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Film Studio: 'Sorry for the Pain' of Laverne Cox Dubbing Flap

Universal hired male actor for Italian version of 'Promising Young Woman'

(Newser) - In the Oscar-winning film Promising Young Woman, Laverne Cox plays the role of Gail, the best friend and boss of Cassie, the protagonist. But the Italian version of the movie has now spurred a dubbing controversy, as the voice of the transgender actor has been replaced with that of a...

Jenner: No 'Biological Boys' in Girls' School Sports

Olympic medalist and would-be governor voices unpopular opinion in trans community

(Newser) - Caitlyn Jenner’s first public political statement since filing paperwork to run for governor of California was a controversial one. The former Olympic medalist and reality star told TMZ she doesn’t think transgender girls—whom she referred to as “biological boys”—should be able to participate in...

Elliot Page After Surgery: No More Feeling 'Panicked'

Trans actor opens up to Oprah Winfrey, 'Vanity Fair'

(Newser) - The 34-year-old actor Elliot Page says he finally feels comfortable in his body "for probably the first time." He sits down with Oprah Winfrey for an episode of Apple TV+'s The Oprah Conversation, to air in full on Friday. In a clip shared with E! News , the...

Another State Has Just Banned Transgender Athletes

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs bill barring transgender students in K-12 from playing sports

(Newser) - A bill banning transgender students from taking part in K-12 sports swept through the Alabama House and Senate, and now it's got the governor's signature on it. The AP reports that Kay Ivey signed HB 391 on Friday, legislation that states "athletic events allowing competition by one...

Cops Say Murders of 2 Trans Women Appear Connected

Alleged sex workers were killed in NC hotel rooms

(Newser) - Police in North Carolina have urged LGBTQ sex workers to be "hyper cautious" after two disturbingly similar murders in the space of 11 days. Police say the victims shot to death in Charlotte hotel rooms on April 4 and April 15 were both transgender women and sex workers, the...

Arkansas Lawmakers Override Governor on Transgender Law

New law bans treatments for trans youth

(Newser) - Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday made the state the first to ban gender confirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth, enacting the prohibition over the governor's objections. The Republican-controlled House and Senate voted to override GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson's veto of the measure , which prohibits doctors from providing gender...

Arkansas' GOP Governor Vetoes Anti-Transgender Bill

Asa Hutchinson describes bill as a 'product of the cultural war in America'

(Newser) - The Republican governor of Arkansas called for "tolerance and diversity" Monday after vetoing a bill that would have banned gender-affirming treatment for transgender youth. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, whose veto may be overridden by the state legislature, described HB 1570 as "extreme" and urged lawmakers to take a "...

SD Governor Issues 'Temporary Fix' on Transgender Sports Issue

Kristi Noem signs 2 executive orders banning transgender girls playing at high school, college levels

(Newser) - South Dakota's governor rolled out a "temporary fix" to what she deems unfairness in sports Monday night, issuing two executive orders that ban transgender girls and women from playing in sports designated for girls. Per the Argus Leader , Kristi Noem had at first vetoed a measure that would'...

Transgender Student to Get $300K After Locker Room Ban

Minnesota student said ban led to bullying, threats

(Newser) - Minnesota's largest school district will pay $300,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit with a transgender student who was barred from using the boys' locker room, school officials and supporters of the student said Tuesday. The Anoka-Hennepin School District also agreed to make several policy changes, including a rule...

Dad's Plea on Behalf of Trans Daughter Goes Viral

He says she went from miserable to happy after he stopped trying to 'silence her spirit'

(Newser) - Missouri dad Brandon Boulware told lawmakers this month that he understands if they don't "get" transgender issues, because he didn't for years—despite having a "wonderful and beautiful transgender daughter." He said that for years, he refused to let her wear "girl clothes" or...

Amazon Tells GOP Senators Why It Stopped Selling Book

GOP senators demanded answers on 'When Harry Became Sally' ban

(Newser) - Amazon has responded to Republican lawmakers who demanded to know why it had stopped selling When Harry Became Sally, a controversial book on transgender issues. In a letter to four Republican senators, the company said the book, which came out in 2018, was recently removed because "we have chosen...

Army Booted Her for Being Transgender. Now She's Dead

South Korea's Byun Hui-su had been fighting to get reinstated

(Newser) - She was declared unfit to serve in her country's army after having sex reassignment surgery, the first active-duty soldier to have such a procedure. Now, Byun Hui-su is dead, her body found Wednesday at her residence in Cheongju, South Korea, per the Yonhap News Agency . Emergency responders found the...

Greene Mocks Colleague's Trans Flag With 'Gender' Sign

Congresswoman goes after House neighbor Marie Newman, whose daughter is transgender

(Newser) - Rep. Marie Newman, a freshman Democratic congresswoman from Illinois, has been going to bat to get an LGBTQ rights bill known as the Equality Act passed. Newman has shared that her daughter, "the strongest, bravest person I know," identifies as transgender. So Newman wasn't pleased when Georgia...

Biden Repeals Trump's Transgender Rule at Pentagon

President reverses ban, allows trans recruits to enlist

(Newser) - President Obama allowed transgender troops to serve in the military, President Trump reversed that decision , and now President Biden has brought us back full circle. Biden on Monday fulfilled a campaign pledge by once again allowing openly transgender troops to enlist, reports Politico . He directed new defense chief Lloyd Austin...

Biden's Pick for Big HHS Role a Historic First

Rachel Levine may be first openly transgender federal official to get confirmed by Senate

(Newser) - Xavier Becerra has a new No. 2 at Health and Human Services. The AP reports that President-elect Joe Biden has picked Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania's current health secretary, to serve as his assistant health secretary under Becerra, who has been nominated by Biden to be the nation's top...

Elliot Page Thanks Fans for 'Greatest Gift'

Juno star grateful for outpouring of support since coming out as trans

(Newser) - Elliot Page is thanking his fans for their outpouring of support since he came out as transgender earlier this month. "From the bottom of my heart, thank you," the Juno and Umbrella Academy star wrote in an Instagram post , sharing a selfie. "Your love and support has...

Juno Star: 'I Am Trans, My Name Is Elliot'

Elliot Page was formerly known as Ellen Page

(Newser) - The Academy Award-nominated star of Juno came out as transgender in an Instagram post Tuesday, the CBC reports. "I wanted to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they, and my name is Elliot," wrote 33-year-old Canadian actor Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page....

John Cleese: 'I'm Not That Interested in Trans Folks'

Critics accuse Monty Python star of transphobia

(Newser) - John Cleese is being accused of transphobia after doubling down on his support for JK Rowling. The British actor, who played Nearly Headless Nick in the first two Harry Potter movies, tweeted "I'm not that interested in trans folks," Sunday when asked about Rowling's controversial stance...

Company Apologizes for Firing Transgender Employee in 1968

Computer engineer, 82, honored during IBM meeting

(Newser) - A half-century after she was fired when IBM's chief executive learned she was transgender, Lynn Conway was called to an online meeting. Company employees—including transgender staff members—watched last month as executives apologized to Conway for the way she was treated in 1968, the New York Times reports....

US Has Its First Transgender State Senator
For First Time, a
Transgender State Senator
election 2020

For First Time, a Transgender State Senator

Sarah McBride wins in Delaware

(Newser) - For the first time in US history, a state has elected a transgender state senator. Democrat Sarah McBride, who also made history as the first transgender person to speak at a major party convention , won in her heavily Democratic Delaware district, as had been expected. Politico reports that makes her...

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