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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 »

Transgender Parent Fights to Keep Gender Off Baby's ID

Canadian doesn't want 'incorrect assumptions' made

(Newser) - Kori Doty wants to be referred to with the pronoun "they" instead of "he" or "she"—and they want the same thing for their baby. Doty, a transgender parent in Canada, has been fighting to keep gender off the birth certificate for Searyl Atli, the baby... More »

Pentagon Delays Move on Transgender Recruits

Defense chief Mattis postpones acceptance of them for another 6 months

(Newser) - The military isn't quite ready to recruit transgender troops. A new policy allowing the Pentagon to do so was supposed to begin on July 1, but defense chief Jim Mattis said Friday night that it would be delayed six months, reports USA Today . A Pentagon statement said Mattis had... More »

Oregon Driver's Licenses to Undergo a Novel Change

'X,' or non-specified, is now a gender option

(Newser) - Jamie Shupe expects to stand out front of an Oregon DMV early next month and cry. And not for the reasons you'd expect. Shupe intends to be one of the first to take advantage of what is a first for America: a change to Oregon's driver's licenses... More »

Texas Bathroom Bill Could Expose Transgender Kids

School districts that have been keeping secrets could be forced to expose children

(Newser) - Each morning, Joanna Smith's 7-year-old son pulls on a T-shirt and shorts, boasts how fast he can tie his sneakers, and heads to school. An honor-roll student who loves science and spelling, he often stays after class to run on the playground with his large group of friends. But... More »

Campus Flap Emerges Over Lou Reed's Iconic Song

Student group says 'Walk on the Wild Side' is offensive to trans people

(Newser) - Lou Reed's seminal 1972 hit "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" is stirring up a little controversy on the campus of a Canadian college. As the Media Research Center reports, the student association at Guelph University apologized online because it included the song in a public playlist.... More »

At One Private School, Boys Could Soon Wear Skirts

London school is considering gender-neutral uniforms

(Newser) - Last year, a group of boys in the UK made headlines when they wore skirts to school after they were disciplined for wearing shorts on a very hot day. Now the private Highgate School in north London is considering a plan that would allow boys to do just that, reports... More »

This Is 1st Transgender Hate Crime Murder Conviction

Man gets 49 years in murder of ex

(Newser) - A Mississippi man received a 49-year prison sentence Monday for the first-ever conviction on federal hate crime charges arising from the killing of a transgender woman, the AP reports. In a case watched by the LGBT community nationwide, US District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Joshua Vallum, 29, in the... More »

Survivor Contestant Outs Trans Rival, Swiftly Pays Price

Zeke Smith speaks out on 'malicious' move

(Newser) - "I was maliciously outed by a former local network news anchor. What a summer!" That's how Zeke Smith sums up his adventure on Survivor: Game Changers, which turned out to be a bit more eventful than Smith's first appearance on the reality show last season. As... More »

North Carolina Officially Rolls Back 'Bathroom Bill'

It's not clear whether the move will satisfy opponents, though

(Newser) - North Carolina rolled back its "bathroom bill" Thursday in a bid to end the yearlong backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state dearly in business projects, conventions, and basketball tournaments. The compromise plan, announced Wednesday night by the state's Democratic governor and leaders of the Republican-controlled... More »

Student Sues High School Over Transgender-Friendly Policy

He says it's sexual harassment and a violation of his privacy

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania high school student is suing his school district, saying its transgender-friendly policy constitutes sexual harassment and a violation of privacy, the AP reports. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday with the Eastern District of Pennsylvania federal court, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group representing the student. More »

Supreme Court Won't Hear Transgender Teen's Case

It sends it back to a lower court

(Newser) - A big showdown in the Supreme Court over transgender rights just got pushed off the docket. The court instead has handed a transgender teen's high-profile case back to a lower court, reports the AP . The justices said Monday they have opted not to decide whether a federal anti-discrimination law... More »

Transgender Teen's Wrestling Win Courts Controversy

Critics say Texas' Mack Beggs shouldn't have competed against girls—a fact he agrees with

(Newser) - The outcry started building after Mack Beggs started winning match after match in Texas' high school wrestling tournament—and once the 17-year-old from Trinity High School in Euless clinched the championship Saturday, the controversy reached its peak. NBC News reports that the junior won to "cheers and jeers,"... More »

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