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'Biology-based' restrooms called 'discrimination'
'Schools therefore cannot segregate students based on sexual orientation'

By Michael Carl
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

AUGUSTA, Maine - A lawyer for the Maine Human Rights Commission told members of the state board today that requiring all students to use "biology-based" restrooms and locker rooms in the state's schools is illegal and cannot be allowed to continue.

"Schools cannot discriminate against sexual identity or gender identification. Schools therefore cannot segregate students based on sexual orientation and identity," commission legal counsel John Gause said at today's commission meeting, where he was unsuccessful in convincing the board to adopt immediately a set of recommendations.


Panel defers on transgender rules for schools

Maine Human Rights Commission will seek public comment on guide

By Heather Steeves and Abigail Curtis
BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — After a contentious meeting Monday that drew angry outbursts from the crowd, the Maine Human Rights Commission postponed deciding whether to give advice to schools about how to accommodate transgender students.

The commission decided 4-1 against taking action on proposed guidelines so that it can get more public comment.


Transgender School Guidelines Put On Hold
Maine Human Rights Commission To Schedule Public Hearing

AUGUSTA, Maine --
The Maine Human Rights Commission met Monday to consider new guidelines for transgender school students, but instead voted to postpone any decisions pending a public hearing.

Monday's hearing at the Senator Inn in Augusta was open to the public, but not for public comment, which angered several people in attendance. A passionate debate arose that, at times, erupted into angry outbursts.


The Right to Choose
Yale made the right decision to finally provide a gender-neutral housing option

By The Crimson Staff
Published: Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Better late than never—last week, Yale became the last Ivy League school to include a gender-neutral housing option in its housing policy. Under the new guidelines, rising seniors can choose to live in mixed-gender suites but not mixed-gender bedrooms, although students in romantic relationships are strongly encouraged not to live with each other. This decision, albeit somewhat limited in scope, is a positive step on the part of the Yale administration toward providing an environment for its students to live in that is as comfortable and desirable as possible.


State may have pushed LGBT policy change
By Maggie Reeb March 2, 2010

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has allegedly advised the College of William and Mary to remove language that would protect against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation from College policy.

Maryland State Senator Richard Madaleno, Jr. (D) described Cuccinelli’s alleged actions in a letter to the Chief Executive Officer of the Northrop Grumman Corporation, one of the country’s largest global security providers, Feb. 25.


Non-discrimination policy must include all forms of expression
By Editorial Board

Publication Date: 02/10/2010

Considering how many different forms of expression there are, those in charge of amending the University’s non-discrimination policy should make a move in a more progressive direction.

Today at 7 p.m. in Krannert, room G018, Purdue Student Government will discuss the passage of a resolution to change Purdue’s non-discrimination policy. The resolution supports the inclusion of gender identity and expression, genetic information and political affiliation to the University’s policy.


Campus quiet on issue of gender-neutral rooming


With Bowdoin College’s recent decision to adopt a gender-neutral housing policy, the push by student activists to eliminate gender as a determinant in campus housing continues in colleges throughout the U.S., yet remains a non-issue at Bates.

Following a lengthy campaign for gender-neutral rooming assignments by Bowdoin students, the college announced in early February that its spring housing lottery would allow students to opt for gender-blind double rooms. The policy was adopted in response to concerns expressed by the gay and lesbian community, according to Bowdoin’s Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Residential Life.


Life is hard for boys who want to be girls in a frontier town
Anthony Loyd, Peshawar

Its history has been sculpted with the dagger and cannon, its progress marked by the footprints of various armies that have stamped their bloody way through the lands of the indigenous Pashtun tribes. A frontier town, it was the jump-off point for Mujahidin incursions into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. Today it is known for bombs and suicide attacks by Taleban militants.

This is Peshawar, a man’s world and no place at all for boys who want to be girls. Most of the time.

“I’m a Pashtun and though Pashtuns are strict with us they give love to us, too. That’s why I’m here,” said Khushboo, or Fragrance, a transsexual who lives in the city’s old quarter.


Court gave teen the right to change gender from boy to girl

March 6, 2010

THE Family Court has permitted a teenage boy to have hormone treatment to become a girl.

