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On Transgender Day of Remembrance, a partnership to provide law officers training on transgender issues

(Editor’s note: Laura Duffy is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California and is based in San Diego. She wrote this op-ed for SDGLN on International Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is Thursday, Nov. 20.)

Today, the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, is a good time not just to acknowledge but to meaningfully respond to the history of violence and discrimination perpetrated against the misunderstood transgender community.

Today my office is partnering with the San Diego Police Department, the transgender community, and the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service (CRS) to offer a groundbreaking training session that is designed to build a foundation of trust between law enforcement and the transgender community.

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Straights OK with same-sex couples, but reel over public kissing

WASHINGTON DC — A new study indicates that heterosexuals have predominately egalitarian views on legal benefits for — but not public displays of affection (PDA) by — same-sex couples.

“We found that, for the most part, heterosexuals are equally as supportive of legal benefits for same-sex couples as they are for heterosexual couples, but are much less supportive of public displays of affection for same-sex couples than they are for heterosexuals,” said Long Doan, a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University and the lead author of the study.

A new study indicates that heterosexuals have predominately egalitarian views on legal benefits for — but not public displays of affection (PDA) by — same-sex couples.

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China: Rural gay couple defied gossip, exorcists and arranged marriage

When Apple CEO Tim Cook came out of the closet, gay people around the world voiced their support for him. In China, where most gay people stay silent because of the pressure to have children and a lack of understanding, Anwei and Yebin, a gay couple living in rural North China, have defied the biases of fellow villagers. After the futile efforts of exorcists to convert one of them to heterosexuality, they communicated with their parents to help them understand their love and have even signed a contract to give themselves a degree of financial security.

After Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, came out of the closet earlier this month, homosexuality has been a hot topic of discussion in China.

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Iraq: “When Coming Out is a Death Sentence”

NEW YORK – The rising tide of violence and turmoil in Iraq poses grave threats to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals who are experiencing levels of persecution that puts many at imminent risk of death, according to two publications released today by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization, and the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI).

“The stories of LGBT people in Iraq are a painful reminder of the rampant abuse and violence that these individuals face because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. No human being should suffer inhumane treatment because of who they are.”

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Why did the U.S. lock up these women with men?

The United States has long been a haven for those fleeing persecution and oppression. But today, the treatment for asylum seekers can be so terrible that some are asking to be sent back to the very countries they were escaping.

This includes women who are locked up alongside men, sometimes the very men they were trying to escape. They are forced to live with the men, even shower with them. Other times, these women are put in solitary confinement—its own form of torture—for months on end, all in the name of protecting them.

A six-month Fusion investigation found that conditions for transgender women locked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are often humiliating, dangerous, and even deadly.

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Housing unit for transgender women inmates opens at Rikers

NEW YORK — The New York City Department of Correction is opening a new Transgender Housing Unit for transgender women at Rikers Island.

Developed with advice and feedback from the LGBTQI community, the unit, which is opening this week, is designed to offer transgender women safe and respectful separation from the general population along with access to medical and mental health care as necessary and a range of programs and services.

The New York City Department of Correction is opening a new Transgender Housing Unit for transgender women at Rikers Island.

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“Bad Ass Gays” debuts tonight on Logo TV

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Taking a hard punch in the ring, careening 180 mph around a race track or leading a combat mission, it’s a brave new world for gay men openly pursuing their professional passions, defying stereotypes, discrimination and setting the stage for a new generation.

Premiering tonight on Logo TV, “Bad Ass Gays” is a documentary that tells the personal stories of gay men in “manly” professions, going on the job with them, revealing their motives, passions, joys, challenges and struggles to succeed.

Premiering tonight on Logo TV, “Bad Ass Gays” is a documentary that tells the personal stories of gay men in “manly” professions, going on the job with them, revealing their motives, passions, joys, challenges and struggles to succeed.

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For sale: The heart of Hillcrest faces an unknown future

SAN DIEGO, California – Two prominent blocks in Hillcrest are up for sale to the highest bidders, and the purchasers will have the ability to transform the heart of the gayborhood.

In September, a 25,000-square-foot property that includes the shuttered Pernicano’s and Casa de Baffi restaurants went on sale for $12 million. The site is on the west side of Sixth Avenue between University and Robinson avenues.

Two prominent blocks in Hillcrest are up for sale to the highest bidders, and the purchasers will have the ability to transform the heart of the gayborhood.

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