TRANSforming INdiana Event – Indianapolis

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Thu, October 13, 2016 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Ivy Tech Community College 50 West Fall Creek Parkway North Drive Conference Center Indianapolis, IN Register on Eventbrite The LGBTQ Committee of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction in conjunction with MHAI, Youth MOVE Indiana, and other community partners will…

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Religion and Trans Lives in a Global Perspective – Butler University Seminar

Religion and Trans Lives in a Global Perspective

Religion and Trans Lives in a Global Perspective FOUR PUBLIC SEMINARS September 20, October 18, January 24, and February 21 Each seminar meets from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the location specified. Sessions take place this year at Butler University, 4600 Sunset Avenue, as well as on the campus of…

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1.4 Million people in the U.S. identify as transgender

Population

According to new research by the Williams Institute, 1.4 Million people in the United States identify as transgender, doubling previous estimates. This is 0.6% of the U.S. population, as opposed to previous estimates of 0.3% Utilizing data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which includes representative state-level…

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2016 Indy Pride Transgender Community Events

Trans Love

Being Transgender In Indiana: Making History Past and Present Wednesday, June 8 at 5 PM – 9 PM Indiana Historical Society Buy Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2544151 FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST Andrea James!!! Produced in cooperation with the Indiana Historical Society, BEING TRANSGENDER IN INDIANA: MAKING HISTORY PAST AND PRESENT is…

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Lo speaks on how federal recognitions of trans students rights

All Gender Restoom

Source: WTHR.com – Obama administration orders directive to schools on transgender bathroom use; Indiana schools respond (Source includes video interview) WASHINGTON – Local school districts are responding to a federal recommendation that all students be allowed to use the restroom of the gender they most identify with. The recommendation comes…

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Transgender Hoosiers speak: Jayne’s Story

We’re going to be featuring more stories and letters from transgender Hoosiers talking about their experiences with discrimination, their fears about living in a less-than-accepting state, and what they would like their legislators to understand about transgender people. Here is Jayne’s story: Dear Legislators, I write today as more than…

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Ind. Senate Bill 344 advances, excluding trans folks from civil rights protections

Indiana Senate Bill 344 passed out of committee last night with some amendments which broadened the exclusions that allow discrimination against LGBT people, who could be discriminated against by businesses with a religious intent – including hospitals run by religious organizations. The bill was debated and discussed for many hours…

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Myths and Facts about Gender Identity and Indiana Civil Rights Protections

Facts and Myths

Myth: Discrimination against transgender people is not a problem in Indiana. FACT: Most transgender Hoosiers report having experienced discrimination in a public accommodation setting. Many have either been fired from their jobs or are fearful of being fired if they disclose their trans status. Many transgender Hoosiers (especially young people)…

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Indiana Senate Bill 344 – stripping transgender protections from LGBT rights

Indiana SB344

Authored by Sen. Travis Holdman and Sen. Brandt Hershman, SB344 was introduced on January 7th and referred to Committee on Rules & Legislative Procedure. This bill strips out all protections from transgender Hoosiers and sends the “gender identity” to a summer study committee. Download and read the current full text…

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Indiana Senate Bill 100 – Indiana GOP’s other attack on transgender Hoosiers

Indiana Senate Bill 100

Update: Indiana Senate Bill 344 has just be introduced to the state legislature, and it would supercede this bill and strip out ANY protections for transgender Hoosiers, sending gender identity issues to a summer study committee. We will be writing about this new bill shortly. Authored by Sen. Travis Holdman,…

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Trans Hoosiers discuss civil rights in Indiana

To address coming legislation about LGBT civil rights, several trans Hoosiers have come forward to tell their personal stories and share why having full civil rights protections for transgender people is essential in Indiana. Kimberly Acoff Kimberly Acoff has lived in Fort Wayne since her family moved there when she…

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Indiana Senate Bill 35 – Criminalizing transgender bathroom use

