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Judge grants transgender teen’s name change

An Ohio judge has reversed his earlier denial of a transgender 15-year-old’s legal name change and is allowing that change, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Warren County Probate Judge Joseph Kirby ruled March 12 that the name change “is in the best interest of the child.”

President Donald Trump will soon be getting most, but not all, of what he wanted in the fight against transgender members serving in the United States Armed Forces.

After April 12, no one being treated for gender dysphoria will be able to enlist, and those serving can only continue if they don’t get trans-affirming medical care and serve in the gender they were assigned at birth.

A new study shows proposed changes by the Trump administration to Medicare Part D would have a significantly negative impact on people living with HIV and on the healthcare system, including 7,200 additional deaths, 6,750 new HIV infections and $1.08 billion more than is currently allocated.

A grand jury indicted Jussie Smollett on March 8 on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report. He was charged for each time he told the story of being attacked by two men on Jan. 29 in an alleged hate crime.

Smollett stands by his story and has engaged high-profile attorney Mark Geragos to represent him since his arrest on Feb. 20, when he was charged with one count of disorderly conduct in the case.

The Equality Act was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 13 by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Jeff Merkely (D-OR).

Cicilline, who has served in the House since 2011, was the first openly gay mayor of a state capital and is a co-chair of the Equality Caucus.

Alaska mayor vetoes LGBTQ anti-discrimination protections

The mayor of Alaska’s second-largest city vetoed a local law that gave sweeping equal rights protections to the LGBTQ community, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

Virginia school board delays ending transgender bathroom ban

A school board in Virginia will not take any immediate action to overturn its transgender bathroom ban after some community members spoke in favor of keeping it, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

The board’s announcement Feb. 21 came two days after it met some resistance at a public forum over changing the policy. A policy was proposed to allow transgender high school students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

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