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Jose Canseco Will Live as a Woman for Week

He says it's to support Caitlyn Jenner

(Newser) - Jose Canseco has never been shy of the spotlight, and now the former baseball star is planning a timely new publicity stunt. He plans to live as a woman for a week in support of Caitlyn Jenner, reports TMZ . "In the very beginning, I didn't understand it,... More »

Pentagon: Let's End Transgender Ban in the Military

But military chiefs want time to sort out details

(Newser) - The Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today, ordering a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service. Carter says he is creating a working group that will... More »

Girl Scouts Who Returned $100K Quickly Reap Much More

Crowdfunded donations support troop for refusing to discriminate

(Newser) - After returning a donation for $100,000 that stipulated the money couldn't be used to support transgender girls, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington decided it was still important to raise the money it had declined. That $100,000 amounts to nearly a third of its 2015 financial assistance... More »

Girl Scouts Return Donor's $100K Over LGBT Strings

Person stipulated it not be used for transgender girls

(Newser) - This Girl Scouts story via Seattle Met begins with good news: A generous donor gives $100,000. Then becomes bad news: The donor stipulates that none of the money be used for transgender girls, prompting the Girl Scouts of Western Washington to return it with a note: “Girl Scouts... More »

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
... More »

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 »

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