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Dwyane Wade Battles Ex Over Trans Daughter's Gender Shift

Siohvaughn Funches-Wade trying to block 15-year-old Zaya's name, gender change in court

(Newser) - Over the summer, Dwyane Wade filed papers to legally change his transgender daughter's name and assigned gender, after many years of he and current wife, actress Gabrielle Union, speaking out about their support for 15-year-old Zaya's gender identity (Union is her stepmother). Now, his ex-wife is trying to...

Radcliffe on Rowling: 'I Needed to Say Something When I Did'

'Harry Potter' actor comments on 'hurt' fans after author's remarks; Tom Felton weighs in, too

(Newser) - In June 2020, Harry Potter author JK Rowling posted a series of transphobic comments on Twitter—remarks she's only doubled down on since, per Variety . Her remarks led Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who played Harry Potter himself in the hit movie franchise, to publish an open letter on gender...

Transgender Tycoon Buys Miss Universe Organization

Chakrapong Chakrajutathib is a prominent trans activist in Thailand

(Newser) - A Thai business tycoon and transgender activist has purchased the Miss Universe Organization for $20 million, her company announced Wednesday. Chakrapong "Anne" Chakrajutathib, who controls JKN Global Group Public Co. Ltd., is a celebrity in Thailand who has starred in reality shows and is outspoken about being a transgender...

'Top Surgery' Is Becoming More Common for Trans Teens

Researchers say breast removal dramatically reduces distress, though some have concerns

(Newser) - Breast removal—or "top surgery"—is an option being chosen by a small but growing number of transgender teens. Research has shown that top surgery has improved the lives of many transgender men, and while there has been less research on transgender adolescents, studies suggest that these teens...

Youngkin Policy for Transgender Students Upends Northam's

Teachers can't be made to call students by name, pronouns of choice: draft of revamped guidelines

(Newser) - A new draft for "model policies" within Virginia's public schools was released Friday, designed to replace those put in place in 2021 by former Gov. Ralph Northam for transgender and nonbinary students. Per WRIC , the new guidelines from the state's Department of Education under GOP Gov. Glenn...

Another Company Boots Hate Site After Anti-Trans Harassment Campaign

DDos-Guard drops Kiwi Farms after Cloudflare did the same

(Newser) - Update: Russia-based web-hosting provider DDoS-Guard said Monday that it had stopped providing its services to Kiwi Farms, becoming the second provider in two days to abandon the stalking and harassment site and leaving it inaccessible on the public internet, the AP reports. DDoS-Guard said it doesn't have to decide...

Carlson's 'Lunatic' Slam Helps Maren Morris Raise $100K

Singer brought in the cash for trans groups after Fox host insulted her amid Brittany Aldean feud

(Newser) - In a big "when life hands you lemons" move, Maren Morris has turned a feud with another performer's wife and a slam by Fox News' Tucker Carlson into a lucrative fundraiser for transgender rights. People walks back the timeline, noting that Brittany Aldean, an influencer and the spouse...

Teen Defeated Their Daughters. They Forced Probe Into Her Gender

Utah school cooperated with probe to confirm athlete had always been female

(Newser) - The parents of the second- and third-place winners in a high school sports competition were suspicious about the female first-place winner who had bested their daughters. So they filed a complaint with the Utah High School Activities Association wondering whether the winner was transgender. The story was revealed Wednesday by...

Longtime ESPN Journalist Comes Out as Transgender

MA Voepel says his dedication to covering women's sports is unchanged

(Newser) - ESPN journalist MA Voepel, described by the network as "the foremost authority on women's basketball in both the collegiate and professional ranks," has come out as transgender. "In sports media, we're lucky to tell stories of others’ journeys," Voepel tweeted . "We have our...

Chappelle Has Surprise News at Theater Dedication

Theater at his alma mater, Duke Ellington School, won't be named after him after all

(Newser) - Just before Dave Chappelle's most recent Netflix special dropped, his alma mater, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, announced its theater would be named for the comedian, who pledged to donate $100,000 to teachers' wages. It's "the most significant honor of my...

