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Vermont is clarifying that insurers cannot deny coverage of gender confirmation health care because of the individual's age.

This year’s Spectrum Conference – for Sexual & Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education, Capacity Building, and Training in Response for Underserved Sexual and Gender Minorities takes place July 9-10 in Albany, New York.

Among the sessions this year will be Nine on IX, nine higher ed attorneys discussing the past and future of Title IX; an update on the state of HIV/AIDS; a panel of LGBTQI+ Presidents discussing successes and remaining challenges; and the first ever national keynote by Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins, who tried to purchase a wedding cake from Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, a case that went to the Supreme Court last year.

We welcome: SUNY Associate Counsel Joseph Storch, and SUNY Director of Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Elizabeth Brady.

The Hubbard Hall production of "I Am My Own Wife" by Doug Wright runs March 8–17. The Pulitzer Prize winning drama focuses on the true story of a transgender woman's survival of both Nazi and Soviet regimes and her experience of history in the making.

To tell us more we welcome the director Trey Morehouse, actor Rylan Morsbach and Hubbard Hall Artistic and Executive Director David Snider.

With a statewide vote on transgender rights days away, a transgender solidarity rally is set for Pittsfield, Massachusetts Saturday.

Living life as a trans-gendered adult carries its own set of issues and challenges, and society seems to slowly be opening up to accommodate and even celebrate these people. But most trans adults were once growing up as a trans child who needed support.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk about the children and parents who make up the current trans generation.

We’ll also spend an academic minute exploring how Americans feel about trans-gender rights.

CN Lester is an academic, musician, and leading British trans rights activist. A critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, Lester also works as a composer and classical performer. They consult and educate on trans issues with a wide range of organizations and they've written on the trans experience for various outlets.

In their new book, "Trans Like Me," CN Lester takes a measured, thoughtful, intelligent and approachable tour through the most important and high-profile narratives around the trans community, turning them inside out and examining where we really are in terms of progress.

The Sexual & Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education, Capacity Building, and Training in Response for Underserved Sexual and Gender Minorities is a comprehensive, research-based training happening next week in Albany.

The conference will provide cutting-edge, prevention and response training to enhance the knowledge and skills of attendees through training to faculty, staff, medical professionals, and community and state agency service providers to turn the dial on sexual and interpersonal violence against sexual and gender minorities, while providing the most trauma-informed, and culturally-competent response and care when incidents do occur.

The conference will run in Albany, New York from June 18-22 and will include prevention and response education specifically tailored to addressing the disproportionate impact of sexual and interpersonal violence against sexual minorities on college campuses domestically, and abroad.

Joseph Storch is the Associate Counsel for The State University of New York and Elizabeth Brady is their Violence Prevention Project Director.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is condemning President Donald Trump's latest ban on transgender troops.

A timely second edition of the classic text on transgender history, with a new introduction and updated material throughout.

Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, and lasted through the early 1970s; the mid-'70s to 1990-the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the '90s and '00s.

Susan Stryker is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, as well as Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies.

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A murder in North Adams, Massachusetts last week was the first reported homicide of a transgender person in the country in 2018. 

Arundhati Roy published her first novel, The God of Small Things, back in 1997 and now Roy is back with a new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

In it, she weaves among other threads, the story of a transgender woman in Delhi and a Kashmiri freedom fighter while also shining a spotlight on modern India.

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A film that will be screened in Saratoga Springs this weekend interweaves two topics close to the heart of the filmmaker.  Derek Hallquist intended to make the film “Denial” to explain the electric grid and its impact on the environment.  For years he followed his father, the leader of a small electric utility, as he tried to confront how the electricity sector addresses climate change.  But Hallquist says that as filming on the documentary progressed he discovered and then interwove his father’s personal story of confronting gender denial.

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New Hampshire's Republican House leadership is looking to stall legislation that adds protections for transgender people over fears that it would let men use women's bathrooms.

