US elementary school does away with gendered bathrooms

Though many schools in the United States have made gender-neutral bathrooms available, few have done away with separate facilities for boys and girls (AFP Photo/Arno Burgi)

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Transgenders take center stage at Tel Aviv gay pride parade

At a recent Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv (Omer Messinger/Flash 90)

At a recent Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv (Omer Messinger/Flash 90)

Tens of thousands expected to converge on the city for Friday’s event; activist estimates 1% to 3% of Israelis are trans

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Families Threatened With Police “Monitoring” Over Transgender Complaints

Parents & daughters face retribution for expressing concerns about boy using female bathroom at Colorado high school

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Transgender teen killed by mob in Jamaica as country addresses long-standing discrimination

By Associated Press

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him out of the house at the age of 14 but also helped jeering neighbors push the youngster from the rough Jamaican slum where he grew up.

By age 16, the teenager was dead — beaten, stabbed, shot and run over by a car when he showed up at a street party dressed as a woman. His mistake: confiding to a friend that he was attending a “straight” party as a girl for the first time in his life.

“When I saw Dwayne’s body, I started shaking and crying,” said Khloe, one of three transgendered friends who shared a derelict house with the teenager in the hills above the north coast city of Montego Bay. Like most transgenders and gays in Jamaica, Khloe wouldn’t give a full name out of fear.

“It was horrible. It was so, so painful to see him like that.”

International advocacy groups often portray this Caribbean island as the most hostile country in the Western Hemisphere for gays and transgendered people. After two prominent gay rights activists were murdered, a researcher with the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch in 2006 called the environment in Jamaica for such groups “the worst any of us has ever seen.”

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