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Top LGBT Leaders Are Divided Over Compromising On The Bathroom Fight

Conservatives have blocked LGBT nondiscrimination bills by claiming transgender people pose a threat in women’s restrooms. How to break the logjam? Some LGBT leaders say it’s time to support bills that cover housing and employment, but not public accommodations — and largely avoid the bathroom issue. The second article in a BuzzFeed News series on transgender rights in America.

New Obamacare Rule Protects Transgender Patients

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule under Obamacare on Friday that prohibits denying health care or health coverage on the basis of gender identity.

Why Call Centers Might Be The Most Radical Workplaces In The Philippines

You may not realize it, but the person on the other side of your customer service phone call might be transgender. On calls, Filipino workers can safely adopt women's voices, names, and clothing, all while earning a decent wage. But their success at work doesn't protect them from the discrimination they face outside of it.

Genital Surgery Must Be Provided To Trans Woman Through Medicare Program

Charlene Lauderdale was denied coverage for the procedures by her private insurance firm, which is funded through Medicare. But for the first time this month, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services panel found that the insurance provider must cover the procedures.

The Aftermath Of A Marine's Conviction In The Death Of A Philippine Trans Woman

Trans sex workers in Olongapo, Philippines still don’t disclose their trans status to clients, even though a U.S. Marine was recently convicted of killing a Filipina sex worker upon discovering she was trans. Since the conviction — for the lesser charge of homicide — locals are eager to reestablish normal relations with U.S. troops. But will sex workers remain vulnerable?

This Is What Happened To The Missing Trans Women Of El Salvador

The story of how a group of trans women vanished in the midst of El Salvador's civil war has been passed down from generation to generation, creating a legend that gave them a place in the history of a country that often seems to wish they would disappear. BuzzFeed News' J. Lester Feder set out to document the mysterious incident for the first time.

Why Are So Many Black Transgender Women Getting Killed In Detroit?

More trans women were killed in the United States in the past 12 months than any year on record — and nowhere do the violence and homicides appear as concentrated as the Palmer Park area in Detroit. BuzzFeed News went to ask trans women who live there what they think is happening.

New York Governor Plans To Ban Transgender Discrimination

In an apparently unprecedented move, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to use his executive authority to ban discrimination against transgender people in housing, employment, and public accommodations statewide.

Photos Of Community Mourning For Killed Filipina Trans Woman

After transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude was killed last year, U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton was charged with her murder. These images show how Laude's family members and activists mourned and protested the one-year anniversary of Laude's death.

This Is What It's Like Growing Up With No Gender

"I don't know what it feels like to feel like a girl or feel like a boy." Lola Phoenix has a rare condition that stops male and female sex hormones being produced, but the NHS refuses to help. Phoenix tells BuzzFeed News what life is like when you're agender.

Judge Throws Out Key Argument In Transgender Student Restroom Case

Judge Robert Doumar dismissed arguments under Title IX, which bans discrimination on the basis of sex, in the federal case of a transgender high school student who was banned from school restrooms that correspond with his gender identity.

Why Are Blood Banks Rejecting Transgender Women?

Jasmine Kaiser and Lisa Scott are suing one of the world’s largest blood companies for turning them away for being transgender. The company insists all trans women are banned from donating under federal guidelines. Do federal officials agree? They won’t say.

Transgender Teen Killed In Mississippi

Mercedes Williamson, 17, was found dead in a wooded area on June 2. She is the ninth confirmed transgender homicide victim in the United States this year.

Judge Voids Conviction Of Trans Woman In High-Profile Case

"I have to fight because I am innocent. And I am going to keep on standing up for what is right," Monica Jones tells BuzzFeed News. Her conviction was voided because she was “deprived… of a fair trial.”

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