination ordinance.

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Georgia advocates rally for transgender man allegedly threatened and called "it" by police

A transgender man, Juan Evans, in East Point, Georgia, says he was pulled over by local police for speeding, only to be harassed, called "it," and threatened with a genital search, according to a video released by the SNaP Co (Solutions Not Punishment Coalition). The video shows Evans recounting the incident he endured on October 23 after he was pulled over.

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Daniel Pierce, gay man disowned by family, joins board of homeless LGBT youth organization

Daniel Ashley Pierce, a 20-year-old gay man and subject of a viral video showing the violent reaction of his family members after he came out to them, has been named to the Board of Directors of Lost-n-Found Youth in Atlanta.

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Decision finds U.S. Army discriminated against transgender employee

Last week, a landmark determination announced by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) found that a transgender veteran and civilian Army software specialist faced "frequent, pervasive and humiliating,” gender identity discrimination by the Department of the Army.

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Katie Couric talks to transgender teen author Jazz on Yahoo News

On a new segment from Yahoo News with Katie Couric, Katie sat down with Jazz Jennings, a 14-year-old girl who has been sharing her story with the world about being young and transgender. When she was just 6, Jazz first appeared in the media and has been speaking out about her experience ever since.

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