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NCTE Releases Federal Agenda for Trans Equality

In the three years since its last released agenda, NCTE has developed an even better and deeper understanding of the dozens of federal policies and programs that still need attention, and has released a roadmap called, “A Blueprint for Equality: A Federal Agenda for Transgender People” which contains 99 key steps towards full federal equality for transgender people.

March 22, 2012

Diners React to Distressed Transgender Teen: VIDEO

On last weekend’s ABC News ‘What Would You Do?’, restaurant diners were faced with a transgender teen telling her mother that she identifies as a girl, and the mom demanding she dress and act like a boy.

What happens is pretty amazing.

March 16, 2012

El FBI y Departamento de Justicia Capacitarán a Autoridades Puertorriqueñas para Manejar Crímenes de Odio

A casi un año de que GLAAD y otros instaron al Presidente Obama y a los medios a tratar los asesinatos de personas LGBT en Puerto Rico, el Departamento de Justicia ha confirmado que realizará talleres de capacitación para autoridades puertorriqueña para manejar los crímenes de odio.

UPDATE: Federal Agencies to Conduct Hate Crime Trainings for Puerto Rican Law Enforcement Officials

Almost a year after GLAAD and others urged President Obama and the media to address murders of LGBT people in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed that they will conduct training sessions on hate crimes for Puerto Rican law enforcement officials.

Proclaim, Retreat for LGBT Lutheran Leaders, Registration Now Open

Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM) expands ministry opportunities for publicly-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to lead in the Lutheran church as ordained pastors and rostered lay leaders. They believe that supporting ministry by LGBT leaders will change the church, and thereby, transform society to become more fully inclusive of all people.

Policy Clarified for Transgender Veterans

The Veterans Health Administration recently clarified a policy and said that transgender veterans will be able to provide a physicians letter to align their medical records with their gender identity.
March 6, 2012

Faith Communities Develop More LGBT-Inclusive Liturgical Rites

Within Christian traditions, liturgy is a pattern for worship used (whether recommended or prescribed) by a Christian congregation or denomination on a regular basis. Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Anglican, Reformed/Presbyterian, United Methodist, and Lutheran traditions have the “Eucharist” as a rite. Other Protestant traditions rarely use this exact term, preferring either "Communion", "the Lord's Supper", or "the Breaking of Bread.”


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