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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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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...

He Wanted Male Genitals. Getting Them Would Take Years

A look into phalloplasty, a procedure that more trans men are opting for

(Newser) - As Benjamin Simpson describes it, the realization came like a thunderclap. "[Expletive]! I’m trans! I gotta go!" It's what he shouted to the friends he was having drinks with in Manhattan in 2015, an understanding that came after years of probing "why something in his...

Suspect in Attack on Chappelle Won't Face Felony Charges

Isaiah Lee could still be charged with misdemeanors

(Newser) - Update: The man arrested in the onstage attack on comedian Dave Chappelle won't be charged with any felonies, the Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday. Prosecutors came to the conclusion that criminal conduct occurred but not felony conduct, CBS News reports. The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office will...

'Sorely Needed' Study Weighs In on Early Transgender Identity

Those who begin IDing as transgender at young age tend to keep that identity, research finds

(Newser) - Children who begin identifying as transgender at a young age tend to retain that identity at least for several years, a study published Wednesday suggests. The research involved 317 youngsters who were 3 to 12 years old when they were recruited to the study. Five years later, at the study'...

Shawnee State and Prof Settle Pronoun Dispute

After a four-year legal battle, the professor won the right to ignore students' pronoun preferences

(Newser) - Shawnee State University has reached a settlement with philosophy professor Nicholas Meriwether: he’ll get $400,000, plus he will not be required to use gender pronouns that offend his religious beliefs. In a statement, the Ohio school said it was "an economic decision," per CNN: "Though...

She Transitioned at 19. Now: 'I Wasn't Old Enough' for That Choice

Corinna Cohn on what 'I wish I had known' before gender affirmation surgery

(Newser) - Corinna Cohn underwent gender-confirmation surgery as a virgin at age 19. Now "closer to 50," the officer with the Gender Care Consumer Advocacy Network has some regrets, as she writes in a Washington Post op-ed urging caution to those considering a similar path. There are things "I...

A Disney Heir Comes Out as Transgender

Family launches effort to fight 'Don't Say Gay' bill and similar efforts

(Newser) - An heir to the Walt Disney Co. has come out as transgender, announcing a family effort to support LGBTQ rights and oppose new legislation that threatens them. Charlee Disney came out publicly last month at the Human Rights Campaign's annual gala after coming out privately four years ago, NBC...

April 11 Will Be a Big Day for Transgender Americans

State Department sets date for widespread introduction of gender-neutral passports

(Newser) - In what State Department special envoy for LGBTQ rights Jessica Stern calls a "momentous step," Americans will be able to select "X" as their gender on passport applications starting April 11. Stern says adding the gender-neutral option moves the US toward "ensuring that our administrative systems...

Putin Drags JK Rowling Into Latest 'Bizarre Rant'

Leader says both Russia, 'Harry Potter' author have been 'canceled'—Rowling for her trans views

(Newser) - It's not terribly surprising that Vladimir Putin might try to control the narrative on his country's invasion of Ukraine by painting Russia as some kind of victim. And he did just that during a Friday address on state TV, touching on the concept of "cancel culture" and...

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