''Bernadette'' was born a boy in 1992 but began showing signs of female ''behaviour, preferences and traits'' from the age of three


Students seek expansion of nondiscrimination policy

The Associated Press

Published: March 7th, 2010 09:13 PM
Last Modified: March 7th, 2010 09:14 PM

FAIRBANKS -- Members of the gay-straight alliance at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have again asked the Board of Regents to add sexual orientation to the UA nondiscrimination policy.


Transgender Awareness Week kicks off at SJSU

Anna-Maria Kostovska and Salman Haqqi

In a slideshow titled "Transfigurations," Jana Marcus, a Bay Area photographer and SJSU alumna, displayed a number of black and white photographs of transgendered people going through the transition from one sex to another.

Susan Murray, an associate professor of sociology and co-organizer of the event, said about 70 people attended the event, which was held in the University Room next to the A.S. Print Shop Copy Center on Monday.


Catholic School Rejects Child Because Of Lesbian Parents

BOULDER, Colo. -- A preschooler is caught in the middle of a fight between religion and sexuality. Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School, in Boulder, has refused to readmit a preschooler because the child has two moms. Her parents are lesbians.


Athletics director gets new NCAA position

Clare Lynch

For the second year in a row, Smith Athletics Director Lynn Oberbillig will serve as the chair of the Division III Management Council for NCAA, the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The NCAA is a voluntary organization that governs intercollegiate athletics programs. Schools are organized into Divisions I, II or III depending on the size of their athletics programs and number of sports they sponsor.


Senate OK’s bill to curtail bullying

Emotions high on Beacon Hill

The state Senate, heeding emotional pleas from hundreds of students, unanimously passed a bill yesterday that aims to curb bullying at schools and in cyberspace.

During the emotional deliberations, which lasted more than an hour, senators repeatedly invoked the tragedies of two Western Massachusetts youths who killed themselves after allegedly being bullied in separate instances over the past year.


Lesbian Teen Speaks Out on Cancelled Prom

Constance McMillen's School Says Her School Nixed the Event Because She Wanted to Bring Her Girlfriend, Wear Tuxedo

(CBS)   The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is seeking a court order to force a Mississippi high school to hold its senior prom. On Wednesday, school officials cancelled the event after a female student asked to bring her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.


Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender high school students attend Butterfly Ball

By IVEY DEJESUS, The Patriot-News

The decorations were the same: confetti, sparkly centerpieces on the tables and streamers on the doorway.

Outgoing couples broke the ice on the dance floor as disco lights flashed and Pitbull, Lady Gaga and Beyonce blared from the DJ's speakers.

But the ballroom at the Sheraton Harrisburg/Hershey Hotel wasn't a venue for any ordinary prom. On Friday night, it was a safe haven for dozens of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender high school students from across the midstate.


First GLBTQ high school opens online in Minnesota

Designed as a safe learning environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and "questioning" teens, the school is seeking funding.

Last update: March 12, 2010 - 9:53 PM

The first online private high school for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youths has opened for business, but so far has found limited interest.


'I am a boy' insists child born a girl


DAYTONA BEACH -- There's a wiry little 7-year-old in Deltona who can name an impressive number of Major League baseball players, NFL bruisers and NBA stars.

The second-grader also loves reading astronomy books and watching "Jeopardy," and is a political junkie particularly smitten with President Obama.

Maybe it was the burden of lugging around a weighty secret from the age of 3 or 4 that sparked the early maturity.

The child is a girl biologically, but wants nothing to do with anything female.


Mixed-gender dorm rooms are gaining acceptance

About 50 schools in the U.S., including a few Ivy League campuses and several in California, are allowing men and women to room together. Participation is still relatively low.
By Larry Gordon
March 15, 2010

They weren't looking to make a political statement or to be pioneers of gender liberation. Each just wanted a familiar, decent roommate rather than a stranger after their original roommates left to study abroad.

That's how Pitzer College sophomores Kayla Eland, female, and Lindon Pronto, male, began sharing a room this semester on Holden Hall's second floor. They are not a couple and neither is gay. They are just compatible roommates in a new, sometimes controversial, dormitory option known as gender-neutral housing that is gaining support at some colleges in California and across the nation.


