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January 28, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A whopping 41% of people who are transgender or gender-nonconforming have attempted suicide sometime in their lives, nearly nine times the national average, according to a sweeping survey released three years ago. In a new study released Tuesday, researchers dug deeper into that number, analyzing the results of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey to examine what puts transgender people at such "exceptionally high" risk. Researchers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that the risk of attempting suicide was especially severe for transgender or gender nonconforming people who had suffered discrimination or violence, such as being physically or sexually assaulted at work or school.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Transgender activist Eli Erlick, 18, was on the phone from her home in the small Mendocino County town of Willits and I could not resist asking her to respond to something uttered recently on the radio by James Dobson, founder of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family. "God made us male and female," said Dobson, expressing distaste for California's groundbreaking new law that requires schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and play on the sports teams of the gender they identify with.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO--A Sacramento judge ruled Thursday that the state must count thousands of signatures collected in two counties for a referendum seeking to overturn a new law regarding transgender students. The law allows transgender students to participate in school programs and use facilities such as bathrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity instead of their sex. A coalition called Privacy for All Students has sought to block the law through a ballot measure. Secretary of State Debra Bowen had refused to count some 5,000 petition signatures submitted in Mono and Tulare counties because the referendum's supporters had failed to submit them by the Nov. 10 deadline.
OPINION
December 26, 2013
Re "A huge threat to social mobility," Column, Dec. 22 Michael Hiltzik's piece on income inequality was excellent and had many good ideas. However, I was disturbed by the frequent use of the word "growth. " When one is referring to the economy, the growth should follow the word "sustainable. " Failing to consider sustainability is an example of short-term crisis thinking. We need long-term thinking that promotes equality among people and between humans and the planet. Uncontrolled growth has already contributed to overpopulation and climate change.
OPINION
December 26, 2013
Re "The rights of transgender students," Editorial, Dec. 23 I agree that we do not need an initiative to roll back the reforms that make it possible for transgender students to use the school bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. However, the extension of transgender rights to permit biological males who are gender-identity females to compete in girls' sports makes no sense. The reason sports are segregated by sex is because of the real biological differences that put females athletically competing with males at a disadvantage.
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
December 10, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Is the Great Transgender Bathroom & Sports Team Scare of 2013 on the verge of petering out? Last August, Gov. Jerry Brown set off a right-wing frenzy when he signed into law an anti-discrimination bill that seemed pretty straightforward: Transgender public school students in California should be able to use the sex-segregated bathrooms and play on the sex-segregated sports teams of the gender with which they identify, not the gender listed on their school records.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
As the names of this year's dead were recited -- a transgender woman shot in the head in Louisiana, a transgender man whose body was found in a trash bin in Wisconsin -- Jennifer Doyle kept her eyes down and her head on her girlfriend's shoulder. It was her greatest fear, she said, that someone would hurt Trisha Pedroza, her girlfriend of two years, because she is a transgender woman. It was a sadness and fear echoed throughout the crowd of several hundred people that gathered in West Hollywood on Wednesday night, the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, to pay tribute to transgender people around the world killed in hate crimes.
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November 6, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
One of four suspects wanted in connection with an attack on a transgender woman in Hollywood this spring was scheduled to be in court Wednesday. Nicol Shakhnazaryan, 21, was scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles County Superior Court on charges of battery with serious bodily injury, and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, among others. Shakhnazaryan was arrested in June in connection with the attack.  The attack on the 22-year-old woman, identified by authorities only as Vivian, took place on May 31 about 2:15 a.m. as she was walking on Hollywood Boulevard near Vine Street.
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