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Teen Sues to Retake DMV Photo With Makeup

Chase Culpepper wears makeup and women's clothing

(Newser) - A 16-year-old in South Carolina wants a driver's license photo redo—but not to look better. Chase Culpepper, who describes himself as "gender nonconforming," says he wears makeup and women's clothing and jewelry every day, and that when he was forced to take off the makeup... More »

Woman Molested Child ... When She Was a Man

Susan Elizabeth Rye pleads guilty to 1990 crime

(Newser) - Susan Elizabeth Rye was writing a book when she was arrested in Utah in January—"a fictional book about incest and the sexual abuse of children," says the Duchesne County prosecutor. Fast forward to yesterday, when Rye, 61, pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual abuse for molesting... More »

School Won't Let Transgender Teen Attend as Girl

Rachel Pepe told she can only return as 'Brian'

(Newser) - Rachel Pepe's middle school says she can't come back to school this year—at least, not as Rachel Pepe. The 13-year-old was known as a boy last year at Thorne Middle School in Middletown, NJ, and went by Brian, the name she was given at birth. But now... More »

Androgynous Model Comes Out as Transgender

Andreja Pejic was formerly Andrej Pejic

(Newser) - The fomer Andrej Pejic—the gender-bending model who took the fashion world by storm in 2011—is now Andreja Pejic. Pejic came out as a transgender woman via stories on People , Entertainment Tonight , and Style , as noticed by Jezebel . The 22-year-old had sex reassignment surgery this year, and "I... More »

Obama to Sign Orders Protecting Gay Workers

(Newser) - President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations. Obama's action comes on the heels of the US Supreme Court's recent ruling in... More »

Army to Give Chelsea Manning Gender Treatment

Feds reject move to civilian prison

(Newser) - The private formerly known as Bradley Manning is about to become the first person ever given gender reassignment treatment by the US military. The federal Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army's request to transfer Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison , and defense officials say Manning will instead receive... More »

WHO: All Gay Men Should Take Antiretroviral Drugs

A pill could cut HIV risk in gay men by up to 25%: WHO

(Newser) - HIV infections are "exploding" among gay men, according to the World Health Organization. In fact, the infection rates are so bad, the organization—for the first time—"strongly recommends men who have sex with men consider taking antiretroviral medicines as an additional method of preventing HIV infection,"... More »

Media Still Have Much to Learn on Trans People

Jos Truitt: Please stop questioning their right to exist

(Newser) - A recent media brouhaha shows just how much mainstream outlets have to learn when it comes transgender people, writes Jos Truitt at the Guardian . The mess actually started on a positive note, when Time put transgender actress Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black on its cover. The piece... More »

Medicare Ruling Big Win for Transgender Rights

No longer can program automatically deny requests to cover surgery

(Newser) - Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled today in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for people who don't identify with their biological sex. Ruling in favor of 74-year-old transgender Army veteran Denee Mallon of Albuquerque,... More »

Radio Hosts Fired Over Transgender Jokes

Rochester deejays slammed city's new health policy

(Newser) - The city of Rochester, NY, has a new policy that extends health benefits to transgender employees and, not coincidentally, two job openings for morning radio deejays. The latter is because station 98.9 FM fired Kimberly Rae and Barry Beck after a series of jokes and criticisms about the new... More »

Next Stop for Chelsea Manning: Civilian Prison?

Pentagon weighs transgender inmate's request

(Newser) - Chelsea Manning won't be allowed out of the military until she finishes her 35-year sentence for passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, but she could be on her way to a civilian prison soon. The Pentagon is trying to transfer the soldier formerly known as Bradley to a federal prison... More »

India Recognizes a Third Gender

Transgender recognition a 'human rights issue': high court

(Newser) - In a major Supreme Court decision today, India is changing the way it defines gender. Transgender people are now officially considered a third gender, along with male and female, the Washington Post reports. "Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a... More »

Transgender Woman's Suit: Let Me Compete as Female

CrossFit says birth sex offers 'physical advantage'

(Newser) - A transgender woman in California has sued the company behind the popular CrossFit workouts for refusing to let her compete in the female division of its annual fitness competitions. The $2.5 million lawsuit by Chloie Jonsson, 34, accuses CrossFit Inc. of violating her rights under a California law that... More »

Activist: Russia Busted Me for 'Gay Is OK' Banner

Italian says she carried rainbow flag at Olympic Park

(Newser) - A gay-rights arrest in Sochi? Prominent Italian activist Vladimir Luxuria says she was detained by Russian authorities for several hours after carrying a rainbow flag saying "Gay Is OK" at Olympic Park yesterday, the Guardian reports. Luxuria—who became Europe's first transgender parliamentarian in 2006—sent a text... More »

Site Apologizes for Outing Trans Woman After Suicide

'Dr. V's Magical Putter' sparks outrage

(Newser) - ESPN personality Bill Simmons posted a long, soul-searching apology yesterday, in the wake of a massive Internet backlash over a piece his Grantland site ran last Wednesday that outed a woman as transgender in the wake of her suicide—a suicide that may have been linked to the reporting of... More »

Let Transgender Men Become Pregnant

Sarah Elizabeth Richards: This is 'the next frontier in fertility treatment'

(Newser) - Transgender people have long had to deal with health care discrimination in the US—and while ObamaCare is chipping away at that in a big way ("transsexualism" is no longer a pre-existing condition), one issue remains problematic: pregnancy. "Many Americans have come to accept gay parents; the transgender... More »

Cox to Couric: Stop Objectifying Trans People

Focus on surgery, genitalia, is misplaced, Orange Is the New Black star argues

(Newser) - Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox appeared on a Katie Couric Show segment about transgender women on Monday, and the clip of the interview is going viral because of what Salon calls Cox's "absolutely perfect" response to Couric's probing questions about her genitalia. More »

My Stint as a Transgender Bell-Ringer in Salvation Army

Jennifer Finney Boylan faces dilemma between group's work and values

(Newser) - The Salvation Army has, in recent years, made waves for anti-LGBT views, not least one rep's comment that gays "deserve death." Would the group tolerate a transgender woman taking up bell-ringing? Jennifer Finney Boylan tells her story in the New York Times . She opted to volunteer before... More »

Chelsea Manning: 'I've Made Friends'

Quote is via her attorney, who says Army is considering request for hormone therapy

(Newser) - Prison life seems to be going OK for Chelsea Manning . The lawyer who defended the Army private previously known as Bradley Manning relays this quote via the AP : "Manning has said, 'I feel very comfortable. I've made friends. I don't feel at all threatened.'"... More »

Manning Faces Army Fight on Transgender Surgery

Military says it doesn't provide hormone therapy or sex-change operations

(Newser) - The decision by the Army private previously known as Bradley Manning to identify from here on out as a female by the name of Chelsea Manning raises a host of thorny legal issues, reports Courthouse News Service . For starters, Manning wants to start hormone therapy immediately in preparation for a... More »

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