Gender Politics

Kentucky: Bill fines transgender students in restrooms, locker rooms

FRANKFORT, Kentucky -- In a rebuke to a Louisville high school, a Kentucky lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would ban transgender students from using school restrooms that don't correspond to their anatomical sex. Critics called the bill "ludicrous."

The "Kentucky Student Privacy Act," proposed by State Sen. C.B. Embry Jr., R-Morgantown, also would allow students to sue the school for $2,500 when they encounter a person of the opposite biological sex in a bathroom or locker room if staff have allowed it or failed to prohibit it.

Transgender army officer: I was living lie

A British army officer says she decided to come out as transgender after "living an act" as a man serving on the frontline in Afghanistan.

Capt. Hannah Winterbourne, of the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, said she realized her "body was wrong" at the age of 23 while training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

While the 27-year-old said she feared the reaction, she praised the military for being "very forward thinking."

Pennsylvania: Transgender doctor could make history as physician general

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania -- If selected to served in Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's Cabinet, Dr. Rachel Levine could become the highest-ranked transgender woman in Pennsylvania state government history.

Levine, who transitioned from male to female about five years ago, was announced as Wolf's physician general on Saturday. The physician general position, which was created under former Gov Tom Ridge, must be confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate.

Two Spirit: The trials and tribulations of gender identity in the 21st century

NEW YORK -- Devin Etcitty, a 21-year-old from the Navajo nation, stood before a circle of 12 Native American students at Columbia University. He asked them to introduce themselves by name, tribal nation and preferred gender pronoun.

Gender identity is a common topic on college campuses these days. But this group’s focus was unusual: how to cope as a Native American gay living off the reservation.

“Do gays here even have an indigenous experience?” Etcitty asked of these New York City newcomers.

New York: Transgender sues prison after sexual assault

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A transgender inmate has sued New York's maximum-security Sullivan Correctional Facility and several staff, saying they were "deliberately indifferent" to her heightened risk for the sexual assault that happened last year.

The federal suit, filed by the Cardozo Civil Rights Clinic on behalf of Leslieann Manning, says she was attacked in an unmonitored classroom by an inmate with a history of violence.

HRC suspends Saks' equality-index score over transgender controversy

WASHINGTON DC - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) today took the rare step of suspending Saks Fifth Avenue’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) score in light of a transgender controversy involving the retailer giant.

North Carolina: Transgender candidate wants to lead state's Democrats

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Another hopeful to become chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party for the next two years would make history with a victory as a transgender candidate.

Janice Covington Allison of Charlotte confirmed this week she is running for the post when the party's Executive Committee meets next month in Raleigh to vote. Current Chairman Randy Voller isn't seeking re-election.

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ACTION ALERT! 200,000 sign petition on transgender law after teen's tragic death

CINCINNATI, Ohio — A petition to enact a "Leelah's Law" and ban transgender conversion therapy has gathered more than 200,000 virtual signatures in less than 48 hours of its posting to change.org.

The petition, addressed to President Barack Obama, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calls for the president and House leadership to "immediately seek a pathway for banning the practice known as 'transgender conversion therapy.' "

Colorado: County jail segregates transgender inmate in solitary cell

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — A transgender inmate was recently separated from the general female population at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center after a complaint was filed about her, the Sheriff's Office confirmed last week.

The woman had not threatened anyone, but someone complained that she was being "disruptive by talking about her status," spokesman Sgt. Greg White said. He would not release the complaint filed against the inmate, citing concern for her safety.

Inmates at CJC are housed by "biological gender," or what physically classifies them as men or women.

Morocco: Transgender dancer transcends anti-LGBT attitudes

CASABLANCA, Morocco -- It was a slow night on the red carpet at the opening of the Marrakech film festival for the photographers and everyone was complaining over the lack of celebrities.

Then a car pulled up and out stepped Noor Talbi, Morocco's most famous belly dancer. The photographers went wild. Darling of the jet set and a fixture for any society party or hotel opening, Noor's statuesque six feet frame was clothed in a spangled, off-the-shoulder ballgown slit up the side to reveal her long legs.

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