Canceled Miss. Prom Brings Attention to Student Protection Bill

by Kilian Melloy
Monday Mar 15, 2010

When Constance McMillen wanted to bring another girl to prom as her date, and got the American Civil Liberties union (ACLU) involved, the Itawamba County School District not only said no to the Itawamba Agricultural High School student; it said no to all it students by canceling the event outright.


Increasing recognition
MSU continues process to make university more accessible to transgender students

By Emily Wilkins

Growing up in Lake Orion, Kylie Werschler dressed in her mom’s clothes. Her favorite shows were Sailor Moon and Rainbow Bright. At preschool, she watched the girls in pigtails and dresses flounce by with a pang of jealousy. She wanted to look like them, dress like them, be one of them.

But in her preschool classroom, on her birth certificate and driver’s license, and in the eyes of everyone around her for the next 12 years, Kylie wasn’t a girl. She was he.

“In preschool, I didn’t know what I was, but I was really jeaous of girls,” Werschler said. “I’d be angry at myself, angry at the world.”

Werschler, a psychology freshman, is one member of MSU’s trans community. It’s a group that hasn’t received much attention, said social relations senior Nick Pfost, vice president of PRISM, South Neighborhood’s LGBTA Caucus.


Transgender issue story is muddied by comments

By Letters to the Editor
March 16, 2010, 12:30AM

It was wonderful to see Ivey DeJesus' article about the Butterfly Ball ("A place where you can be yourself
," March 13).

A generally positive portrayal of transgender issues in a central Pennsylvania newspaper is still surprising, and I'm sure greatly appreciated by the trans community


McDonnell’s order clarifies discrimination

By Brittany Hughes  March 16, 2010

After almost two weeks of debate, the College of William and Mary has received approval from the state of Virginia to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity and expression” in its anti-discrimination policy.

Two weeks ago the College received a letter from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli advising all public universities to strike similar additions from their respective policies. According to Cuccinelli, only the General Assembly can define unlawful discrimination at educational institutions.


Court rules in favour of trans teen

Author:    Ani Lamont

Transgender rights advocates have welcomed a Family Court decision to allow a trans teenager to delay the onset of puberty.

The Family Court last week ruled to allow a 14-year-old to begin hormone treatment to stop the onset of puberty, to make the transition from male to female easier when she comes of legal age to have gender re-assignment.

Known as Bernadette, the 14-year-old had identified as female from the age of three. The court accepted a psychiatrist’s concerns that without treatment Bernadette could suffer psychological problems and could harm herself as a result.


Anti-bullying bill’s success in Senate is bittersweet

by Hannah Clay Wareham

The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday, March 11, passed bill S. 2283, also known as the "Anti-Bullying Bill." The legislation purports to prevent bullying and cyber-bullying by developing anti-bullying programs and raising the level of accountability of school adults.

While the Anti-Bullying Bill pledges to make schools safer for all students, several local LGBT advocacy organizations are disappointed in the lack of language specifically referring to "enumerated categories" -- students who become the targets of sexual orientation- and gender identity/expression-related bullying.


Rutgers helps accommodate transgender students, employees, report says

By The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk

NEW BRUNSWICK — Rutgers University has a targeted program specifically designed to accommodate transgender students and employees, helping with housing, name changes, health care, and dealing with other issues that arise, a report in Rutgers Focus said.

In 2005, the university created a Gender Identity Taskforce to help transgender students, identifying areas where students are most likely to encounter discrimination: health care, residence halls, restrooms, locker rooms, records and documents, housing, programming, and student life, according to the report. The university has modified forms to include gender-neutral options, created a “liaison network” of professionals across departments to address transgender students' needs, and expanded training workshops on gender identity, the report said.


Removing gay and transgender groups from Iowa school bill is ‘outrageous’

By Ashley Brechtel

An Iowa law passed in 2007 requires both public and nonpublic schools to establish policies that prohibit bullying against students. This includes harassment by school employees, volunteers or other students. The law offers protection to students regardless of sexual orientation, but two Iowa legislators want to change that in an effort to reverse the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

Representative Jason Schultz hopes that, by removing gay and transgender students from being protected by this law, this will help make same-sex marriage illegal in Iowa. “The Bully Bill, or Safe School Act, doesn’t protect anyone anyway,” Schultz said. “Schools are already doing this, so to remove a few words doesn’t change the intent or effect of the law.”


