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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether a transgender male must be allowed to use the boys' bathroom at his high school.

The Gloucester County School Board formally asked the high court on Monday to overturn an appeals court ruling that said the board's policy barring Gavin Grimm from the boys' restroom violates federal law.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A transgender inmate is accusing Delaware prison officials of denying her access to medically recommended hormone therapy, reading her legal mail and putting her in solitary confinement in retaliation for her legal complaints.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that lawyers for Kamilla Denise London filed a civil rights lawsuit in the Court of Chancery against Department of Correction employees last week.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court says a Virginia school board can block a transgender male from using the boy's bathroom at his school until it decides whether to intervene in his case.

The high court agreed Wednesday to allow the Gloucester County School board to bar Gavin Grimm from the bathroom that matches his gender identity until the justices decide whether to review an appeals court ruling in his case.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An attorney for a transgender teen in Virginia is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to bar him from using the boys restroom when he returns to school this fall.

In a brief filed Tuesday in the high court, Josh Block of the American Civil Liberties Union says the Gloucester County School Board has failed to show that it will be irreparably harmed by allowing Gavin Grimm to use the restroom that corresponds with his gender identity while his case plays out in lower courts.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Small-town pride has a new meaning in rural America.

Now that victories for same-sex marriage and other LGBT rights have made it easier for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to live openly, many more small towns are getting LGBT resource centers and pride festivals, including Saturday's event in downtown Hagerstown, Maryland.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge says a transgender teen shouldn't be blocked from using the boys' bathroom while the school board pursues an appeal in the student's discrimination lawsuit.

The school board immediately filed another appeal.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert G. Doumar ordered the Gloucester County School Board in June to let Gavin Grimm use the boys' bathroom while the court considers his case.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - An official in Maryland says the longtime head of the Ocean City Beach Patrol could be disciplined for an email instructing employees to use the locker room that "corresponds to your DNA."

News outlets report that Capt. Butch Arbin wrote in an email to dozens of patrol members Sunday, "If you're NOT SURE go to Target." The retailer's policy allows transgender customers to use the restrooms that match their gender identity.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision allowing a transgender student to use the boys' restrooms at his school.

The Gloucester County School Board divulged its plans in papers filed Tuesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, calling the case "one of national significance." The full appeals court last week refused to reconsider a 2-1 panel decision in favor of 16-year-old Gavin Grimm. The decision is now on hold until the Supreme Court decides whether to take the case.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court won't reconsider a three-judge panel's ruling that a transgender teen must be allowed to use the boys' restroom at school.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Gloucester County School Board's appeal on Tuesday.

The school board had asked for a full-court review after a three-judge panel said schools are bound by Department of Education guidelines, which say students must be allowed to use restrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

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INDEPENDENCE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board has approved an ordinance requiring students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that corresponds with the gender listed on their birth certificate.

Media outlets report that the ordinance was unanimously approved by the Grayson County School Board on Friday.

The move comes after President Barack Obama's administration told public schools that transgender students should be allowed the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

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There is a move in the Delaware General Assembly to put an equal protection clause into the state constitution.

The protected classes not only include such categories as race, age, religion creed and color but also sexual orientation and gender identity.

State Senator Karen Peterson a sponsor of the amendment told the Wilmington News Journal that this sentence would make a statement about Delaware’s values.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general says violations of federal sex-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation or gender identity also are violations of state law.

Democrat Mark Herring issued that opinion Tuesday in response to requests by three state lawmakers. It comes as governing bodies and courts grapple with a flurry of high-profile cases involving the rights of transgender people.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A legislative panel has killed a bill that would have required students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their biological sex.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the bill died Tuesday with an 8-13 vote in a House subcommittee.

It sought to require school boards to adopt policies ensuring that restrooms and locker rooms are "only used by students based on their biological sex."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A legislative panel has approved a bill that would require students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their biological sex.

The Daily Press reports that the bill would mandate that school systems and state agencies adopt policies designed to keep transgender people from using the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. 

The House General Laws subcommittee endorsed the bill Thursday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Diversity advocacy groups have asked the state of Virginia to make it easier for a transgender person born in the state to get one's gender changed on birth certificates.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the state requires a person to submit proof of a sex reassignment surgery and get a court order that specifies the gender and name in order to amend a birth certificate.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is arguing that schools can't prevent transgender students from using the restrooms that correspond with their gender identities without violating federal law.

The U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice submitted a friend-of-the-court brief late Wednesday supporting a Virginia teenager who is suing for access to the boys' restrooms at his high school.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Advocates say a transgender inmate who says she was called "it" and "some kind of animal" by guards who watched her shower has won a legal victory that forces the Maryland prison system to better train for how to treat transgender people.

