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HISTORIC FUNDING OF $13 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE TRANSGENDER WELLNESS AND EQUITY FUND BY GOVENOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCED

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LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, July 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that the Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund would be receiving $ 13 million in funding that will provide health care services for transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGI) people across all of California. Resources include mental health programs, culture-based programs, medical services, as well as supportive housing help specifically for TGI people. This historic announcement is the continuation of the victory that was achieved when AB 2218 was passed in September of 2020.

The [email protected] Coalition, led by Founder and CEO Bamby Salcedo, was instrumental in advocating for the passing of AB2218 last year. Since then, she has been working tirelessly to ensure that not only would the funding come to fruition, but that a precedent would be set for other states and policymakers to follow as well.

“We are so grateful that TGI people will have the resources needed to improve our quality of life. We are privileged to live in a state that has the most inclusive legislation to support the livelihood of trans people. It is through intentional investment in the lives of TGI people through this budget allocation that collectively we are going to improve the lives of all TGI Californians,” said Bamby Salcedo, Chief Executive Officer at [email protected] Coalition.
“I’m so proud of this community vision becoming a reality. This budget allocation shows that when we let TGI people lead, great things can happen. I look forward to working to get these funds to our people here on the ground!” said Michaé De La Cuadra, Manager of Policy and Community Engagement at [email protected] Coalition.

The [email protected] Coalition will be holding a press conference next week. Details to be announced. For updates and news, follow on social media:
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About [email protected] Coalition:
The [email protected] Coalition (TLC) was founded in 2009 by a group of Transgender and Gender nonconforming and Intersex (TGI) immigrant women in Los Angeles, California, as a grassroots response to address the specific needs of TGI [email protected] immigrants who live in the United States. Since then, the agency has become a nationally recognized organization with representation in 10 different states across the U.S. and provides direct services to TGI individuals in Los Angeles.
To learn more, visit www.translatinacoalition.org

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Book on transgender achievers released

‘Transgender in India – Achievers and Survivors: An ode to Transwomen’, a book by IAS officer Dr. C.K. Gariyali and her daughter and social activist Priyadarshini Rajkumar, was released on Friday.

The book showcases the stories of several transgender achievers in the country, including renowned Bharatanatyam dancer Narthaki Nataraj, journalist and social activist Apsara Reddy, police officer Prithika Yashini, lawyer Sathyasri Sharmila and engineer Grace Banu, among others.

Published by the Saraswathi Educational Cultural and Charitable Trust with the support of United Way, an NGO working towards an inclusive society, the book, its writers and publishers hope, would help bring about awareness and make society more inclusive for transgender persons.

The book was released by the chief guest, Shambu Kallolikar, Secretary, Department of Social Welfare and Women Empowerment, along with D. Rathna IAS, Commissioner of Social Welfare. The first copy was received by P.N. Vasudevan, MD and CEO, Equitas Small Finance Bank.

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Miss Nevada USA title won by transgender woman for 1st time

For the first time in the pageant’s history, the title of Miss Nevada USA has been won by a transgender woman.

Kataluna Enriquez was crowned the winner Sunday at the South Point hotel-casino in Las Vegas.

The 27-year-old Enriquez won the Miss Silver State USA pageant in March, a preliminary competition for the Miss Nevada USA pageant.

She beat 21 other candidates to represent Nevada in the Miss USA pageant that will be held on Nov. 29.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Enriquez first took part in transgender pageants in 2016 when she was working as a model.

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Transgender weightlifter Hubbard selected for Tokyo Olympics

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will be the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics.

Hubbard was among five weightlifters confirmed Monday for New Zealand’s team for the Tokyo Games.

She will also be the oldest weightlifter at the Games and will be ranked fourth in the women’s heavyweight division. Hubbard won a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships and gold in the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa. She competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games but sustained a serious injury that set back her career.

“I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me by so many New Zealanders,” Hubbard said. “When I broke my arm at the Commonwealth Games three years ago, I was advised that my sporting career had likely reached its end. But your support, your encouragement, and your (love) carried me through the darkness.

“The last eighteen months has shown us all that there is strength in kinship, in community, and in working together towards a common purpose.”

The additional burden has had to carry is that her efforts have made her a flashpoint in the debate around the fairness of trans athletes competing in women’s events. She has faced anger, scorn and ridicule, has been directly criticized by her opponents.

Competing as Gavin Hubbard, her birth name, Hubbard set national records in junior competition and had a best, combined snatch and clean and jerk total of 300 kilograms.

Hubbard transitioned eight years ago at the age of 35. She has since met all of the requirements of the International Olympic Committee’s regulations for trans athletes and fair competition.

