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 photo Faulkner_zpspsnncuuc.jpgSherrell Faulkner was assaulted last November 30, found near a dumpster in one of Charlotte, NC's gay-friendly neighborhoods. She died May 16 from the injuries she sustained in the attack. She was 46 years-old.

Police have said that her relatives have been notified and that they are investigating the death as a homicide.

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Her name was Brenda Bostick

We finally have an identification. A transgender woman was discovered unconscious on a Chelsea street on the evening of April 25 after someone called in to 911 saying an assault was in progress. The victim was rushed to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of a head injury, but she died on May 4.

The medical examiners office has now declared that the cause of death for Brenda Bostick, a 59 year old black woman, was homicide. Ms. Bostick was thought to be homeless.

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New York Republicans stand proud for discrimination

On Tuesday the New York Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee took up S502, sponsored by Daniel L. Squadron, (D-Brooklyn waterfront and lower Manhattan), known as GENDA, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act

The bill's purpose:

Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or expression and includes offenses regarding gender identity or expression under the hate crimes statute

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Trans woman suing the state of Idaho

Off the top, I have to say that I have no good feelings towards Idaho.

Soon after I began my transition in 1992, I traveled by bus to visit my relatives in Oregon and was arrested in the Greyhound bus terminal in Boise for using the women's bathroom...even though before the trip, I had gotten permission from Greyhound to do so.

The cops took all my money but returned my ticket. I spent the night back in the terminal because the local gay bar in walking distance had a "no trannies" policy.

Anyhoo....

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European Rights Court calls for striking down sterilization requirement

The European Court of Human Rights has issued a ruling in the case of A.P., Garçon and Nicot v. France "that there had been a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private life) of the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of E. Garçon and S.

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Texas politicians uncover a work-around

With the anti-transgender SB 6 stuck in the mud in the Texas House, Rep. Ron Simmons of Carollton has taken a cue from the North Carolina "compromise" and introduced HB 2899, which would prohibit cities and counties from passing non-discrimination ordinances which extend rights beyond what is protected by state law. The bill would also nullify all local non-discrimination laws already in place.

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Making the Wimminz and girlzes safer

There is a bill in the NC House (HB 562) intended to target transgender people. It doesn't say so on up front, but the bill increases the penalty for second-degree trespass from 20 days maximum to 120 days maximum if the offense occurs "in a multi-occupancy bathroom, shower or changing facility."

So is everyone safe now?

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