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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at [email protected].

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In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo, trans rights activist Kenya Cuevas smokes a cigarette while talking with fellow members of a community support group, in Mexico City. The group sets up a tent twice a week providing cultural activities such as music and painting lesson, as well as HIV tests and free condoms for transgender sexual workers and residents. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Transgender homicide rate 'remarkably low' despite cries of 'national epidemic'

Calls to combat a purported epidemic of killings targeting transgender people, especially women of color, are rising, even though U.S. data indicates that people who identify as members of the opposite sex are less likely to end up as homicide victims than their non-transgender counterparts. Published December 8, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with local residents, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Emmetsburg, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Malarkey? Biden camp insists ex-veep never fat-shamed voter

A Biden campaign advisor insisted Thursday that the former vice president never fat-shamed a man who tangled with him during an Iowa campaign event, even as the phrase "look, fat" took off on social media. Published December 5, 2019

This April 19, 2019, photo shows a Planned Parenthood building in Houston. (Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP) **FILE**

Pro-life investigator sues ex-Planned Parenthood doctor for defamation

After she was filmed in a viral undercover video sting, former Planned Parenthood Dr. Savita Ginde fought back, insisting the hidden-camera footage showing her discussing aborted fetal-tissue transactions was "fake," "dubbed," "manipulated" and "spliced and diced." Published December 3, 2019