Tag: Transgender

Oklahoma Republicans Passed a Bathroom Bill. Now, a Trans Kid Is Dead.

Tragically, it’s not the first time that Owasso has punished one of its LGBTQ+ members. In April 2022, one of Benedict’s teachers at Owasso High School, Tyler Wrynn, was featured in a video by Libs of TikTok, a far-right account run by professional agitator Chaya Raichik whose other posts have led to multiple bomb threats […]

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NY Archdiocese Condemns Funeral of Cecilia Gentili, a Transgender Activist

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York condemned the funeral of a transgender community leader that was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday, calling the event an insult to the Catholic faith and saying it was unaware of the identity of the deceased when it agreed to host the service. The funeral, which drew […]

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Utah School Board Member Is Censured After Questioning Student’s Gender

A Utah State Board of Education member was stripped of her committee assignments and asked to resign this week after she questioned the gender of a high school basketball player in a Facebook post. Natalie Cline, the board member, posted a flyer for a high school basketball team in Salt Lake County on Feb. 6 […]

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Trans Visibility Is Nice. Safety Is Even Better.

In my childhood, trans representation was largely confined to sensationalized daytime talk shows — think “Jerry Springer” — and fictionalized stories of cisgender people reacting with disgust or violence upon learning someone was trans — think of the movies “Boys Don’t Cry,” “The Crying Game,” even “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.” In the last several years, […]

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How the Right Weaponized the Dobbs Ruling to Wage War on Trans People

True to form, the Circuit Courts in Skrmetti and Eknes-Tucker rejected the argument that gender-affirming healthcare bans implicated a protected class in which heightened scrutiny applied. According to the Sixth Circuit, “It’s highly unlikely, as an initial matter, that the plaintiffs could show that the Act lacks a rational basis.”   “The reality that the [gender-affirming […]

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The Supreme Court Ruling the Right Is Using to Eradicate Transgender People

True to form, the circuit courts in Skrmetti and Eknes-Tucker rejected the argument that gender-affirming health care bans implicated a protected class in which heightened scrutiny applied. According to the Sixth Circuit, “It’s highly unlikely, as an initial matter, that the plaintiffs could show that the Act lacks a rational basis.” “The reality that the […]

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Georgia GOP Plans to Use Women’s Rights Bill to Allow More Hate Crimes

“As [the National Archives and Records Administration] attempted to carry out its statutory responsibilities from 2021 into 2022, highly classified documents sat in a ballroom, bathroom, office space, and a basement storage room at a social club traversed by thousands of members, employees, and guests. NARA rightly involved other government agencies that had equities and […]

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Georgia GOP “Women’s Rights” Bill Is Exactly What You’d Expect—or Worse

“As [the National Archives and Records Administration] attempted to carry out its statutory responsibilities from 2021 into 2022, highly classified documents sat in a ballroom, bathroom, office space, and a basement storage room at a social club traversed by thousands of members, employees, and guests. NARA rightly involved other government agencies that had equities and […]

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‘My Heart Sank’: In Maine, a Challenge to a Book, and to a Town’s Self-Image

Rich Boulet, the director of the Blue Hill Public Library, was working in his office when a regular patron stopped by to ask how to donate a book to the library. “You just hand it over,” Mr. Boulet said. The book was “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters,” by the journalist Abigail Shrier. […]

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Fighting Book Bans, Librarians Rally to Their Own Defense

During 12 years as a youth librarian in northern Idaho, Denise Neujahr read to and befriended children of many backgrounds. Devout or atheist, gay or straight, all were welcome until a November evening in 2021, when about two dozen teens arriving at the Post Falls library for a meeting of the “Rainbow Squad” encountered a […]

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As Kids, They Thought They Were Trans. They No Longer Do.

Grace Powell was 12 or 13 when she discovered she could be a boy. Growing up in a relatively conservative community in Grand Rapids, Mich., Powell, like many teenagers, didn’t feel comfortable in her own skin. She was unpopular and frequently bullied. Puberty made everything worse. She suffered from depression and was in and out […]

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Utah Sets Restrictions on Transgender People’s Bathroom Use

The News Utah will prohibit transgender people from using bathrooms in public schools and government-owned buildings that align with their gender identity, after Gov. Spencer Cox signed a bill on Tuesday imposing the restrictions. Background The bill, House Bill 257, which passed the Legislature last week, set sweeping restrictions for transgender people. Under the bill, […]

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Republicans Reveal Their Endgame in the Fight Over Trans Kids

In the past three years, Republican legislators have proposed and passed a dizzying series of laws prohibiting gender-affirming care for trans kids. Due to these efforts, an estimated 36 percent of trans minors live in states where such care is now banned. Now, lawmakers are opening up about their “endgame” in this crusade: banning gender-affirming […]

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How Lucy Sante Wrote a Revelatory Memoir

a rather eerie daily entertainment in the warmer months was provided by a group of middle-aged transvestites who would lean against parked cars in their minidresses and bouffants and issue forth perfect, obviously church-trained four-part doo-wop harmonies.… For them, as for the majority of the people on the street—including, so we liked to think, us—New […]

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How Russia Is Erasing All Traces of Its Queer People

