Transgender

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EEOC Inclusion of Transgender Employees Under Civil Rights Act Takes Effect Today

“This is a historic day for human rights in the United States…starting today transgender and gender non-conforming people now have legal recourse if they face discrimination on the job," said Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center (TLC). "We no longer have to be silent when we are fired or not hired simply for being who we are.”

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Transgender Teen's Journey From From Meghan to Mason "Really, Really Good"

Tiffany Pierce, Mason’s mother, said her son had a hard time at school, particularly in seventh grade. His father, David Pierce, said his son’s struggle was heartbreaking.

“I knew that what it took for him to get to that point to talk about it and to talk to us, it was just heartbreaking,” David Pierce said. “It took a while to get my brain wrapped around it, but I think I was pretty supportive right off the bat.”

NBC Los Angeles
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May 18, 2012

NY Times Trans Exploitation Generates Community Response

Following an incredibly exploitative piece in the New York Times about the death of transgender woman Lorena Escalera in a fire this past weekend, and the newspaper’s subsequent refusal to acknowledge the true problems with their story, transgender advocates and allies have generated a powerful response asserting the immense hurt felt by so many over this coverage.

Lorena Escalera: A Life That Mattered by Laverne Cox

Several years into my transtion about a decade ago, I thought seriously about killing myself. Life was really hard. I wasn't passing as my true female self very well. I often was called a man as I walked down the street. I didn't think I would ever be accepted as the woman I always knew I was, and I wanted to end it. In the note I was going to write to accompany my death, I was going to have explicit instructions about the pronouns that should be used to refer to me in death.

The Huffington Post
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May 15, 2012

No Justice for CeCe

A black transgender woman faces prison for killing her attacker. Her supporters call that a crime.

“I never thought I would make it past my 16th birthday. To grow up and have that thought at a young age is unsettling—the thought or feeling of knowing or expecting that today could be my last day on Earth, only because someone hates me for being the person I felt would make my life happiest.” --CeCe McDonald

The Root
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May 15, 2012

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