Holder Announces Title VII Covers Transgender Discrimination

Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday the Justice Department will support the idea that existing civil rights law provides protections for transgender people against workplace discrimination.

In a memo dated Dec. 15 and obtained Thursday by the Washington Blade, Holder says he has determined prohibition on gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also bars discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

“After considering the text of Title VII, the relevant Supreme Court case law interpreting the statute, and the developing jurisprudence in this area, I have determined that the best reading of Title VII’s prohibition of sex discrimination is that it encompasses discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status,” Holder writes.

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WATCH: LGBT Activists Gear Up the Next Battle

As the racial justice movement to end police violence continues to gain momentum, the LGBT rights movement has turned its attention to a new front in the fight for LGBT equality. Frances Fox Piven, Vince Warren, Barbara Smith and Carmen Perez join to discuss the intersection of the racial justice, feminist and LGBT rights movements.

WATCH: ‘With Technology I Didn’t Have to Sell My Body’

As a openly trans woman of color, Angelica Ross says her only options were to work as a showgirl or sex worker. Instead, she taught herself technical skills. Now she’s created an internship program to mentor other trans people who feel similarly.

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Joy Morris – Rest in Power

Chicago Trans Activist Joy Morris Dies

Chicago-based activist Joy Morris died December 6 after a long battle with cancer.

The homegoing service was held at the Mountain of Hope church on Saturday December 13.

Joy’s activism was focused on the transgender and HIV/AIDS communities, and she was a determined warrior that demanded inclusiocommunity.”n and recognition for both since the 1990’s.

In order to facilitate the goal of trans inclusion in the HIV/AIDS community, Morris founded TransActions along with being the organizing force for the Legends Lunch All Star Awards that have exponentially grown under her watch.

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Two Women Who Met As Ferguson Protesters Get Married

Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferrell first met while demonstrating in Ferguson, Missouri, following the death of unarmed Michael Brown and a grand jury’s subsequent decision to not indict the police officer who shot him.

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Read their love story over at BuzzFeed.

Audre Lorde Project Hosts Vigil and Flashmob To “Free Our Sisters, Free Ourselves”

On Monday evening, approximately 200 people gathered in Washington Square Park for “Free Our Sisters, Free Ourselves,” a gathering to honor Black women and trans and gender non-conforming people who have been murdered by the police. As part of the 11 Days of Action called for by #ThisStopsToday, Free Our Sisters was held in solidarity with other protests against the Staten Island grand jury’s failure to indict officers in the killing of Eric Garner. Hosted by the Audre Lorde Project and several allied organizations (FIERCE, Streetwise and Safe, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and Anti Violence Project), the event began with a large vigil and concluded with a tour of prominent sites of violence and resistance in the queer and trans struggle for prison abolition and police accountability.

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Some Of The World’s Most Famous Transgender Women Cover CANDY Magazine

2014 has been a whirlwind year for mainstream transgender visibility.

As we approach the end of this historic year for individuals identifying across the transgender spectrum, one magazine is celebrating the women who are living authentically and openly at the forefront of the battle for transgender rights.

For its 8th issue, Winter 2014-2015, C☆NDY Magazine brought together fourteen of the most prominent women who have become the faces of the transgender movement.

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From left to right: Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Carmen Carrera, Geena Rocero, Isis King, Gisele Alicea, Leyna Ramous, Dina Marie, Nina Poon, Juliana Huxtable, Niki M’nray, Pêche Di, Carmen Xtravaganza and Yasmine Petty

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