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Yesterday we told you about the controversy swirling about the planned new name of a gay bar in Winooski, Vermont.  The failure of the Pride Center of Vermont to condemn the owner’s plan to name it Mister Sister led two board members to resign. One is Bailey Cummings, who is upset that the center is not taking a position. She says the bar owner has not been listening to the community’s concerns.

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A wine bar in Winooski, Vermont has closed to remodel and reopen as a gay bar.  But there has been an outburst of controversy over its planned new name, which some say has historically been a slur against transgender women.

Officials: Transgender New Yorkers Still Have Rights

Feb 23, 2017

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students will not affect New York state, according to the state’s education commissioner and legal experts. But they say the action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.

A lecture and screening of two documentary films about transgender youth in the Catskills are planned in Woodstock Saturday. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the filmmaker and psychology professor who will be on hand about the films and transgender discrimination.

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The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams is hosting a talk tomorrow on how schools can best include transgender students in athletic programs. Pat Griffin is the founding director of Changing the Game: The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network Sports Project.

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A recently formed statewide network advocating for transgender rights has been holding a series of town hall forums throughout New York.  The latest is scheduled Wednesday evening in Plattsburgh.

  Soon after Hillary Whittington and her husband, Jeff, addressed their daughter Ryland’s deafness with cochlear implants, Ryland began to express clearly, in word and behavior, a male identity, in ways typically seen as markers for young transgender children.

In her book, Raising Ryland: Our Story Of Parenting A Transgender Child With No Strings Attached, Hillary shares her family's story.

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A new regulation protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination is taking effect.

Affirming Transgender Rights

Dec 17, 2015

The visibility of issues facing the transgender community is at an all time high. 

In October, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo enacted an executive order to include gender identity under the definition of sex in the 1945 Human Rights Act which will start providing employment and housing protections to transgender individuals. New York will be the 19th state to provide such protections to the Trans Community.

Rob Edelman: Girls Lost

Nov 16, 2015

If you go back through movie history, you’ll note that countless films from certain periods and cultures mirror those periods and cultures in innumerable ways. So it is not surprising that, in 2015, so many films deal with gender issues and sexual identity, not to mention the belief that all men and all women are created equal no matter their sexual orientation.

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The New York Civil Liberties Union says transgender students are often harassed in public schools across the state and education officials have failed to carry out a legislative mandate to protect them.

Sean Philpott-Jones: There's Something About Caitlyn

Jun 4, 2015

Unless you've been living under a rock or on a social media fast these past couple of weeks, you've undoubtedly seen the pictures of Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair.  No surprise that she appears in the June issue, the same month that celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride.

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New York's attorney general has started a program to ensure transgender individuals have equal access to health care.

Eric Schneiderman's office announced the initiative Friday.

Staffers with the attorney general's Civil Rights Bureau will conduct training sessions at hospitals and medical centers around the state to discuss the best ways to ensure the rights of transgender patients are respected.

The reason cited: too many transgender Americans report being harassed or denied care because of their gender identity.

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This week the White House announced opposition to so-called "conversion therapy." The disclosure coincides with the 20th annual Northeast LGBT College Conference set for tonight at the University at Albany.

Sean Philpott-Jones: Protecting Transgendered Youth

Dec 4, 2014

Two nights ago, the Shenendehowa Board of Education voted 4 to 2 in favor of a new policy designed to protect the rights and safety of transgender students. High school students in the district will now be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. The new policy also allows all students, regardless of sex or gender, to access single-user bathrooms and private changing areas.

Members of the transgender community of the Capital Region, their advocates, and allies will gather in Albany tonight to honor the memory of the many transgender people who have been victims of violence in the past year.

Today is the 16th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a solemn tribute to people who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event also raises awareness of the threat of discrimination and violence faced by the transgender community.  

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New York's governor says transgender people should be protected from discrimination and says that if elected to a second term he'll push to include gender identity and expression in the state's civil rights law.

In a letter to the Empire State Pride Agenda, Cuomo notes that transgender people face significant discrimination and that the state should outlaw discrimination against them when it comes to things like housing, employment and public accommodations.

The state already prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, disability and gender.

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