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It's been just short of a month since I last reported on the murder of a transgender person. That was the longest period of the year. But we knew it wasn't going to continue for long.

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Rhode Island introduces new regulations

The Rhode Island Department of Education met yesterday to discuss transgender policies in public schools.

In September Marcela Betancur of the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union brought a petition to the State Education Commissioner Ken Wagner asking that all school districts across the state adopt policies to protect transgender students.

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International Day for Trans Depathologization

That certainly is a mouthful as well as being something you have no doubt never heard of before...but it is the 8th annual IDfTP. There is a manifesto and everything.

This is deemed a "global event to raise awareness about the limitations that abusive and discriminatory medical models place on transgender people’s basic rights."

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Settlement proposed in HB2 lawsuit

Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina said yesterday that transgender people will be able to use public facilities that correspond to their gender identity under a proposal to settle the lawsuit initiated to challenge North Carolina's notorious HB2.

Challengers had continued their lawsuit after legislators passed and the Democratic governor signed a law this spring replacing HB2, the law commonly known as the “bathroom bill.”

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Attorneys General file brief

The Attorney's General of 15 states and the District of Columbia have filed a brief in the US District Court for DC arguing that President Trump's proposed ban on military service by transgender people is unconstitutional, against the national interest and harmful to the transgender community.

Our military should be open to every brave American who volunteers to serve.

--Maura Healy, Massachusetts

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Sessions orders hate crimes lawyer to Iowa

The Justice Department has dispatched an experienced federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with murdering a transgender high school student last year, a highly unusual move that officials said was personally initiated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Kedarie (Kandicee) Johnson was a 16-year-old nonbinary student, who friends and family said identified as both male and female and also as gay.

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