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He’s being called the newest rising star in the ever-growing Democratic field of candidates.

But what makes Pete Buttigieg unique?

It’s not just that he is an Afghanistan war veteran, Rhodes Scholar or mayor of South Bend, Ind. Those are great things, but other people have done them.

Buttigieg, 37, is also the country’s first openly gay Democratic candidate for president.

With survey evidence that the LGBT population has grown, New York-based advocacy organization Family Equality Council has joined forces with Reproductive Medicine Associates to expand parenting opportunities for the community.

“As the only national LGBTQ organization focused specifically on supporting LGBTQ families and those who seek to form them, Family Equality Council is uniquely positioned to assist RMA in its care of LGBTQ patients,” said The Rev. Stan J. Sloan, CEO of Family Equality Council, in a press statement.

An Emerson poll out of Iowa March 24 has three white men leading the 2020 Democratic presidential primary: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who leads Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) by one point. There are currently 15 Democrats running — nine men and six women.

While 2016 was historic for the first woman nominee, 2020 is also historic: There has never been a presidential race with so many women candidates. Four of those women — Harris, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — are among the smartest, most accomplished and most progressive to ever run.

And, yet mainstream media coverage of the candidates has been saturated with gendered-biased reporting despite the overwhelming wins by women in the 2018 midterm elections.

United Airlines to offer non-binary gender option

New Jersey’s largest airline provider said it will be the first U.S. airline to allow customers to select a non-binary gender option when booking flights and travel. United Airlines accounts for roughly two-thirds of all passengers at Newark Liberty International Airport.

It was supposed to be a celebration of the annual Trans Day of Visibility. Philadelphians were to gather at City Hall at midday Tuesday to raise the Trans Pride Flag and hear speakers from the trans community.

But the ceremony took a different turn when an audience member verbally attacked one of two out transgender candidates running in the May 21 primary election, Deja Lynn Alvarez.

If a recently inaugurated crowd-funding effort doesn’t succeed in raising adequate capital, a local HIV-services agency will be forced to close its doors within two months.

The board of Siloam Wellness has initiated a GoFundMe campaign in an attempt to raise $500,000, which would give the agency enough money to continue operations for the next two years. The group is also trying to buy time to pursue plans aimed at stabilizing the beleaguered agency’s finances in the long term.

Julie Chovanes, a Philadelphia-based transgender attorney, this week continued her year-long quest for records relating to the Nizah Morris case at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office by filing an appeal in Common Pleas Court.

Morris was a transgender woman of color found with a fatal head injury during the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 22, 2002, minutes after she received a “courtesy ride” in the Gayborhood from Philadelphia police. She died 64 hours later, after her attending physician had her removed from life support at Jefferson University Hospital.

Her homicide remains unsolved.

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.

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