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Not All Judges: Wins for Gender Affirming Care
We spend a lot of time railing against the hateful and unjust laws being passed that block gender-affirming care across the country. We highlight corporations that fail at allyship and fart in the general direction of Hollywood folks whose hate should be highlighted when they broadcast it to the world.
Famed Texas Boys Choir embroiled in gender identity controversy
When students, parents and faculty at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts reached out to two of the school’s most esteemed graduates, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Ahmad Simmons, they didn’t hesitate to help. Since graduating from the school and performing on Broadway, both alumni have taught master classes at their alma mater and helped with its annual gala. But this time, the request was different.
Florida Gov. DeSantis signs bills targeting drag shows, trans rights and care for transgender children
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed bills Wednesday that ban gender-affirming care for minors, target drag shows, restrict discussion of "preferred pronouns" in schools and force people to use certain bathrooms. DeSantis has made anti-LGBTQ+ legislation a large part of his agenda as he prepares to seek the Republican presidential nomination.
Opinion: An attack on transgender youth under the guise of parental rights
Attacks on transgender students are emerging at appalling rates across the country, and New Hampshire is no exception. There have been nearly 500 anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced across state legislatures this year alone. How New Hampshire responds to Senate Bill (SB) 272 will determine whether we are a state that supports all its residents or one that has given in to attacks from national groups that want to use transgender youth as political pawns.
Watch our documentary 'Existing as transgender in Texas'
A project more than a year in the making by American-Statesman journalists, the documentary "Existing as transgender in Texas," spotlights the stories of transgender and nonbinary teens and their families in a state that is weighing removing access to gender-affirming care for them.
Demi Lovato: My gender identity is fluid
Demi Lovato's gender identity is "fluid". The 30-year-old pop star admits that her gender identity can change from day to day. Speaking at the Hollywood and Mind Summit in Los Angeles, Demi told PEOPLE: "I’m a very fluid person. My gender identity is sometimes fluid too.
Terms to know: Gender identity, sexual orientation and more
The 2023 Texas legislative session introduced dozens of bills that threaten the LGBTQIA+ community, including many seeking to outlaw or curtail care for trans youth in Texas. Last year, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the state child welfare agency to investigate families whose children have received gender-affirming health care. Additionally, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a written opinion defining gender-affirming care as child abuse under state laws.
How Roman de Silence speaks to today’s debate on gender identity
The modern-day debate about gender identity can take some lessons from a 13th-century story. Researchers at the University of Warwick worked with a professional storyteller to bring Roman de Silence to new audiences. In 1911, a box marked ‘old papers – no value’ was discovered in Wollaton Hall, an Elizabethan house in Nottingham, England. Alongside letters from King Henry VII a manuscript was found inside. Within its pages was Roman de Silence, a French medieval romance.
What it means to be skoliosexual
The dating world can be challenging to navigate; its terrain is full of landmines. Some of them, like bros with dead animal trophies, can be avoided swiftly and easily. Just swipe left. Staying informed about the nuanced descriptors of gender expression and sexual orientation, however, can take a little more effort. Skoliosexuality is an identity that was new to me when I started dating again a few years ago, and its definition is a bit amorphous, so it’s worth examination from experts and insight from people within the community.
Diverse gender identity flags: Learn the Genderqueer, Nonbinary, Gender Fluid Pride Flags
June Pride parades are approaching, which means it’s time to refresh your knowledge of the many Pride flags that exist. It’s more than the classic rainbow flag – there are variations that represent the vastness of the LGBTQ+ community.
The Conservative Case for Teaching About 'Gender Identity'
When the Florida legislature passed the Parental Rights in Education Act last year, the corporate media went ballistic. But as Americans began to see through the stilted headlines about the so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill, they scratched their heads and became disturbed by how eager many seemed to defend teaching gender identity to kids in grades K-3.
In the debate over gender identity and sports, roller derby seems to have it figured out
Roller derby is a fast-paced contact sport played on four-wheeled skates. To outsiders, it can seem to be a mostly women’s game, but derby itself is not so binary. While the country is in political turmoil over gender and sports, roller derby has had it figured out for a while. Inside the Mesa Broadway Recreation Center, roller skates pound and screech across the hardwood floor. The athletes wearing them are blocking, pushing and doing whatever they can to get the point. This is roller derby. More specifically, this is the Arizona All-Stars travel team versus the SoCal Derby Kraken. (Spoiler alert — the locals win.)