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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.
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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.
NATIONAL
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.
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
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.
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.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2009 | Nicholas Riccardi
A Colorado man who says he bludgeoned his date to death out of rage and shock after discovering she was biologically male was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder and a hate crime. Jurors deliberated about two hours before finding Allen Ray Andrade, 32, guilty of killing Angie Zapata, 18, of Greeley last July. District Judge Marcelo Kopcow swiftly sentenced him to life in prison without possibility of parole -- the state's mandatory sentence for first-degree murder.
NATIONAL
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.
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April 19, 2009 | DeeDee Correll
To her sister, Angie Zapata was a teenage girl in every sense but the biological one. She spent hours spraying her long hair into compliance with Aqua Net, painting her eyelashes with L'Oreal and her skin with Cover Girl. She combed discount stores for clothes that would emphasize her curves. The effect was stunning. When the 18-year-old visited the store where her older sister, Monica, worked, men would make excuses to hover.
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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.
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