Michaela Jae Rodriguez
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People, Places, and Events That Shaped Us in 2012


America’s Most Powerful Women Have Our Back
There’s been tongue-in-cheek banter about Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama being the “dream team” for the 2016 election, but one thing that’s completely serious is their support for our rights. Last December, Secretary of State Clinton told the U.N. Human Rights Council, “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” And the first lady spoke to LGBT delegates and activists at the Democratic National Convention in September, thanking them for all they’ve done to “move this country forward and ensure that all Americans are treated fairly no matter who they are or who they love.”

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Trans Folk Get More Help

The Transgender Law Center celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, after having provided free legal assistance and information to more than 10,000 transgender and gender-nonconforming people and their families. Not one to rest on laurels, the center teamed with Lyon-Martin Health Services to launched TransLine, the nation’s first online medical consultation service providing health care professionals with up-to-date clinical information and case consultation on a broad range of transgender issues. TransLine is staffed by transgender health experts and is available free to care providers nationwide. This program is expected to be invaluable to physicians who haven’t treated transgender patients before.


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