Indiana Senate Bill 35

Authored by Sen. James Tomes, Indiana Senate Bill 35 will be introduced to the legislature on January 5, and will be read and sent to the Committee on Public Policy on that day. As currently written, the bill would criminalize the use of public restrooms by transgender people, which would…

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Dangerous anti-transgender rhetoric from Indiana’s religious extremists

Here are four anti-transgender videos that have been produced by Eric Miller of Advance America, one of several anti-gay and anti-transgender religious extremist lobbying organizations that have been around the Indiana Statehouse for nearly 30 years. Eric Miller has close relationships with many Republican lawmakers and for many years was…

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Visible Transgender Day of Remembrance, Indianapolis, Nov. 20th, 2015

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Visible Transgender Day of Remembrance 12 Noon on Friday, November 20 Monument Circle, Indianapolis RSVP: Facebook event Why have a visible transgender day of remembrance? Author: Korvin Bothwell Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time for people to gather together and name those who were murdered in anti-transgender violence. It…

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Films of Trans Interest at the 2015 Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival

2015 Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival

Deep Run Sunday, November 15, 2:15 p.m. IMA DeBoest Hall 75 minutes Ticket Information Executive produced by LGBTQ supporter Susan Sarandon and shot by first-time filmmaker Hillevi Loven, DEEP RUN is a powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Exiled by her family and rejected by an…

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Upcoming Crossroads Comedy Festival will feature trans comedian Carina Magyar

Comedian Carina Magyar

The Crossroads Comedy Festival is a 3-day comedy festival featuring stand-up, sketch, improv and podcasts all over the country. The festival brings diverse talent, workshops on comedy, and featured performers to three Mass Avenue locations in Indianapolis. Friday’s events include an LGBT showcase. Transgender comedian Carina Magyar is one of…

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Butler University – All Gender bathrooms

White House Gender Neutral Bathroom

via WISH-TV: INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Butler is adding new all-gender bathrooms to certain campus buildings. The dean of the arts college started the movement to get the bathrooms. He said it’s an important step to making everyone feel comfortable. Cambria York only uses all-gender bathrooms on campus. “You see a…

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Transgender Indiana Legislative Meet and Greets w Freedom Indiana

Freedom IN Community Meetings

Freedom Indiana is reaching out to the transgender community and seek your participation in the Legislative Meet and Greet sessions they are planning throughout the state. Sponsored by Freedom Indiana Training Session on speaking about Transgender Issues Legislative Meet and Greet Sessions – North, South & Central Indiana First Central…

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Weekly headlines 2015-09-22

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A collection of trending news stories we shared in social media in the past week. The New “Stonewall” Film Treats Trans People Like Inspirational Sidekicks ‘Stonewall’ fails to give the gay rights watershed the stirring film it deserves TIFF Review: Roland Emmerich’s Gay Rights Drama ‘Stonewall’ ‘Stonewall’: TIFF Review Toronto…

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Trans Hoosier Stories: Jacqueline Patterson, Korvin Bothwell, Drake Eilert

Drake Eliert

From the Indy Star: Transgender Hoosiers transition to new lives Coming out as transgender can alienate a person from family and friends. Studies show that about 20 percent of transgender people have been discriminated against when searching for a place to live. About 11 percent have been evicted because of…

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Health and Human Services rule changes will improve transgender health care

Health Care

After intense advocacy from LGBT groups, the Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a policy change that will allow transgender and gender diverse people the ability to pursue gender-confirming medical care free of discrimination. National Center for Transgender Equality: New Proposed Federal Rules Will Help End Health Insurance…

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WPATH Training & Certification Course in Transgender Health Care

WPATH’s First Live Course Leading to Transgender Health Provider Certification Transgender Health: Best Practices in Medical and Mental Health Care November 5-7, 2015 Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile Suites Hotel Click Here for Registration Information Click Here for Admission Fees Click Here for Hotel Rates Click Here for the Agenda Additional…

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Call for submissions – Home: Domestic Violence In The Transgender Community

Forge, Inc.

