Celine Dion partners with Nununu for new genderneutral, kids clothing line

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Céline Dion is partnering with children’s retailer Nununu to create her new genderneutral clothing line for kids called Celinununu. According to the clothing line’s website, the mission was to use fashion to shape people’s minds and inspire children to find their own individuality through fashion.

This was displayed in the new ad Dion put out to promote the clothing line. In the ad, Dion sneaks into a nursery and sees the infants are predictably wearing blue and pink onesies. The songstress decides to break the stereotype by using fairy dust to change the infants’ onesies to black-and-white ensembles.

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Missouri school district embraces gender-neutral bathrooms

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NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) | A Kansas City-area school district that garnered national attention when a transgender student was crowned homecoming queen in 2015 has installed gender-neutral restrooms at two new elementary schools and in some existing locations.

The individual bathroom stalls at Rising Hill Elementary and Northview Elementary in the North Kansas City School District two new elementary schools are enclosed with floor-to-ceiling walls and lockable doors, the Kansas City Star reported. The restrooms still have an open alcove area with a common trough sink. Both male and female symbols adorn the same sign on the wall outside the bathrooms.

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Florida Bar in the process of creating gender-neutral divorce documents

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ORLANDO | The last marriage-related document in Florida is finally changing to reflect the needs of same-sex couples.

After the 2015 marriage equality ruling by the state of Florida and the U.S. Supreme Court, marriage applications and most divorce forms were adjusted to include same-sex couples. However, Barry Miller, President of the Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association (CFGALLA) and CEO of The Closing Agent, discovered the Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage still referred to couples as “Husband” and “Wife.”

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Vermont gender neutral restroom requirement could be national model

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ABOVE: Gov. Phil Scott signs gender neutral bathroom bill into law. Image is screenshot from video on gov. Phil Scott’s Facebook

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers hope a new law that requires single occupancy restrooms be marked gender neutral can serve as a model for the rest of the nation.

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Pink is raising her children to be gender-neutral

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Pink is raising her children in a gender-neutral household.

The 38-year-old singer opened up to The People about how she is raising her six-year-old daughter Willow and one-year-old son Jameson. She says that she and her husband Carey Hart run a ” label-less household.”

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NYC subway announcements go gender-neutral

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is taking a step towards modernizing the New York City subway system by using gender-neutral language in its subway announcements.

Pix11 reports that the gendered words “ladies and gentlemen” will be removed from pre-recorded and live announcements. They will be replaced with gender-neutral words such as “passengers,” “riders” and “everyone.”

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Apple releases gender-neutral emojis

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Apple is releasing hundreds of new emojis including gender-neutral characters in various skin tones and age ranges.

Other emojis making their debut will be a mermaid, a dinosaur, a woman with a headscarf, a carton of Chinese food and a breastfeeding mother. There will be also an emoji hand signing “I love you” in American Sign Language.

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Yale sues Connecticut over gender-neutral restrooms

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – Yale University is suing Connecticut over its plan to turn single-user restrooms into gender-neutral bathrooms at its law school.

The New Haven Register reports the state building inspector’s office previously denied the school’s request for an exemption from the state building code requiring that a certain number of bathrooms in every building be assigned by gender.

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D.C. to allow gender-neutral driver’s licenses

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At the direction of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, the city’s Department of Motor Vehicles will begin allowing residents to choose a gender-neutral “X” identifier on driver’s licenses and other city identification documents on June 26.

The announcement on Tuesday by the mayor’s office of the soon to be available gender-neutral identification documents came on the same day that six members of the D.C. City Council introduced a bill that would enact the gender neutral I.D. policy proposed by the mayor administratively into city law.

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Xbox Live introduces gender-neutral avatar clothing

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Xbox Live Avatars will soon have a gender-neutral clothing option, Microsoft revealed during a Xbox Daily live stream at E3.

In addition to gender-neutral clothing, users can create pregnant avatars or customize avatars with prosthetic limbs or in wheelchairs.

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Doll based on transgender teen Jazz Jennings to debut at New York Toy Fair

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WASHINGTON (AP)- A New York doll maker says it will be selling what it believes is the first transgender doll on the market.

The doll is based on Jazz Jennings, the teenage transgender subject of the TLC documentary series I am Jazz. It will make its debut at the New York Toy Fair next week and be available on the Tonner Doll Co.’s web site and in specialty stores in July.

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University of Nebraska drops homecoming king, queen titles in favor of ‘royals’

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The University of Nebraska at Omaha has named its royal homecoming pair, but don’t call them king and queen.

The school has joined a growing number of other schools around the county that are moving to gender-neutral homecoming courts to be more inclusive of transgender students.

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