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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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Lawsuit filed against state of Iowa

Two transgender women, Carol Ann Beal of northwest Iowa and EerieAnna Good of the Quad Cities along with the ACLU of Iowa have challenged the Iowa Medicaid ban on coverage for transition-related medical services as being a violation of equal protection under the law "as promised by the Iowa state constitution and the Iowa Civil Rights Act."

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Iowa man arrested for threatening trans boy

65-year-old Mondell V. Olson read a newspaper article about a local transgender boy's gender journey. The article offended him.

So, what to do? Mondell called up Nevada High School and left a voice mail. Twice. He left the message that he would kill, brand and otherwise mutilate the body of the transgender freshman.

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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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Arrested for being trans

 photo Meagan-Taylor-x400_zpsb94i2lda.jpgMeagan Taylor was visiting Des Moines with a friend. They checked in to the Drury Inn. Meagan, 22, is a hair stylist and a student, but the staff at the Drury felt they knew the truth. Since Meagan and her friend were black trans women, the staff called the West Des Moines Police to report that two males dressed as females had checked in and there was possible prostitution activity (see this rant).

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Follow Friday for 8 August, 2014: MidnightOil Politics

A weekly mostly random sampling of resources shared on twitter on various topics. This week: MidnightOil-Politics.


Four more tweets or tweetblocks below the fold

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Iowa: Bathrooms and Locker Rooms times three

Two Iowa transwomen have won the right to use public women's restrooms, while one transwoman has been denied the use of women's facilities at the Burlington, IA YMCA.

In 2007 Iowa added gender identity to the state's nondiscrimination policies. In the fiscal year 2008, there were six complaints filed with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on the basis of gender identity. That has increased to 51 complaints in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2013. Beth Townsend, director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission attributes that to increased awareness about the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

The new law does require ... that individuals are permitted to access (restrooms) in accordance with their gender identity, rather than their assigned sex at birth, without being harassed or questioned.

--Sara Stibitz, civil rights specialist with the Commission

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Gender Prison: Winning in the Four-letter States

Name the states with four letters.

Iowa, Ohio, Utah. These states don't exactly inspire transpeople with confidence about the prospect for progress. Iowa has done the best of the three, of course, but Ohio has mostly been known by us as one of the states that refuses to issue changed birth certificates. And Utah is…well…Utah.

But we have indeed had some progress in these places.

Those stories and more on the inside.

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