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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 »

Cub Scouts Boot 8-Year-Old Transgender Boy

'How dare they judge me,' says New Jersey's Joe Maldonado

(Newser) - Joe Maldonado was excited about his new Cub Scout pack from the moment he joined it. But the 8-year-old had only been settled into the Secaucus, NJ, group for about a month when his mom received a phone call that stunned his family: He was being kicked out because he... More »

National Geographic Cover Girl Is 9, Generating Buzz

Avery is the first transgender person ever on the cover

(Newser) - As far as buzzy cover models go, National Geographic doesn't have a lot of them. Its January 2017 "gender issues" issue proves an exception. Above a quote reading, "The best thing about being a girl is, now I don't have to pretend to be a boy,... More »

Mom Sues Transgender Teen After Sex-Change Treatment

'Why wasn't I even notified?': Anmarie Calgaro

(Newser) - A Minnesota mom says her parental rights have been violated, and she's suing a school district, county health boards, local health-care groups—and her own transgender daughter—to get them back, NBC News reports. Anmarie Calgaro appeared at a Wednesday press conference , taking issue with a Minnesota law that... More »

Supreme Court Will Hear Transgender Bathroom Case

17-year-old Gavin Grimm just wants to be able to use the men's room at school

(Newser) - Eight justices or no, the Supreme Court will tackle another major social issue after it announced Friday it will hear the case of a transgender teen who wants to use the men's restroom at his Virginia high school, the AP reports. In the Washington Post , 17-year-old Gavin Grimm says... More »

Modern Family First Show With Transgender Kid Actor

Jackson Millarker, 8, guest-stars Wednesday

(Newser) - On Wednesday night, Modern Family will become the first television show to feature a transgender child actor. Eight-year-old Jackson Millarker stars in the episode as Tom, a transgender friend of Lily, the daughter of Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), NewNowNext reports. As Variety points out, transgender actors... More »

North Carolina Takes New Hit Over Bathroom Law

Atlantic Coast Conference follows NCAA's lead, pulls championships from state

(Newser) - The Atlantic Coast Conference has followed the NCAA's lead and is removing all its athletic championships from North Carolina over a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people, the AP reports. The ACC Council of Presidents voted Wednesday to relocate the league's championships... More »

Chelsea Manning Goes on Hunger Strike

She's protesting lack of treatment for gender dysphora

(Newser) - Two months after an unsuccessful suicide attempt , Chelsea Manning is again pleading for help, reports NBC News , this time in the form of a hunger strike she began at the all-male prison at Fort Leavenworth on Saturday. "I need help. I am not getting any. I have asked for... More »

Judge Refuses Legal Name Changes for Transgender Men

Lambda Legal is appealing Judge Roper's decisions

(Newser) - An LGBT rights group is asking an appeals court to step in after a Georgia judge declined a legal name change for a second transgender man, the AP reports. Lambda Legal says it filed an appeal Thursday of a June order by Columbia County Superior Court Judge J. David Roper... More »

Ken Doll Cake Sparks LGBT Debate

The bakery co-owner felt the buttercream work was 'amazing'

(Newser) - A couple weeks ago, a group of friends that meets monthly for a dice game in Sacramento, Calif., decided to order a Ken doll cake for a birthday party. The recipient isn't transgender and the cake, which features a dolled-up Ken, wasn't meant to be political, but when... More »

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 »

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