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News that impacts the transgender community, from transphobic news coverage to positive and uplifting personal stories
After passing in both houses of the Massachusetts Legislature last week, today Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed the historic Transgender Equal Rights Bill. The law will take effect on July 1, 2012, at which time the state's approximately 33,000 transgender residents will have vital protections against discrimination in employment, housing, education, credit and hate crimes law.
Google announced Friday that it will significantly increase health coverage for its U.S. transgender employees. The company, with its longstanding history of supporting equality, recognizes the need for broad-based coverage that includes all employees regardless of gender identity or expression.
“Testimony” is a living art exhibition telling the stories of what it means to be young and lesbian, gay, bi or transgender. “Testimony” launched in October and continues to grow as a live exhibition online where you can view video, audio, portraiture, poetry, written reflections on youth, and youth speaking out about what it means to them to be LGBT and young.
On Sunday, people around the world came together to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Events to honor the day were held throughout the weekend, including an event at New York City's LGBT Community Center this past Friday, which was attended by GLAAD staff members.
After GLAAD reached out, Jojo Simmons, son of the legendary Rev. Run, removed the anti-transgender and anti-gay tweets from his timeline.
Two transgender advocates, actress Laverne Cox and triathlete Chris Mosier, share their respective thoughts and experiences around the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Today, the United States Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis, issued a statement about the upcoming Transgender Day of Remembrance. "I am proud to stand and be counted as an ally to the transgender community and to every person and family impacted by anti-transgender violence," she said.
Kylar Broadus is an African-American transgender advocate, lawyer, and founder of the Trans People of Color Coalition, the only national social justice organization promoting the interests of transgender people of color. Below, he shares his thoughts on the Transgender Day of Remembrance.