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Unmarked Van Used in 'Incredibly Disturbing' NYC Arrest

Plainclothes officers forced protester into vehicle in tactic similar to that used by feds in Portland

(Newser) - An arrest that one city official called "incredibly disturbing" took place on the streets of New York City on Tuesday evening, drawing comparisons to detentions taking place in Portland, Ore., by federal agents who've loaded protesters into unmarked minivans. This time, however, the NYPD was involved, per the... More »

Valentina Sampaio Makes History

Valentina Sampaio is the first trans model to appear in SI's exclusive swimsuit edition

(Newser) - Valentina Sampaio has smashed yet another barrier. The 23-year-old beauty is now the first transgender model to appear in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, Vogue reports. "I was filled with so many emotions of happiness when I heard the news. The feeling was surreal," she tells People . "... More »

Halle Berry Ditches Trans Role After Outcry

Transgender actors should be able to tell their own stories, says actress

(Newser) - Over the weekend, Halle Berry mentioned in an Instagram Live interview that she was excited about a potential new role—playing a transgender man in an unspecified project. Now the 53-year-old actress is apologizing, reports CNN . "As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered... More »

Harry Potter Fan Sites Are Backing Away From JK Rowling

Leaky Cauldron, Mugglenet distance themselves over Rowling's trans views

(Newser) - Two of the biggest Harry Potter fan sites are backing far, far away from the Harry Potter creator thanks to JK Rowling's views on trans people. The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet both announced Thursday they won't use the author's photo or link to her website, and they... More »

Trump Administration Nixes Transgender Health Protections

New rule wouldn't protect against sex discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation

(Newser) - In a move applauded by President Trump's conservative religious base, his administration on Friday finalized a rule that overturns Obama-era protections for transgender people against sex discrimination in health care. The Department of Health and Human Services says it will enforce sex discrimination protections "according to the plain... More »

Rowling Reveals Sexual Assault as She Explains Trans Comments

'Harry Potter' author delves into her own history with sexual assault, abuse

(Newser) - JK Rowling published a nearly 4,000-word essay on her website Wednesday explaining her controversial stance on transgender people. In it, she discusses the domestic abuse she experienced in her first marriage and reveals a sexual assault she survived in her twenties, all to illustrate why it's so important... More »

Daniel Radcliffe Responds to Rowling Uproar

'Transgender women are women,' says 'Potter' actor

(Newser) - Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is speaking out against JK Rowling's recent comments on sex , which he hopes won't "taint" the series for fans. "Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice... More »

Rowling Gets an Earful After Trans Tweet

GLAAD says author has endorsed distortion of facts about gender identity

(Newser) - A headline that referred to "people who menstruate" didn't go over well with JK Rowling. But then, her response to it didn't go over well with many people, Variety reports. "I'm sure there used to be a word for those people," Rowling tweeted Saturday.... More »

SCOTUS Refuses to Block Transgender Inmate's Surgery

Idaho asked court to halt preparations for sex reassignment surgery

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has rejected a request from Idaho prison officials to block sex reassignment surgery for transgender inmate Adree Edmo. The ruling means preparations for the court-ordered surgery can continue, and while the state has asked the court to take up the case for review, the surgery may take... More »

She's at Center of Case Before SCOTUS, Died Before Ruling

Aimee Stephens was at center of transgender rights case

(Newser) - A Detroit-area woman who was fired by a funeral home after she no longer wanted to be recognized as a man died Tuesday before the US Supreme Court could rule on whether federal civil rights law protects transgender people. Aimee Stephens' death was announced by the American Civil Liberties Union,... More »

Court to Trans Man Who Gave Birth: You're No Father

Freddy McConnell fighting his classification as 'mother' to 2-year-old

(Newser) - A UK court has refused a transgender man's request to be labeled as "father" or "parent" on his son's birth certificate. Freddy McConnell from Kent, England, is listed as male on a gender recognition certificate issued in 2017, the year before he gave birth. While seeking... More »

This State Just Signed 2 Anti-Transgender Bills Into Law

Idaho becomes first state to enact such legislation

(Newser) - More than 40 anti-transgender bills were introduced in various states this year, and on Monday, Idaho became the first to enact its versions, the AP reports. Gov. Brad Little signed into law one bill keeping transgender girls and women from participating in women's sports and another barring anyone from... More »

Justice Department: Trans Athletes Aren't Girls

Department weighs in on lawsuit involving high school sports

(Newser) - High school athletes who were born biologically male shouldn't compete against girls just because they identify as female, says the Justice Department. The department has weighed in on an ongoing federal lawsuit about the question, reports the AP . A group of high school girls in Connecticut filed the suit... More »

Girls Sue to Block Transgender Athletes From Competing

Connecticut lawsuit centers around 2 transgender runners who often win races

(Newser) - The families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from participating in girls sports, the AP reports. Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury High School, Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton High School, and Alanna Smith, a sophomore at... More »

Polarized Trans Battle Rages Across 8 States

South Dakota has already passed a bill that limits trans treatments for young people

(Newser) - Transgender treatments for youth: safe and appropriate, or far too risky? The issue is heating up in eight state legislatures as advocates, doctors, and studies add to an increasingly complex debate, USA Today reports. South Dakota passed a bill last week banning doctors from using the three main treatments—puberty... More »

Michael Che Slammed for Calling Jenner a 'Fella'

Some fans want him fired for transphobia

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live star Michael Che is being accused of transphobia after calling Caitlyn Jenner a "fella" during a "Weekend Update" segment. Che spoke about Jenner after joking that Kanye West was "turning into an old white lady," People reports. "I mean, he used to... More »

Waitress Picks 'Morals Over Money,' Gets Fired

Brittany Spencer overheard two customers making transphobic remarks

(Newser) - A server who got fired after refusing to wait on transphobic customers says she's OK with choosing "morals over money." It all began last Saturday when Brittany Spencer was working her shift at Fat Joe's Bar and Grill in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin—and a couple... More »

Black Trans Woman Found 'Burned Beyond Recognition'

Bee Love Slater 'always gave hugs and kisses'

(Newser) - Bee Love Slater wasn't just murdered. The Florida native—a black, transgender woman—was burned so badly that authorities took days to identify her with dental records, CNN reports. The 23-year-old was found Sept. 4 "burned beyond recognition" in a car in the city of Clewiston, investigators say.... More »

Valentina Sampaio's Hiring Is a First for Victoria's Secret

Transgender model announces new deal

(Newser) - Valentina Sampaio will become Victoria's Secret's first openly transgender model. The Brazilian's agent confirmed the hiring Monday to CNN after she posted a video on Instagram that suggested she got the job. Sampaio was hired for a campaign debuting in August for the company's PINK line.... More »

Suspect in Transgender Woman's Death Already in Jail

Police believe Kendrell Lavar Lyles killed Muhlaysia Booker in Dallas

(Newser) - Police in Dallas have a suspect in custody in the murder of Muhlaysia Booker —and they believe he is responsible for at least two more murders. Police say Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 33, was already in custody for two apparently unrelated killings when he was arrested in the May 18... More »

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