Dartmouth lets students select chosen names

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ABOVE: Dartmouth’s Class of 2023. Photo courtesy Dartmouth’s Facebook page.

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) | Dartmouth College has become the latest university to allow students to easily change their name or gender identity in directories, on identification cards and elsewhere across the Ivy League campus.

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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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Sam Smith gets candid with fans about mental health

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Sam Smith, photo via Smith’s Facebook.

Sam Smith got candid about mental health in a series of tweets offering encouraging words to his fans.

The 27-year-old singer explained that he was reflecting on mental health while on his “first holiday in a long long time.”

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‘Queer Eye’ star Jonathan Van Ness comes out as non-binary

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness has come out as non-binary and gender non-conforming.

In an interview with Out, the grooming and skincare expert opened up about his gender identity.

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United Airlines becomes first U.S. airline to offer non-binary gender booking option

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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United Airlines announced they will now offer non-binary booking options for customers who do not identify as male or female. This makes United Airlines the first U.S. airline to provide a non-binary option.

Customers now have the option of choosing “(U) undisclosed” and “(X) unspecified,” as well as “(M) male” and (F) female,” when booking as it corresponds to their authorized identification. They can also choose the gender-neutral honorific “Mx” when booking and for their MileagePlus customer profile.

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Watermark’s Swipe Right Party – Central Florida

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Watermark is celebrating love with the Swipe Right Party Feb. 7.  The party is an LGBTQ singles mixer where any and all can come out to try and find that special someone.

Here’s how it works:

-Bracelets will be made available as you arrive.

-Blue means you’re looking for a man.

-Purple means you are looking for a woman.

-Orange means you’re taken.

-Yellow means you’re looking, non-binary.

-Wear as many as you feel expresses who you are.

The event is free and open to all looking for love. Light bites will be provided and cash bar available. Come out and find your Valentine!

Sephora offering in-store make up classes for trans, non-binary community

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sephora is now offering a free makeup and skincare class for the transgender and non-binary community.

Bold Beauty for the Transgender Community is part of Sephora’s Classes for Confidence, “90-minute, hands-on sessions focus on techniques and products that help you build confidence and celebrate your own unique beauty.” Another Class for Confidence teaches students “techniques and products that address the visible effects of cancer treatments.”

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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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‘Degrassi: Next Class’ character comes out as non-binary

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Netflix’s hit teen drama “Degrassi: Next Class” is known for having inclusive characters such as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Now, the Canadian series can add non-binary representation to the list.

In a preview clip for the upcoming fourth season, Yael (Jamie Bloch) kisses her friend Lola (Amanda Arcuri) to determine if she’s gay. Yael decides she isn’t gay but confesses to Lola she’s feeling confused about her gender.

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Piers Morgan mocks non-binary couple’s gender identity on air

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Piers Morgan sparked controversy when he called gender neutrality a “fad” and compared non-binary identity to wanting to be an elephant on “Good Morning Britain.”

Fox Fisher and Owl Stefania were invited on the talk show to discuss their children’s book on gender neutrality, coinciding with International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

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Emmys allows non-binary ‘Billions’ star to choose award category

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Non-binary performer Asia Kate Dillon plays the first non-binary character on the show “Billions” and is now breaking barriers in Emmy Awards consideration.

Variety reports Showtime wanted to submit Dillon for a nomination for their portrayal of Taylor Mason and asked Dillon whether they wanted to be submitted for an actor or actress category. Dillon wondered why they had to choose and sent a letter to the Television Academy.

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A question of identity: Neither man nor woman

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP)- You’ve probably never met anyone quite like Courtney Nicholas. Then again, maybe you have.

Nicholas, who likes to be called Court, was named Jackson at birth and was raised as a boy. But at some point it became clear that designation didn’t really fit.

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