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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...

Putin Likens Trans Views to 'Crimes Against Humanity'

Russian president rails against concept of gender fluidity, Western culture

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the teaching of gender fluidity "verges on crimes against humanity." Putin spoke on a number of issues at an annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia, including cancel culture, reverse racism, and other "sociocultural disturbances" in 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...

Schools Put On Drag Show at Halftime

Crowd cheers students and faculty parading in support of LGBTQ people

(Newser) - A Vermont high school homecoming football game turned into a "drag ball" runway at halftime, with a mix of students and faculty members parading in gowns, wigs, and makeup—and a big crowd in rainbow colors to cheer them on. "Things went amazing," Ezra Totten, student leader...

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...

1K Netflix Workers Plan Walkout Over Chappelle Special

Virtual walkout to protest company's support of the special deemed harmful to trans people

(Newser) - An employee group at Netflix is planning a walkout over the company's continued support of a Dave Chappelle stand-up special that some say is offensive to transgender people. The transgender-employee group and allies are planning a virtual walkout for Wednesday in protest of the company's defense of The ...

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,...

It's the First Big Movie With All-Gay Cast

Billy Eichner's 'Bros' will make Hollywood history

(Newser) - When Bros starring Billy Eichner is released in August of next year, it will be a milestone event in multiple ways:
  • First No. 1: The film from Universal Pictures will be the first romantic comedy about two gay men put out by a major studio, notes Deadline .
  • First No. 2:

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...

DC Comics Character Comes Out as Bisexual

Fans welcome Robin to the LGBTQ community

(Newser) - A comic book superhero rescued someone, then the two decide to go on a date. It's a not a big moment—unless it enters into the canon a big update to one of the characters. Batman’s affable sidekick, Robin, appears to have come out as bisexual, Entertainment Weekly ...

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

Matt Damon's Daughter Schooled Him on Gay Slur 'Months Ago'

50-year-old Harvard alum just recently realized he shouldn't use the word after an ill-received 'joke'

(Newser) - Matt Damon is making the promotional rounds for his new film, Stillwater, but an anecdote he relayed in a recent interview is making its own headlines. Talking with the Sunday Times , the 50-year-old Harvard alum touched on the state of the movie industry before moving onto the topics of the...

Berlin March Answers Anti-LGBTQ Steps Elsewhere

Tens of thousands rally as parade returns to city

(Newser) - Around 65,000 revelers marched for LGBTQ rights at Berlin's annual Christopher Street Day celebration on Saturday, more than three times as many as expected. It was the biggest demonstration in Berlin since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the AP reports. The parade started with a call from...

Lindsey Graham: I'll 'Go to War' for Chick-fil-A

SC senator says he'll back chain after Notre Dame students protest possible eatery on campus

(Newser) - In May, the University of Notre Dame's dining service noted in a social media post that it may be considering adding Chick-fil-A to its on-campus options—and the hubbub that has emerged at the Indiana school since now involves a senator from South Carolina. The Hill reports that Lindsey...

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...

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