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So far this year, there have been 12 violent deaths of transgender people in the United States, and about 30 states still have no laws to protect transgender people when it comes to employment discrimination. And 16 states are debating bathroom bills that would segregate people to use restrooms consistent with their biological sex.

The Victory Fund says there are at least 20 transgender candidates for office at present.

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Transphobia in Bushwick

It was the early-morning hours of Saturday. The place was Bushwick Brooklyn...specifically the gay bar that is Happyfun Hideaway.

London Jade was in town from Miami FLA for the Brooklyn pride parade. She and fellow musician Jasmine Infiniti were intoxicated when they left the bar. They went to a nearby liquor store, where they were denied service because of their inebriation.

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Army, Marines request two year delay on transgender equality

It seems like just yesterday that I published a diary about three retired generals (all women) counseled Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to push forward against conservative attempts to end all transgender military service.

Oh, wait...it was!

To quote Chad and Jeremy, that was yesterday, and yesterday's gone.

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Speaking in favor of transgender service

Three retired generals have spoken up in favor of the acceptance of transgender recruits into the military.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, Army Mj. Gen. Gale Pollock, and Army Brig. Gen. Clara Adams-Ender have written a statement:

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has stated that he will make personnel decisions based on evidence about what best promotes force readiness.

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Cormier v Planet Fitness

The Michigan Appeals Court has ruled 3-0 that Yvette Cormier has no claim against Planet Fitness over its transgender-inclusive policies.

Back in 2015 Cormier encountered a transgender woman in a locker room. She decided that she needed to repeatedly warn all other women in the establishment. Planet Fitness responded by revoking her membership.

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Not yet tired of all the winning

In a spate of recent rulings, district and circuit courts have held that anti-discrimination laws in education and employment extend protections to transgender people.

The net effect of the rulings, which has gone largely unnoticed, is that a new legal precedent is being established allowing transgender people to use the bathrooms that correspond with their gender identities — all without any action from Congress or the Trump administration.

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