Mix of setbacks, gains unsettles many transgender Americans

NEW YORK (AP) — For transgender Americans, 2018 has been marked by series of advancements and setbacks.

The steps forward have included numerous legislative actions and court rulings buttressing civil rights and a victory by a transgender candidate in Vermont’s Democratic gubernatorial primary.

The steps back have included the Trump administration rolling back protections, and anti-transgender vitriol that caused an Oklahoma town’s schools to close for two days in August after adults made threats because of a transgender student’s use of a girls’ bathroom.

The coming weeks may be even more unsettling, ahead of the first-ever statewide vote on whether anti-discrimination protections should extend to transgender people.

On the Nov. 6 ballot in Massachusetts is a measure that would repeal a 2016 law providing such protections in

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