Posts by Dani Heffernan, Senior Media Strategist at GLAAD

Lawsuit filed for detained trans girl treated 'as a boy' by CT child welfare

Lawyers for a transgender 16-year-old girl, known in court documents only as Jane Doe, are suing Connecticut's Department of Children and Families and prison officials, alleging that Doe's traumatizing isolation in solitary confinement throughout this year violates her constitutional rights.

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Michael Sam waived by Dallas Cowboys, tweets appreciation to #SamFans

Today, the Dallas Cowboys waived defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly-gay player in an NFL team.

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U.S. Marine accused of killing Filipina trans woman misses first court hearing

Today, a U.S. Marine suspect subpoenaed by Philippine authorities for the murder a local transgender woman, 26-year-old Jennifer Laude of Olongapo, did not appear in court to face charges.

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Transgender organizations go purple for #spiritday

Today, transgender organziations across the country are joining millions of people to go purple for Spirit Day to take a stand against bullying and show support for LGBT youth. Check out some of the great organizations showing their purple today below.

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NY Court of Appeals reviews conviction for murdered trans woman

Today, advocates are joining the family of Lateisha Green, a transgender woman of color who was murdered in Syracuse in 2008, at the New York Court of Appeals in Albany for a hearing on whether to reinstate the hate crime conviction against her alleged killer, Dwight DeLee.

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Local media highlights bias against transgender 7-year-old in KY

Last week, Nikki Sullivan brought her 7-year-old transgender child to Owen County Elementary School in Kentucky, introducing her for the first time as her daughter. According to local news reports, the school has accepted her daughter and is working to protect her from bullying, but some parents are refusing to accept her gender identity.

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Transgender woman fatally shot in Los Angeles, media reports

According to reports from local Los Angeles media, a transgender woman was fatally shot in the head in East Hollywood on Thursday morning while walking down the street during what police believe might have been an attempted robbery.

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California sets example with new laws protecting LGBT people

As Think Progress reports, California has recently passed several laws protecting LGBT people in the state under Gov. Jerry Brown.

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