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Monday, November 15, 2004

6th Annual Day of Remembrance, November 20th, 2004

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder in 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Since then, the event has grown to encompass memorials in dozens of cities across the world.


Trans Action Week to spread awareness transgender community
Series of events sponsored by LGBTRC aims to educate community on issues
By BRIAN CHEN / Aggie News Writer

  In an effort to educate people about the transgender community, UC Davis' Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center will be hosting a series of events called Trans Action Week starting today.

   The series of events will educate people on topics such as transgender legal issues, gender policing in public restrooms and general problems within the transgender community.

   "Transgender is a gender identification which is separate from sexual orientation," said Sheri Atkinson, director of LGBTRC. "The biggest issue in Davis is that folks are just not understanding the issues of the identity and what it means."


GEO, 'U' seek new contract
Transgender rights, health care on table
By Ekjyot Saini, Daily Staff Reporter

Two years after holding a walkout, the Graduate Employees’ Organization is back at the table with the University, seeking specific protection of transgender rights, less discrimination toward international students and more childcare subsidies


Two years' paid leave for sex-change officers

POLICE officers in the Capital are to be offered up to two years’ paid leave if they undergo sex-change treatment.

The Lothian and Borders force has become the first in Scotland to issue guidelines on how to treat officers who have changed sex.

Officers will be offered time off for hormone therapy and a full sex-change operation. The new guidelines cover employment rights and set out how an officer who has changed gender should be treated when they return to work. They cover sensitive issues including when to switch uniforms and changing rooms to those of their new sex.

Anyone who does not use the "appropriate pronoun" when addressing a transsexual officer or makes upsetting remarks could face disciplinary action. Peter Thickett, the force’s human resources director, said: "This document is something we are very proud of and we regard it to be the definitive policy on the issue. We know we have transsexuals in the force and a number of people are considering the change."


Gay group takes stand for equality at school
Student's lawsuit leaves Seton Hall in legal tangle
Star-Ledger Staff

On National Coming Out Day last month, gay students at Seton Hall University in South Orange celebrated by scrawling gay pride slogans in colored chalk on campus walkways.

University administrators saw the display, and not long after, groundskeepers hosed it away, sending the messages down the drain.

 But the battle over homosexual rights at the Roman Catholic university isn't going away that easily.

The topic of gay rights has dominated meetings of the Student Government Association and the letters column in the campus newspaper


Should human rights measure include sexual orientation?
Some argue need to amend anti-discrimination ordinance.
Tribune Staff Writer
Nancy and Hank Mascotte, a married St. Joseph County couple, favor a proposal to ban discrimination against gay and transgendered people in South Bend. Nancy founded the local chapter of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

SOUTH BEND -- John Shockey thinks local legislation is needed to protect gay and lesbian people from losing their jobs or their housing because of prejudice.

"We need it because there are cases where people are discriminated against because of their orientation. Right now, we have no recourse," said Shockey, 44, a gay man who lives in South Bend.

Shockey said he was fired from a local job 15 years ago when his employer found out he was homosexual.

He used to fly a rainbow flag representing gay unity outside his home in South Bend. Several of the flags were ripped down or stolen over the years, he said.


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