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In the UK, It's a 'Big, Big Moment' for Soccer

Blackpool's Jake Daniels, 17, is first professional male player to come out as gay in decades

(Newser) - British soccer player Jake Daniels capped a successful season for Blackpool Football Club's youth team by making his debut on the main team—and by becoming the country's first professional men's soccer player to come out as gay in decades. The 17-year-old, who scored 30 goals for...

Suspect in Attack on Chappelle Won't Face Felony Charges

Isaiah Lee could still be charged with misdemeanors

(Newser) - Update: The man arrested in the onstage attack on comedian Dave Chappelle won't be charged with any felonies, the Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday. Prosecutors came to the conclusion that criminal conduct occurred but not felony conduct, CBS News reports. The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office will...

Survey of LGBTQ Youth Has Big Suicide Finding

45% of them seriously considered it in 2021, Trevor Project says

(Newser) - A shocking proportion of young LGBTQ people seriously considered suicide last year, according to a new survey from the Trevor Project . The mental health nonprofit says rates of suicidal ideation have risen for the third year in a row and 45% of LGBTQ youth considered suicide in 2021. The figure...

'Sorely Needed' Study Weighs In on Early Transgender Identity

Those who begin IDing as transgender at young age tend to keep that identity, research finds

(Newser) - Children who begin identifying as transgender at a young age tend to retain that identity at least for several years, a study published Wednesday suggests. The research involved 317 youngsters who were 3 to 12 years old when they were recruited to the study. Five years later, at the study'...

She Transitioned at 19. Now: 'I Wasn't Old Enough' for That Choice

Corinna Cohn on what 'I wish I had known' before gender affirmation surgery

(Newser) - Corinna Cohn underwent gender-confirmation surgery as a virgin at age 19. Now "closer to 50," the officer with the Gender Care Consumer Advocacy Network has some regrets, as she writes in a Washington Post op-ed urging caution to those considering a similar path. There are things "I...

'Cruel Act of Violence' Against LGBTQ Bar in NYC

NYPD: Suspect walked into Brooklyn's Rash Bar, set it ablaze, then fled; 2 injured

(Newser) - A popular LGBTQ bar in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood is closed for the indefinite future after what the NYPD says was an act of arson over the weekend, but the owners promise to reopen as soon as they can. "It's so hard to believe and process," Rash...

April 11 Will Be a Big Day for Transgender Americans

State Department sets date for widespread introduction of gender-neutral passports

(Newser) - In what State Department special envoy for LGBTQ rights Jessica Stern calls a "momentous step," Americans will be able to select "X" as their gender on passport applications starting April 11. Stern says adding the gender-neutral option moves the US toward "ensuring that our administrative systems...

Musk's Response to Grimes Dating Rumor Leans Transphobic

Tesla CEO posted a bizarre meme; he also changed his name to 'Elona Musk' on Twitter

(Newser) - Whether or not Grimes is actually dating military whistleblower Chelsea Manning is still up in the air, but it looks like her ex isn't happy about the rumor—and he's expressing it in an eyebrow-raising way. After the whispers about Grimes and Manning, a transgender woman, started circulating...

GOP Governor to Transgender Athletes: 'It's Gonna Be OK'

Utah's Spencer Cox says he'll veto bill to ban transgender student athletes in girls sports

(Newser) - Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said that he plans to veto legislation passed Friday that would ban transgender student-athletes from competing in girls sports. Without his support, Utah is unlikely to join the 11 states, all Republican-led, that have recently enacted bans on transgender girls wanting to compete in school sports...

Another GOP Governor Targets Transgender Athletes

Iowa's Kim Reynolds bars them from girls sports as a 'fairness issue'; LGBTQ activists push back

(Newser) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds calls new legislation she signed Thursday that bars transgender athletes from taking part in girls and women's sports a "fairness issue"—an assertion that LGBTQ advocates disagree with, and one that legal experts say will likely end up in court. House File 2416...

