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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.

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A*Base – Never gonna say I´m sorry

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It’s time for next generation Swedish nostalgia, last time the Swedes was doing nostalgic pop music was with A-Teens and ABBA hits, this time around it’s time to go back to the 90’s and Ace of Base hits with the new pop band called A*Base. Last time it was a big success – do I smell a new Swedish pop music era on it’s way ? Don’t say you wasn’t warned….

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Largest study of gay brothers homes in on ‘gay genes’

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A genetic analysis of 409 pairs of gay brothers, including sets of twins, has provided the strongest evidence yet that gay people are born gay. The study clearly links sexual orientation in men with two regions of the human genome that have been implicated before, one on the X chromosome and one on chromosome 8.

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Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Municipal Equality Index

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The City of West Hollywood has scored 100/100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), a nationwide evaluation of municipal laws affecting the LGBT community of 353 cities. The MEI examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities of various sizes from every state in the country and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people living and working in those cities. This year’s score once again places the City of West Hollywood at the very top of rated municipalities in the nation.

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Leading Talent Joins Social Justice Advocates & the Clementi Family to Honor This Year’s Recipients of the Upstander Awards

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Tonight, The Tyler Clementi Foundation will host its Third Annual Upstander Legacy Celebration to honor Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz and former aide to President Obama Gautam Raghavan. MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts will serve as the night’s emcee and will welcome expected guests Nicolle Wallace, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell and Rosie Perez of The View; producer Bruce Cohen; former New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Kim Catullo; actress Ally Sheedy and the Clementi Family.