ESPN’s “Body Issue” to include first transgender athlete

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ChrisMosier_MugNew York (AP) – Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, 12-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade and NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta will be featured in ESPN The Magazine’s eighth annual “Body Issue.”

Other athletes photographed include NFL stars Antonio Brown and Vince Wilfork, UFC champion Conor McGregor, WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, swimmer Nathan Adrian, beach volleyball Olympian April Ross, soccer player Christen Press, wrestler Adeline Gray, boxer Claressa Shields, and retired diver Greg Louganis. Duathlete Chris Mosier is the first transgender athlete to appear in the issue.

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Birth certificates will determine gender for student-athletes in Texas

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Austin (AP) – School superintendents in Texas have overwhelmingly approved a change that requires public school officials to use a birth certificate to determine a student-athlete’s gender.

A referendum ballot submitted to superintendents last month shows they voted 586 to 32 to amend University Interscholastic League rules when it comes to transgender athletes.

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IOC lifts restrictions on transgender athletes

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London (AP) – Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the IOC.

International Olympic Committee medical officials told The Associated Press they changed the policy to adapt to current scientific, social and legal attitudes on transgender issues.

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Former Nickelodeon Star posts controversial tweets about Caitlyn Jenner

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Drake Bell, a former teen heartthrob and star of Nickelodeon’s Drake and Josh, stirred up controversy June 1 when he tweeted his opinion about Caitlyn Jenner to his over 3 million followers.

The tweet read, “Sorry….still calling you Bruce.”

Shortly after the tweet was posted, Bell deleted and replaced it with, “That’s bravery!”

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2.12.15 Editor’s Desk

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SteveBlanchardHeadshot_137x185For the first time in, well, ever, I actually care about Bruce Jenner. Reality shows have never interested me and while I enjoy sports—especially the Olympics—I’m not fanatical about them.

I couldn’t tell you who won what in last year’s Sochi Winter Olympics, much less the Summer Olympics of 2012. And if it wasn’t for Google, I wouldn’t know to write this sentence explaining that Jenner won a 1976 Gold Medal in the decathlon.

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N.C. coaching great Dean Smith dies at 83

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Dean Smith, the coaching innovator who won two national championships at North Carolina, an Olympic gold medal in 1976, an induction into basketball’s Hall of Fame more than a decade before he left the bench, and built a church that supported LGBT issues has died. He was 83.

The retired coach died “peacefully” at his North Carolina home Feb. 7, the school said in a statement from Smith’s family. He was with his wife and five children.

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Morocco’s transgender dancer courts acceptance

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CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) – 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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Daytona university and students hope to raise AIDS awareness

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Daytona Beach (AP) – Michael Moore remembers the long walk from Bethune-Cookman University to a health clinic a few miles away.

He was sweating when he arrived, but not just from the late-July heat. After enduring mysterious flu-like symptoms on and off for two years, he was nervous about the results of a blood test he’d taken two weeks earlier.

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Transgender guidelines for Minnesota prep sports considered

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota High School League will vote on establishing guidelines for transgender student-athlete participation.

The guidelines would be the first in the state for transgender student athletes. The proposal describes how schools should accommodate locker room privacy and outlines the medical documentation that students must have to identify themselves as transgender.

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IOC adds anti-discrimination to host contract

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The IOC will require future Olympic host cities to abide by rules that forbid any kind of discrimination, a move prompted by the outcry caused by Russia’s adoption of a law banning so-called gay “propaganda” ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi

The International Olympic Committee sent a letter to the three candidates for the 2022 Winter Games specifying that the host city contract will include new wording on non-discrimination.

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Australian Rugby Union announces measures to tackle discrimination

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SYDNEY (AP) — World Cup-winning captains John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones joined with the Australian Rugby Union on Aug. 29 for an anti-discrimination policy launch that coincided with the opening day of the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said the “inclusion policy” ensures “every individual, whether they’re players, supporters, coaches or administrators, feel safe, welcome and included, regardless of race, gender or sexuality.”

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WNBA players are engaged, and it’s adorable

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Phoenix (AP) – Women’s basketball stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are engaged.

Griner proposed to Johnson and both posted it on social media, with Griner showing a photo of her on one knee with a ring in her hand in front of Johnson on her Instagram account. Griner plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and Johnson for the Tulsa Shock.

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