An administrative law judge ruled in August that Patuxent Institution violated the Prison Rape Elimination Act over the treatment of Neon Brown, who goes by Sandy, and because the jail did not have a policy for strip-searching transgender inmates.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore police have arrested a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a transgender woman last July.

Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced Thursday that 44-year-old Shawn Oliver has been arrested and charged with the murder of 26-year-old Mia Henderson, who was found stabbed to death July 16, 2014.

Davis said police were able to identify Oliver from DNA extracted from under Henderson's fingernails.

"Mia fought back, and thank God she fought back," Davis said.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Three Montgomery County high schools are making graduation robes gender-neutral with one color to respect transgender students.

Damascus, Sherwood and Walter Johnson High Schools have shifted to single-color robes this year, instead of two separate colors for males and females.

At least five others have decided to make the change next year.

Principals say student letters played a role in the decision.

The change comes amid growing awareness of the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students nationwide.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn its 90-day legislation session at midnight Monday. Here is a look at some of the legislation that has been passed so far:

FRACKING MORATORIUM

Permits to conduct hydraulic drilling for natural gas using the process known as fracking could not be granted in Maryland until October 2017.

STORMWATER FEES

State-mandated stormwater management fees would end, but nine counties and the city of Baltimore would need to show they are paying to meet federal mandates to clean polluted stormwater.

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The National Coalition Against Censorship is weighing in on a request by a member of the Indian River School Board to remove lessons from the school curriculum.

These include the definitions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender as well as information on STD’s, HIV and pregnancy prevention instead of abstinence.

The Coalition says to deny students such information because of anyone’s religious or other personal beliefs raises serious First Amendment concerns and would compromise the public education system.

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A meeting of the Indian River School board this week saw a number of residents get up to speak out about remarks by board member Shaun Fink who is opposed to teaching about sexual orientation.

During the session on Monday Cole Haden, a senior at Sussex Central, told the board that Fink's remarks allowed him to stand up for equality for gays, lesbians and transgenders as well as for fairness and tolerance.

He was only one of 10 people who spoke at the meeting where around 100 people were in attendance.

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The Delaware State Human Relations Commission has asked for a meeting with the Superintendent of the Cape Henlopen School District over issues related to the LGBT community.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that minutes from an August 14th meeting of the commission said it is looking into a number of issues.

These include a teacher disparaging gays in a Human Development class at Cape Henlopen High School and the decision to deny the Gay-Straight Alliance Club from wearing rainbow colored stoles at graduation.

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Lakisha Short is a transgender who is serving a 55 year sentence in Delaware state prison.

Now, the American Civil Liberties Union is helping her get her name changed to Kai – a request that has been denied by two courts.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that court documents says the 34-year old Short self-identifies as a male and wants to be known by the more masculine name of Kai as a first step.

Delaware state law only allows a name change for a sincerely held religious belief not for gender identification.

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As the Indian River School District ponders what to include in its textbooks for a new health curriculum one school board member objected to any discussion of gender identity.

The definitions in the lesson plan included heterosexual, straight, homosexual, gay, lesbian and bisexual.

But during a workshop board member Shaun Fink said he did not want any discussion of gender identity or homosexuality.

The definitions also cover transgendered people and gender roles.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An effort to repeal a bill banning discrimination against transgender people in Maryland has fallen short.

Backers of a petition to repeal the bill conceded Sunday that they gathered about 1,000 fewer signatures than they needed to get the issue on the November ballot.

The bill would ban discrimination against transgender people on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to sign a measure aimed at stopping discrimination against people who are transgender.

O'Malley has a bill signing ceremony scheduled for Thursday in Annapolis, where he will sign other measures as well. The law will prohibit discrimination on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations.

The law would take effect on Oct. 1. However, a group of opponents hopes voters will get the last say. Opponents contend the measure would allow predators into opposite sex restrooms.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Maryland legislators have launched a petition drive to have the state's new law barring discrimination against people who are transgendered brought to a referendum.

Republican Delegates Neil Parrott and Kathy Szeliga announced the drive on MDPetitions.com at a news conference Tuesday. Parrott is chairman of MDPetitions.com.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to prevent discrimination against people who are transgender has cleared the Maryland General Assembly.

The House of Delegates passed the measure 82-57 on Thursday. That sends a bill already passed by the Senate to Gov. Martin O'Malley. Nina Smith, an O'Malley spokeswoman, says he will sign the measure.

The bill aims to stop discrimination on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations.

Passage came after long debate.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a bill to prevent discrimination against people who are transgender.

The Senate voted 32-15 on Tuesday for the measure.

It aims to stop discrimination on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations such as hotels and restaurants.

There were 31 Democrats who voted for the bill and one Republican. There were 11 Republicans who opposed the bill, and four Democrats.

The measure now goes to the House of Delegates

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