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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 »

California the 1st to Give Transgender Kids Rights

Transgender students can now use bathroom of choice

(Newser) - California yesterday became the first state to enshrine certain rights in state law for transgender students in kindergarten through 12th-grade, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want. Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he had signed AB1266, which also will allow transgender... More »

Transgendered Jamaican Teen Brutally Beaten, Shot by Mob

Murder shines light on rampant anti-gay culture

(Newser) - Dwayne Jones was kicked around and harassed for much of his young life. His father booted him from his house at age 14 for being effeminate, and along with neighbors, ran Dwayne out of the Jamaican slum in which he was raised. He was teased to the point where he... More »

ABC Newsman Switches Back From Female to Male

Don Ellis suspects females hormones led to his confusion

(Newser) - An ABC News editor who announced he was transgender—and wore a little black dress to match—now says a bout of amnesia has made him a man again, the New York Post reports. Don Ellis became a full-time female in May, when he declared his 17-year marriage kaput and... More »

Transgender Child Wins Right to Use Girls' Bathroom

Colorado Civil Rights Division rules for Coy Mathis

(Newser) - Coy Mathis, the transgender 6-year-old whose school wouldn't let her use the girls' bathroom, has won her battle. The Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled in her favor, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund announced yesterday, finding that barring Coy from using the girls' bathroom was discriminatory. But Coy... More »

Let Transgender People Choose Their Bathroom

Adam Winkler: To do otherwise amounts to discrimination

(Newser) - A court in Maine heard arguments today in the case of a 15-year-old student who is biologically male but identifies as female. The issue? Nicole Maines wanted to use the girls' bathroom, but her school forbade it, reports the AP . It's another sign that "the next frontier of... More »

Transgender Ex-Navy SEAL Shares Her Story

Kristin Beck—formerly Chris—kept quiet during 20 years of service

(Newser) - This former Navy SEAL served in the military for 20 years and deployed 13 times to countries from Bosnia to Afghanistan. During those years, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient Chris Beck was known as a man—but after leaving service in 2011, she came out as transgender. Last night,... More »

School Refuses to Use Grad's Transgender Name

Issak Wolfe had the ACLU on his side, to no avail

(Newser) - When Issak Wolfe walks in his Pennsylvania high school's graduation ceremony Friday, he won't hear his name read aloud as he accepts his diploma. Instead, he'll hear his legal—female—name, Sierra Stambaugh, the York Dispatch reports. Wolfe is transgender, and Red Lion Area High School has... More »

'Neither' Now an Acceptable Gender in Australia

Person who doesn't identify as male or female wins court case

(Newser) - You don't have to be a man or a woman in Australia anymore if you don't want to be. An appeals court today ruled in favor of a Sydney activist who goes only by the first name Norrie, who identifies as "neuter," and who wants to... More »

How I Stopped Being 'Lindsay,' and Became 'Silas'

Silas Hansen writes about his journey

(Newser) - Silas Hansen was called "Lindsay," the name his parents gave him when he was born a girl, for 24 years—but the name never felt like his. "When I look in the mirror, I don’t see a Lindsay. I never have," Hansen writes in a... More »

DC Comics Reveals First Trans Character

Barbara Gordon's roommate reveals that she's trans in Batgirl #19

(Newser) - We've seen gay characters in mainstream superhero comic books, and even married gay characters, but in this month's Batgirl #19, DC Comics ratchets up its diversity a step further, revealing that Batgirl's roommate is a transwoman, Wired reports. The character, Alysia Yeoh, is also bisexual. Writer Gail... More »

UFC Fighter on Transgender Fighter: 'Sick Freak'

He gets suspended for 'transphobic' dig

(Newser) - Matt Mitrione didn't hold back when discussing fellow mixed-martial arts fighter Fallon Fox, who is transgender. Fox is a "lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak," Mitrione said Monday on the MMA Hour. As a result, the UFC suspended his contract today and will investigate the matter, USA Today... More »

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