In 2007, ENDA was introduced for the first time with protections against discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity. That version of the bill died in committee. It was then introduced with the provision for gender identity removed and passed the House but was never brought to committee or the floor of the Senate. After it died in the Senate, it was generally agreed upon by advocates that all future versions of the bill had include provisions for gender identity.
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Judy Shepard reacts to hearing Jason Collins jersey number is a tribute to her son Matthew Shepard’s.
New video created to help those that have a bit of needle phobia when preparing for an intramuscular shot. The comments/answers below the video may also be helpful to clarify or expand on issues presented. And as noted in the caption, it may be beneficial to check with your provider regarding subcutaneous shots.
Gay Scout’s Eagle Award Approved. After being denied his award for his sexual orientation, a local boy scout council approved Ryan Andresen’s application.
“I don’t think sexual orientation should enter into why a Scout is a Scout, or whether they are Eagle material,” said Bonnie Hazarabedian, a district review board member that signed off on Andresen’s application. “We felt without a doubt he deserved that rank.”
Thirty-six percent (36%) of Latino/a transgender people reported having postponed care when they were sick or injured due to fear of discrimination.
El treinta y seis porciento (36%) de las personas transgéneros latinas/os dijeron haber pospuesto el cuidado medico cuando estaban enfermas/os o herida/o debido al miedo a la discriminación.
October is LGBTQ History Month and a time to celebrate all those who have contributed to the LGBT community and the movement toward equality. Share your suggestions for additional milestones with us at http://thetrevorproject.org/lgbtqhistory.
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School districts are struggling when it comes to dealing with transgender students, thanks to the fact that more and more people are aware of this issue, and not all of them are handling the subject with grace. This has been highlighted by a recent case in the Nashua school district, where a third grade girl was forced to change schools, but the district apparently didn’t feel that a specific overall policy for handling trans students was necessary.
Whenever a trans student changes schools, I always want to know why, because the reasons can vary. Some students and their families actually opt for a transfer because they want to start with a clean slate, rather than being known as “the transgender people.” In that situation, they may meet with school officials and teachers beforehand to make sure the student’s gender is respected and to keep the process as seamless as possible.
In this instance, though, she transferred because she was being discriminated against, and disgustingly, the school at first resisted her transfer request. It wasn’t until an attorney from Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders got involved that they grudgingly allowed her to transfer to a new school where she (hopefully) wouldn’t experience discrimination.
At her new school, she’s treated as who she is: a girl.
Cases where trans students are forced to change schools or districts are not at all uncommon, and they can come with hefty discrimination suits sometimes. Students may be bullied out of school by their classmates, but more commonly, it’s adults that are the problem. Especially on the elementary school level, most kids actually adapt very well to trans students; they haven’t had decades of socialization teaching them to hate and fear transgender people, and accept their classmates for who they are. Kids are a lot more open-minded than most people give them credit for.