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A Cleveland woman was nearly attacked because she refused to expose herself to prove she was not transgender.

The woman was talking with friends at a bar when a young lady walked up to her.

No, I am not sure. They say you are a man.

--the young lady

The stranger asked the woman to reveal her genitals.

She was just adamant, adamant about it. 'You’re a man, show me your vagina.'

--the woman



Amendment filed to delay trans ban

Kirsten Gillibrand and Susan Collins have filed an amendment to the NDAA that would delay implementation of the ban on transgender people serving in the military.

Action on the ban would be delayed until at least 60 days after SecDef Mattis finalizes his review and submits a report to Congress, which is expected to take us to spring of 2018.



His friends say he was not transgender

Anthony Torres, an activist, artist and DJ who is known as Bubbles, was reportedly shot and killed on the same block as the New Century strip club on Larkin and Myrtle streets around 3 a.m., according to his attorney Jim Reilly.

This is a hate crime. The details are still coming out… For a transgender activist to be gunned down on [his] own street shouldn’t stand and won’t stand.





Renee Thomas is a 59-year-old architect and lighting designer living in Des Moines, Iowa. She grew up in the Bay Area of California, so she has always been drawn to the water.

But Thomas also is well aware of the ocean's fury. Like many, she watched in horror when the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina and water flooded neighborhoods, forcing people to await rescue on roofs and highway overpasses.



Phoenix crowd videos itself committing hate crime

Phoenix transgender teen Dakota Kern, 18, was invited to a pool party this past weekend. She shouldn't have gone.

A crowd of at least a dozen started yelling homophobic and transphobic slurs at Dakota and her friend before someone grabbed Dakota by the hair, punched her a few times, knocking her to the ground, and someone took live video of at least three people kicking her repeatedly.





Too many

Last Saturday in Waxahachie, TX, Gwynevere River Song reportedly got into an argument with another adult in her home, which led to that other person shooting Song to death. We have no idea what the argument concerned, but we do know that Song was a transgender woman. The assailant was also injured during the shooting and he was transported to a hospital.

[The deceased] remained inside the residence and succumbed to injuries.



Men behaving badly

About a week ago "comic" Lil Duval was asked on the radio program The Breakfast Club what he'd do if he found out a woman he had a relationship with was transgender.

This might sound messed up, and I don’t care. She dying. I can’t deal with that.

--Lil Duval

When cohost Charlagne Tha God told him "you can’t go around killing transgenders," he did not back down:

If one did that to me and they didn’t tell me, I’m going to be so mad I’m probably going to want to kill them.




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