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Some walked away

Members of the Tufts sorority Alpha Omicron Pi recruited transgender woman this semester. A representative from the sorority's national headquarters told them this was going to be a problem.

They said that they didn't want us to extend her a bid, basically. They were like, 'Well, we're not saying you never could, we're just saying right now you can't.' I was really mad about this, as was the rest of the chapter, so we unanimously decided to give her a bid anyway.

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Transgender military dependent wins right to appropriate facilities

 photo blue_zps6larakej.jpgThe principal of Ramstein Intermediate School at Ramstein Air Force Base had planned on allowing an 11-year-old transgender fifth-grader named Blue to start using the girls restroom beginning the week of October 10.

But the superintendent of schools for the East Europe region of the Department of Defense Education Activity, Dr. Elizabeth Dunham overruled that decision "for reasons that remain unclear."

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DoE Secretary in West Virginia

Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. answered reporter's questions yesterday during a trip to Charleston, WV.

The Gazette-Mail asked him how serious the Education Department would be in denying the funding for school systems that deny transgender students access — if the guidance King’s department has issued, based on its legal interpretations, ultimately survives a Texas federal judge’s nationwide, preliminary injunction blocking it.

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DOJ to appeal injunction

Department of Justice attorneys announced Friday that they will file a formal notice of appeal of US District Judge Reed O'Connor's preliminary injunction against the Department of Education guidelines aimed at protecting transgender students from discrimination.

According to court documents, the formal notice will occur on or before October 20, which is 60 days after Judge O'Connor's ruling.

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Alaskan teachers consider ethical treatment of trans students

The Alaska Professional Teaching Practices Commission is endeavoring to include a clause adding gender identity to its code of ethics.

Commission director Jim Seitz said to some extent the proposal is an attempt to update the code to current practices in other areas outside of education. The action was not prompted by any cases but is an attempt to be proactive, he said.

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Pennsylvania transgender students sue their school district

Three transgender seniors at Pine-Richland High School, near Pittsburgh, have sued their school district over passage of a regulation passed last month that forces them to use the restrooms associated with the gender they were assigned at birth. Previously the district had allowed transgender students to use the restroom corresponding to their gender identity.

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Two school districts in Texas

Marilyn Morrison started the school year at Cannon Elementary School in Grapevine, TX as a girl for the first time. The third-grader will apparently not be finishing the school year there.

The constant bullying has become just too much.

It makes me feel like I'm my old self when I was a boy.

I just can't take it. It's too much for a kid like me.

--Marilyn

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Kenosha transgender teen wins two rulings

US District Judge Pamela Pepper on Monday rejected a motion by the Kenosha Unified School District to dismiss the case brought by Ashton Whitaker accusing the district of discriminating against him. On Tuesday Pepper issued a temporary restraining order barring the district from enforcing its policy prohibiting Whitaker from using the boys' restroom while the case is pending.

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Minnesota high school sued because transgender girl acts like a girl

Some parents are up in arms in Virginia Minnesota, so much so that they have contacted the so-called Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF has filed another lawsuit against a high school for repecting the needs of a transgender student.

But this one tops the plethora of similar cases ADF has pooped across the country.

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