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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Transgender Activist Asasulted/Molested By Cops

Transexual Activist Maria Louise Roman was assaulted, discriminated against and wrongly incarcerated – ironically, after a taping of "Transamerica" segment for Spanish TV Talk Show Cristina.

Maria Roman is a transgender woman who has been a leader in social services for the Latina transgender community in Los Angeles. She was assaulted and molested by security guards and police in Miami 03/10/06.

I'm trying to get folks across the country aware that this happened. I mean, what happened is horrible, but at least she wasn't murdered like Gwen Araujo or left to die like Tyra Hunter. My hope is that this will cause a national uproar - loud enough so that the Florida authorities have no choice but to deal with it. I hope we can find legal help for Maria, as well as social and emotional resources. Hopefully we can help ensure that this doesn't happen again.


Oklahoma Reverses Gay Student Protections, Blames Equality Ride
by Newscenter Staff

(Shawnee, Oklahoma) A group of young Americans traveling across the country to draw awareness to colleges that exclude gays and lesbians has wrapped up two days at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Warming could push sea levels up six meters by 2100

Polar ice sheets are melting faster than expected and could push sea levels up as much as six meters by 2100, scientists warn in two new studies.

Polar ice sheets are melting faster than expected and could push sea levels up as much as six meters by 2100, scientists warn in two new studies.


Compton's Cafeteria Riots Commemoration kick-off tonight

A Commemoration of the 40th Year Anniversary of the Compton Cafeteria Riots will be celebrated throughout the Bay Area in 2006. Three years before the famous rioting at New York's Stonewall Inn, a group of transgender women and gay street-hustlers fought back for the first time in history against everyday police harassment. This was known as the Riot at Gene


Human Rights Groups Condemn Nigeria Anti-Gay Measure
by Newscenter Staff

(New York City) In advance of a planned state visit to the US next week 16 human rights groups are telling Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to withdraw legislation that would allow for the imprisonment of people in same-sex relationships and leaders of LGBT advocacy groups.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Genderqueer: Straight or gay, these kids refuse to play dress-up by the rules
By Craig Malisow 

Everything was fine until George Jorgensen Jr. came along. 

In 1951, surgeons in Copenhagen turned the Bronx-born George into Christine, and a nation scratched its head. 

"Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Bombshell," the New York Daily News trumpeted. Jorgensen made a successful career in show business, but she also tried to familiarize the public with new nomenclature. She wasn't gay. She wasn't a transvestite. She was a transsexual. She made right what nature could not. 


Bush criticized over changes in security clearances
by Bob Roehr

A modification of language governing security clearances and sexual orientation by National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley has gays wondering whether the policy has changed. Some say yes, others are not so sure.
The revised guidelines are contained in a memo dated December 29, 2005 as part of the Bush administration's efforts to tighten up leaks to the media, and were first reported on the liberal blog Raw Story on March 13.


Police abuse against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the USA are victims of a system that fuels discrimination and facilitates torture, ill-treatment and impunity, said Amnesty International today as it launched a report on police abuses against people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Stonewalled – Still demanding respect’ is based on interviews conducted by Amnesty International (AI) between 2003 and 2005 with members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, victims of gender-based violence, survivors of police abuse, activists, lawyers and law enforcement officials across the US. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Pressure To Drop Trans Teacher Continues In New Jersey
by Newscenter Staff

(Toms River, New Jersey) A group of parents opposed to a transsexual teacher in the Eagleswood School District continue to pressure the school board to drop her.


Police seek killers of transsexual today
Lindsey Collom

PHOENIX — Police are looking for two men in connection with the fatal shooting of a transsexual.

A 22-year-old man (sic) living as a woman was killed near 35th and Glenrosa avenues early Tuesday.

The victim, whose name was not released, was walking with someone shortly after midnight when two men approached them and exchanged words. That’s when one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the back, witnesses told police.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Democrats favor transgender discrimination ban
By Keith Ervin
Seattle Times staff reporter

The Democratic majority on the Metropolitan King County Council appears ready to adopt an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination against transgender people.


Hate crimes against transsexuals to be targeted by police
Benjamin Cohen

Transphobic hate crimes against transsexuals and transvestites in Northern Ireland will from today be recorded separately from other hate crimes to allow the police to gain a greater understanding of the challenges faced by members of the transgendered community. The Democratic Unionist party (DUP) has labelled the move as “political correctness gone mad