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DOJ and BOP Sued for Records on Rollback of Protections for Transgender Prisoners

Transgender inmate Passion Star will be moved to Safekeeping following repeated acts of violence and rape.
National
The changes weaken protections for incarcerated transgender people – who are already 10 times more likely than the general prison population to be targeted for violence. ...
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Sens. Call for DOJ, HHS to Reverse Course and Continue to Prioritize LGBTQ Youth in Key Programs

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U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA), joined by 18 of their colleagues, wrote letters to the DOJ and HHS urging the departments to ensure that key programs designed to serve homeless youth and children who are the victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking, continue to focus on the needs of LGBTQ youth. ...
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Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program Grants $8,466,970 to Pulse Nightclub Victims

On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, 29, entered Pulse nightclub with an assault rifle and handgun, opening fire on club patrons while holding them hostage. During the attack, Mateen killed 49 people and injured more than 50 others.
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On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, 29, entered Pulse nightclub with an assault rifle and handgun, opening fire on club patrons while holding them hostage. During the attack, Mateen killed 49 people and injured more than 50 others. ...
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Seattle Files Lawsuit Against Trump’s ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Executive Order

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San Francisco also sued Trump over the sanctuary cities Executive Order earlier this year, also saying his order was unconstitutional. A hearing has been set for April 14. ...
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Top Dems Demand Additional Info Regarding Flynn’s False Statements on Russia

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Lt. General Michael Flynn made false statements about his communications with the Russian Ambassador and was potentially susceptible to blackmail by the Russian government. ...
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Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions Advised Trump on Selecting VP Mike Pence

Sessions endorses Trump in February (John Bazemore/AP)
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Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions has been chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to be the next U.S. Attorney General and his nomination is being publicly contested. ...
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White House Hosts 150 Formerly Incarcerated LGBTQ People for Raw Discussion

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LGBT people comprise roughly 4% of the U.S. population, yet recent federal data show that 8% of people in prisons identify as LGBT. ...
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District Court Hears Challenge to Federal Guidance Protecting Transgender Students and Employees

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Five leading national civil and LGBT rights organizations urged the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to reject an effort to block the Obama administration’s interpretations of several federal laws pending trial in Texas v. United States. ...
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DOJ Files Complaint Against North Carolina to Stop Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals

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DOJ filed a complaint against the state of North Carolina, the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety alleging discrimination against transgender individuals. ...
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General Assembly Refuses DOJ Order to End HB2 in North Carolina

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HB2 has eliminated existing municipal non-discrimination protections for LGBT people and prevents such protections from being passed by cities in the future. ...
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