Williams: The conflict over content

Christine Williams, LOCAL CONTRIBUTOR

If you are a teenager reading this, you might want to reconsider. The content of this column was deemed "very very inappropriate for high school students" by Texas State Board of Education member Barbara Cargill. She is concerned that being exposed to this material will lead you into the world of "transvestites, transsexuals and who knows what else."


Triad: Conference to be held
News Notes: Carolinas

by Lainey Millen

Time to celebrate

WINSTON-SALEM — Theta Beta Chi Fraternity’s annual celebration conference weekend, “Unity & Understanding,” will be held April 22-25 at Lawrence Joel Coliseum, 2825 University Pkwy.

The event was established to allow the community of persons of color to spend one weekend to network, as well to celebrate within a diverse and inclusive venue.


ISU study: Sexual-oriented cyberbullying common

A new Iowa State University study shows that cyberbullying is common among lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth, although recent research credits legislation in states like Iowa for reducing physical bullying.

The first national study on cyberbullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth, published last week, found more than half of those youth and those who identified themselves as allies of those youth reported being victims of online threats in the past month.


Constance McMillen case: proms as gay-rights battleground

A federal judge said a Mississippi high school violated Constance McMillen's rights when it said she couldn't bring a girlfriend to prom. But the school is avoiding the gay rights issue by canceling prom and allowing parents to sponsor a substitute dance.


Life Lessons

GLSEN conference brings LGBT students to Washington to learn about – and lobby for – safer schools legislation
by Chris Geidner
Published on March 25, 2010, 4:41pm

When Dominque Walker went to Capitol Hill this week, she was taking up the work started by her mother, who lobbied Congress to ''mak[e] sure that other families don't have to go through'' what they experienced when a suicide shook their family.

Austin Laufersweiler, also on the Hill, offered on-point political analysis of how states' rights concerns may stop Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) from supporting the legislation for which Laufersweiler is lobbying.


Surviving life on the streets

By Renee Baker | Contributing Writer renee@renee-baker.com
Mar 25, 2010 - 4:14:07 P

Trans youth Shawn Tripp wants to find a way to help other LGBT youth who are, as he was, homeless

Shawn Tripp is a lucky man. He says so himself. He says he’s a survivor and it’s a miracle that he’s still alive. And you have to believe him.

Tripp is one of those people who seems to turn every curse into a blessing and unknowingly inspire everyone else.

“It’s no big deal,” he says. “It is just life.


Campus highlights transgender PRIDE

by Morgan Càsarez, staff writer

On March 24, individuals from across the gender spectrum celebrated International Transgender Visibility Day.

On campus, the second annual "Between the Binary" event was held by the PRIDE at SF State Committee, a group working to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community.

The festivities began in the morning with performances by transgender musicians in Malcolm X Plaza and continued with a speaker's panel, moderated by Assistant Professor of Sociology Clare Sears, in Jack Adams Hall. The day's events were co-sponsored by SF State's Counseling and Psychological Services, the Ecumenical House, the Associated Students, Inc. Women's Center and ASI Education and Referral Organization for Sexuality (E.R.O.S.).


Trans Student Suspended from Same School in Mississippi That Canceled Prom, Later Hounded Out of Town

Posted by Dan Savage

Constance McMillen wasn't the first student at Itawamba Agricultural High School to contact the ACLU this year.

Juin Baize was a student at Itawamba Agricultural—for a grand total of four hours.

Baize, his mother, and his two sisters moved to Fulton, Mississippi, from New Harmony, Indiana, to live with Baize's grandmother at the beginning of the year. (For now Baize says he prefers to use male pronouns.) Baize, age sixteen, enrolled at Itwamba Agricultural High School, where Constance McMillen was also a student. McMilllen clearly recalled Baize's first—and only—day at Itawamba Agricultural.


