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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 »

ESPN Cans Curt Schilling for 'Unacceptable' Facebook Post

He shared controversial thoughts on transgender issues

(Newser) - An "unacceptable" Facebook post about transgender bathroom laws was the final straw for ESPN, which fired Curt Schilling Wednesday. The former All-Star pitcher, who had worked at the network since 2010, shared a meme, which can be seen here , that showed an overweight man in tight, ripped women's... More »

Target: Use Restroom That Matches Your Gender Identity

Retailer takes a stand for 'inclusivity,' solidarity with transgender community

(Newser) - A "religious freedom" mandate in Mississippi and North Carolina's so-called "bathroom bill"—which dictates, among other things, that transgender people must use bathrooms aligned with their birth gender—has triggered big-name stars , TV and film production companies , and businesses to boycott. Now Target is taking a... More »

10-Minute In-Person Chat May Reduce Prejudice

'If you ask the right questions ...'

(Newser) - A new study published in the journal Science suggests that a quick, face-to-face conversation can put a dent in LGBT prejudice. Volunteers who went door to door—aka "deep canvassing," per the Atlantic —"substantially reduced transphobia," say the researchers. "We found that a single,... More »

A Kroger Bathroom Is the Unlikely Subject of Praise

Sign says a variety of people can benefit from an inclusive bathroom policy

(Newser) - A bathroom at a Kroger in Athens, Ga., is the unlikely subject of much attention since a customer posted a photo of its unisex bathroom notice to Facebook over the weekend. The sign reads, in part, that the store is opting for a unisex bathroom because "we have a... More »

NC Passes Bill to Stop Local Laws That Prohibit Discrimination

Bill says transgender people must use the restroom aligned with their birth gender

(Newser) - North Carolina legislators decided to rein in local governments by approving a bill Wednesday that prevents cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination rules, the AP reports. The legislation, if enacted, would deal a blow to the LGBT movement after success with protections in cities across the country. The... More »

Like Sibling, Matrix Director Says She's Transgender

Matrix co-director comes out on her own terms

(Newser) - The filmmaker once known as Andy Wachowski is now Lilly Wachowski—and she has come out as transgender because she wants to do so on her terms, not the Daily Mail's. In the Windy City Times , the 48-year-old co-director of the Matrix trilogy and other sci-fi hits says she... More »

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