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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 »

S. Dakota Passes Bathroom Rule for Transgender Kids

Ban on kids from bathrooms of gender they identify with awaits governor's signature

(Newser) - South Dakota may become the first state to ban transgender students from the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify. A bill that would allow only students of the same biological sex in certain areas, including shower facilities, passed the state Senate Tuesday with a 20-15... More »

IOC Loosens Guidelines on Transgender Athletes

Surgery will no longer be required

(Newser) - Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the International Olympic Committee. IOC medical officials say they changed the policy to adapt to current scientific, social, and legal attitudes on transgender issues. The... More »

Boston Choir a Safe Haven for Transgender Singers

Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus helps members transition their voices

(Newser) - In the world of vocal groups, where singers are separated along bold gender lines with little room for gray, the Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus stands out. Founded last year in Boston, it's one of the country's first choirs reserved for transgender singers. In recent months, the chorus has... More »

US Marine Guilty of Killing Transgender Filipino

Joseph Scott Pemberton gets 6 to 12 years in prison for death of Jennifer Laude

(Newser) - A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a US Marine of killing a Filipino last year after he discovered she was a transgender woman in a hotel they had checked into while he was on a leave in the Philippines. Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of homicide by first... More »

A Decade Into Sex Change, a Surprise Pregnancy

Kayden Coleman's bloated stomach was actually a sign he was pregnant

(Newser) - In 2013, about a year after they started dating, Kayden and Elijah Coleman of Philadelphia found themselves rushing to tie the knot. Kayden, who was born female but was at that point a decade into gender reassignment therapy, had stopped taking hormones for six weeks to undergo a double mastectomy,... More »

California Has Its First Transgender Cheerleader

Anry Fuentes makes history

(Newser) - Anry Fuentes seems to be finding more acceptance on her cheerleading squad than she did at home. At 18, Anry has made history by becoming the only transgender cheerleader in California and one of very few across the nation, the Daily Beast reports. "People are scared of what they... More »

Feds Rule in Transgender Locker Room Dispute

Illinois school district has 30 days to comply

(Newser) - A Chicago-area high school district that wouldn't let a transgender student use the girls locker room violated her civil rights and federal law, according to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. The department has told Township High School District 211 that it has 30 days to... More »

Trans Waitress Inspired by 'Stellar' Act of Parenting

Liv Hnilicka relates the exchange on Facebook

(Newser) - We've all seen it. A child stops and stares or points at someone who is somehow different from what they would expect. Often the parent will shush any questions and look embarrassed. But as far as Liv Hnilicka is concerned, one parent recently handled one of these moments with... More »

TSA Flags Transgender Flier for Groin 'Anomaly'

'That's my penis,' she told agents

(Newser) - Shadi Petosky says she was treated shabbily by TSA agents who didn't seem to be trained in how to deal with a transgender woman. She tells NBC News that she went through a full-body scanner at Orlando International Airport on Monday and was stopped after agents detected what they... More »

Woman, 48, Finally Granted Sex Surgery Parents Fought

'I'm so happy,' Christine Kitzler said after ruling in Pa.

(Newser) - A judge cleared the way for a 48-year-old transgender woman to undergo gender-reassignment surgery yesterday, rejecting her parents' effort to block the operation because they say she's mentally incompetent. Christine Kitzler, testifying at an emergency hearing, showed a clear understanding of the three-hour procedure and its risks, Judge C.... More »

Kim Davis Unwittingly Issued Transgender Marriage License

Camryn Colen and his wife Alexis married in Kentucky in February

(Newser) - Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses since the US Supreme Court legalized the unions in June, unwittingly issued a marriage license to a transgender man and his girlfriend in February. Camryn Colen, a pizza deliveryman in rural Kentucky who was born Cathy and... More »

White House Has Its First Transgender Official

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan will serve as outreach and recruitment director

(Newser) - When Raffi Freedman-Gurspan started her new job as outreach and recruitment director for the Presidential Personnel Office today, she became the first openly transgender person to serve on the White House staff, the Advocate reports. Freedman-Gurspan served as a policy adviser at the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Obama... More »

Nepal's New Passport Gender Option: O

M and F are no longer the only choices

(Newser) - For a brief moment at least, Monica Shahi has a passport unlike anyone else's in all of Nepal: one that lists Shahi's gender as "O." Shahi today became the country's first citizen to receive a passport that doesn't designate Shahi's sex as male... More »

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