FORGE, Inc. is calling for submissions to the upcoming Home: Domestic Violence In The Transgender Community anthology. The organization’s goal hopes to compile a rich and varied selection of materials that brings intimate partner violence (IPV) in the trans community to light through: opening up the discussion; giving people involved…

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Terre Haute protects against LGBT discrimination

Legal Forms & Documents

Terre Haute voted to protect Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in their human relations commission ordinance yesterday. Tribune-Star: Gender, sex orientation language passes council Terre Haute City Council on Thursday unanimously passed an amendment to the city’s human relations commission ordinance, adding language on gender identity and sexual orientation. The…

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Caitlyn Jenner Speech at ESPY Awards 2015 – ESPN

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An ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is an accolade presented by the American cable television network ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony. The first ESPYs were awarded in 1993. Because…

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U.S. Department of Justice Affirms Title IX Protection for Transgender Students

From National Center for Lesbian Rights: U.S. Department of Justice Affirms Title IX Protection for Transgender Students (Washington, DC, June 30, 2015)—Today, the Department of Justice affirmed that Title IX protects the right of transgender students to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. Earlier this month, G.G., a…

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When Do Kids Know They’re Transgender? Younger Than You’d Think

From kuow.org: When Do Kids Know They’re Transgender? Younger Than You’d Think When Kristina Olson, a psychology professor at the University of Washington, started looking into research on transgender children, she was surprised. It was thin at best. Data from decades ago said that 80 percent of transgender kids revert…

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Indiana Medicaid and Transgender Healthcare

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We had a number of folks contact us about Indiana Medicaid. Among the things that trans Hoosiers were reporting to us was that they were not getting consistent information from Indiana Medicaid about whether their transition-related health care is covered under their health plans. They were being told: That hormone…

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Indy Pride: History Night – Being Transgender in Indiana

On Wednesday June 10th, Indy Pride presented “Living History: Living Proof. Living Truth. (Being Transgender in Indiana)” for the first-ever Circle City IN Pride History Night. Focusing on the transgender community, History Night at Indy Reads Books featured conversations and readings from C. Michael Woodward, prominent lecturer and author; Marissa…

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Feds To Lift Ban On Federal Employee Insurance Coverage Of Sex-Reassignment Surgery

From BuzzFeed: Feds To Lift Ban On Federal Employee Insurance Coverage Of Sex-Reassignment Surgery WASHINGTON — The federal government is telling insurers Friday that they can now provide transgender people with coverage for transition-related care — including sex-reassignment surgery — in federal employee health care plans, BuzzFeed has learned. Two…

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University of Louisville’s pilot training program for trans healthcare

Health Care

USA Today: National pilot program to train doctors in transgender health LOUISVILLE – As Caitlyn Jenner’s transition to a woman brings transgender issues to the public forefront, a national pilot program is launching here to address this population’s private struggles in the medical world. Beginning in August, the University of…

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For Trans People Like Sam, Transitioning Can Be A Long, Uncertain Wait

Via Huffington Post Canada: For Trans People Like Sam, Transitioning Can Be A Long, Uncertain Wait Sam MacCulloch thought the hardest part about being transgender would be accepting the fact, or coming out to his friends and family. But the lengthy transition process he’s had to endure has proved even…

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Air Force takes steps to change conditions for transgender service members

U. S. Air Force

On Thursday of last week, the U.S. Air Force announce a change in its policy for transgender service members – to be removed from service, a decision must be made at a higher level of authority than previously, and gender dysphoria is no longer an immediate grounds for being removed…

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Study: Trans students have caused 0 incidents in bathrooms nationwide

Schools with protections for Trans Students

From Media Matters: 17 School Districts Debunk Right-Wing Lies About Protections For Transgender Students Several States Have Adopted Non-Discrimination Laws To Protect Transgender Students. States across the country have adopted laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation in public schools. [National Center for Transgender…