Constance McMillen's High School Also Suspended a Transgender Student. Just 'Cause

Oh you've got to be kidding: Itawamba Agricultural High School, which wouldn't let Constance McMillen bring her girlfriend to the prom, has a history of anti-LGBT policies. Evidenced when, this year, it suspended Juin Baize, who came to school for one whole day before being kicked out for wearing women's clothing.


Rants about transgender students are baseless

It was with very little surprise that I read Pat Truman's letter (March 12) about the Maine Human Rights Commission and their transgender guidelines. Her dogma has not changed one iota in the last half-century. If there were no such things as abortion and homosexuality, she would be without purpose.

She seems to have missed the "Human Rights" part of the commission's title as she's still asking whom the guidelines serve. Since she does not see transgendered people as valid human beings, she thinks they have no rights.


Morehouse College Hosted Its 1st Gay Pride Week But Still Bans Cross Dressing
March 27th, 2010
Posted by Bossip Staff

Well, Well, Well… Morehouse College, the school that won’t even allow their students to express themselves freely by wearing whatever they want to class, had its first Gay Pride Week. Sources say the event wasn’t even acknowledged on the school’s calendar of events.


Broward County OK's Safe Schools for LGBT Youth

Monday, 29 March 2010 00:00
Written by Staff Writer
The School Board of Broward County, FL, voted unanimously to affirm its support for the National Day of Silence observed on April 16, 2010, one of the largest student-led actions in the country sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). The purpose of the National Day of Silence is for students to silently and peacefully protest anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) bullying, harassment, and name-calling. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), because students who are targeted for anti-gay or anti-transgender bullying often do not identify as LGBT,
the Day of Silence represents a peaceful protest of a problem that affects all students no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.


TG2010 Conference at UAE - September 3-5, 2010


Hi All,

The popular transgender conferences held at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich over the last few years continue in September with TG2010. As in previous years this will be of immense interest to individuals and professionals alike, covers both F2M and M2F, and is an ideal opportunity to both learn and socialise.

Please take a look at:
for the conference flyer,

for more details of this year's weekend event.

On behalf of the organising committee I look forward to seeing you there. Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Best wishes,


New course fills high school gender studies gap

March 30, 2010
Catherine Porter

I went back to high school yesterday. I'm taller now, and slimmer, and after having two kids, stronger. But none of that mattered.

Walking down the dim halls, past sniggering boys in sweatshirts and girls cluttering the floor by their lockers in cross-legged cliques, I remembered all the reasons I once had to worry about my place in the world. I dashed to the washroom twice.

Inside a windowless cinder block classroom, a group of 16- and 17-year-olds threw their knapsacks on desks and settled into chairs for the first period of the day. This morning's topic? Abuse.

Abusive friendships. Abusive boyfriends. Bullying. Men, abused by their wives, who don't report it to the police. Why is that?

"Guys want to have tough guy macho persona," suggested Diamond Gordon, 17, from the back row. "They don't want to let people know they're being abused by women because it will make them look like a wimp."


Temple News (Temple University), PA, USA

Harboring hate

March 29, 2010 by Angelo Williams
Filed under Events, Featured

When the Westboro Baptist Church leaves Main Campus, homophobic ideologies at Temple will remain.

Simple activities like holding your boyfriend’s hand while walking down Liacouras Walk or greeting your girlfriend with a kiss before eating lunch at Johnson & Hardwick are things some Main Campus LGBTQ students only dream about. Junior religion major Zoe Goldberg said she is all too familiar with the feeling.

“I see straight couples walking around holding hands every day. But my girlfriend and I have talked about it, and we would never do it. We wouldn’t be comfortable,” Goldberg said.

On April 1, hate-group Westboro Baptist Church is set to invade Main Campus to protest The Laramie Project and Rent productions. The group, which boasts signature phrases such as “God hates fags,” and “God hates fag enablers,” is doing so in order to voice its opposition to the queer-related content in both productions.


