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California First State to Ban 'Gay Panic' Defense

By Winnie McCroy | Monday Sep 1, 2014
Fair warning to all gay-bashers who want to blame their crime on the 'scary lesbian' they just killed: California just became the first state to pass a ban on using the "gay panic" defense to reduce a murder charge.

Houston Pastors Battle Lesbian Mayor's Gay Rights Ordinance

By Winnie McCroy | Saturday Aug 30, 2014
A group of pastors and congregants seeking a repeal for Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance have taken their case to the highest court in Texas.

Five Things to Know About Transgender People

By Lisa Leff | Sunday Jun 22, 2014
President Barack Obama has quietly done more to advance rights for transgender people than any other president, but they remain among the nation’s most misunderstood minorities. Here are five things to know about transgender America.

New York Sued Over Transgender Medicaid Coverage

By Larry Neumeister | Friday Jun 20, 2014
A lawsuit filed Thursday against New York state seeks Medicaid coverage for transgender people seeking what they consider to be life-saving health treatments, including gender change procedures.

Nevada GOP Picks First Trans Republican Candidate in U.S. History

By Winnie McCroy | Friday Jun 13, 2014
The Nevada State Republican party has made history by tapping military veteran and transgender woman Lauren Scott to run against a Democract in Nevada Assembly District 30.

MD Gains Trans Protections; Foes Vow Ballot Repeal Attempt

By John Riley | Thursday May 22, 2014
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on Thursday, May 15 signed into law a bill prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression. But opponents are mounting an effort to collect petition signatures in the hope of overturning the law.

Maryland Coalition Launches Trans-Rights ’’Stand for Fairness’’ Campaign

By John Riley | Sunday Apr 27, 2014
The Maryland Coalition for Transgender Equality (MCTE) has launched a campaign to educate the public about a transgender-rights bill.

San Francisco Set to Name Street After Trans Icon

By Matthew S. Bajko | Wednesday Apr 23, 2014
San Francisco is set to name a street after a transgender icon, marking the first time the city has awarded such an honor to a member of the transgender community.

Maryland Gender-Identity Bill Enters Round 8

By John Riley | Friday Feb 7, 2014
LGBT-rights advocates testified Tuesday before the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in favor of a bill that would prohibit discrimination against people based on their gender identity.

Trans Woman Janet Mock Redefines Realness in New Book

By Bobby McGuire | Wednesday Feb 5, 2014
EDGE speaks with trans woman Janet Mock about her new memoir "Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More," with readings and book signings in select markets.

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