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June 21, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
One of four suspects wanted in connection with a recent attack on a transgender woman in Hollywood has been arrested, authorities said. Police made the arrest Thursday evening, but few other details were immediately available. Earlier this week, the LAPD announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the men who they believe are responsible for an assault that left the woman hospitalized for a week. The attack against the woman, identified by authorities only as Vivian, took place about 2:15 a.m. May 31 as she was walking on Hollywood Boulevard near Vine Street.
August 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A transgender Mexican granted asylum in the U.S. should be released from immigration jail while her case is under appeal, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a lawsuit filed Thursday. The ACLU said Oscar Santander, also known as Diana Santander, should be freed while the government appeals an immigration judge's ruling in May that gave her asylum because she would be at risk of torture if deported to Mexico. Santander, 42, came to California illegally in 1994 but was deported in 2001 to Tijuana.
August 5, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON - Kaprice Williams has been waiting four years for a new birth certificate. Williams, 50, transitioned from male to female when she was 15, but some essential legal documents still do not recognize her as a woman. That had not been an issue until a job interview went sour when her paperwork revealed she is transgender. Efforts to change her birth certificate had stalled because Williams, a native of Washington, has not had sexual reassignment surgery and cannot afford thousands of dollars in lawyer's fees.
January 28, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two men convicted of killing transgender teenager Gwen Araujo after discovering that she was biologically male were sentenced to prison Friday after an emotion-filled court hearing. Michael Magidson, 25, and Jose Merel, 26, were sentenced to the mandatory 15 years-to-life for second-degree murder. Jason Cazares, 26, who pleaded no contest to manslaughter in a plea bargain, got six years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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