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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 »

Charles Had 90 Minutes to Change Trump's Mind, Didn't

President, Piers Morgan talk climate change in wide-ranging interview

(Newser) - President Trump's sit-down with Prince Charles was supposed to last 15 minutes. It went for 90, but that wasn't enough to get Trump on board with Charles' climate stance. In a Good Morning Britain interview that aired Wednesday, the president answered a slew of questions from Piers Morgan.... More »

2nd Transgender Woman in 2 Weeks Murdered in Dallas

Body was pulled from lake Saturday

(Newser) - Police in Dallas have called in the FBI for assistance after the second murder of a transgender woman in the space of two weeks. The body of Chynal Lindsey, 26, was pulled from White Rock Lake on Saturday, less than a mile from where the body of 23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker... More »

Are the Killings of 2 Transgender Women Connected?

A third transgender woman was also attacked in Dallas but survived

(Newser) - Police in Dallas say they are investigating whether the killings of two transgender women and an assault on a third are connected, the AP reports. Maj. Vincent Weddington said Tuesday during a news conference that there are similarities in the three cases. No arrests have been made. The most recent... More »

Trans Woman in Assault Video Is Found Shot to Death

Muhlaysia Booker, 23, is dead in Dallas after separate attack last month

(Newser) - A transgender woman who survived a brutal attack last month has been found shot to death in Dallas. Police say Muhlaysia Booker, 23, was found early Saturday on a city street, reports NBC DFW . Authorities have no suspects and say they have no evidence to link the fatal shooting to... More »

Naval Academy Transgender Ban Starts in 2020

Coast Guard, Air Force academies say they are also complying with Trump policy

(Newser) - President Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military is beginning to take effect at the US Naval Academy and other military institutions. The Defense Department confirmed to the Capital Gazette this week that the Naval Academy will stop accepting transgender students as of 2020, but those enrolled... More »

All-Male, Black College to Admit New Kind of Student

Morehouse College policy to kick in next year

(Newser) - The country's only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year, marking a major shift for the school at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students. Leaders of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, tell the AP... More »

Transgender Teen Still Fighting High School Over Transcript

Transgender bathroom ban may end at Va. school, but Gavin Grimm still listed as female on transcript

(Newser) - For nearly four years, Gavin Grimm has been suing his former school district after it banned him from using the boys bathrooms in high school. The school board in Virginia will finally hold a public hearing Tuesday to discuss allowing transgender students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender... More »

Supreme Court Gives Trump Victory on Transgender Ban

Military ban will go into effect while court battles continue

(Newser) - The Supreme Court delivered a victory to President Trump on Monday, ruling that his ban on transgender military troops can go into effect while the issue is argued in lower courts. The court's five conservative justices—John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh—voted to... More »

Trans Teen: Assistant Principal Confronted Me in Bathroom

West Virginia school administrator was suspended with pay

(Newser) - A West Virginia assistant principal is under fire after allegations that he harassed a transgender student. Sophomore Michael Critchfield, 15, says he was in the boys' bathroom Nov. 27 when Lee Livengood confronted him and demanded he "come out here and use the urinal" to prove that he was... More »

Caitlyn Jenner on Trump: I Was Wrong

Says she 'misplaced' her hope that president would do right by LGBT community

(Newser) - When Caitlyn Jenner first became part of what she calls the "valuable, vulnerable" LGBT community, she says she saw an opening in which to make inroads at changing more conservative people's views. And so she threw her support behind a newly elected President Trump—whom the former Olympian... More »

Company Yanks Costume With Controversial 'Dead' Name

Costume Agent's get-up was a sendup of Caitlyn Jenner—adding 'Bruce' didn't help

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly did a segment on controversial Halloween costumes earlier this week that got her into a bit of trouble , but there was one get-up she didn't cover. A first glance at the fake Olympic decathlete jersey, running shorts, and gold medals from vendor Costume Agent doesn't reveal... More »

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