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As Schools Restart, Obama's Transgender Rule Is Blocked

Federal judge bars order on bathrooms

(Newser) - President Obama's push to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice hit a last-minute roadblock Sunday just as schools across the US are reopening. A federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked the White House directive that came out in May ordering schools to let kids use... More »

Target Hopes $20M Will Solve Transgender Bathroom Problem

It's adding a third, single-person restroom to all its stores

(Newser) - Target will spend $20 million trying to make sure everyone who needs to go to the bathroom at one of its stores feels comfortable, CNN reports. According to USA Today , Target suffered some backlash last spring when it announced it would allow transgender customers to "use the restroom ... that... More »

Transgender Kindergartner Fights for Right to Use Girls' Bathroom

Kai was born a boy but has been living as a girl for two years

(Newser) - A Texas mother is fighting for the right of her transgender daughter to use the girls' restroom when she starts kindergarten this fall, KPRC reports. "Please understand I'm not fighting about bathrooms, I'm fighting about her life," Kim Shappley told the Pearland school board during a... More »

Supreme Court Blocks Trans Student From Using Boys Restroom

But that's likely to change in the next few months

(Newser) - Seventeen-year-old Gavin Grimm will start his senior year of high school once again banned from using the boys restroom, the AP reports. In a 5-3 decision on Wednesday, the US Supreme Court put a hold on the decision of a lower court that would have allowed Grimm, a transgender male,... More »

Openly Trans Person Addresses Convention for 1st Time Ever

Sarah McBride just made history

(Newser) - A historic first just happened at the Democratic National Convention—and this time we're not talking about the nomination of Hillary Clinton. When Sarah McBride took the stage to speak Thursday she became the first openly transgender person to address a national party convention, Vox reports. Introducing herself as... More »

WHO May Stop Classifying Transgender ID as Mental Disorder

New guidebook will likely make big update

(Newser) - For years, being transgender has been considered a mental disorder that's listed in the World Health Organization's "International Classification of Diseases" guidebook under "gender identity disorders." But now the WHO is considering declassifying transgender identity as such in the guide's new edition, the first... More »

He Transitioned to a Woman. But Sounding Like One Was Tough

Awl essay: Vocal training is a complicated and vital part of the process

(Newser) - With more focus these days on transgender life, much attention is paid to physical transformations and the fight for equal rights. But a piece at the Awl by Vivian Wang highlights an often overlooked but vital part of the process: learning how to talk like a woman or a man.... More »

Trans Woman Accused of Voyeurism in Target Store

Transgender community is 'completely disgusted'

(Newser) - A person who identifies as a transgender woman was booked into jail as a man after being accused of voyeurism in a Target store in Idaho. The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office says 43-year-old Shauna Patricia Smith has been charged with felony video voyeurism for allegedly reaching over the wall... More »

Pentagon: Transgender People Can Serve in Military

Changes will be phased in over one year

(Newser) - The Pentagon will let transgender individuals serve openly in the US military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces, the AP reports. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the change Thursday. Carter says it's the right thing to do. He says only a person's... More »

2 Transgender Women Named Misty Make US Political History

Misty Snow wins Democratic primary in Utah, Misty Plowright wins Colorado's

(Newser) - For the first time, a major political party is putting up a transgender nominee to run for the United States Senate. Misty K. Snow won the Democratic primary in Utah and will be challenging Sen. Mike Lee in the November election, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Snow is also one... More »

Pentagon Ready to Lift Ban on Transgender Troops

It could happen within days, source says

(Newser) - The end of the Pentagon's ban on transgender troops serving openly could be just days away. It has been almost a year since Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered a review to determine whether lifting the ban would affect military readiness, and sources tell USA Today that the Pentagon will... More »

LGBT People Need More Guns, Not Fewer

Laws and cops can't save gay, transgender people—guns can, writes Nicki Stallard in 'NYT'

(Newser) - When Nicki Stallard first started her journey from a male body to a female one, she got a "preposterous" piece of safety advice that left her feeling insulted: Carry a whistle. "I didn't need a whistle; I had a gun," she writes in her New York ... More »

11 States Sue Over Obama's Transgender Directive for Schools

They accuse him of 'running roughshod over commonsense'

(Newser) - Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to US public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity, the AP reports. The lawsuit announced Wednesday includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah,... More »

'How My Daughter Became My Son'

Jon Ralston's blog post on his transgender son goes viral

(Newser) - Monday was a big day for Madeline Ralston—it was the last day there would be a Madeline Ralston. On that day, the 20-year-old stood in front of a Clark County, Nev., judge and explained why her birth certificate should read male. And then it was so, and Maddy forever... More »

Oklahoma: Impeach Obama for Transgender Mandate

State's GOP lawmakers say bathroom directive in schools is unconstitutional

(Newser) - President Obama issued a mandate last week that transgender students must be allowed to use whichever bathroom and locker room they wish in any US public school—and now Oklahoma's GOP-heavy legislature wants him impeached for it, the Hill reports. A measure was filed Thursday night directing Oklahoma members... More »

Prisoner Granted Sex Reassignment Is Still Waiting

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy paved the way for other transgender inmates, but was released before surgery

(Newser) - Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, who is 51, murdered a man with a shotgun outside a bar in Orange County in 1987 and spent nearly 30 years in prison for it. But she wasn't Michelle-Lael Norsworthy at the time—she was born Jeffrey, and she says that being "overly male" and... More »

Woman Mistaken for Transgender Accosted in Bathroom

She'd donated her hair to child cancer patients

(Newser) - Aimee Toms says her story shows just how "amazingly ridiculous" the ongoing controversy over transgender bathroom use has become. The 22-year-old retail worker in Connecticut says she was harassed in a women's bathroom at Walmart on Friday by somebody who called her "disgusting" and told her she... More »

Being Transgender Will Soon No Longer Be a 'Disorder' in Denmark

The change goes into effect January 1

(Newser) - Having "run out of patience" with the World Health Organization, Denmark on Jan. 1, 2017, will become the first country to no longer define being transgender as a mental illness, the Independent reports. Currently, the WHO classifies being transgender as a mental or behavioral disorder. And, although the organization... More »

Obama Orders Schools to Open Up Trans Bathroom Access

There's no room in schools for discrimination, feds say

(Newser) - As far as the Obama administration is concerned, the fight over transgender bathroom access in public schools is over—and advocates for transgender rights won. The administration has issued a directive telling every public school in the country that transgender students must be allowed access to the restroom or locker... More »

Caitlyn Jenner 'De-Transitioning' Story 'Idiotic': Rep

Jenner's rep quickly shoots down story of 'sex change regret'

(Newser) - Caitlyn Jenner's rep has quickly shot down a rumor that she was experiencing "sex change regret" and considering a "de-transition" from female to male. Ian Halperin, the author of a new book about the Kardashians (that, it's worth noting, has 2.5 stars on Amazon), had... More »

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