Elon Musk's Trans Daughter Breaks With Dad

Vivian, born Xavier, ditches famous last name

(Newser) - One of Elon Musk's five children with his first wife is transgender, and wants to make a clean break from her famous father. Born Xavier Musk, the newly 18-year-old has filed documents to change her name to Vivian Jenna Wilson. The reason given, per TMZ : "Gender Identity and...

The Rules Are Changing for Transgender Swimmers

World governing body restricts participation and plans an 'open' category

(Newser) - The governing body of world swimming has approved restrictions on the participation of transgender athletes in top competitions. Only athletes who have completed transitioning by age 12 will be allowed to compete, the BBC reports. The new rules received 71% of the vote Sunday from the 152 FINA members meeting...

In Poll, Most Say Trans Women Have Unfair Edge in Sports

Findings apply to high school, college, and pro levels

(Newser) - More Americans identify as transgender than ever, and acceptance of trans people in general is on the rise. But a new poll suggests that one area remains controversial: trans girls and women competing in sports. Most Americans are opposed to the idea on the grounds of fairness, according to the...

New Data Sheds Light on Adults Who Say They're Transgender

More than 5% of those surveyed between ages of 18 and 29 identify as trans or nonbinary, per Pew

(Newser) - According to new data from the Pew Research Center , more people than ever before say they identify as or know someone who's transgender (meaning their gender doesn't match the sex they were assigned at birth) or nonbinary, meaning someone who doesn't identify within the confines of just...

Lia Thomas Opens Up About Past and Future

It was a rare media appearance for the transgender swimmer

(Newser) - Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas has graduated from Penn and plans to go to law school. She also hopes to compete in the 2024 US Olympic Team Trials, according to Good Morning America. Thomas took gold in the 500-yard freestyle in March, becoming the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA...

Comic's Old Clip Mocking Ricky Gervais Gains Steam

UK's James Acaster slammed fellow comedian in 2019 for mocking transgender community

(Newser) - "I feel like some [stand-up] out there is doing a lacerating 15 minutes on superstar transphobic comedians and we should be seeing that." That was a tweet earlier this week by TV writer Bob Schooley, a reference to comics such as Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais , who've...

Laverne Cox Now Has Her Own Barbie
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Has Her Own Barbie

Laverne Cox Now Has Her Own Barbie

She hopes 'kids of all gender identities can look at this Barbie and dream'

(Newser) - Laverne Cox says that as a child, she was shamed for wanting a Barbie. Now, just ahead of her 50th birthday, one has been made in her likeness—a first for a transgender woman. Mattel worked closely with the trans activist and Orange Is the New Black star on the...

Amid Backlash, Gervais Defends 'Taboo' Jokes

Comedy helps 'get us through stuff,' he says after criticism of trans jokes in Netflix special

(Newser) - Ricky Gervais is making no apologies amid a backlash over trans jokes in his new Netflix special. But he tells the BBC that the point of comedy is to help people deal with dicey topics. "I think that's what comedy is for, really—to get us through stuff,...

Legislators Override Veto of Transgender Sports Bill

ACLU sues to keep Indiana law from taking effect

(Newser) - Republican lawmakers in Indiana voted Tuesday to override the GOP governor's veto of a bill prohibiting transgender females from competing in girls school sports and join about a dozen other states adopting similar laws in the past two years. State senators voted 32-15 in favor of overriding Gov. Eric...

4 Minutes Into New Show, Gervais Makes Trans Jokes

Comedian is taking flak online over Netflix special

(Newser) - Ricky Gervais' new comedy special just began streaming on Netflix, but it already has generated quite a backlash on social media. The reason? Gervais reels off a series of jokes about trans people just four minutes in. As Variety recounts, Gervais begins by talking about "old-fashioned women, the ones...

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