Sam Smith announces new pronouns of ‘they’ and ‘them’

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ABOVE: Sam Smith, photo courtesy Smith’s Facebook page.

NEW YORK (AP) | Sam Smith has declared the pronouns of “they/them” on social media after coming out as non-binary in what the pop star called a “lifetime of being at war with my gender.”

The English “Too Good at Goodbyes” singer was met with thousands of mostly supportive comments, along with some detractors questioned the need to change pronouns, an increasingly common practice both within and outside of the LGBTQ community.

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Maryland voter forms to provide third gender option

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ABOVE: Maryland’s State Board of Elections host a conference to prepare for the 2020 elections and beyond. Photo courtesy Maryland’s State Board of Elections Facebook page.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) | Voters in Maryland will no longer be required to identify themselves as male or female when they register to vote.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Maryland State Board of Elections will soon allow voters to choose “X” or “unspecified'” as a gender when they fill out voter registration forms.

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Orlando mayor announces Florida’s first multi-stall, all-user government building restroom

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ORLANDO | Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced Aug. 7 that City Hall will be the first government building to house a multi-stall, all-user restroom in the state of Florida.

The announcement was made during Dyer’s 2018 State of the City where he laid out “60 reasons we love Orlando and are excited about our future.” The theme is meant to coincide with the mayor’s 60th birthday.

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Gender change on birth certificates now easier in New Jersey

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – It’s now easier for New Jersey transgender residents to change their genders on their birth certificates.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed the measure into law July 3.

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LGBT group asks Michigan commission for legal protections

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An LGBTQ rights group has asked the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to interpret a current prohibition on sex discrimination to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Kansas City-area universities add gender-inclusive housing

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Kansas have joined a growing list of colleges that are setting aside housing for students who don’t identify with a specific gender.

The two universities each have assigned housing for more than 20 students who might be transgender, transitioning from their birth gender or who don’t fit into the traditional idea of male or female roles. More than 200 universities across the country have made similar arrangements, The Kansas City Star reported.

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Delaware lawmakers aim to protect gender identity

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DOVER, Del. (AP) – Democratic lawmakers have introduced a resolution calling for Delaware’s Department of Education to develop regulations with specific guidelines to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

The resolution says state employment policies and guidelines mandate that government employees not be discriminated against based on gender identity or expression. That includes the right to be called by their preferred names and pronouns, treated with dignity and respect, and allowed to use bathroom facilities corresponding to their gender identity.

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Garfield Wikipedia debate forces creator to clarify cat’s gender

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Garfield is known as the lazy, lasagna-eating orange cat but some fans who thought the cartoon character could also be gender fluid led to a 60-hour Wikipedia edit war.

Podcaster Virgil Texas started the great debate when he cited an interview Garfield creator Jim Davis did for Mental Floss in 2014.

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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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