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The CeCe McDonald story: was she fighting back or committing murder?

In June, 2011, transgender woman CeCe McDonald and her friends were walking past a bar, when a group of patrons smoking outside shouted anti-gay slurs at them. A fight ensued, which left a man dead and CeCe with a deep gash on her cheek. CeCe was charged with his murder and, if found guilty at trial, faced 40 years in men’s prison. She took plea deal and continues to receive outpourings of support from the LGBT community.

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Transsexual who killed attacker to be released from prison; will be subject of documentary

CeCe McDonald—the young, black transwoman convicted of killing attacker Dean Schmitz in Minneapolis in 2011—will get out of prison January 13. But her story isn’t going silent: Laverne Cox, the transsexual star of  Netflix women’s prison drama Orange is the New Black, and Jac Gares are working on a documentary about her. Gares had originally envisioned [...]

The story of Larry King, the 15-year-old who was murdered for being flamboyant, gay and femine

15-year-old Lawrence “Larry” King asked his fellow classmate, on a dare, to be his Valentine. That classmate was Brandon McInerney and a couple days later, McInerney shot King in a computer lab at school. King died. The story is rife with high-school self-consciousness and the pushing the edges of gender and behavior — it was the subject of HBO’s documentary “Valentine Road.”

Transgender Inmates in American Prisons: Is the Michelle Kosilek Case a Precedent for Gender Reassignment Surgery?

Slowly, but surely, the government has been implementing laws and lifting bans so the LGBT community are seen as equals in society, but what happens when a transgender inmate wants a gender-reassignment surgery while behind bars?

The Transgender Prisoner and the Eighth Amendment: Should the State Fund an Inmate’s Gender Reassignment Surgery?

A domestic crime that got little notice at the time has led to a landmark case involving the constitutional rights of transgendered convicts. In 1990, Robert Kosilek killed his wife, but in 2012 prisoner Michelle Kosilek’s fight for gender-reassignment surgery made headlines.

Belgian Man Seeks Annulment After Discovering That His Wife was a Man

A Belgian man, who divorced his then-wife and in 1993 married the family’s Indonesian aux pair, is trying to have the marriage annulled after discovering that his wife is a transsexual.

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