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California school district makes positive changes for transgender students

The Arcadia Unified School District in California and the U.S. Department of Education have reached an agreement to end the case concerning discrimination against a transgender student. The outcome is a victory for transgender students, and the district will immediately take steps to treat the transgender male student named in the case with the same respect as his peers.

NBC Olympics coverage facing controversy over Russian anti-gay laws

Russia's newly-adopted anti-gay laws are already the subject of worldwide controversy. The laws have already been used to justify police brutality against Russian LGBT activists, as well as the imprisonment of advocates from inside their borders and beyond. LGBT advocates have called for the boycott of many Russian goods as a result.

Towleroad
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July 25, 2013
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Senate committee advances gay troops’ benefits bill

A Senate committee advanced legislation on Wednesday that would ensure married gay service members can receive benefits — including veteran’s benefits — for their same-sex spouses.
 
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs approved by voice vote as part of a package of additional bills legislation known as the Charlie Morgan Act, which would change the definition of spouse in U.S. code governing troop benefits to ensure spousal benefits flow to gay service members.
 
Washington Blade
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July 25, 2013
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Op-ed: Justice for Trayvon Martin comes out of community, not courtrooms

The murder of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman are not anomalies in our criminal punishment system. They are the norm. Article upon article has been written since the verdict reminding readers that Black bodies are not valued by our culture and Black people can be killed with no consequences to those who pull the trigger or who create the systems that lead to constant premature death for people of color.

The Rainbow Times
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July 24, 2013
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