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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 »

2 Transgender Women Named Misty Make US Political History

Misty Snow wins Democratic primary in Utah, Misty Plowright wins Colorado's

(Newser) - For the first time, a major political party is putting up a transgender nominee to run for the United States Senate. Misty K. Snow won the Democratic primary in Utah and will be challenging Sen. Mike Lee in the November election, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Snow is also one... More »

Pentagon Ready to Lift Ban on Transgender Troops

It could happen within days, source says

(Newser) - The end of the Pentagon's ban on transgender troops serving openly could be just days away. It has been almost a year since Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered a review to determine whether lifting the ban would affect military readiness, and sources tell USA Today that the Pentagon will... More »

LGBT People Need More Guns, Not Fewer

Laws and cops can't save gay, transgender people—guns can, writes Nicki Stallard in 'NYT'

(Newser) - When Nicki Stallard first started her journey from a male body to a female one, she got a "preposterous" piece of safety advice that left her feeling insulted: Carry a whistle. "I didn't need a whistle; I had a gun," she writes in her New York ... More »

11 States Sue Over Obama's Transgender Directive for Schools

They accuse him of 'running roughshod over commonsense'

(Newser) - Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to US public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity, the AP reports. The lawsuit announced Wednesday includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah,... More »

'How My Daughter Became My Son'

Jon Ralston's blog post on his transgender son goes viral

(Newser) - Monday was a big day for Madeline Ralston—it was the last day there would be a Madeline Ralston. On that day, the 20-year-old stood in front of a Clark County, Nev., judge and explained why her birth certificate should read male. And then it was so, and Maddy forever... More »

Oklahoma: Impeach Obama for Transgender Mandate

State's GOP lawmakers say bathroom directive in schools is unconstitutional

(Newser) - President Obama issued a mandate last week that transgender students must be allowed to use whichever bathroom and locker room they wish in any US public school—and now Oklahoma's GOP-heavy legislature wants him impeached for it, the Hill reports. A measure was filed Thursday night directing Oklahoma members... More »

Prisoner Granted Sex Reassignment Is Still Waiting

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy paved the way for other transgender inmates, but was released before surgery

(Newser) - Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, who is 51, murdered a man with a shotgun outside a bar in Orange County in 1987 and spent nearly 30 years in prison for it. But she wasn't Michelle-Lael Norsworthy at the time—she was born Jeffrey, and she says that being "overly male" and... More »

Woman Mistaken for Transgender Accosted in Bathroom

She'd donated her hair to child cancer patients

(Newser) - Aimee Toms says her story shows just how "amazingly ridiculous" the ongoing controversy over transgender bathroom use has become. The 22-year-old retail worker in Connecticut says she was harassed in a women's bathroom at Walmart on Friday by somebody who called her "disgusting" and told her she... More »

Being Transgender Will Soon No Longer Be a 'Disorder' in Denmark

The change goes into effect January 1

(Newser) - Having "run out of patience" with the World Health Organization, Denmark on Jan. 1, 2017, will become the first country to no longer define being transgender as a mental illness, the Independent reports. Currently, the WHO classifies being transgender as a mental or behavioral disorder. And, although the organization... More »

Obama Orders Schools to Open Up Trans Bathroom Access

There's no room in schools for discrimination, feds say

(Newser) - As far as the Obama administration is concerned, the fight over transgender bathroom access in public schools is over—and advocates for transgender rights won. The administration has issued a directive telling every public school in the country that transgender students must be allowed access to the restroom or locker... More »

Caitlyn Jenner 'De-Transitioning' Story 'Idiotic': Rep

Jenner's rep quickly shoots down story of 'sex change regret'

(Newser) - Caitlyn Jenner's rep has quickly shot down a rumor that she was experiencing "sex change regret" and considering a "de-transition" from female to male. Ian Halperin, the author of a new book about the Kardashians (that, it's worth noting, has 2.5 stars on Amazon), had... More »

Feds Step Up Fight Against NC 'Bathroom Law'

The state is being sued under the Civil Rights Act

(Newser) - The Obama administration laid down the gauntlet over North Carolina's "bathroom law" on Monday, filing a civil rights lawsuit hours after the state filed its own lawsuit against federal efforts to quash the law. The federal lawsuit calls House Bill 2—which blocks local anti-discrimination measures, as well... More »

North Carolina Sues Feds, Vows to Keep Bathroom Law

Governor files lawsuit Monday against Justice Department

(Newser) - North Carolina's governor is digging in over the state's controversial "bathroom law." Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday he will go to court to defend the law, which limits protections for LGBT people, reports the AP . The Justice Department ruled last week that the law violated the... More »

It's Deadline Day for NC Response on Bathroom Law

DOJ had warned Gov. McCrory to come up with a way to 'remedy the situation'

(Newser) - Monday's the day that the Justice Department has demanded to hear back from North Carolina on whether the state is going to enforce its contentious public restroom law , Reuters reports. The feds had warned the state via a trio of letters last week that the law—which requires transgender... More »

'Shooter' at Target Just Unarmed Guy Protesting Store's Bathroom Policy

Police aren't sure why a shooting was reported

(Newser) - Police were called about an "active shooter" at a Bradley, Ill., Target Monday, but when they arrived, all they found was a man freaking out about the retail chain's decision to allow transgender people to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity . Michael L. Merichko, 39, was... More »

Guy Follows Woman Into Bathroom Thinking She's a Guy

Jessica Rush was scared. Then she got mad

(Newser) - Jessica Rush was scared to see a man following her into a Texas hospital bathroom last Thursday. That's when she confronted him—and learned he thought she was a he, NBC Dallas/Forth Worth reports. "You didn't look like a girl when I saw you enter, I thought... More »

Trump: Transgender People Should Use Bathroom They're Comfortable With

He says North Carolina's 'bathroom bill' was a mistake

(Newser) - Donald Trump broke with many of his fellow Republicans on Thursday, saying transgender people should be able to “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate," the New York Times reports. The Republican frontrunner was addressing North Carolina's controversial—many would say discriminatory—"bathroom bill" during a... More »

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