Three Republican lawmakers in North Carolina are now looking to ban same-sex marriage in the state with a bill called the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act,” which critics say is already “dead on arrival.” The bill, House Bill 780, sponsored by Reps. Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale and Carl Ford argues that the U.S. Supreme Court overstepped its “constitutional bounds” in 2015 when it struck down what was known as Amendment One. “HB 780 is about the need for the states to reassert their rights. As the bill states, marriage is not a federal matter. For too long, the federal government...Read More
(HARTFORD COURANT) — Cromwell High School freshman Andraya Yearwood finally ran the race she had been dreaming of running, and not because she had a personal best time. Andraya is a transgender woman who was running for the girls’ track team on Wednesday, racing other female athletes from Portland and Old Saybrook. After telling her father, Rahsaan Yearwood, and mother, Ngozi Nnaji, in middle school that she identified as a female, Andraya, 15, was getting the chance she wanted. With family, friends and teammates cheering her on at her first high school track meet, Andraya won the girls 100-...Read More
Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, has undergone successful sex reassignment surgery, according to a book of memoirs set to be released later this month. According to excerpts published by Radar Online, the 67-year-old Jenner went under the knife for a “final surgery” in January of this year, just over two years after coming out as transgender in a blockbuster interview with Diane Sawyer in 2015. “The surgery was a success, and I feel not only wonderful but liberated,” Jenner reportedly writes in Secrets of My Life, a book of memoirs due out April 25. “I am telling...Read More
In a world that is fascinated with Caitlyn Jenner, are teens trying to be transgender because it’s popular? An Australian expert who works with transgender clients discovered that may be a possibility. Adolescents are “trying out being transgender” to stand out or gain attention from their peers, psychiatrist Stephen Stathis told The Courier Mail last week. “One said to me, ‘Dr. Steve…I want to be transgender, it’s the new black,” he recalled. Stathis runs Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. He said a gender dysphoria diagnosis is rare and affects only a minority, 180 minors, he will see at his...Read More
A gay rights lobby group has called for British passports to feature the letter ‘X’ to cater for those who do not want to identify as male or female. LGBT organization Stonewall said allowing people the option of declaring that they do not wish to be recognized by mainstream labels would be positive for those who face difficulties at passport control. Tara Stone, of Stonewall, said: ‘Some trans people find it very validating of their identity to have that gender designator. It basically allows them to express their identity.’ A UK government spokesman said it has already committed to ‘reviewing gender...Read More
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