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In need of respect: Transgender and gender non-conforming youth face serious abuse in group care facilities

Mariah, a transgender girl, was arrested and sent to juvenile detention. The facility staff tried to force her to look like a boy. They ripped her long weave from her hair, forced her to get a boy’s haircut, broke off her nails, prohibited her from wearing makeup, took away her bra and underwear, and forced her to wear male underwear and clothing.

COMMENTARY: Time for DOMA to go the way of the dodo

Whether DOMA will be repealed remains very much in doubt. The House has a new Republican-Tea Party majority that is more conservative than the nation at large; polls show that a majority of American supports the repeal of DOMA.