White House Slams 'Dangerous' Move by Texas Governor

Greg Abbott wants gender-transitioning procedures investigated as child abuse

(Newser) - Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday ordered Texas' child welfare agency to investigate reports of "gender-transitioning procedures" as child abuse, in a move LGBTQ advocates say will strip transgender children of their rights. Legislation to classify gender-affirming medical care as child abuse passed the state Senate but failed to pass...

SCOTUS Takes Case of Christian Website Designer

Lorie Smith says she won't design wedding websites for same-sex couples

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new clash involving religion and the rights of LGBTQ people in the case of a Colorado web designer who says her religious beliefs prevent her from offering wedding website designs to gay couples. The high court said Tuesday it would hear the...

One-Fifth of Gen Z Adults in America Say They're LGBTQ

A record 7.1% of US adults overall identify as such, per latest Gallup poll

(Newser) - When Gallup took its first survey to gauge how many Americans identified as LGBTQ back in 2012, just 3.5% of US adults put themselves in the category of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, the options offered then in the poll. In just a decade, that percentage has doubled—...

Ross' Wife Is Gay? China's Censors Won't Hear of It

Fans of 'Friends' cry foul after detail is cut from episode

(Newser) - China's censors are back in the news , this time over an episode of Friends. When Ross explains to his parents that his wife has left him, the part in which he explains why—she's lesbian and has found a female partner—was cut from a recently aired rerun,...

In Off-the-Cuff Comments, Pope Speaks of Gay Kids

Francis tells parents to accompany, not condemn, gay children

(Newser) - Pope Francis urged parents on Wednesday not to condemn their children if they're gay, in his latest gesture of outreach to the LGBTQ community, which has long been marginalized by the Catholic hierarchy. Francis spoke off the cuff during his weekly Wednesday general audience dedicated to the figure of...

Patton Oswalt's Message on Dave Chappelle Backfires

Comedian insists he's an 'LGBTQ ally' after post about his longtime friendship with Chappelle

(Newser) - The comedy business can be a somewhat insular one, where everybody knows everybody and ties stretch back decades. So it's not surprising that comedian Patton Oswalt has known Dave Chappelle for more than three decades, and his New Year's Eve post on that topic is now drawing heat....

She Broke a Bunch of Swim Records, Now Faces Transphobia

Controversy swirls over U of Penn's Lia Thomas, who moved to women's team after transitioning

(Newser) - The debate on trans athletes participating in college sports has just been kicked up a notch after a University of Pennsylvania swimmer broke three school records and two national ones over the past month. LGBTQ advocates say the ensuing controversy has veered into transphobic waters. NBC News reports on the...

Conversion Therapy Bill in Canada Gets a Unanimous Vote

Controversial practice that tries to change a person's sexual orientation, identity is now banned

(Newser) - Conversion therapy is officially outlawed in Canada. A bill making it a criminal offense to provide, promote, advertise, or profit from conversion therapy—used in an effort to change a person's sexual orientation or identity—unanimously passed the Senate "with little debate and no committee study" on Tuesday,...

'X' Marks US Passport in a Big First
'X' Marks
US Passport
in a Big First

'X' Marks US Passport in a Big First

United States has issued one with 'X' gender designation instead of 'male' or 'female'

(Newser) - The US has issued its first passport with an "X" gender designation—a milestone in the recognition of the rights of people who don't identify as male or female—and expects to be able to offer the option more broadly next year, the State Department said Wednesday. The...

Netflix Co-CEO on Chappelle Controversy: 'I Screwed Up'

Ted Sarandos says his defense of comedy special lacked humanity

(Newser) - A trans Netflix employee who was among the first to speak out about the $24.1 million Dave Chappelle comedy special The Closer directs her criticism toward Netflix's defense of the show in an essay published Monday. "When a company like Netflix says something like, 'We do...

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