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In 1st Issue Since Hefner's Death, Another Playboy 1st

French model Ines Rau is the magazine's 1st transgender playmate

(Newser) - The November issue of Playboy will be the first published since Hugh Hefner's death in September, but it's getting attention for an entirely different first: the magazine's first transgender playmate, USA Today reports. Ines Rau, 26, will appear nude as the November issue's centerfold. The French... More »

Jeff Sessions Makes Rare Move in Transgender Murder Case

Attorney general sends Justice Department lawyer to assist

(Newser) - In a sign that he is willing to fight for transgender people in certain areas, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has tasked the Justice Department with sending an experienced federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to assist in prosecuting a man charged with murdering a transgender 16-year-old, sources tell the New ... More »

Critics Say 2 Memos From Sessions Attack LGBTQ Rights

Justice Department says federal civil rights law doesn't apply to transgender employees

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued two memos this week that critics say put the rights of the LGBTQ community at risk. NBC News reports a Justice Department memo issued Wednesday states Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sex,... More »

Judge Signals He Will Reject Simmons' Transgender Lawsuit

He says calling someone transgender isn't defamatory

(Newser) - It's a big loss for Richard Simmons—but a win for transgender rights. In a tentative ruling issued Wednesday, LA Superior Court Judge Gregory Keosian signaled that he plans to reject Simmons' defamation lawsuit against the National Enquirer and Radar Online, which published stories claiming the star had undergone... More »

Transgender Service Members Sue Trump, Pentagon

They want to block ban before it takes effect

(Newser) - Transgender service members who say they have served "honorably and successfully" in the military are suing the man who is trying to kick them out. Five service members filed a lawsuit Wednesday against President Trump and top Pentagon officials over Trump's call to ban transgender people from serving... More »

Transgender Spending Dwarfed by Military's Viagra Purchases

Meanwhile, a transgender ex-Navy SEAL wants to talk to Trump

(Newser) - Kristin Beck spent 20 years as a Navy SEAL, including time on Team 6—and she would like President Trump to tell her in person why he feels she didn't belong in the military . "Let's meet face-to-face and you tell me I'm not worthy," the... More »

The Big Question After Transgender Military Ban

What about those already serving?

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to ban transgender people from serving "in any capacity" in the military raises a question, notes Slate . What about the thousands of transgender troops already in the ranks? A study by the RAND Corporation estimated that up to about 11,000 trans troops may be... More »

Trump: Transgender People Can't 'Serve in Any Capacity'

President announces military move on Twitter

(Newser) - President Trump announced Wednesday that transgender people will not be allowed "to serve in any capacity" in the US military. In a series of tweets , he said the military "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail." He... More »

Kimmel Says Sorry to Caitlyn Jenner for Pre-Transition Jokes

'We thought you were just vain'

(Newser) - During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night, Caitlyn Jenner took the late-night host to task for making jokes at her expense before her transition to a woman became public. "We didn't know what was happening, we thought you were just vain," Kimmel replied. "We... More »

Texas Business Leaders Slam Controversial Bill

They don't want to see a NC-style backlash

(Newser) - Texas lawmakers are debating a "bathroom bill" that would restrict choice for transgender people—but state business leaders have no interest in dealing with the kind of backlash that forced North Carolina to roll back a similar bill . Some 14 CEOs from major Texas employers, including AT&T, American... More »

Transgender Parent Fights to Keep Gender Off Baby's ID

Canadian doesn't want 'incorrect assumptions' made

(Newser) - Kori Doty wants to be referred to with the pronoun "they" instead of "he" or "she"—and they want the same thing for their baby. Doty, a transgender parent in Canada, has been fighting to keep gender off the birth certificate for Searyl Atli, the baby... More »

Pentagon Delays Move on Transgender Recruits

Defense chief Mattis postpones acceptance of them for another 6 months

(Newser) - The military isn't quite ready to recruit transgender troops. A new policy allowing the Pentagon to do so was supposed to begin on July 1, but defense chief Jim Mattis said Friday night that it would be delayed six months, reports USA Today . A Pentagon statement said Mattis had... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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