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New OSHA Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Employees

OSHA

From National Center for Transgender Equality: New OSHA Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Employees ​The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced new guidelines today to ensure that all employees have access to restrooms that correspond to their gender identity. OSHA’s “Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers” follows…

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Federal Jobs Programs have new guidelines to protect LGBT people

US Department of Labor

From the National Center for Transgender Equality: Jobs Programs Across the Country Get Guidance on LGBT Protections The Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration issued a Training and Employment Guidance Letter last week to ensure that LGBT workers and students have equal access to the wide range of…

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Study finds that suicide prevention lines could be letting down transgender callers

Crisis Lines

Trans Lifeline is a suicide prevention hotline (US: 1-877-565-8860 Canada: 1-877-330-6366) Morty Diamond, a graduate student in San Francisco State University’s social work program is studying how suicide crisis lines handle calls from transgender people, and is discovering that a lack of understanding of trans issues could be letting at…

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Bloomington & 30 other cities add transgender healthcare benefits for municipal employees

Bloomington, Indiana

The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Medical Trust provides insurance plans to member cities through provider network UnitedHealthcare. Before 2015, none of the medical plans available to city of Bloomington employees included transgender-inclusive medical benefits such as hormone replacement therapy or sex reassignment surgery. Efforts from the city of…

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U.S. Government says health plans must not deny preventive services based on gender

Health Care

Very good news for trans folks – the U.S. government says that under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance plans cannot code procedures by gender and then deny paying for preventive procedures if the persons seeking care doesn’t “match” the gender coding for that procedure. This has long been an…

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Trans Men bring visibility in Israel for pride

Via transguys.com: Trans Men Call For Visibility At Tel Aviv Pride To highlight transgender visibility at 2014’s Tel Aviv Pride, Israeli trans man Daniel Brosh produced a lip-sync music video starring trans men. Tommy SimnTov, Dylan Sahar, Yonatan Marton, Mikey Alroy, Santiago Benjamin, Tal Schantcer, along with Brosh, participated in…

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Eden’s Garden – Web Series About Trans Men of Color

Eden's Garden Web Series

The scripted series features five trans men, showcasing their daily struggles of dating, support, discrimination and medical transition. Created by Seven King, an American director, screenwriter and transgender man. The latest trailer gives you a closer look into the lives of Eden, Papo, Jacob, Dre, and Angel. Eden’s Garden will…

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Research Study: University of Louisville studying trans experiences

We were contacted by a sociology faculty member from the University of Louisville who is seeking trans participants for a study: “I am a faculty member (sociologist by training) at the University of Louisville, and along with a colleague (also a sociologist) am conducting a qualitative, interview-based study of transgendered…

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NY’s trans-inclusive foster child care guidelines draws federal praise, conservative attention

Safe & Respected: Policy, Best Practices, and Guidance for Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Children and Youth Involved in the Child Welfare, Detention, and Juvenile Justice Systems

In the summer of 2014, New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services adopted a trans-inclusive standard of care for youth in its foster care and criminal justice systems: Safe & Respected: Children’s Services Releases New Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Best Practices Guide. The guide features an overview of the…

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Hawaii attempting to ease changes to gender markers on legal documents

Indiana is one of a handful of states that does not require gender-confirming surgeries to change your name and gender marker on various legal documents. Hawaii has now introduced legislation hoping to ease those restrictions for its residents as well. via the Seymour, Indiana Trib-Town – Hawaii bill to ease…

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South Bend transgender woman shares her journey

Meghan Buell, Director of Michiana GLBT Resource Center

Meghan Buell is the director of Michiana GLBT Resource Center and has helped Indiana Transgender Network put together provider resources from South Bend. Last night she spoke to local news about her journey. How did we miss that Meghan made The Trans 100? Congratulations, Meghan! Via ABC57 News: Local transgender…

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Indiana-based Cummins asks anti-LGBT Michigan repair shop to stop using its logo

