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BREAKING: Trump Administration Omits LGBTQ People from 2020 Census
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The Trump Administration recently submitted a list of data categories it will collect for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey (ACS). Although the Supreme Court, in 2013,  struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, paving the way for the census to change the way it tracks same-sex households, the White House has sent yet another powerful signal that it considers LGBTQ rights as frivolous.


Matt Skallerud’s insight:

Although “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” were proposed subjects in the appendix, today’s version of the report excluded LGBTQ people from the list of subjects for the Census and ACS, suggesting that data collection for these subjects may have been in the works for an earlier version.

Transgender bullying is on the rise. How can we stop misinformation spreading?
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Last month, an 11-year-old trans girl was shot with a BB gun by fellow pupils in Greater Manchester - an incident her parents said left her “traumatised.” It is just one of many examples of the rise in bullying, from the mum who says her child is too anxious to make new friends because, as she puts it “If adults can’t understand and accept me, how are other kids going to?” to Dame Jenni Murray’s recent comments that trans women are not “real women”.


Matt Skallerud’s insight:

Though the visibility of trans issues has increased, inaccurate representations are behind an increase in bullying, according to Mermaids, Britain’s support group for families of trans children.

When Nuns Tried to Kick-Start India's First Transgender School
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On a sunlit day in mid-December, humid and ripe as South India winters tend to be, six Carmelite nuns invited the transgender activist Vijayaraja Mallika over for tea. They sat inside the Provincial House of the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (CMC) to discuss Mallika’s new venture: a school for transgender people in the state of Kerala. The sisters knew Mallika was still looking for a building to house the school she had named Sahaj, which means “natural” in Hindi. They asked if Mallika wanted to see what they were willing to offer her.

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