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May 26, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Mara Keisling — 6-foot-2, with frizzy brown hair and a wry smile — is the best-known transgender activist in Washington, which is to say she is not well known at all. "Trust me," Keisling said after finishing a conversation with one congressional staffer. "We have no political clout." But as she wound her way through the Rayburn House Office Building, there were sparks of recognition. "Hey, Mara," another staffer said warmly when he bumped into her on his way to lunch.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
In late May, a transgender woman named Vivian was viciously attacked while walking on Hollywood Boulevard, a reminder of the sharp-edged danger still facing the transgender community. "As much progress as there has been, we have to live with one eye open, always looking over our shoulders," Rodrigo Lehtinen, 27, said Saturday afternoon as he stood in a courtyard a few blocks from the near-fatal beating. Lehtinen surveyed the scene before him: a lively group of about 400 transgender men and women gathered for the 14th annual Trans Pride L.A. festival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Amber, a soft-spoken, feminine 12-year-old who loves Hello Kitty and fashion design, lives with a secret. It is a secret most sixth-graders can't fathom, one she hides behind pink skirts and makeup. It is a secret that led to all her baby pictures being tucked away as though her childhood had never happened. Amber was born a boy. When she was 10, she stopped going by her given name, Aaron, and began dressing as a girl. Last year, she started taking medication to keep her from going through puberty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
A second suspect arrested in connection with the  beating of a transgender  woman in May on Hollywood Boulevard was identified by police Thursday as 21-year-old Samuel Garunts. Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison said Garunts, who was arrested Wednesday afternoon, had been a person of interest for some time in the investigation of the early-morning attack on May 31. Madison said it was unclear whether there would be more arrests in the case. Detectives earlier said four men were involved in the beating of the woman identified by authorities as Vivian.  In  video surveillance footage released by police , a man appears to assault the woman from behind, knocking her to the sidewalk.
NATIONAL
December 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A YMCA director in Chicago has been fired after parents with young children arriving for a swim meet scuffled with participants from an overnight transgender fashion show and ball. Greg Weider, who had been acting director of the New City YMCA for two years, was fired after allowing a YMCA member to reserve the entire facility for the show. The families arriving the next morning for the swim meet encountered the transgender participants and police had to be called after scuffling broke out.
OPINION
December 23, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Here's something that California doesn't need: a replay of Proposition 8 in slightly different form. But it may get one. Opponents of a new state law that expands the rights of transgender students say they have submitted enough signatures to place a measure on the ballot to repeal it. Recent spot counts by the secretary of state show they may not have reached the threshold. In our view, California would be better off if the petitions were found to be lacking. As with Proposition 8, which altered the California constitution to ban same-sex marriages, this proposal is based on fear of and intolerance toward people whose sexuality falls outside of traditionally accepted norms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
As the hunt for the killer of a transgender YouTube reality star entered its fourth day on Friday, detectives sharpened their focus on an 18-year-old man from San Bernardino. Fontana detectives say Dantjier Powell beat 31-year-old Domonique Newburn to death in her Fontana apartment Tuesday afternoon after a struggle. Authorities told local media they believe Powell was involved in a relationship with Newburn, who in 2010 legally changed her name from Daymond Watford. Now the search is on for Powell, who police said may be traveling out of state with Jamie Nicole Cotton, 25, of Highland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
About 9 million people in the United States identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a UCLA study released Thursday. The estimate, which translates to about 3.5% of adults as LGBT and 0.3% of adults as transgender, was created by the Williams Institute at UCLA's School of Law and argues that any estimate of the population is difficult because there are insufficient and inconsistent national surveys. The study culled data and methods from nine surveys conducted over the last seven years and averaged results from five of those surveys to estimate sexual orientation and results from two surveys to estimate the transgender population.
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October 31, 2007 | Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun
The highest judicial body of the United Methodist Church announced Tuesday that a transgender man can remain pastor of a congregation in Baltimore. The ruling by the Judicial Council affirms last spring's decision by Bishop John R. Schol to reappoint the Rev. Drew Phoenix -- formerly the Rev. Ann Gordon -- to St. John's United Methodist Church.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By Stephen Burt
Jennifer Finney Boylan was the father of two young boys, a devoted husband, a keyboard player in bar bands, the author of three published novels, and an English professor in Maine when she began the process that would make her outwardly - anatomically and socially - the woman she felt she had always been on the inside. Her book about life before, during and after that transition, "She's Not There" (2003), made her a guiding star for many transgender readers: Here was somebody who made all the changes she needed and, despite all the growing pains, got to keep most of her life.
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