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Judge claims he is doing us a solid

Los Angeles County Judge Gregory Keosian dismissed Richard Simmons lawsuit against National Enquirer owner American Media, saying that "it is simply not libelous or defamatory to call someone transgender."

Misidentification of a person as transgender is not actionable defamation .... The court will not validate those prejudices by legally recognizing them.

--Judge Keosian

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Advances in Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) waded through more than 100 bills in his in box on Friday. Included in the ones he signed were a bill to ban the gay panic defense in criminal proceedings and a bill making it easier for transgender people to have their birth certificate altered. Also milkweed is now the state flower, cycling the state exercise and dogs and cats the state pets.

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Lambda Legal sues DoJ and Education

While everyone is up in arms about the trump ban on transgender military service (I'm sure it will be covered by others), Lambda Legal has quietly filed suit in the Southern District on New York, claiming FOIA violation by the Departments of Justice and Education.

More than 5 months ago Lambda Legal requested documents about the Trump Administration's February decision to repeal the Obama Administration guidance which applied Title IX to transgender students.

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Trump sued by transgender troops

Five transgender service members serving on active duty filed suit yesterday against President Donald J. Trump in Federal Court in Washington, D.C. over Trump's transgender military service ban.

The suit also identifies the secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, the Army and the Air Force, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the departments of the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard, and the United States government as a whole as defendants.

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On Monday Tee Tee Dangerfield, a 32-year-old Atlanta resident became the sixteenth transgender person known to be murdered this year. Dangerfield was found in her car near an apartment complex in College Park suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital but did not survive.

At this time, we have no information that points to the shooting being the result of our victim being transgender.

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