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OITNB Star: I Won't Make My Face More Feminine

'This is the face that God gave me,' says transgender icon Laverne Cox

(Newser) - Sophia Burset is back on Netflix, making over inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary in the new season of Orange Is the New Black . But Laverne Cox, the transgender actress who plays her, says she personally won't get any makeover: Though she used to crave "highly invasive surgical procedures" to... More »

In 'Unprecedented' Move, Reddit Bans 5 Subreddits

The most popular of the 5 forums targeted the obese

(Newser) - Reddit, the so-called front page of the Internet, is starting to ban some of its own forums after years of being known as the content aggregator where anything goes (well, except for child porn and nude celebrity pics). But Reddit is reporting this week that it has removed five of... More »

Huckabee Cracks Transgender Joke About Showering With Girls

He says it shows how 'ridiculous' current debate is

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee is making headlines for a transgender joke he made to the National Religious Broadcasters Convention back in February, comments that were picked up by BuzzFeed after World Net Daily posted the video over the weekend. Here's the joke:
  • “Now I wish that someone told me that
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All-Female Smith College OKs Transgender Students

College says 'concepts of female identity have evolved'

(Newser) - Smith College, the largest of the all-female Seven Sisters schools, is changing its policy to accept transgender women. The new policy, which takes effect for those applying this fall, followed a year of study. The women's college had previously asked undergraduates to have consistently identified as female since birth.... More »

Bruce Jenner's Kids Forgive His Absence

Jenner disappeared from the lives of his 4 oldest, but they're standing behind him

(Newser) - One of Bruce Jenner's ex-wives expressed her support after Jenner confirmed Friday that he's transgender and identifies as a woman. Also standing firm behind the former Olympic athlete: his four oldest children (the ones not regularly seen on Keeping Up With the Kardashians), despite the "very complex... More »

Bruce Jenner's Ex-Wife Speaks Out

Linda Thompson says she wouldn't have married Jenner had she known

(Newser) - "If Bruce had told me about his gender issue when we first began getting romantically involved, I would not have married him. Pure and simple." So says Linda Thompson, second wife of Bruce Jenner. Jenner, of course, recently revealed to Diane Sawyer, " I'm a woman ."... More »

Bruce Jenner: 'I'm a Woman'

Confirms he is transgender to Diane Sawyer

(Newser) - Bruce Jenner's not-so-secret secret is now officially revealed: “For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” he told Diane Sawyer of ABC News . “People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I... More »

Transgender Guy Could End Up on Men's Health Cover

Aydian Dowling currently has a big lead in user votes

(Newser) - Aydian Dowling is a 27-year-old guy who enjoys bodybuilding, has a YouTube channel called "Beefheads Fitness," and likes to go on hikes with his wife on his days "off" from working out. He's also transgender, and currently in the lead ( way in the lead )... More »

Chelsea Manning Opens Up to Cosmo

She says she 'feels like a joke' to military

(Newser) - Chelsea Manning has granted her first post-incarceration interview to Cosmopolitan, which calls the Fort Leavenworth inmate "easily one of the most controversial figures of the early 21st century." In the interview, which was conducted by mail, the private formerly known as Bradley discusses everything from her childhood in... More »

Elton John, Michael Stipe Team Up for Transgender Rights

They call for better treatment for transgender inmates

(Newser) - On Friday, the DoJ backed Ashley Diamond, a transgender woman housed in a male prison, by deeming it "cruel and unusual punishment" for Georgia to deny hormone therapy for gender dysphoria. Now she has more high-profile supporters: Elton John and Michael Stipe have put out a joint statement applauding... More »

California Is Ordered to Pay for Inmate's Sex Change

Some estimates for Michelle-Lael Norsworthy's surgery run as high as $100K

(Newser) - California's corrections department must provide a transgender inmate with sex reassignment surgery, a federal judge ruled yesterday. It marks the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state and just the second time nationwide that a judge has issued an injunction directing a state prison system... More »

No One Laughing at Jamie Foxx's Bruce Jenner Joke

iHeartRadio Music Awards host called out as transphobic

(Newser) - Jamie Foxx made the ill-advised choice last night to joke about Bruce Jenner's rumored transition to female during his opening monologue as host of the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and the reaction was swift. "We have some groundbreaking performances here, too, tonight. We got Bruce Jenner, who will be... More »

Court Forces Army to Call Manning 'She'

Or military may refer to Chelsea Manning as 'Private First Class Manning'

(Newser) - Another win for Chelsea Manning: Weeks after the US army approved hormone therapy for the imprisoned soldier, a court order now bans the military from referring to her as a man. Per the Guardian , lawyers representing the military—which bars transgender people from serving—had said in a filing last... More »

US Names 1st Global Envoy for LGBT Rights

Randy Berry will help fight discrimination overseas

(Newser) - The US named its first international envoy for gay rights today, tasking a veteran diplomat with leading the country's efforts to fight violence and discrimination against LGBT individuals overseas. Randy Berry, currently the consul general in the Netherlands, will promote human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals,... More »

Sex-Change Surgery Might Be Superficial Fix

Opinion: It may not solve patients' psychological problems

(Newser) - Sex-reassignment surgery is easier to obtain today than ever before. And while that seems on the surface to be a great development for those with gender dysphoria, a post at Ozy.com calls that into question. The problem is that those who decide to undergo the surgery sometimes have a... More »

Bruce Jenner's Mom Gives Interview on Son's Transition

The 88-year-old talks to the AP about her son's gender journey

(Newser) - It's the closest a member of the Jenner clan has come to confirming that Bruce Jenner is transitioning to a woman: In a nearly hour-long phone interview with the AP , Jenner's 88-year-old mother, Esther, had this to say when asked, "Have you spoken to Bruce recently about... More »

Bruce Jenner to Open Up About Gender Transition: Sources

Sources say he'll sit down for interview, star in reality series

(Newser) - Multiple gossip outlets are reporting that Bruce Jenner is indeed transgender, and Page Six reports that the 65-year-old Olympic champion and Kardashian stepfather will sit down with Diane Sawyer for an ABC News interview airing in May about the process of transitioning to a woman. That last bit has apparently... More »

Hit Sundance Film Shot on an iPhone

'Tangerine' shows LA life of transgender prostitutes

(Newser) - Tangerine surprised audiences at the Sundance Film Festival by depicting the gritty life of transgender prostitutes in Hollywood. Another revelation: The acclaimed film was shot almost totally on an iPhone 5S, the Verge reports. Indie writer/director Sean Baker says it was a budgetary choice that came with other advantages. For... More »

SOTU Contained This Word for the First Time

'Transgender' gets its first mention—as do quite a few other words

(Newser) - Speaking before Congress last night, President Obama uttered quite a few words never before heard in a State of the Union address . Among the most significant was "transgender"—as in, "we … condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual,... More »

Ky. Bill Offers Reward for Spotting Trans Kids in 'Wrong' Bathroom

Would allow students to sue, win $2.5K

(Newser) - If a proposed measure somehow makes its way into law, students in Kentucky could see a $2,500 reward for finding transgendered people in a bathroom that doesn't match their assigned sex. The bill targets school officials who allow transgendered students to use their preferred bathrooms—as well as... More »

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