The Stony Brook Press (Stony Brook University), NY, USA
Feminine Boy Project
Posted on 30 March 2010
By Cynthya BrianKate

Though Stony Brook denies it, this campus was involved in a government-funded brainwashing project to keep children from “acting queer” for two decades. Some people involved still work on campus, and the Feminine Boy Project laid groundwork for current psychiatric abuses against transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

This project was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 1972 to1986. The original stated goal on the grants was “treatment of pre-homosexuality”­the, idea that if children were kept from stepping outside gender stereotypes, they wouldn’t turn out gay. When being gay was taken out of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973, the goal was changed to “treatment of pretranssexuality,” conflating gender identity and sexuality as the same, based in biased assumptions that anything other than stereotypical gender identities and heterosexuality were wrong.
Children were declared “pathological” for behavior like boys playing with dolls, wearing dresses or helping in the kitchen, or girls climbing trees, playing with boys’ toys or wearing boy clothes.


MSU celebrates LGBT Awareness Week

Published: 03/29 9:47pm
By: Emily Wilkins

MSU’s College of Human Medicine LGBT Allies in Medicine will host several speakers this week as a part of LGBT Health Awareness Week:
Closing the Gap.

The week is aimed toward educating the MSU medical community about the difficulties faced by members of the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender, or LBGT, community concerning health care. Allies in Medicine, which formed a year ago, is a group of about 40 medical students interested in educating themselves about the LGBT community.

LGBT Health Awareness Week has been observed nationwide for the past eight years, but this is the first year it has been brought to MSU.

“As future physicians, we believe it is our responsibility to advocate on behalf of all of our patients,” said Emily Antoon, a first-year medical student and member of LGBT Allies in Medicine. “Many health care professionals wish to provide friendly care, but it is not enough to simply say you are friendly. We have to educate ourselves.”


Settlement reached in lawsuit against Mohawk school district

By David Robinson
The Evening Times

Mon Mar 29, 2010, 10:33 PM EDT

Mohawk, N.Y. - A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed last year on behalf of a gay student alleging that the Mohawk school district failed to protect him from threats and physical assaults and ignored repeated bullying.

The school district, New York Civil Liberties Union (representing the student) and U.S. Department of Justice agreed to terms that will provide more than $75,000 in compensation, implement harassment policy reviews and training and require annual reports on the district’s progress.

Approved Monday by the U.S. District Court federal judge, the settlement includes several measures that bring the litigation to a close.

The student,  who was 14 years old at the time of the alleged harassment and is identified in court documents as Jacob or J.L.,
receives $50,000 from the district. The district is also responsible for up to $100 per week, through June 30, 2013, for the student’s therapy sessions. The student has since enrolled in another school district.


Gay student settles lawsuit against NY district


ALBANY, N.Y. — A gay teenager in upstate New York who had claimed he was relentlessly bullied by classmates while school administrators stood by settled his lawsuit Monday against the school district.

Jacob — who is identified as "J.L." in the lawsuit and doesn't want his name revealed — sued the Mohawk Central School District in federal court last summer with help from the New York Civil Liberties Union. Now 15, he said school officials did virtually nothing to stop bullies who picked on him because he acted differently from other boys.

The U.S. Department of Justice had sought to intervene, citing the "important issues" it raised in enforcing federal civil rights laws.

Under the settlement filed in federal court, the district agreed to implement changes to protect students from harassment, including additional staff training. The district will report on its progress to the Civil Liberties Union and federal justice officials.

The district also agreed to pay $50,000 to Jacob's family and to reimburse them for counseling services. The district didn't admit to any wrongdoing under the settlement.


Transgender Latinas Organize at City College

By: Rosa Ramirez | March 30, 2010 ­ 4:12 am

Andrea Flores recalls getting stares and muffled comments by Latinos when she walked across the City College of San Francisco’s Mission campus.

“They would look at me and they would laugh,” said Flores, a shy, soft spoken, slim transgender woman with long flowing hair.

“They would say, ‘there goes a joto,” she added, describing the derogatory Spanish slang word used to describe a gay man.

Flores and her friend Juanita Martinez, who is also transgender, decided to combat the homophobia that exists the immigrant Latino community with open discussions ­ ones they would have to create.

On Saturday, 28 people—the majority of them Latino and Spanish speaking—attended the second meeting of the TransLatinas, a new club at City College’s Mission campus.

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