This article originally appeared on VICE Netherlands. Olga (who asked to remain anonymous to protect her identity) is a 26-year-old chemical engineer from Russia and a trans woman. Last November, she fled her home country to the Netherlands and has since been staying at the Ter Apel asylum seekers’ centre in the north of the […]

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Whitney Biennial Names 71 Artists to Probe Turbulent Times

The last time the Whitney Biennial came around, in 2022, its production had been extended an extra year by the Covid pandemic, and the curators had to plan the exhibition and meet artists in virtual visits over Zoom. To prepare for the 2024 Biennial — the latest iteration in the landmark exhibition of American contemporary […]

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Ohio to Ban Transition Care After Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto

Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday overrode Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto of a bill that would bar transgender minors from receiving puberty blockers, hormone therapy or gender transition surgery. The move by the Republican-controlled state legislature comes less than four weeks after the Republican governor’s veto. The state House voted on Jan. 10 to override Mr. DeWine’s […]

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The GOP Doesn’t Want to Punish Trans People—It Wants to Eradicate Them

Then there’s the laughable notion that these sorts of bills will fail to pass. Once Heritage and ADF have made it unthinkable to oppose such bills, legislative hearings become a kangaroo court. During the last hearings to ban health care for trans youth in South Carolina, the ADF couldn’t even be bothered to send anyone […]

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With Harsh Anti-L.G.B.T.Q. Law, Uganda Risks a Health Crisis

For decades, Uganda’s campaign against H.I.V. was exemplary, slashing the country’s death rate by nearly 90 percent from 1990 to 2019. Now a sweeping law enacted last year, the Anti-Homosexuality Act, threatens to renew the epidemic as L.G.B.T.Q. citizens are denied, or are too afraid to seek out, necessary medical care. The law criminalizes consensual […]

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West Virginia Bill Could Ban All Transgender People From Schools

South Africa has recognized the ongoing Nakba of the Palestinian people through Israel’s colonization since 1948, which has systematically and forcibly dispossessed, displaced and fragmented the Palestinian people, deliberately denying them the internationally recognized inalienable right to self determination and their internationally recognized rights of return as refugees to their towns and villages in what […]

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Bernie Wagenblast, the Voice of the Subway, Speaks for Herself At Last

It’s a voice that is unmistakable to millions of harried New York City subway riders, telling them to “please stand away from the platform edge” or that the next train is “approaching the station.” It is deep and sounds authoritative, even comforting. But behind those disembodied familiar reminders was a secret. Bernie Wagenblast, the voice […]

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Ohio’s GOP Governor Vetoed an Anti-Trans Bill. Then, He Made It Worse.

That has Republican leaders running scared. State Attorney General Ashley Moody, a DeSantis ally, has asked the Florida Supreme Court to disqualify the amendment. She argues the language is misleading, claiming that the use of the word “viability” could have multiple meanings. The state’s high court will hear arguments on February 7. In November, state […]

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Florida Republicans Introduce the Most Terrifying Assault on Trans Rights Yet

“We’re one of the worst in the nation, and that’s been true for a while now,” Bernard said. “Parents are going to skip meals, or you’re going to stretch meals farther. The charitable side will try and fill that gap. But there are going to be some struggles.” Although Oklahoma has rejected the summer program, […]

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Florida Republicans Introduce Most Terrifying Assault on Trans Rights Yet

“We’re one of the worst in the nation, and that’s been true for a while now,” Bernard said. “Parents are going to skip meals, or you’re going to stretch meals farther. The charitable side will try and fill that gap. But there are going to be some struggles.” Although Oklahoma has rejected the summer program, […]

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New State Laws Will Affect Americans Starting Jan. 1, 2024

A spate of new state laws, including on guns, minimum wage and gender transition care, went into effect as the calendar flipped to 2024. Perhaps the most significant change bans programs that promote diversity, equity and inclusion at publicly funded colleges and universities in Texas. Conservative politicians have targeted these diversity initiatives, known as D.E.I., […]

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Ohio Governor Blocks Bill Banning Transition Care for Minors

Background Lawmakers passed the measure earlier in December. Those in favor of the bill argued that parents are pressured by doctors to sign off on transition care treatments for their children. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Gary Click, said parents are “being manipulated by the physicians.’’ In addition to banning transition care for minors, the bill […]

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2 Teens Convicted of Murdering Brianna Ghey, a Transgender Girl, in England

Two teenagers were found guilty on Wednesday of murdering Brianna Ghey, a 16-year-old transgender girl who was stabbed 28 times at a park in northwest England in February, local prosecutors said. The two, both 16 and referred to by prosecutors only as “Girl X” and “Boy Y,” had carefully planned the killing in a series […]

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An Anti-L.G.B.T.Q. Law in Uganda Is Hurting the Economy

Sitting on a sofa in his tiny office, Simon Azarwagye, the owner of a travel company called Azas Safaris, points to numbers on his laptop — visual aids for a story that still makes him miserable to tell. “See that?” he says, gesturing to a graph marked “quote requests.” It represents the 89 prospective customers […]

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Red States and Blue States Are Becoming Different Countries

It seems obvious to say, but if you want a real sense of the differences between America’s two major parties — and if you want a sense of what the future could bring if either party wins full control of the federal government next year — all you have to do is look at the […]

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