California lawmakers want third-gender option on IDs

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill Jan. 26 supporters say would make California the first state to add a third gender option on state identifying documents.

State Sen. Toni Atkins’ bill would add a non-binary gender marker option for driver’s licenses, birth certificates, identity cards and gender change court orders. The San Diego Democrat says SB 179 would also simplify the process for changing one’s gender on those documents.

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Texas prison records show more than 330 transgender inmates

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AUSTIN (AP) — Texas prison system records show the number of inmates identifying themselves as transgender is at an all-time high amid greater awareness of gender issues and criminal justice reforms.

The Dallas Morning News reported Sept. 28 that 333 inmates currently identify themselves as transgender. Texas Department of Criminal Justice records show that compares to 67 inmates identifying themselves as transgender in September 2014.

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Missouri transgender inmate latest to push for hormone treatment

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A transgender inmate is suing the Missouri prison system for refusing to provide hormone therapy as she transitions to a woman, adding her voice to those of prisoners in other states who argue that denying such treatment amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

Lambda Legal filed the lawsuit in federal court in St. Louis last week on behalf of Jessica Hicklin, a 37-year old inmate serving life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder at age 16, when she went by her birth name, James. She is challenging a state Department of Corrections policy that bars hormone therapy for inmates who weren’t receiving it before being incarcerated.

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Amy Schumer, Seth Rogen take on gender identity in new Bud Light ad

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Bud Light released its newest ad in the ongoing commercial series, “The Bud Light Party,” starring Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen, and in the ad they take on labels.

“We are going to bring America together,” the two comedians say in the commercial. “A party for everyone: men, women, people of all genders.”

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Pope says it’s ‘terrible’ kids taught they can choose gender

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has lamented that children are being taught at school that gender can be a choice, adding that his predecessor, Benedict XVI has labeled current times “the epoch of sin against God the Creator.”

Francis weighed in with his view on gender and what he said was that of the emeritus pontiff while meeting privately last week with bishops from Poland during his pilgrimage there. The Vatican released a transcript August 2 of those closed-door remarks.

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UCF to offer course on gender identity

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The University of Central Florida is offering an English course that will explore both the oppressive and supportive role of gender in writing. “Gendered Rhetorics” is being offered as a 3-credit class through the Department of Writing and Rhetoric for the Fall 2016 school term.

“We’ll be looking at a lot of public protests or speeches, acts of resistance that are in films, television shows, music and literature,” Dr. Martha Brenckle, who teaches the course, says. “[The class will study] people that really question this whole idea of ‘gender’ and what it means.”

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Delaware lawmakers consider changing the definition of family

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Dover, Del. (AP) – The state House is set to vote on bill change the definition of family under Delaware law to make references to couples gender neutral.

The legislation to be voted on May 24 eliminates “husband and wife” from among the relationships that constitute a family, inserting instead the word “spouses.”

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Emma Watson, Forest Whitaker kick off HeForShe Art Week in NYC

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NEW YORK (AP) — Emma Watson said she wants people to understand the importance of gender equality not only on a rational level but also on a visceral one March 8, and books, movies and other art forms are important vehicles for accomplishing that.

“It’s also about making them feel it in their bones,” said Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series.

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Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender, says ‘I am a woman’

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NEW YORK (AP) – In the 1970s, Bruce Jenner was a symbol of American masculinity as an Olympic champion. Nearly 40 years later, in an extraordinary television interview, Jenner told the world that he identifies as a woman and has felt gender confusion since he was a little boy growing up in the New York suburbs.

Jenner let his hair down, literally loosening a ponytail and letting his hair flow past his shoulders, in a symbolic moment at the start of his two-hour interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that was televised April 24. “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.”

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Colorado bill on transgender birth certificates blocked by GOP-controlled Senate

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Denver (AP) – Senate Republicans have put an end to a Democratic attempt to make it easier for transgender people to change their birth certificates.

A Senate committee voted 3-2 April 15 to reject a bill to allow people to change the gender listings on their birth certificates without getting surgery. All three Republicans on the committee voted against it.

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Orlando performer claims mistreatment by healthcare facility after suicide attempt

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Update 3.27.15 at 3:07 p.m. EST: Danielle is being moved, and Equality Florida reached out to talk about how they’re helping and what are the larger implications for the transgender community.

Danielle Hunter, a local transgender performer, is claiming mistreatment from an Orlando healthcare facility after being admitted due to a suicide attempt. Hunter is in the process of being moved to a “non-hospital facility” on March 27, according to an Equality Florida spokesperson.

Hunter was admitted to Lakeside Behavior Healthcare on March 24 after being found by her roommate, fellow performer Roxy Brooks, in their home on March 20 and taken to the hospital.

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New Alabama marriage licenses accommodate same-sex marriages

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Montgomery, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s health department has distributed new marriage license forms to accommodate same-sex weddings that are expected to begin Feb. 9.

The Alabama Department of Public Health sent the new form Feb. 5 to probate judges across the state. The form has two spaces that read spouse, instead of separate listings for bride and groom. The form also has boxes to list the gender of each spouse.

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