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SCOTUS Takes Up Rare Transgender-Rights Case

High court will look at state bans on gender-affirming care for minors

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday jumped into the fight over transgender rights, agreeing to hear an appeal from the Biden administration seeking to block state bans on gender-affirming care. The justices' action comes as Republican-led states have enacted a variety of restrictions on health care for transgender people, school sports...

Judge: Long Island Leader Had No Authority for Trans Ban

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman's EO that barred female trans athletes was struck down

(Newser) - A New York judge on Friday struck down a Long Island county's order banning female transgender athletes after a local women's Roller Derby league challenged it. Judge Francis Ricigliano ruled that Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman didn't have the authority to issue his February executive order, which...

In Federal Court, a Big Win for Transgender Rights

Appellate judges in Virginia say state health care plans must cover cost of related surgeries

(Newser) - It's a significant victory for advocates of transgender rights: A federal appeals court based in Virginia has ruled that state-run health care plans must cover gender surgeries. The Washington Post reports that the ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit is the first such decision...

West Virginia's Transgender Sports Ban Gets Bad News

4th US Circuit Court of Appeals says it's a Title IX violation

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has overturned a West Virginia transgender sports ban, finding that the law violates Title IX, the federal civil-rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in schools. The ruling Tuesday from the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals blocks a West Virginia law banning transgender girls from playing...

NAIA's Transgender Policy Is a First

Organization says change is to protect competition

(Newser) - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced a policy Monday that all but bars transgender athletes from competing in women's sports at its 241 mostly small colleges across the country. The NAIA Council of Presidents approved the policy in a 20-0 vote at its annual convention in Kansas City,...

Ohio Lawmakers Override Governor on Trans Law

Bill banning gender-affirming care for minors will take effect in around 90 days

(Newser) - Ohio's Senate has voted 24-8 to override Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's veto of a bill banning gender-affirming care for minors. The state House voted 65-28 earlier this month to override the veto of Bill 68, which also bars trans women and girls from playing on school sports teams,...

SCOTUS Declines to Hear Case on Bathrooms for Trans Students

Court is staying out of school battle, for now

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday passed up a chance to intervene in the debate over bathrooms for transgender students, rejecting an appeal from an Indiana public school district. Federal appeals courts are divided over whether school policies enforcing restrictions on which bathrooms transgender students can use violate federal law or...

Governor Vetoes Trans Ban: It's 'About Protecting Human Life'

GOP's Mike DeWine of Ohio bucks own party, nixes ban on gender-affirming care, sports play

(Newser) - Republican Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed a measure Friday that would have banned gender-affirming care for minors and transgender athletes' participation in girls and women's sports, in a break from members of his party who championed the legislation. GOP lawmakers hold enough seats to override DeWine's veto, but if...

Trans Teen, Family 'Run Out of Town on a Rail'
Trans Teen, Family
'Run Out of Town on a Rail'

Trans Teen, Family 'Run Out of Town on a Rail'

'New Yorker' piece dives into how laws in Tennessee, and in South in general, have affected LGBTQ youth

(Newser) - Tennessee has passed nearly 20 anti-LGBTQ+ laws since 2015, among the highest in the nation, per the Human Rights Campaign. For Kristen Chapman, that number is more than just a statistic—it proved to be the death knell for her family's future in the Volunteer State, as her 17-year-daughter,...

Critics Call Governor's New 'Common Sense' Order 'Ridiculous'

Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen's order narrowly defines 'male' and 'female,' angering trans advocates

(Newser) - This week, a second governor put his name to an executive order that more rigidly defines an individual's sex, in what he deems a boost to women's rights and what critics say is an attack on the transgender community. The AP reports that Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen signed...

Does James Like to Be Called Jimmy? Not So Fast in Florida

Some districts now want parental OK before using nicknames, alternate names for trans students

(Newser) - A new school year has kicked off in many spots in the South, and two counties in Florida are already making waves for a correspondence that's been delivered to educators and parents. WESH reports that Seminole County sent an email to families this week noting that if their kids...

Doctors Group Sticks By Stance on Youth Gender Treatments

American Academy of Pediatrics backs medical care for trans youth, but calls for deeper research

(Newser) - In 2018, the American Academy of Pediatrics took a firm stance in supporting that youth who are transgender and gender diverse "have access to comprehensive, gender-affirming, and developmentally appropriate health care." Now, nearly five years later, the medical group, which represents 67,000 US physicians, is re-upping that...

House OKs Defense Bill With Eyebrow- Raising Extras

Add-ons in annual legislation include restrictions on abortion, transgender health care, diversity training

(Newser) - The US House on Friday approved a sweeping annual defense bill that provides an expected 5.2% pay raise for service members but strays from traditional military policy with political add-ons from Republicans to block abortion coverage, diversity initiatives at the Pentagon, and transgender issues that deeply divided the chamber....

Governor Signs Anti-Trans Bills Despite Lobbying by His Son

Montana Greg Gianforte makes no public comment on new law

(Newser) - Gov. Greg Gianforte on Friday signed into law bills restricting transition care for transgender minors in Montana over the pleas of, among others, his son. The governor made no public comment about the legislation, but his spokeswoman emailed the New York Times that "he is committed to protecting Montana'...

House GOP Passes Restrictions on Transgender Athletes

Democrats have promised to keep it from becoming law

(Newser) - Legislation to keep transgender student athletes off women’s sports teams cleared the House on Thursday, pushed through by Republicans on a 219-203 vote. It would bar transgender women and girls from competing on female athletic teams at schools receiving federal funding, Politico reports, though they could train or practice...

Here's What Just Made Judy Blume Curse on Twitter

After remarks on JK Rowling, author says it's 'total bull----' she doesn't stand with the trans community

(Newser) - Judy Blume may be 85 years old, but she's not shy about throwing down on Twitter if she needs to. The Independent reports that the popular children's author—who has penned such classics as Deenie, Forever, and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret—is responding to...

2 More States Ban Gender-Affirming Care

Idaho, Indiana governors sign bans

(Newser) - Republican governors in Indiana and Idaho have signed into law bills banning gender-affirming care for minors, making those states the latest to prohibit transgender health care as Republican-led legislatures work to restrict LGBTQ+ rights this year, the AP reports. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Wednesday signed legislation that will prohibit...

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