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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...

Hannah Gadsby Has Some Salty Words for Netflix CEO

Comedian doesn't want to be included in Ted Sarandos' defense of Dave Chappelle

(Newser) - Hannah Gadsby is having none of it from Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos. Sarandos defended leaving Dave Chappelle’s controversial special The Closer on the streaming platform in a memo to employees. That memo read, in part, “We are working hard to ensure marginalized communities aren’t defined by a...

Hamilton's New Duel: With Ex-Actor Over a Dressing Room

Transgender actor: show wouldn't renew contract over request for gender-neutral dressing room

(Newser) - A former Hamilton cast member has filed a discrimination complaint against the show, and their lawyer says it's one that should serve as "a wake-up call for the theater industry." Suni Reid, a Black transgender nonbinary actor who'd appeared with the New York, Chicago, and Los...

Netflix Backs Dave Chappelle
Netflix Backs
Dave Chappelle

Netflix Backs Dave Chappelle

Keeps comedy special, suspends a trans employee who tweeted about the special

(Newser) - Netflix is standing by Dave Chappelle after his new comedy special debuted on the streaming service and was hit with massive backlash . Despite many critics calling out the comedian's transphobic jokes and comments, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos says The Closer will be remaining on the platform. In a memo...

Chappelle in 'Familiar Hot Water' Over Netflix Special

Comedian on blast for comments made about transgender women

(Newser) - Dave Chappelle isn't one to shy away from controversial takes , and he's back in what CNN calls "familiar hot water." This time, the backlash has emerged after comments the 48-year-old comedian made on gender and transgender women in his new Netflix special, The Closer, which debuted...

Thailand Urged Not to Deport Transgender Beauty Tycoon

Nur Sajat is wanted in Malaysia for 'insulting Islam'

(Newser) - Authorities in Malaysia say they don't want to "punish" transgender businesswoman Nur Sajat, only to "educate" her. Advocates say the 36-year-old is likely to face serious mistreatment if Thailand deports her back to her homeland. Sajat, a cosmetics entrepreneur who starred in a reality show in 2018,...

New Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Breaks Ground

The Rev. Megan Rohrer is the denomination's first openly transgender person in the role

(Newser) - The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America installed its first openly transgender bishop in a service held in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral on Saturday. The Rev. Megan Rohrer will lead one of the church's 65 synods, overseeing nearly 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada, the AP reports....

Va. School Board to Pay Trans Student $1.3M

The settlement will cover Gavin Grimm's six years worth of attorney's fees and costs

(Newser) - The Virginia school board that fought a former student for years has finally agreed to settle. The Gloucester County School Board will turn over $1.3 million to cover attorney's fees after effectively losing their case when the Supreme Court declined to hear it, the Washington Post reports. Gavin...

She Used to Be an 'Angry' Golfer. Now, a Try at History

Hailey Davidson, who wants to be first trans athlete on LPGA tour, is at qualifying event this weekend in Calif.

(Newser) - Three years after undergoing gender confirmation surgery in 2010, Bobbi Lancaster did what no transgender athlete had done before: At the age of 63, the family physician tried to qualify for the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour. She didn't make it, but she earned international media attention and went...

This Olympic Lift Was Both Historic and Controversial
Trans Weightlifter
Makes History
at Games
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Trans Weightlifter Makes History at Games

Laurel Hubbard's participation has been controversial

(Newser) - A New Zealand weightlifter named Laurel Hubbard will not leave the Tokyo Olympics with a medal. However, her very participation has earned Hubbard the unwanted distinction of being one of its most controversial athletes. Why? She's a transgender woman. Coverage:
  • In Monday's competition, the 43-year-old Hubbard failed to
...

Jamie Lee Curtis Praises Youngest Child's Gender Transition

She has 'watched in wonder and pride as our son became our daughter Ruby'

(Newser) - In an interview with AARP magazine, Jamie Lee Curtis revealed for the first time that her youngest child is a transgender woman, reports TooFab . The actor says she and husband Christopher Guest "have watched in wonder and pride as our son became our daughter Ruby." The 25-year-old Ruby,...

US Passports Are Getting a Third Gender Option

State Department says applicants can now self-select gender

(Newser) - Under changes announced by the State Department on Wednesday, American passports will still list a person's gender—but it will be up to the individual whether it says M or F, and a third option is on the way. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a release that...

Meet the First Transgender Miss USA Contestant

Kataluna Enriquez was just crowned Miss Nevada in another first

(Newser) - For the first time in the history of the Miss Nevada pageant, an openly transgender woman has nabbed the crown. Kataluna Enriquez bested 21 other women to become the first openly transgender Miss Nevada at a ceremony at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday, per USA ...

Supreme Court Move Is a Win for Trans Student

Justices decide not to wade in on issue of school bathrooms in case of Gavin Grimm

(Newser) - The Supreme Court said Monday that it wouldn't weigh in on the thorny question of transgender students and school bathrooms. That inaction amounts to a victory for transgender student Gavin Grimm , whose high school in Virginia wouldn't allow him to use the boys bathroom, reports USA Today . A...

New York Adds Option for Nonbinary to Documents
New York 
Adds 'X' to
Documents

New York Adds 'X' to Documents

Driver's licenses and birth certificates will have 3 choices

(Newser) - New Yorkers will be able to designate their sex as "female," "male" or "X" on driver's licenses and birth certificates under a law that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Thursday. Nonbinary New Yorkers sued in March, arguing the state was discriminating against them by failing to...

This NZ Weightlifter Is an Olympic First

Laurel Hubbard, headed to Tokyo, will be the first transgender athlete to compete in the games

(Newser) - New Zealand has announced it's sending five weightlifters to the Tokyo Games next month, and one of them in particular is making headlines for her groundbreaking Olympic debut. CNN reports that Laurel Hubbard will be the games' first transgender athlete, competing in the women's super-heavyweight 87-kilo category after...

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...

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