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A transgender woman has won a seat in Virginia's House of Delegates. Danica Roem defeated an incumbent who had sponsored a bill earlier this year that would have restricted which bathroom transgender people could use.

It's the first time someone who's said they were transgender has been elected to a state legislature.

Roem, a Democrat, decisively defeated Republican Del. Bob Marshall in a Northern Virginia district near Washington, D.C. Marshall had held the seat since 1992 and had been a prominent religious conservative in Virginia politics.

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President Trump's would-be ban on transgender service members in the military has been blocked from going into effect for the foreseeable future.

A U.S. district judge in Washington, D.C., decided on Monday that trans members of the military have a strong case that the president's ban would violate their Fifth Amendment rights. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly granted a preliminary injunction to keep the policy from going into effect while the court case moves forward.

Transgender New Yorkers should now have a greater chance of getting medical services covered by insurance.

Five openly transgender members of the U.S. military are suing President Trump and other leaders of the U.S. government over Trump's declaration, over Twitter, that trans people will no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. The suit alleges that Trump's directive is "arbitrary and capricious," unconstitutionally depriving the service members of due process.

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Many are speaking out against President Trump for saying he will bar transgender individuals from serving in the military.  WBFO's Senior Reporter spoke with two local members of Buffalo's transgender community for their reaction.  

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Buffalo Pride Week officially kicked off Tuesday with a celebration and a demonstration.

Downtown rally in support of transgender youth

Feb 26, 2017

A rally for transgender civil rights will be held Sunday in downtown Buffalo. It comes on the heels of President Trump’s newest change to transgender youth accommodations in public schools.

The Trump administration is rescinding protections for transgender students in public schools.

The move by the Justice and Education departments reverses guidance the Obama administration publicized in May 2016, which said a federal law known as Title IX protects the right of transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities.

Boy Scouts Will Admit Transgender Boys

Jan 31, 2017

In a surprise announcement, the Boy Scouts of America said that it will begin accepting transgender boys who want to join its scouting programs.

The Scouts' policy change came in a written and video statement released by Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh. He said that for more than a hundred years the Scouts used the information on an individual's birth certificate to determine a boy's eligibility to join its single gender programs.

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The debate continues over a proposed gender-identity policy for the Buffalo Public School District.  Once again Wednesday night about 30-speakers lined at the school board meeting to speak both for and against the gender-identity policy.  Much of the debate last night centered on the treatment of transgender city school students.

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While a nationwide injunction imposed Monday blocks the Obama Administration's directive regarding transgenders and school bathroom rights, Western New York school districts are being advised to continue considering the rights of transgender students because a New York State law protecting them remains in effect.


Months after the Obama administration advised school districts that transgender students should be given access to bathrooms based on their gender identity, a federal judge in Texas has blocked the guidance from going into effect — for now.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor has granted a preliminary, nationwide injunction in response to a lawsuit filed by Texas and a number of other states.

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Tempers flared at a public hearing Wednesday to address the Buffalo Public School District's proposed gender policy. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Merriweather Library on Jefferson on the city's east side was packed for the second of two hearings.

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The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization is endorsing the city school district's draft proposal for a Student Gender Identity Policy. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports the organization has made minor recommended amendments, but is now seeking public support.

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A U.S. Court of Appeals decision issued last week a first of its kind ruling says it is sex discrimination to bar students from using a bathroom that matches their gender identity. The court sided with a Virginia student, Gavin Grimm, who was born a girl, but now identifies as a boy. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley recently talked about transgender issues with some Cheektowaga Central High School students who weighed in on the use of restrooms.


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Most people, when you say transgender, may think of retired Olympian Caitlyn Jenner or actress Laverne Cox. But another person is perhaps foremost for those who consider gender-reassignment surgery. Dr. Marci Bowers visits the University at Buffalo Monday.

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Over the last couple of years, the Cheektowaga Central High School has participated in PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. As WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley discovered, this year the students produced a story about a transgender high school student. 

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Lieutenant Kathy Hochul is backing Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban all non-essential state-backed travel to North Carolina. Cuomo's protest against a new law, one that critics say discriminates against transgenders, is picking up support out of state.


There are students who are trans-gender in schools around Western New York and some districts and parents are struggling to deal with that. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Andrew Freedman talks about the law and the rules covering these students.

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Today is a solemn day for members of Buffalo's LGBT community. Locally, it's the Transgender Day of Remembrance - a day set aside to memorialize people killed due to anti-transgender hatred and prejudice.


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Fear of discrimination is an everyday reality in the lives of transgender individuals. The question of whether or not the state Senate will help alleviate that fear with a vote on protection for the rights of transgender individuals remains to be seen.

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Transgender individuals in New York State will soon have new protections against discrimination and harassment as the result of a new executive action taken by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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The City of Buffalo has moved to strengthen its own anti-discrimination law with the amendment of a city ordinance. Niagara District Common Council member David Rivera and members of Buffalo’s transgender community are calling for lawmakers in Albany to extend similar protection to all of New York State’s citizens.


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A small group of protestors staged a rally outside an Allentown bar Monday night over the ejection of a transgendered customer.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has rebuked a state official for a lack of protection afforded to transgender and gender non-conforming students.

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The New York Civil Liberties Union released a report Wednesday, suggesting the treatment of transgender youth in public schools needs to be reformed.