Cummins

Those of us who have been involved in political organizing around LGBT issues have known for many years that Columbus-based business Cummins, which manufactures truck engines, is a vocal supporter of LGBT rights and its own LGBT employees. The Fortune 500 company has testified in the Indiana State Legislature on…

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Landmark EEOC Ruling: Workers Have Right to Restrooms Based on Identity

Tamara Lusardi

Via National Center for Transgender Equality: The New Landmark EEOC Ruling Explained: Workers Have Right to Restrooms Based on Identity In a landmark ruling reported last week, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled that employees have the right to equal access to workplace facilities that are consistent with…

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Malta becomes first nation to protect gender identity, gender expression

Malta

According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, the island nation of Malta is the first to add legal protections for intersex, trans and gender-diverse people to its laws to protect the bodily autonomy and civil equality of its citizens. Historic moment for trans and intersex people…

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Indiana legislator proposes adding LGBT anti-discrimination protections to pending legislation

Ed Delaney

Democratic Rep. Ed DeLaney of Indianapolis is proposing an amendment to one of several laws that must be voted on by the Indiana State Legislature before the end of the session that would amend Indiana law to provide protection against discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers. The Indiana…

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Brandi Branson settles suit against former employer after being fired for transitioning

Brandi Branson

A trans woman in Florida settled her suit with her former employer, Lakeland Eye Clinic, after being fired for transitioning at work. Lakeland agreed to pay Brandi Branson $150,000 in back pay and to implement non-discrimination training for their employees in settling the suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment…

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Louisiana trans man files suit under Title VII after being fired

Tristan Broussard

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed suit on behalf of Tristan Broussard against his former employer, a finance company, after he was fired for not being “in compliance” for their “policies” of dress and presentation. Southern Poverty Law Center: SPLC, allies file suit against Louisiana company for unlawfully firing transgender…

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Obama’s Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers Takes Effect

Today, President Obama’s Executive Order Protecting LGBT workers takes effect. Here’s a round-up of some of the news coverage. The White House: Another Step Toward Equality for LGBT Workers Valerie Jarret in the Advocate: Op-ed: Protecting LGBT Workers Means Protecting All Workers Center for American Progress: Infographic: New Employment Protections…

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Springfield, Missouri, Voters Repeal LGBT Rights Ordinance citing “Bathroom Predators”

It is terrible that the lives and dignity of trans people are being reduced to discussions about bathrooms and vicious accusations about pedophilia. We should not have to deal with this sort of degrading attack on our self-worth. However, this is an issue we need to refute head on with…

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Martinsville Considers Human Rights Ordinance

The leaders of Martinsville, Indiana are discussing adding a Human Rights Ordinance for their town, according to local news. The town has been chafing recently over the long-standing perception of the town as being racist and intolerant towards minority groups (a reputation that was fairly well-deserved, considering its history) and…

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RFRA, the “Fix”, gender identity and where we go from here

After a contentious week, the Indiana State legislature passed and Governor Mike Pence signed into law an amendment to SEA 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which threatened Indiana’s economic future after businesses and cities around the United States declared their intention of boycotting Indiana due to the discriminatory potential…

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Indiana gets training from LGBT Healthlink on reducing tobacco use for LGBT Hoosiers

LGBT Healthlink – Hoosiers Got Game: Indiana Scores On LGBT Tobacco And Cancer Training Last week, we visited the Hoosier State and you can breathe the excitement in the air. The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission at the Indiana State Department of Health (DOH) contacted us after receiving their LGBT…

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Salesforce CEO says employees won’t travel to Indiana

We are forced to dramatically reduce our investment in IN based on our employee's & customer's outrage over the Religious Freedom Bill. — Marc Benioff (@Benioff) March 26, 2015 Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination. http://t.co/SvTwyCHxvE — Marc Benioff…

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LGBT Discrimination Bill Signed into Law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence

