Political, Activism and Legal

Catholics United Calls on Archbishop Chaput to Do More For the Transgender Community

Catholics United Calls on Archbishop Chaput to Do More For the Transgender Community
WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 27, 2014 – A transgender teen ended his own life in Croydon, Pennsylvania jumping in front of an amtrak train near Croydon station on Monday August 18th at 1:30 in the afternoon. According to his family and friends, 17 year old Riley Matthew Moscatel had been experiencing depression for years. Moscatel was frustrated about his body and was struggling with his gender identity. According to news reports, he posted on his instagram account that he was a prisoner of his own body not long before his death.
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Prominent Retired Generals: Military is Ready for Transgender Service

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - August 26, 2014 – Three retired US military General Officers, including the former chief medical officer of the US Army, issued a joint statement today concluding that the military's ban on transgender service could be eliminated in a straightforward manner that is consistent with military readiness and core values.
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Pennsylvania Trans Justice Network meetup on September 13 in Oil City

The newly organized Pennsylvania Trans Justice Network (PTJN) is hosting a half-state kick-off meetup on September 13th from 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM at Rhoades Center, Venango College, 1801 W. 1st Street, Oil City, PA 16301. PTJN is a statewide network of trans activists and organizations who came together to push for transgender justice, recognizing that we are stronger by working together. Learn more about PJTN's work, leadership development and discuss how you would like to be a part of PTJN, while meeting advocates from across the state. National Center for Trans Equality (NCTE) Executive Director Mara Keisling, who is a Pennsylvania native, will also be joining the event. This event is free and open to the public. Food will be provided. This event is open to trans people and allies alike. If you have any questions please contact Mahida at [email protected] or (484) 469-8512.
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7th Circuit Hears Landmark Indiana and Wisconsin Freedom to Marry Cases

New York - August 26, 2014 – Today in Chicago the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in marriage cases out of Indiana and Wisconsin, seeking both the freedom to marry and equal legal treatment of the lawful marriages of same-sex couples.
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Seventh Circuit Hears Oral Arguments Seeking Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Indiana and Wisconsin

Chicago- August 26, 2014 - The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in lawsuits seeking to strike down discriminatory marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. The three-judge panel included Richard Posner, Ann Claire Williams and David F. Hamilton. Attorneys from Lambda Legal argued on behalf of five plaintiff couples from Indiana and attorneys from The American Civil Liberties Union argued on behalf of thirteen plaintiff couples from Indiana and Wisconsin.
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Detroit Transgender Women Targeted in Possible Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 22, 2014 -- The Detroit police department has announced they are investigating the shooting of three transgender women that took place earlier this week. While two victims survived the shootings, the third unidentified transgender woman died. Police report all incidents to have taken place in the Palmer Park area and suspect them to be possible hate crimes
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Task Force Lauds American Bar Association's New Policy Supporting LGBTQ Rights

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 20, 2014 -- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is congratulating the American Bar Association (ABA) for adopting a resolution in support of LGBTQ rights.
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Federal Court in Florida Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 21, 2014 -- Today, a federal district court in Tallahassee, Florida ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional. Florida's Attorney General is expected to appeal the decision. As such, the federal judge issued a stay on the case.
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Nashville Mayor Karl Dean Announces Support of the Freedom to Marry

New York - August 21, 2014 - Today Nashville Mayor Karl Dean became the first Tennessee mayor to join Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a broad-based, nonpartisan coalition of nearly 500 mayors who are making the case for marriage for same-sex couples in their communities.
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Supreme Court Stays Virginia Marriage Case

New York - August 20, 2014 - Today the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of the Fourth Circuit's July 28 ruling, which held that Virginia's denial of the freedom to marry to same-sex couples is unconstitutional. The Fourth Circuit had declined to stay, or freeze, its decision, but today's procedural action by the Supreme Court means that same-sex couples will continue, for now, to be denied the freedom to marry in Virginia as the case makes its way through the appeals process.
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ACLU and Lambda Legal Ask Supreme Court to Reject Motion to Delay Virginia Marriages

Richmond, Va - August 18, 2014. - Today, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Virginia, and Lambda Legal will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to deny the motion filed Thursday by Prince William County Clerk Michèle McQuigg seeking to stay the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Schaefer v. Bostic striking down Virginia's discriminatory marriage ban.
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Task Force Calls for Thorough Probe into Possible Civil Rights Violations in Ferguson, Missouri

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 15, 2014 - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is calling on the President and the Justice Department to conduct a thorough investigation into the death of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, last Saturday. As a result of Michael's death, local community activists initiated protests, in which local police responded with alleged excessive force and illegally arresting members of the media.
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New Victory Congressional Fellow is Sole Transgender Staffer in U.S. House

WASHINGTON- August 14, 2014 – The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute today announced the appointment of Ben Panico as a Victory Congressional Fellow for the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.  The appointment makes Panico the only openly transgender person working in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first openly transgender person to serve as a Victory Congressional Fellow. 
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Cincinnati Mayor Urges 6th Circuit to Strike Down Marriage Ban

New York - August 14, 2014 - On the heels of oral arguments in two Ohio marriage cases presented before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals last week, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley today urged the appeals court to strike down the state's marriage ban, on behalf of his gay and lesbian constituent
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