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• 2018 has been one of the deadliest years ever for transgender people. The Human Rights Campaign says that so far this year, at least 24 have been killed violently. And no state has more recorded murders of transpeople than Florida. It started Feb. 4 with Celine Walker, shot dead in a Jacksonville hotel room. Four months later Antash’a English died in the hospital from gunshot wounds after she was found lying between two abandoned houses. In June, deputies found Cathalina James, gunned down at another Jacksonville hotel. Less than a month later Sasha Garden’s beaten body was discovered behind an Orlando apartment complex. In September in North Port, Londonn Moore was found lying in a road, shot to death. As … Read More »
• Last week, a transgender woman was found dead at the back of an Orlando apartment complex. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies found the body of 27-year-old Sasha Garden at the Reserve at Lake Buchanan Apartments on Holden Avenue around 5 a.m. on July 19. Investigators said her body had signs of trauma and described her death as a “homicide.” No suspects have been identified so far. Garden is the fourth black trans woman to be murdered in Florida within the span of five months. Like the other three women, Garden was initially misgendered in an offensive way by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and local TV news stations. Hours after Garden’s friends and family called them out, the Sheriff’s Office finally … Read More »
• A form of a controversial North Carolina bill that stops transgender people from using bathrooms for the gender they identify with, has now made its way to Florida. The Marion County School Board voted 4 to 1 to pass a measure that restricts students’ access to school bathrooms based on their birth sex, according to the Ocala Star-Banner. The newspaper reports the issue arose after a local parent complained his son’s right to privacy was violated because he had to share a bathroom with a transgender student. The resolution says “male and female users of Marion County Public Schools’ single-sex facilities reasonably expect not to be exposed to persons of the opposite sex while using those facilities.” Before the board’s … Read More »
• North America’s largest Jewish community approved a resolution Thursday that is the most far-reaching in support of transgender rights of any major religious organization.
Some 5,000 members of the Union for Reform Judaism are meeting this week in Orlando. Read More »
• Judaism’s largest branch in the U.S. approved a sweeping resolution of rights for the transgender community Thursday. It’s the most extensive show of transgender support from any major religious organization. Read More »
• After enjoying the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal last weekend, Shadi Petosky was traveling back home Monday when TSA officials at the Orlando International Airport detained her for an “anomaly.” Petosky, who is a transgender woman and a writer, started tweeting her experience after she stepped into the body scan machine, where officers select a pink or blue button to scan female and male travelers based on officers’ gender perceptions. People whose bodies don’t conform to their perceived gender, like transgender and gender non-conforming people, can be subject to additional screenings and pat-downs. Petosky said the body scanner picked up an “anomaly,” so she told the officer she was transgender, but she said the agent didn’t appear to … Read More »