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Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Signal Change for Colleges

Colleges are often the place movements for social change start. Now, the transformation is coming to bathrooms.

Portland State University said in late May that it would convert one multi-stall women’s restroom on campus to a gender-neutral designation.

The move was designed to support transgender students.

Though there already are gender-neutral single-stall restrooms on campus, this restroom, on the fourth floor of Smith Memorial Student Union next to the Queer Resource Center, can be used simultaneously by people of different genders.

The Portland Tribune
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June 7, 2012

Breaking Down Barriers to Transgender Health and HIV Care

Transgender and gender non-conforming people face discrimination and harassment in virtually all realms of society. The stories of hate crimes against trans-identified individuals that make it into mainstream media only scratch the surface of heinous rates of violence directed toward this community. That level of trauma creates a barrier to getting through the door of a health care facility and accessing care.

The Body
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June 7, 2012
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The Village Voice Covers LGBT Involvement to End 'Stop & Frisk' Policy

An historic coalition of traditional race-oriented civil rights organizations, labor unions, and LGBT groups met yesterday at the Stonewall Inn to endorse the upcoming SIlent March to End Stop and Frisk on Father's Day, June 17. The "press conference" featured an impressive roster of speakers -- including the Rev. Al Sharpton, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and NAACP President Benajmin Jealous -- and had anyone wanted to wipe out nearly every LGBT leader in the city, they could have done it with one strike.

The Village Voice
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June 6, 2012

Miss Pennsylvania Quits Amid Transgender Constestant Flap

Sheena Monnin has quit her post as Miss Pennsylvania USA, blasting Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Organization as “lacking in morals” and “trashy.”

E! Online reports on the controversy, in which she claims the Miss USA contest was rigged and denies her earlier stance against the inclusion of transgender contestants.

“The Miss Universe Organization can confirm the resignation of the Pennsylvania title holder after she did not place in the Top 16 at the Miss USA pageant,” the pageant purveyor said in a statement to E! News.

Celebrity Buzz (The Houston Chronicle)
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June 6, 2012

Media Ignores Rash of Assaults on Transgender Women

While CeCe McDonald's sentence has sparked outrage in some circles, it has gone virtually unnoticed by the mainstream media, as well as in the mainstream gay community, which has been consumed by the marriage equality debate and the Tyler Clementi/Dharun Ravi case. But in fact, the CeCe McDonald case is part of a recent, horrifying spree of violence against transgender people, particularly trans people of color.

The Daily Beast
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June 6, 2012
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