The competition in the women’s 87-kilogram-plus category will be held on Aug. 2.

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Campaign underway to restore vandalized mural of transgender pioneer Marsha P. Johnson

ELIZABETH, New Jersey — A campaign is underway to restore a vandalized mural that honors a transgender activist.

The mural of Marsha P. Johnson was created in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, but someone painted over it in what activists call an act of hate.

Malcom Rolling painted the mural, and members of an LGBTQ+ youth group that organized the first Pride march in Elizabeth last year made the murals the focal point.

The group is called The People’s Committee of Elizabeth (TPCOE). Sister station WABC-TV in New York talked to one founding member, Priscilla Goana, who is in Hawaii right now.

“This is just a huge, huge slap in the face,” Goana said.

She says plans and fundraising are in the works to repaint the mural because it’s clearly needed.

“It’s targeted – it’s hatred and we don’t want that here,” said TPCOE activist Katherine Justiniano.

“This is a clear sign of transphobia, homophobia and racism,” TPCOE co-founder Natalie Hernandez said.

Johnson was 46 when she died in 1992 and was decades ahead of her time. The self-identified drag queen was a pioneering gay rights activist and a key figure in the Stonewall Uprising in 1969.

TPCOE is raising money on Instagram, Venmo and GoFundMe.

About $ 1,500 is needed just for the paint to reimagine what was once there, plus what the artist plans to add.

“I have something to say,” Rolling said. “Like I said, I’m a little furious, and I have something to say. And I want to be able to add to the mural to make it more robust.”

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Reversing Trump, US Restores Transgender Health Protections

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will protect gay and transgender people against sex discrimination in health care, the Biden administration announced Monday, reversing a Trump-era policy that sought to narrow the scope of legal rights in sensitive situations involving medical care.

The action by the Department of Health and Human Services affirms that federal laws forbidding sex discrimination in health care also protect gay and transgender people. The Trump administration had defined “sex” to mean gender assigned at birth, thereby excluding transgender people from the law’s umbrella of protection.

“Fear of discrimination can lead individuals to forgo care, which can have serious negative health consequences,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Everyone — including LGBTQ people — should be able to access health care, free from discrimination or interference, period.”

Becerra said in a statement the Biden administration policy will bring HHS into line with a landmark 6-3 Supreme Court decision last year in a workplace discrimination case, which established that federal laws against sex discrimination on the job also protect gay and transgender people.

Despite that ruling, the Trump administration proceeded to try to narrow the legal protections against health care discrimination, issuing rules that narrowly defined “sex” as biological gender. A federal judge had blocked those rules from taking effect, although Trump administration officials argued that as a legal matter health care discrimination was a separate issue from the employment case the Supreme Court decided.

Monday’s action means that the HHS Office for Civil Rights will again investigate complaints of sex discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Hospitals, clinics and other medical providers can face government sanctions for violations of the law.

The Biden administration action essentially restores the policy established during the Obama years. The Affordable Care Act included a prohibition on sex discrimination in health care but did not include the term “gender identity.” The Obama administration interpreted the law as shielding gay and transgender people as well. It relied on a broad understanding of sex shaped by a person’s inner sense of being male, female, neither or a combination.

Behind the dispute over rights for transgender people in particular is a medically recognized condition called “gender dysphoria” — discomfort or distress caused by a discrepancy between the gender that a person identifies as and the gender assigned at birth. Consequences can include severe depression. Treatment can range from gender confirmation surgery and hormones to people changing their outward appearance by adopting a different hairstyle or clothing.

Under the Obama-era rule, a hospital could be required to perform gender-transition procedures such as hysterectomies if the facility provided that kind of treatment for other medical conditions.

LGBTQ groups say explicit protections are needed for people seeking gender transition treatment, and even for transgender people who need care for illnesses such as diabetes or heart problems.

More than 1.5 million Americans identify as transgender, according to the Williams Institute, a think tank focusing on LGBT policy at the UCLA School of Law. A bigger number — 4.5% of the population— identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to Gallup.

Professional groups like the American Medical Association, along with civil rights organizations, have supported health care protections for gay and transgender people, while social and religious conservatives sought to narrow their scope.

HHS is a traditional battleground for conflicts over social issues. During the Trump administration the department clearly bent to the will of conservatives. Other Trump policies applauded by the right restricted abortion referrals and broadened employers’ ability to opt out of providing birth control to women workers covered by their health plans. Under President Joe Biden, the policy pendulum is swinging back in the opposite direction, as officials unwind the actions taken in the Trump years.

