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Transgender Discrimination

The State of Transgender Rights: Legislation, Empowerment and Equality

By: Nicole Lashomb/Editor-in-Chief— Despite heightened transgender awareness in the U.S., largely due to reality star Caitlyn Jenner’s emergence, the reality of transgender rights and struggles are daunting as violence and discrimination continues to surge, according to local and national officials. “Nationally, 2015 was one the most horrific years for anti-trans violence, with numerous trans people […]

CDC Reports Startling Increase in the Rise of STIs, Stresses Safe-Sex Practices

CDC Reports Startling Increase in the Rise of STIs, Stresses Safe-Sex Practices

By: Mike Givens/TRT Assistant Editor— In November, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report highlighting a significant increase in sexually transmitted infections, STIs, across the country. The nearly 200-page report, Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2014, found that cases of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea had increased for the first time since […]

The Welcoming Committee's New Project Supports Inclusivity, Respect for LGBTQs

The Welcoming Committee’s New Project Supports Inclusivity, Respect for LGBTQs

By: Mike Givens/TRT Assistant Editor— While living in Philadelphia, Joshua Durando felt a bit restless and decided to mix up his social life. Having volunteered to blog about a Guerilla Queer Bar (GQB) event for PhillyGayCalendar.com, he went with a few friends and said he enjoyed himself. The premise of GQB gatherings was simple: on […]

Transgender Vets: Higher Rates of Mental & Medical Health Issues; National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Transgender Vets: Higher Rates of Mental & Medical Health Issues; National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Feb. 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day By: Eric Brus* In recent years, many research studies have identified significant health disparities―including very high rates of HIV infection―among transgender persons. However, there have been no large controlled studies examining health disparities among transgender persons for a range of mental and medical health conditions. To shed […]

Huntsville, AL Hosts Alabama #RuralPride Summit February 4

Huntsville, AL Hosts Alabama #RuralPride Summit February 4

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will host the next #RuralPride summit in Huntsville, Alabama on February 4. The event, co-hosted by the True Colors Fund, will be held at the Alabama A&M University, Agricultural Research Center (ARC), Building 0870, 4900 Meridian Street North, Huntsville, Alabama, […]

GLSEN Launches First Lifestyle Brand to Support LGBT Youth

GLSEN Launches First Lifestyle Brand to Support LGBT Youth

GLSEN’s “Shop to Support” Efforts Will Fund Work with Students, Educators, Policymakers to Improve School Climates for All Students NEW YORK—GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, today officially launched the new GLSEN Shop, which includes the first-ever lifestyle brand to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) […]

Gay Widower Sues San Francisco Bay Area Union Pension Plan

Gay Widower Sues San Francisco Bay Area Union Pension Plan

Pension Plan Refuses to Provide Survivor Benefits After His Husband Died SAN FRANCISCO—Today, the widower of a hotel telecommunications engineer in San Francisco sued the IUOE Stationary Engineers Local 39 Pension Plan and its Board of Trustees for refusing to provide him with a spousal pension benefit required by the terms of the pension plan and […]

Victory: Wedding Venue Cannot Discriminate Against Gay Couples

Victory: Wedding Venue Cannot Discriminate Against Gay Couples

NEW YORK—The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court today affirmed that it is illegal for businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation. The New York Civil Liberties Union victory came in the case of Melisa and Jennifer McCarthy, who were turned away by the Albany wedding venue they chose after the venue owners […]