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House GOP Pushes Through 'Parents Rights' Bill

Dems say legislation, which will likely stall in Senate, is a stunt that's really designed to control

(Newser) - House Republicans on Friday narrowly passed legislation that would fulfill a campaign promise to give parents a role in what's taught in public schools. It has little chance in the Democrat-run Senate, and critics say it will propel a far-right movement that has led to book bans, restrictions aimed...

World Track Bans Trans Athletes From Competition

Another set of rules is expected to keep Caster Semenya on the sidelines

(Newser) - Track and field banned transgender athletes from international competition Thursday, while adopting new regulations that could keep Caster Semenya and other athletes with differences in sex development from competing. In a pair of decisions expected to stoke outrage, the World Athletics Council adopted the same rules as swimming did last...

Disney Has Another Throwdown for DeSantis

Company to host major LGBTQ conference in September

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis' very public battle with Walt Disney World continues, now with another move by the latter to support LGBTQ rights. Disney World will be hosting a major summit from Sept. 11-14 to help boost lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights in the workplace, with execs and team members from...

Emergency Action to Limit State's Gender-Affirming Care

Experts say Missouri attorney general's move defies scientific consensus

(Newser) - Missouri's attorney general on Monday said he will limit access to gender-affirming care for minors, sidestepping the GOP-led Senate as it wrestles with legislation to ban the practice for children completely. As hundreds of activists rallied at the Capitol to pressure lawmakers to act on the bill, Attorney General...

Wellesley Says It Won't Change Policy on Trans Men

Students supported new admissions policy in nonbinding referendum

(Newser) - Wellesley College students have voted to allow transgender men and nonbinary students who do not identify as women to be admitted as students—but the Tuesday vote was nonbinding, and college officials say there is no plan to change their admissions policy. The college also said it isn't planning...

School That Quit Tournament Over Trans Player Hit With Ban

Mid Vermont Christian School is 'disappointed,' plans to appeal

(Newser) - A Christian school in Vermont that pulled its girls basketball team out of a state tournament because an opposing team had a transgender player won't be taking part in any other tournaments. The Vermont Principals’ Association, the state's governing body for school sports, ruled that Mid Vermont Christian...

More US Adults Than Ever Before ID as LGBTQ
Oldest Generation Warms
to LGBTQ Identification

Oldest Generation Warms to LGBTQ Identification

Slight uptick among those born before 1946, as overall rate among US adults hits 7.2%

(Newser) - The percentage of Americans who identify as LGBTQ has increased ever so slightly for a new record high, but has ultimately "leveled off," according to Gallup's 2022 polling of more than 10,000 adults. Some 7.2% of Americans identify as non-heterosexual, for a 0.1% increase...

Now Legal in Spain: Paid Menstrual Leave

Country also passes laws expanding abortion and transgender rights for teenagers

(Newser) - The Spanish parliament on Thursday approved legislation expanding abortion and transgender rights for teenagers, while making Spain the first country in Europe that will entitle workers to paid menstrual leave. The driving force behind the two laws was Equality Minister Irene Montero. The changes to sexual and reproductive rights mean...

NYT Chides Journalists Who Faulted Paper's Trans Coverage

Journalists behind Wednesday's open letter aren't pleased with the response

(Newser) - Hundreds of current and former New York Times contributors sent an open letter Wednesday criticizing the paper's coverage of transgender issues—and the Times apparently isn't having it. In an internal Thursday memo obtained by the Hill , executive editor Joe Kahn faulted the letter for containing "direct...

It's Time to Stop Vilifying JK Rowling

It's Time
to Stop
JK Rowling

It's Time to Stop Vilifying JK Rowling

Pamela Paul in the 'New York Times' writes that the author is not a transphobe

(Newser) - Critics of JK Rowling consider her to be transphobic . In a podcast that launches next week, the Harry Potter author pushes back against that assertion. And in a New York Times column, Pamela Paul writes that Rowling is correct to do so. "This campaign against Rowling is as dangerous...

Bethany Hamilton Boycotts Surfing Events Including Trans Women

Pro surfer refers to trans female athletes as 'male-bodied'

(Newser) - Bethany Hamilton, the pro surfer and author of the memoir Soul Surfer whose arm was bitten off by a shark when she was 13 , is boycotting World Surf League events to protest the league's new trans-inclusive policy. WSL said trans women will be allowed to compete in women's...

Montana Bill Would Let Students Misgender, Deadname Classmates

Bill would bar schools from punishing students who purposely misgender their peers

(Newser) - Montana schools would not be able to punish students who purposely misgender or deadname their transgender peers under a Republican-backed legislative proposal that opponents argue will increase bullying of children who are already struggling for acceptance, the AP reports. The proposal, co-sponsored by more than two dozen GOP lawmakers, would...

UK Uses 'Nuclear Option' to Block Scottish Gender Reform

It creates a 'very, very slippery slope,' says Nicola Sturgeon, who promises legal fight

(Newser) - The UK government has for the first time used the "nuclear option" to block legislation passed by the Scottish parliament, in this case a law that would allow people to self-identify as transgender. The move sets up a court battle over Scotland's right to make its own laws....

US Executes First Transgender Inmate

Missouri puts transgender woman to death

(Newser) - A Missouri inmate was put to death Tuesday for a 2003 killing, in what is believed to be the first execution of a transgender woman in the US, the AP reports. (It's thought to be the country's first execution of any openly transgender person, male or female, CNN...

Execution of Transgender Woman Would Be US First

Missouri inmate Amber McLaughlin is scheduled to die on Tuesday

(Newser) - Unless Missouri Gov. Mike Parson grants clemency, Amber McLaughlin, 49, will become the first openly transgender woman executed in the US. She is scheduled to die by injection Tuesday for killing a former girlfriend in 2003, the AP reports. McLaughlin’s attorney, Larry Komp, said there are no court appeals...

Lawmaker's Transgender Son Dies by Suicide

Kentucky legislator says difficulty finding acceptance led to mental illness

(Newser) - A Kentucky state senator said Tuesday that her transgender son, a trans rights advocate on whom "a lack of acceptance took a toll," has died by suicide. He was 24. Democratic Sen. Karen Berg said her son Henry Berg-Brousseau "long struggled with mental illness, not because he...

Cambridge Dictionary Adds New Definition for 'Woman'
Tuesday Was a Big Day
for a 'Common Word'

Tuesday Was a Big Day for a 'Common Word'

'Woman' made headlines

(Newser) - Tuesday was a big day for the word "woman." In addition to a slew of headlines about a recent change the Cambridge Dictionary made to the word, another dictionary appointed it the word of 2022. announced that "woman" was its word of the year, noting...

Navy SEAL Who Famously Transitioned Is Now Detransitioning

Chris Beck says transitioning to female 'destroyed my life'

(Newser) - Chris Beck, the former Navy SEAL who gained notoriety after coming out as transgender after leaving the military , is detransitioning. Beck, who was born Chris but lived as Kristin after coming out as trans, is now back to his birth name and tells conservative influencer Robby Starbuck that while he...

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...

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