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Texas bill restricting transgender students' sports participation stalls in House

A bill that would prevent transgender Texas children from joining school sports teams that match their gender identity failed to advance out of a House committee Tuesday, signaling potential trouble for one of several anti-LGBTQ bills in the Legislature.The Senate has advanced a handful of bills that LGBTQ advocates say threaten the rights and mental health of transgender children in Texas, including restricting their access to school sports and medical care. Senate Bill 29, the sports bill, is the first anti-trans Senate bill to get a committee vote in the lower chamber.

House legislation banning gender confirmation health care for children, signed by 45 Republicans, was passed out of the lower chamber’s Public Health committee last week but has yet to reach the full House floor. Senate-approved legislation labeling the treatment as child abuse is set to go before the same committee, which is made up of six Republicans and five Democrats.

When members of the House Public Education committee – made up of six Democrats and seven Republicans – took up sports bill SB 29 on Tuesday, it failed to advance in a 5-6 party-line vote.

Opponents of the legislation cheered the vote.

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“We thank the members of the House Public Education committee for their votes today against SB 29,” said Zeph Capo, president of the Texas American Federation of Teachers. “We did the right thing today for all the children of Texas by standing up for trans kids.”

Jamey Harrison, deputy director of the University Interscholastic League, told the House Public Education Committee that the bill codifies current UIL rules, though there is one key distinction. The UIL mandates students in K-12 schools to compete on the team that aligns with the sex listed on their birth certificate. SB 29 adds that it must be the sex listed at or around birth. The change targets transgender Texans, who may change the sex listed on their birth certificate.

Supporters of the bill said that it was necessary to protect women’s sports, arguing that higher levels of testosterone may give transgender women an advantage over cisgender women athletes and could cause safety concerns.But Harrison testified it was already “not an issue in our state” under the current UIL rules.

Marjan Linnell, a general pediatrician testifying on behalf of the Texas Pediatrics Society, told the committee that transgender women often don’t have high levels of testosterone because of puberty suppression and hormone treatments – medications that could be banned under other anti-LGBTQ legislation winding through the Capitol. Linnell also highlighted that there are large gaps in physical capability within cisgender women and men.

Amalia Allen, a Texan student-athlete, testified that it felt “disparaging” to be told by legislators that she was inherently less capable than male athletes because of her gender.

“People are very concerned about me these days,” she said. “I’d like to ease that concern and respectfully decline that protection.”

LGBTQ advocates also said the bill could actually threaten cisgender female athletes, concerned that female athletes who may be masculine could be forced to go through intrusive investigations to prove that they were born female in order to be eligible to compete.

Last month, Heather Gothard won the women’s division of a competitive race in Cleburne. The day after the race, she was targeted by social media posts and emails insisting she was a transgender woman and should be banned from further races. At an Equality Texas rally last week opposing the bill, Gothard, a cisgender woman, spoke out against the incident, and advocates worried it would be the first of many.Disclosure: Equality Texas has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.

Correction, May 4, 2021: This story previously stated that state Rep. Gary VanDeaver voted against advancing Senate Bill 29 out of a House committee. VanDeaver voted for advancing the bill.

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Family's message to transgender woman's murder suspect: 'We're going to find this person'

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Houston police are now calling a man, who was caught on surveillance video, a suspect in the murder of a transgender woman and they are asking the public for help identifying him.On Tuesday, HPD re-released the video showing a man wearing a dark-colored sweater and white or gray sweatpants, walking and running past several cameras near Westheimer and Fondren. Previously, police called him a person of interest. Now, they believe he is a suspect in the murder of 22-year-old Iris Santos, a transgender woman.

SEE ALSO: Surveillance video released after transgender woman’s murder in HoustonSantos was shot to death April 23 as she sat on a bench outside of a Chick-fil-A on Westheimer.

On Tuesday night, Santos’ family gathered in prayer at their west Houston apartment.

“She was a beautiful soul,” said Santos’ mom, Maria Carreon. “We just ask God to guide her to heaven.”

Santos’ family continues asking for the community’s help to find her killer.

“We’re going to find this person. They are not going to get away with this,” said Santos’ middle school theater teacher, Crystal Toussant. “She was determined. She knew what she wanted in life and she was not ashamed of who she was.”The family is raising money for funeral costs and a reward on a GoFundMe page.

Santos’ family is also planning to hold a vigil Wednesday night in her memory. Exact details on when and where the vigil will be held have not been released.

Houston police are asking anyone with information on the suspect’s identity or whereabouts to contact HPD Homicide at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Gender-affirming would be considered child abuse under Texas Senate bill

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