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Kyrgyzstan: Experts urge removal of anti-gay bill

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A group of United Nations human rights experts have urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject a bill that would introduce criminal and administrative sanctions for acts aimed at forming “a positive attitude towards non-traditional sexual orientation,” warning that the proposed law would go against the country’s human rights obligations and commitments.

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New York High Court Allows Retrial on Hate Crime Charge in Killing of Transgender Woman Lateisha Green

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The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) today renewed its call for justice in the case of a slain transgender woman after the New York State Court of Appeals overturned the hate crime conviction of the man accused of killing her but allowed the state to retry him on the disputed hate crime charge. DeLee was originally convicted of manslaughter in the first degree as a hate crime for the 2008 killing of Syracuse resident Lateisha “Teish” Green, a 22-year-old African American transgender woman.

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TLDEF Encouraged by Maryland’s Progress Towards Expanding Medicaid Coverage for Transgender People

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The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) today responded to news that Maryland has moved a step closer to making transition-related health care available to its transgender residents who receive Medicaid. Maryland health officials are submitting regulations for approval that will expand Medicaid by April 2015. Once approved, the state will join California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington D.C., which have all expanded Medicaid coverage for transgender people. The United States Department of Health and Human Services also recently ruled that the federal Medicare program must cover transition-related health care.

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Family Equality Council Statement on President Obama’s Immigration Announcement

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Family Equality Council commends President Obama following tonight’s historic announcement that he will take executive action to protect five million eligible undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow them to work legally. But the organization urges further steps by Congress to create long-term solutions to the nation’s immigration crisis.

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Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) Observes Transgender Day of Remembrance

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The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance today by urging the public to reflect on all of the transgender people whose lives were ended by violence, simply for living as their authentic selves. The people we have lost include two young, African American transgender women, Islan Nettles, who was beaten to death in Harlem in August of 2013, and Lateisha (Teish) Green, who was shot in Syracuse in 2008.

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Best Financial News ever : NOM Is $2.5 Million in Debt

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The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) – a group of literal trolls who dwell in caverns beneath the earth and spend all their time trying to prevent people who love each other from being able to wed legally – closed out the 2013 financial year $2.5 million in debt, according to their most recent tax filings.