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Transgender Recruits Can Enlist, Over Trump Opposition

Pentagon decision goes against wishes of the White House

(Newser) - The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Trump's opposition . The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand to ban transgender individuals from... More »

2nd Harassment Claim May Doom Tambor's Role on Transparent

Transgender actress Trace Lysette complains to Amazon studio

(Newser) - Jeffrey Tambor's future as the star of Transparent is getting shakier as Amazon studio officials look into a second claim of sexual harassment against him. In the latest case, transgender actress Trace Lysette accuses Tambor, who plays a transgender woman in the series, of lewd remarks and sexually suggestive... More »

Trans Woman Unseats Guy Who Sponsored Va. Bathroom Bill

Danica Roem will be first openly trans state lawmaker

(Newser) - A transgender woman unseated one of Virginia's longest serving and most socially conservative lawmakers Tuesday and is set to make history as the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature. Democrat Danica Roem, an experienced newspaper reporter, beat Republican Del. Bob Marshall in Tuesday's... More »

Federal Court Bars Trump's Transgender Troop Policy

A DC federal judge says transgender troops would likely win their case against the administration

(Newser) - A federal court in Washington is barring President Trump from changing the government's policy on military service by transgender people, the AP reports. Trump announced in an August memo that he intended to reverse course on a 2016 policy that allowed troops to serve openly as transgender individuals. He... More »

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 »

He Was Set to Be Valedictorian. Then His School Booted Him

Transgender student says he was told by Christian school not to come on campus

(Newser) - A high school senior says the private Christian school in New Hampshire that he'd attended since kindergarten told him he was no longer welcome because of his gender identity and suggested he get counseling, the AP reports. Stiles Zuschlag, of Lebanon, Maine, tells Seacoast Media Group he'd excelled... More »

Murder of Transgender Teen Not a Hate Crime: Cops

Advocates disagree; Ally Lee Steinfeld was found stabbed in the genitals with her eyes gouged out

(Newser) - Questions are swirling around the grisly murder of a transgender teenager in Missouri who was found stabbed last week in the genitals with her eyes gouged out. Authorities in rural Houston say the killing of Ally Lee Steinfeld, who was born Joseph Matthew Steinfeld Jr., wasn't a hate crime,... 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 »

Pentagon Panel to Consider Trump's Transgender Ban

Experts to weigh fate of transgender service members currently serving

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is assembling a panel of experts to discuss the matter of openly transgender individuals already serving in the US military, the AP reports. President Trump last Friday directed the Pentagon to extend indefinitely a ban on transgender individuals joining the military, but he gave Mattis the... More »

Trump Gives Mattis Leeway on Current Transgender Troops

President extends enlistment ban, but leaves wiggle room for those now serving

(Newser) - President Trump on Friday directed the Pentagon to extend indefinitely a ban on transgender individuals joining the military, but he appeared to leave open the possibility of allowing some already in uniform to remain. Trump gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis authority to decide the matter of openly transgender individuals already... 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 »

Camp for Transgender Kids as Young as 4 Is Growing

Rainbow Day Camp is one of the only camps in the world for kids so young

(Newser) - In some ways, Rainbow Day Camp is very ordinary. Kids arrive with a packed lunch, make friendship bracelets, play basketball, sing songs, and get silly. But it is also unique, from the moment campers arrive each morning. At check-in each day, campers make a nametag with their pronoun of choice.... More »

Top Military Officer Speaks on Transgender Ban

Gen. Joseph Dunford says no changes will be made to policy until Trump gives 'direction'

(Newser) - The US military will continue to permit transgender individuals to serve openly until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has received President Donald Trump's "direction" to change the policy and figured out how to implement it, America's top military officer said Thursday. In a memo to all military service... 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 »

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