SB-101 Bill Signing Ceremony

Today Governor Mike Pence signed SB 101 into law, which will allow people and businesses to discriminate against LGBT Hoosiers on the basis of religion. The bill has a broad impact which will not require businesses to meet any sort of substantial-burden test illustrating how serving LBGT Hoosiers “substantially burdens…

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Top military brass resist lifting transgender ban

Trans Troops

LGBTQ Nation: Carter getting pushback from military leaders over easing ban on transgender service members WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter has gotten pushback from senior military leaders on whether the Pentagon should lift its ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, according to U.S. officials familiar with…

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Transphobia in Public Restrooms Made Into Law

Trans Bathroom Access

Several states in the United States and some parts of Canada have recently attempted to create legislation restricting how trans people can use public restrooms in schools and other public places. Lambda Legal: FAQ About Restrooms & What to Do If You’re Hassled Mother Jones has an excellent summary of…

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Indiana House rejects all amendments to RFRA “license to discriminate” bill

Indiana House Vote on RFRA Amendments

This morning the Indiana House of Representatives rejected all 4 amendments proposed to SB 101 the ‘RFRA’ bill that would open the door to allowing Hoosiers to discriminate against LGBT citizens under the guise of “religious freedom.” The amendments were intended to protect child safety (religious-owned daycare businesses in Indiana…

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News: Kentucky Lawmakers Attach Poisonous Trans Bathrooms Amendment to High School Student’s Bill

After their poisonous efforts to enact legislation limiting what bathrooms trans and gender diverse students may use in Kentucky schools failed past through the Kentucky State legislature, Republican Sen. C.B. Embry has attached the legislation to a bill brought to the statehouse by Kentucky high school students, designed to improve…

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News: Transgender Law Center Testifies at Historic Hearing on LGBT Workplace Discrimination

Via Transgender Law Center: (Transgender Law Center) Legal Director Ilona Turner is in Washington, D.C. to testify before the United States Commission on Civil Rights at its first ever hearing on workplace discrimination against LGBT people. Her testimony describes the vast problem of employment discrimination that transgender and gender nonconforming…

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News: D.C. bill banning conversion therapy for minors becomes law

Washington Blade: D.C. bill banning conversion therapy for minors becomes law A bill passed unanimously by the D.C. Council in December that bans mental health professionals licensed by the city from performing so-called conversion therapy on minors became law on March 11 after clearing its required review by Congress. The…

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News: Hormone therapy in transgender adults is safe

Via Journal of Clinical and Translational Endocrinology: Hormone therapy in transgender adults is safe with provider supervision; A review of hormone therapy sequelae for transgender individuals Results Current literature suggests HT is safe when followed carefully for certain risks. The greatest health concern for HT in transgender women is venous…

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News: Indiana House committee approves religious discrimination bill; RFRA will move to House Chamber

Full Text of Senate Bill 101 Why SB101 will have a negative impact on trans hoosiers Via Indianapolis Star: Indiana House panel OKs religious freedom bill An Indiana House committee today approved controversial religious freedom legislation that could protect business owners who don’t want to provide services for same-sex weddings.…

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News: Allowing Transgender Youth To Transition Improves Their Mental Health, Study Finds

Via Think Progress: Allowing Transgender Youth To Transition Improves Their Mental Health, Study Finds A new study has found that when transgender young people are allowed to fully identify with their gender and take steps toward transition, it significantly improves their depression and anxiety. Forty-two patients participated in the study…

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Bloomington PRIDE

Bloomington Pride, Ltd. P.O. Box 554 Bloomington, IN 47402 Sarah Perfetti: sarah.perfetti@bloomingtonpride.org Laura Ingram: laura.ingram@bloomingtonpride.org The mission of Bloomington PRIDE: Through community-based events and services, Bloomington PRIDE celebrates queer arts, creates safe and inclusive spaces, and challenges stereotypes to enrich LGBTQA community culture. Programs include: Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival –…

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