Indiana residents speak out on proposed ID rule to update gender options

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ABOVE: Branch of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. (Photo by Huw Williams, From Wikimedia Commons)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) | Indiana residents spoke out at a hearing about a proposed rule regarding a policy that allows residents who do not identify as male or female to choose a nonbinary option on driver’s licenses.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ (BMV) new rule would require nonbinary applicants to go through the Indiana State Department of Health to change gender on licenses and identification cards, but State Attorney General Curtis Hill stalled the measure in September because the public wasn’t sufficiently notified.

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New York courts to expand gender options on jury documents

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) | New York’s court system says it plans to expand the gender options on jury documents in an effort to be more inclusive of people who do not identify as male or female.

State court spokesman Lucian Chalfen says the system aims to have the updated juror information card set for distribution by early January.

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Sam Smith surprises with cover of Donna Summer disco classic

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national lgbt media association
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In a surprise move, out singer Sam Smith has released a new cover version of the iconic Donna Summer disco track, “I Feel Love.”

It’s been a busy year for Smith, who has already enjoyed global hits with songs like “Dancing With A Stranger” and “How Do You Sleep?,” and who came out in March as nonbinary and genderqueer, asking people to use “they” and “them” pronouns in reference to them.

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Governor updates LGBTQ community equal rights in Oregon

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) | Oregon’s LGBTQ community has updated rights to equal treatment under an executive order signed by Gov. Kate Brown.

Brown, America’s first openly bisexual governor, said a 1987 executive order needed to be updated to reflect current law and understandings about sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Netflix’s ‘She-Ra’ adds first nonbinary character

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ABOVE: “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” newcomer Double Trouble. Screenshot via Twitter.

Gender nonconforming entertainer Jacob Tobia has joined Netflix’s “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” as the animated series’ first nonbinary character.

Netflix’s reboot, a modern take on the 1980s classic “She-Ra: Princess of Power,” was nominated for a GLAAD Award earlier this year for its LGBTQ inclusivity. Tobia will play Double Trouble, a shape-shifting mercenary who joins forces with the villainous Horde in the show’s fourth season.

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Nonbinary pronoun ‘they’ added to dictionary

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Merriam-Webster announced via Twitter Sept. 17 that the nonbinary pronoun “they” will be added to its dictionary.

The definition reads, “Used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary.”

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Transgender Nike contractor says company ignored harassment

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) | A transgender software engineer who worked as a Nike contractor says in a recently filed complaint with state labor officials that the company did nothing to stop abuse and harassment by other contractors.

Jazz Lyles, who identifies as transmasculine/nonbinary and prefers the pronouns “they” and “them,” says in a complaint filed Sept. 25 that some of their colleagues refused to use gender-neutral pronouns.

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The challenges and successes of nonbinary gender pronoun usage

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Easthampton, Mass. (AP) – In coming out to dozens of co-workers at a buttoned-up health research office, Aubri Drake had to start from the beginning. “When you’re born, when you pop out, the doctor takes a quick look between your legs and says ‘It’s a boy,’ or ‘It’s a girl,’” Drake began.

As Drake’s colleagues listened, Drake explained that most people go through life with an identity that matches that first peek at their genitals. But not everyone. For them, that identity isn’t something that can be boiled down to the labels “male” or “female” or the corresponding pronouns “he” or “she.”

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