Trans News Now 2/26/24

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Cecilia Gentili

Friends of Cecilia Gentili want an apology from Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, who spoke out against her funeral at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This story comes from CBS News.

In a federal courtroom in Columbia, South Carolina, Daqua Lameek RItter is the first person accused of a hate crime stemming from his victim’s gender identity. He is accused of killing a Black transgender woman he had been secretly dating, who is is identified in the trial as Dime Doe. The Associated Press has this story.

The city council of Columbia, Missouri, just declared itself a “safe haven” for LGBTQ+ people. Given that the Missouri state legislature has been voting in some of the worst anti-transgender laws, this has to be seen as a protest against that practice. This story comes from LGBTQ Nation.

The state of Idaho has asked the Supreme Court for permission to enforce its ban on gender-affirming care for minors. The law was temporarily blocked pending a trial on the constitutionality of the law. The temporary ban on enforcement was upheld by an appeals court. This story comes from CNN.

A bill prohibiting the use of public funds for gender-affirming care, even for adults, is making its way through the Idaho state legislature. KTVB-TV News has this story.

The state of Montana has again imposed a near ban on changing the gender markers on birth certificates. This defies a court ruling that the state should change the gender marker on more, not fewer, birth certificates. This story comes from the Montana Free Press.

Texas drag artiste Brigitte Bandit.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Texas law banning drag performances cannot be put into effect. A district court judge has already ruled that the law is unconstitutional, and the court feels that that decision is likely to stand. Law Dork has this story.

The Hill is reporting that some conservatives in Georgia are speaking out against a bill which would ban the teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity in all schools, even charter schools and private schools. They say that the bill would limit parent’s choice in education.

In Mississippi, a bill to allow prisoners to sue the prison if they encounter members of the opposite sex in a restroom or changing room has made it out of committee and onto the floor of the House of Representatives. This story comes from the Associated Press.

Several Republican members of the House of Representatives are threatening to shut down the government if their anti-transgender policies are removed from budget negotiations. They want to deny all federal funds to hospitals which perform gender-affirming care, among other things, according to Erin Reed in Truthout.

Erin Reed has a state-by-state evaluation of just where trans rights are most at risk.

Nex Benedict

Nex Benedict, a non-binary high school student in Oklahoma, died this week, one day after being brutally assaulted in a restroom at school. An article in The Nation connects this with the rash of anti-transgender legislation that has been passed lately.

The Owaso Police Department says that Nex Benedict did not die as a result of trauma from injuries received in the assault, but they have not revealed any other cause of death, nor any reason for saying that the trauma did not cause the death. The Advocate has this story.

Following the attack on Nex Benedict, there has been a 300% increase in calls to a Youth Crisis health-line from Oklahomans. This story comes from Them.

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman announced this week that transgender athletes are banned from participating in athletic events at facilities owned by the Long Island community. WABC-TV News has this report.

A new study finds that about one-third of transgender men still ovulate while on testosterone therapy. has this story.

There are just a few more days left in February and that means Black History Month 2024 is almost over. This year’s theme is “African Americans and the Arts”. You can continue to support Black artists and entrepreneurs . Check out this article listing more than 150 Black-owned businesses in North America.

Lux Pascal

Lux Pascal has been cast in an upcoming thriller, The Summer War. This story comes from Them.

PinkNews has a profile of Laverne Cox’s twin brother, Lamar. He is a trans ally.

This week marked the opening of Loving Me, the first refuge for trans and non-binary victims of domestic violence in the U.K. PinkNews has this story.

According to USA Today, transgender advocates hope to use the recently-released data from the survey of over 90,000 transgender people to counteract the many lies and distortions that are being said in support of anti-transgender legislation.

An AI-generated video called “America Lives,” released on President’s Day, shows a drag queen with a red mohawk haircut reading to elementary school children. This is just a small portion of the over-the-top stuff on display in this four-minute video. As mentioned, this was generated by AI to show what right-wing politicians say is coming in the future. It is laughable. In fact, it is so laughable that we can’t be sure it is not intended as satire. And because it may be satire, or it could be a stunt by someone hoping for a career in comedy, we don’t feel comfortable giving it a Twit Award. LGBTQ Nation has this story.

Trans News Now is assembled by Cecilia Barzyk with additional content and editing by Angela Gardner. Care to make a comment on this post? Login here and use the comment area below.

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