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 photo Dee Whigham at work_zpsdh6xckvf.jpgDee Whigham was a 25-year-old RN from Shubata, MS. Whigham worked at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dee Whigham as they try to make sense of this terrible tragedy. She will be remembered at Forrest Health as an excellent nurse who was well-loved by her patients. I know Dee will be missed by her co-workers, supervisors, and the Forrest Health family.

--Evan Dillard, Forrest Health

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It's not brain surgery, Ben

Really. I mean, I know that it is difficult for people who are not transgender to understand what it feels or means to be transgender, because it is a non-feeling to them, but Ben Carson purports to be the "smartest guy in the room."

But all he is proving is that he is the dumbest "smart guy" in Cleveland.

In an interview with The Hill newspaper, Carson felt it necessary to share his views on transgender. As is usually the case for Carson, his synapses appear not to be firing in good order at the time.

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Hate strikes in Linn County, Iowa

 photo Alyssa2_zpsbgyzlyme.jpgAlyssa Eve is a 23-year-old transgender woman who transitioned six years ago. One might think people had gotten over that by now.

But around 11:30 pm Friday Alyssa heard banging on the windows of her apartment.

She quickly called her mother, let out her Labrador retriever and went to investigate.

The first thing I saw was, ‘Kill yourself’ on my door.

--Alyssa Eve

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Health news for LGBT people

In the wake of the Orlando massacre, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn writes at Health IT News about health disparities faced by the LGBT community in America.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, has an over-arching goal to improve the health, safety, and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. The CDC points out that LGBT individuals face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of civil and human rights. These challenges have been associated, in clinical peer-reviewed literature, with higher rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide.

Experiences of violence are frequent for LGBT individuals

--CDC

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Gone viral

14-year-old Corey Maison was badly bullied in 5th grade. One bully even told her that if she killed herself, nobody would care. Why did he do this? Because Corey was different.

Corey shows in her video that she never fit in with her peers when she was younger. She was shunned by girls and teased by boys, and even laughed at by adults later on.

Corey tells her story in the following viral video:

 

 

 

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Charlie says he'll sign the bill

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has spent months keeping mum about whether or not he would sign a bill protecting transgender people's right to access public accommodations.

That has now changed.

We’ve certainly listened to a variety of points of view from many sides and have said, from the beginning, that we don’t want people to be discriminated against.

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Liberals introduce pro-transgender legislation

Did you know that today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (sometimes known as IDAHOT)?

Canadian legislators did.

The Canadian government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has introduced a bill today that will protect transgender people from discrimination.

Everyone deserves to live free of stigma, persecution and discrimination — no matter who they are or whom they love.

Today is about ensuring that all people — regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity — feel safe and secure and empowered to freely express themselves.

--Trudeau

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Apparent Sanity in Massachusetts

On Thursday the Massachusetts Senate is scheduled to begin debate on adding protections for transgender people in public accommodations to the 2011 anti-discrimination law that bans discrimination in the workplace and in housing.

There is no justification on earth for discrimination against anyone who wants to go to park, movie theater, doctor’s office, restaurant or a gym,” said Deborah Shields, executive director of MassEquality, an organization that has vocally supported the bill. “It’s unconscionable that in 2016 discrimination would be permitted.

--Deborah Shields, MassEquality

House and Senate versions of the bill were recently released from committee. Both versions would prohibit discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations, allowing them to use locker rooms and restrooms consistent with their gender identity.

While supporters of the bill say it would provide important protections to transgender people, opponents of the legislation have argued it could subject women and children to voyeurs and sexual predators.

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Education Secretary Calls for Repeal

Education Secretary John B. King Jr. spoke yesterday at the Education Writers Association national conference in Boston. He was asked about the laws in North Carolina and Mississippi restricting the rights of transgender Americans.

Asked about the laws King called them hateful and said gender identity should be protected.

He said the laws send a problematic message to students and he is calling on state legislatures to repeal them.

My hope is legislators will realize they've made a terrible mistake.

--Sec King

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