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– What was it like for a transgender soldier serving in silence to meet the President?
– Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has not expended any political capital to advance transgender nondiscrimination protections in New York.
– Only about a quarter of transgender people identify as straight.
– 11-year-old Marcel Neergaard successfully convinced the conservative education reform group StudentsFirst, run by Michelle Rhee, to rescind its “reformed of the Year” award from the Tennessee lawmaker who sponsored the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Rep. John Ragan (R). Watch Marcel’s television interview with WATE News.
– Florida’s Hillsborough County Commission has unanimously repealed its ban on recognizing gay pride.
– Illinois’s Cook County juvenile detention center has adopted an LGBTQ-inclusive policy.
– Thanks to a civil union, one Colorado couple was able to put both their names on their child’s birth certificate.
– Texas Comptroller Susan Combs was welcoming of same-sex families, and then not.
– Duke University will begin publishing the first nonmedical academic journal dedicated to transgender studies.
– A team of Biblical scholars point out that “traditional marriage” is not defined as just one man and woman.
– Proving the complex nature of gender, a 66-year-old Hong Kong man found out that he was a woman after a doctor identified a cyst on his ovary.
– The Church of England has given up on fighting marriage equality.
– Wells Fargo has hopped on the “It Gets Better” wagon: