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School Canceled After Transgender 12-Year-Old Is Threatened

Uproar ensued after girl used girls' restroom instead of staff restroom

(Newser) - Classes were canceled Monday and Tuesday in a small Oklahoma school district after a 12-year-old transgender student was threatened online. It was the girl's first day of classes at the middle school in Achille, Okla., last Wednesday and she used the girls' bathroom. At her elementary school, she had... More »

Another Fight for Transgender Community: 'Deadnaming'

It's when police refer to trans crime victims by their birth name and gender

(Newser) - A ProPublica story shines a light on what might be a new term for many: deadnaming. It refers to a practice abhorred in the transgender community: when somebody refers to a trans person by the name—and thus, the gender—they no longer use. The story by Lucas Waldron and... More »

He Wanted a New Car. Insurance Was Steep. He Had a Plan.

Canadian driver applied for gender status change on paperwork to cut his premium rates

(Newser) - "I'm a man, 100%. Legally, I'm a woman," a Canadian man boasts to the CBC in explaining how he "beat the system" to save $900 a year on his car insurance. How "David" of Alberta (who requested anonymity) did it: He got a doctor'... More »

Scarlett Johansson Exits Movie After Backlash

The actress was supposed to play a trans man in 'Rub & Tug'

(Newser) - Scarlett Johansson has reportedly exited an upcoming film project after backlash over her casting as a trans man. The actress was immediately hit with a barrage of criticism after taking the role of massage parlor owner Dante "Tex" Gill in the film Rub & Tug by the transgender community... More »

Scarlett Johansson's Latest Role Has Activists Fuming

And she's firing back, too

(Newser) - Scarlett, meet tweetstorm—again. Scarlett Johansson is under fire for accepting a trans male role in the upcoming film Rub & Tug only a year after playing a character that perhaps belonged to an Asian actor, Deadline reports. Johansson released a statement defending her decision to play the trans character,... More »

Cynthia Nixon Has Big News About Her Son

New York gubernatorial candidate posts photo of herself with son Samuel

(Newser) - Actress and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has announced that her oldest child has come out as transgender, the AP reports. The former Sex and the City star posted the announcement on her Instagram account on Friday to mark the 14th annual Trans Day of Action. Her 21-year-old son... More »

Judge Sides With Transgender Teen in School Bathroom Case

Gavin Grimm wins after long legal battle

(Newser) - A federal judge in Virginia has sided with a transgender teen who claims a school board's bathroom policies discriminated against him, the AP reports. US District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen on Tuesday declined the Gloucester County School Board's request to dismiss the case. Allen found that federal... More »

Anchorage Is First City to Reject Bathroom Bill

In victory for transgender rights, voters opt not to repeal anti-discrimination measure

(Newser) - Voters in Alaska's largest city are on track to become the first in the US to defeat a so-called bathroom bill that would require people use public bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender at birth. The referendum asked Anchorage's voters to repeal an ordinance passed in... More »

Trump Bans Transgender Troops From Serving

But gives the Pentagon leeway to bend rule

(Newser) - President Donald Trump is issuing an order to ban transgender people from serving in the military except under "limited circumstances," following up on his calls to ban transgender individuals from serving, the AP reports. The White House says retaining troops with a history or diagnosis of "gender... More »

Transgender Actress on Oscar First: 'Thank You for This Moment'

Daniela Vega is award show's first openly transgender presenter

(Newser) - Chile's A Fantastic Woman won best foreign language film at the Oscars Sunday night, and its star, Daniela Vega, made her own mark on the Dolby Theatre stage. Per the New York Daily News , the 28-year-old actress became the first transgender presenter at the Oscars, introducing Sufjan Stevens and... More »

In 1st Documented Case, Trans Woman Breastfeeds

It's 'a very big deal,' says one doctor

(Newser) - Though online forums suggest she's not the first to manage the feat, doctors are celebrating the case of a breastfeeding transgender woman, the first to be recorded in medical literature. The 30-year-old went to doctors at New York's Mount Sinai hospital with the intention of breastfeeding when her... More »

Mocking GOP Campaign Ad Doesn't Go Over Well in Illinois

Jeanne Ives' ad blasted as not reflective of 'who we are as Party of Lincoln'

(Newser) - On March 20, Illinois state Rep. Jeanne Ives will challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the GOP primary for his seat, but the most highly charged night in the race may not be that one. Ives is under fire for a campaign ad , one that the state's GOP chair says... More »

Report: HHS to Offer 'Conscience Protections' for Medical Staff

Official announcement expected Thursday on agency's new moral and 'religious liberty' rules

(Newser) - A planned Health and Human Services initiative would offer "conscience protections" for medical workers, and women's and LGBT rights advocates are teaming up with doctors' groups to push back against it before it's even announced. It appears a new civil rights division within the HHS would offer... More »

City Closes Shop Selling Alleged Transgender Dolls

Paraguay's Ciudad del Este says it's 'pro-life and family'

(Newser) - Authorities in the Paraguayan border town of Ciudad del Este have temporarily closed a shop accused of selling transgender dolls, the AP reports. Mayor Sandra McLeon justified Tuesday's closure by noting that the city, most widely known as a smuggling and counterfeiting haven, last year declared itself "pro-life... More »

US Appeals Court Denies Stay of Transgender Military Ban

Another setback for Trump administration effort

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has ruled against the Trump administration in its effort to put on hold a requirement that it allow transgender people to enlist in the military starting on Jan. 1, setting up an appeal to the Supreme Court. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals... More »

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 »

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