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August 23, 2014

In a victory for transgender equality, Mills College in California will be the first single-sex college in the US to change their admissions policy to allow transgender students to enrol

An all-female college in the US has made history by changing their admissions policy to allow female transgender students on their courses.

Mills College in Oakland, California is a 162-year-old institution for female students only.

It is one of the 119 single-sex colleges in the US, but the first to adopt a brand new admissions policy to include transgender students and students who do not identify with their gender assigned at birth.

Mills College said of every 1,000 students they admit each year, three to five of them identify as transgender.

July 16, 2014

Announcement comes as MLB also pays tribute to the late Glenn Burke who was out to his teammates in 70s and 80s

Major League Baseball on Tuesday (15 July) announced the appointment of former outfielder Billy Bean as the league's first Ambassador for Inclusion.

The announcement came prior to the league's All-Star Game in Minneapolis at a press conference that also included a tribute to the late Glenn Burke, a player who suffered greatly for being out to his teammates and coaches in the late 70s and early 80s.

Burke was recognized posthumously by the league as the sport's gay pioneer.

June 1, 2014

Suspects in the 20 May attack of two trans women in Atlanta have been charged with disorderly conduct and are being held on $2,500 (€1,800) bond

Two suspects have been charged in the Atlanta attack, by several men on a train,  of two trans women.

The organization that runs the city's public transportation system, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, made the announcement on 30 May.

May 28, 2014

One first grade teacher, who was at her post for over 14 years, had to choose between her job and supporting her gay son

A group of teachers fired for being gay or supporting gay family members have asked for an audience with the Pope.

The Human Rights Campaign have delivered a letter to the Vatican on behalf of nine US teachers who lost their jobs at Catholic schools for either being LGBTI or supporting LGBTI family members.

The letter requests a meeting with Pope Francis ‘so that you may hear our personal stories first hand and see the impact the Church’s actions have had on us all.’

January 9, 2014

Ballot measure fails to qualify based on random count of signatures but full count now underway

A group trying to repeal a new California law that seeks to protect and provide equal opportunity to transgender students has failed to qualify their referendum for the ballot based on a spot count of signatures.

The referendum fell 22,178 signatures short of the 504,760 needed to qualify in the first random count, but the result must still be confirmed with a full count of signatures.

There is still a chance the measure could make the ballot if the full count differs significantly from the random spot count.

May 25, 2013

In his new book, San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt explains how he went from being scared of gays to having gay friends and colleagues

Whenever baseball pitcher Jeremy Affeldt's former teams would travel to California cities Oakland and San Francisco, he would stay locked in his hotel room. The athlete was scared of running into gay people.

The 34-year-old now plays for the San Francisco Giants and loves the City by the Bay. Along the way he given up the self admitted homophobia.

July 29, 2012

New archbishop Salvatore Cordileone gave his full support to Prop 8

San Francisco's new archbishop is a fervent supporter of Proposition 8.

On Friday (27 July) Pope Benedict XVI selected Oakland Bishop Rev. Salvatore Cordileone to be the new archbishop in San Francisco.

April 20, 2012

Brandon McCarthy says prompting presumably straight males to kiss for laughs is 'particularly offensive to gay males'

Major League Baseball star Brandon McCarthy, a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, just doesn't think it's funny to make two presumably straight guys kiss in front of a stadium of fans.

He considers it offensive to gays.

The so-called 'kiss cam' has become a staple at major sporting events in the US. During a lull in the action, camera operators will focus on unsuspecting pairs in the stands and the crowd encourages them to kiss.