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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 »

Russia Bans Drivers With 'Sex Disorders'

Rights group slams new 'road safety' law

(Newser) - Russia is a dangerous place to drive, and authorities there seem to believe that getting transgender people off the roads will somehow make them safer. A new law tightens medical controls for drivers, and transgender people are among those classified with "disorders," meaning they can be refused driver'... More »

'My Death Needs to Mean Something': Trans Teen

17-year-old hit by truck early Sunday morning

(Newser) - Ohio transgender teen Leelah Alcorn scheduled two posts to go live on Tumblr the day of her death. Then the 17-year-old, who was born Josh Alcorn, walked 4 miles early Sunday morning to Interstate 71 near her middle-class King Mills neighborhood an hour southwest of Columbus. She was struck by... More »

School Bans Transgender Boy From Men's Room

Kids in Virginia district must use restrooms of 'corresponding biological genders'

(Newser) - "When I returned to school, it was under a new name with new pronouns," says transgender student Gavin Grimm, 15. "Easy as pie." And while he says his peers at Virginia's Gloucester High School "were open-minded, open-armed" about his decision to return as a... More »

Mom Backs Teen's Sex Change in a Very Public Way

In a retracted birth announcement she writes, 'We were mistaken. Oops!'

(Newser) - When 19-year-old Australian teenager Elizabeth Anne Bogert announced that he identifies as male instead of female, his mother Yolanda took out a classified ad in the Brisbane Courier Mail retracting her son's original birth announcement. She wrote: "In 1995 we announced the arrival of our sprogget, Elizabeth Anne,... More »

90K Sign Petition: Please Cancel Duggars' Show

Says '19 Kids and Counting' family promotes 'LGBT fear mongering'

(Newser) - The Duggar family of 19 Kids and Counting fame has something else to count: the growing number of signatures on a petition asking TLC to give their show, now in its ninth season, the ax. The Change.org petition, titled "End LGBTQ fear mongering by the Duggars," has... More »

Australia Rattled by Highly Gruesome Murder-Suicide

Chef reportedly murdered transgender mate, cooked her, then committed suicide

(Newser) - Residents of a suburban apartment complex in Brisbane, Australia, had recently complained of the foul smell of "rotting meat" or "dog food" emanating throughout the building, but no one suspected what was apparently causing the odor: the boiling remains of a woman reportedly murdered by her chef lover.... More »

Teen Sues to Retake DMV Photo With Makeup

Chase Culpepper wears makeup and women's clothing

(Newser) - A 16-year-old in South Carolina wants a driver's license photo redo—but not to look better. Chase Culpepper, who describes himself as "gender nonconforming," says he wears makeup and women's clothing and jewelry every day, and that when he was forced to take off the makeup... More »

Woman Molested Child ... When She Was a Man

Susan Elizabeth Rye pleads guilty to 1990 crime

(Newser) - Susan Elizabeth Rye was writing a book when she was arrested in Utah in January—"a fictional book about incest and the sexual abuse of children," says the Duchesne County prosecutor. Fast forward to yesterday, when Rye, 61, pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual abuse for molesting... More »

School Won't Let Transgender Teen Attend as Girl

Rachel Pepe told she can only return as 'Brian'

(Newser) - Rachel Pepe's middle school says she can't come back to school this year—at least, not as Rachel Pepe. The 13-year-old was known as a boy last year at Thorne Middle School in Middletown, NJ, and went by Brian, the name she was given at birth. But now... More »

Androgynous Model Comes Out as Transgender

Andreja Pejic was formerly Andrej Pejic

(Newser) - The fomer Andrej Pejic—the gender-bending model who took the fashion world by storm in 2011—is now Andreja Pejic. Pejic came out as a transgender woman via stories on People , Entertainment Tonight , and Style , as noticed by Jezebel . The 22-year-old had sex reassignment surgery this year, and "I... More »

Obama to Sign Orders Protecting Gay Workers

(Newser) - President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations. Obama's action comes on the heels of the US Supreme Court's recent ruling in... More »

Army to Give Chelsea Manning Gender Treatment

Feds reject move to civilian prison

(Newser) - The private formerly known as Bradley Manning is about to become the first person ever given gender reassignment treatment by the US military. The federal Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army's request to transfer Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison , and defense officials say Manning will instead receive... More »

WHO: All Gay Men Should Take Antiretroviral Drugs

A pill could cut HIV risk in gay men by up to 25%: WHO

(Newser) - HIV infections are "exploding" among gay men, according to the World Health Organization. In fact, the infection rates are so bad, the organization—for the first time—"strongly recommends men who have sex with men consider taking antiretroviral medicines as an additional method of preventing HIV infection,"... More »

Media Still Have Much to Learn on Trans People

Jos Truitt: Please stop questioning their right to exist

(Newser) - A recent media brouhaha shows just how much mainstream outlets have to learn when it comes transgender people, writes Jos Truitt at the Guardian . The mess actually started on a positive note, when Time put transgender actress Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black on its cover. The piece... More »

Medicare Ruling Big Win for Transgender Rights

No longer can program automatically deny requests to cover surgery

(Newser) - Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled today in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for people who don't identify with their biological sex. Ruling in favor of 74-year-old transgender Army veteran Denee Mallon of Albuquerque,... More »

Radio Hosts Fired Over Transgender Jokes

Rochester deejays slammed city's new health policy

(Newser) - The city of Rochester, NY, has a new policy that extends health benefits to transgender employees and, not coincidentally, two job openings for morning radio deejays. The latter is because station 98.9 FM fired Kimberly Rae and Barry Beck after a series of jokes and criticisms about the new... More »

Next Stop for Chelsea Manning: Civilian Prison?

Pentagon weighs transgender inmate's request

(Newser) - Chelsea Manning won't be allowed out of the military until she finishes her 35-year sentence for passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, but she could be on her way to a civilian prison soon. The Pentagon is trying to transfer the soldier formerly known as Bradley to a federal prison... More »

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 »

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