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Oregon Driver's Licenses to Undergo a Novel Change

'X,' or non-specified, is now a gender option

(Newser) - Jamie Shupe expects to stand out front of an Oregon DMV early next month and cry. And not for the reasons you'd expect. Shupe intends to be one of the first to take advantage of what is a first for America: a change to Oregon's driver's licenses... More »

Texas Bathroom Bill Could Expose Transgender Kids

School districts that have been keeping secrets could be forced to expose children

(Newser) - Each morning, Joanna Smith's 7-year-old son pulls on a T-shirt and shorts, boasts how fast he can tie his sneakers, and heads to school. An honor-roll student who loves science and spelling, he often stays after class to run on the playground with his large group of friends. But... More »

Campus Flap Emerges Over Lou Reed's Iconic Song

Student group says 'Walk on the Wild Side' is offensive to trans people

(Newser) - Lou Reed's seminal 1972 hit "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" is stirring up a little controversy on the campus of a Canadian college. As the Media Research Center reports, the student association at Guelph University apologized online because it included the song in a public playlist.... More »

At One Private School, Boys Could Soon Wear Skirts

London school is considering gender-neutral uniforms

(Newser) - Last year, a group of boys in the UK made headlines when they wore skirts to school after they were disciplined for wearing shorts on a very hot day. Now the private Highgate School in north London is considering a plan that would allow boys to do just that, reports... More »

This Is 1st Transgender Hate Crime Murder Conviction

Man gets 49 years in murder of ex

(Newser) - A Mississippi man received a 49-year prison sentence Monday for the first-ever conviction on federal hate crime charges arising from the killing of a transgender woman, the AP reports. In a case watched by the LGBT community nationwide, US District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Joshua Vallum, 29, in the... More »

Survivor Contestant Outs Trans Rival, Swiftly Pays Price

Zeke Smith speaks out on 'malicious' move

(Newser) - "I was maliciously outed by a former local network news anchor. What a summer!" That's how Zeke Smith sums up his adventure on Survivor: Game Changers, which turned out to be a bit more eventful than Smith's first appearance on the reality show last season. As... More »

North Carolina Officially Rolls Back 'Bathroom Bill'

It's not clear whether the move will satisfy opponents, though

(Newser) - North Carolina rolled back its "bathroom bill" Thursday in a bid to end the yearlong backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state dearly in business projects, conventions, and basketball tournaments. The compromise plan, announced Wednesday night by the state's Democratic governor and leaders of the Republican-controlled... More »

Student Sues High School Over Transgender-Friendly Policy

He says it's sexual harassment and a violation of his privacy

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania high school student is suing his school district, saying its transgender-friendly policy constitutes sexual harassment and a violation of privacy, the AP reports. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday with the Eastern District of Pennsylvania federal court, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group representing the student. More »

Supreme Court Won't Hear Transgender Teen's Case

It sends it back to a lower court

(Newser) - A big showdown in the Supreme Court over transgender rights just got pushed off the docket. The court instead has handed a transgender teen's high-profile case back to a lower court, reports the AP . The justices said Monday they have opted not to decide whether a federal anti-discrimination law... More »

Transgender Teen's Wrestling Win Courts Controversy

Critics say Texas' Mack Beggs shouldn't have competed against girls—a fact he agrees with

(Newser) - The outcry started building after Mack Beggs started winning match after match in Texas' high school wrestling tournament—and once the 17-year-old from Trinity High School in Euless clinched the championship Saturday, the controversy reached its peak. NBC News reports that the junior won to "cheers and jeers,"... More »

Transgender Boy Forced to Wrestle Girls Causes Stir

Mack Beggs is on the verge of winning the 6A championship in Texas

(Newser) - After winning his third straight match of the Texas state tournament Saturday, wrestler Mack Beggs of Euless Trinity High School is headed to the championship match—of the girl's 110-pound weight class. The Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports Beggs was born female and is transitioning to male. The transgender teen,... More »

Caitlyn Jenner to Trump: 'This Is a Disaster'

'You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community'

(Newser) - Caitlyn Jenner wants transgender students to be able to choose their bathroom just like she can at Trump Tower —and she wants President Trump to call her. Jenner called out Trump over his reversal of federal protection for trans students in a video posted on Twitter Thursday, saying "... More »

DeVos, Sessions Clashed Over Transgender Decision

Jackie Evancho asks for Trump meeting

(Newser) - President Trump's reversal of former President Obama's directive on bathroom use for transgender students caused a clash inside his administration, sources say. GOP insiders tell the New York Times that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos clashed with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the issue and told Trump she opposed... More »

Trump Lifts Transgender Student Bathroom Guidelines

Attorney General Sessions says Obama's guidance was unclear

(Newser) - As expected , the Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protection for transgender students that required schools to allow them to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, the AP reports. The administration came down on the side of states' rights, lifting federal guidelines that had been issued by... More »

Trump to Revoke Transgender Bathroom Guidance: Official

President reportedly wants to let states decide

(Newser) - A government official says the Trump administration will revoke guidelines that say transgender students should be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity, the AP reports. The decision would be a reversal of an Obama-era directive issued in May. It required public schools to grant... More »

World's Likely 1st Transgender Doll to Debut Next Week

It's based on the subject of TLC's 'I am Jazz'

(Newser) - A New York doll maker says it will be selling what it believes is the first transgender doll on the market, the AP reports. The doll is based on Jazz Jennings, the teenage transgender subject of the TLC documentary series I am Jazz. It will make its debut at the... More »

In Reversal, Boy Scouts Will Accept Transgender Kids

Will no longer go by gender listed on birth certificate

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America says it will allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys-only programs, reports AP . The organization announced Monday that it had made the decision to base enrollment in such programs on the gender a child or parent lists on the application... More »

Transgender Teen Sued by Mom Fights Back

Claims parents abused her before she cut ties, transitioned

(Newser) - The transgender teen sued by her own mom in Minnesota says there's a good reason her mother was never notified of her transition from male to female. The 17-year-old, identified as JDK, alleges in court documents that her parents struggled with substance abuse when she was growing up, leaving... More »

California Funds 1st US Inmate Sex Reassignment

Convicted murderer Shiloh Heavenly Quine will be moved to women's prison post-surgery

(Newser) - A 57-year-old convicted killer serving a life sentence in California became the first US inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery, the prisoner's attorneys confirmed Friday. The AP reports prison officials agreed in 2015 to pay for the surgery for Shiloh Heavenly Quine, who was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping,... More »

Transgender Man Sues Hospital for Refusing Surgery

Jionni Conforti says the Catholic hospital cited religion as a reason

(Newser) - A transgender man in New Jersey sued a Roman Catholic hospital Thursday, saying it cited religion in refusing to allow his surgeon to perform a hysterectomy as part of his sex transition, the AP reports. Jionni Conforti, 33, had scheduled the surgery at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in... More »

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