Trans News Now! 5/22/23

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D’Arcy Drollinger

The city of San Francisco named D’Arcy Drollinger to be the first Drag Laureate in the United States. This story comes from Them.

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey has withdrawn his emergency rule which forbade gender-affirming medical care for minors. However, Missouri is likely to have such a ban, just not under the Attorney General’s emergency order. The legislature has passed a bill, and the ban on medical care for minors awaits the signature of Governor Mike Parson. The Missouri Independent has this story.

Republicans have introduced a bill in Congress which would ban gender-affirming care for minors. While the bill might possibly pass in the House of Representatives, it has less likelihood of passing in the Senate, and would not withstand a veto from President Biden. Another bill would ban the use of “taxpayer funds” for transition-related expenses. This story comes from Fox News.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed four bills concerning transgender people, including a ban on gender-affirming medical care for minors (and some adults), a ban on drag shows in public, protection for teachers who refuse to use the correct pronoun, and a bathroom bill. The Associated Press has this story.

Governor DeSantis also signed into a law a bill which allows the state of Florida to take transgender children away from parents who affirm their child’s gender. This story comes from The New Republic.

The non-binary swimsuit.

The latest object of outrage to opponents of transgender people is an ad by Adidas, in which a swimsuit is worn by a non-binary model. PinkNews has this story.

The Human Rights Campaign reports that a lawsuit against the Florida ban on gender-affirming care has already been filed.

Tampa Pride has cancelled at least one event, as a result of the ban on drag. The Advocate has this story.

The Texas legislature has also passed a ban on gender-affirming care, and sent it to Governor Greg Abbott for his signature. This story comes from The Texas Observer.

The Texas legislature has also passed a bill which would bar transgender athletes in college sports. This bill would bar transgender male athletes as well as transgender female athletes, as The Texas Tribune points out.

A bill to force schools to tell parents that their child is transgender has failed a committee vote in New Hampshire. This story comes from the Associated Press.

In Nebraska, the filibuster on gender-affirming care and one on an abortion ban have ended. The Advocate has this story.

This year’s legislative sessions are ending in states with part-time legislatures, but next year will likely feature more of the same, according to Reuters.

DeeDee Hall

A grand jury in Dallas decided that no charges will result from the death of Dee Dee Hall, a transgender woman who was being forcibly detained by police at the time of her death last year. The Advocate has this story.

Senators Ted Cruz and Marsha Blackburn say that he is opening an investigation into Bud Light’s deal with Dylan Mulvaney. According to the Texas senator, Ms. Mulvaney’s fan base is young, and that raises questions about the been targeting an audience too young to buy their product. This story comes from The Washington Free Beacon.

Lesley Mumford won a cycling race for females in her age group. (She is 46 years old.) She ended up alone on the podium, when the second- and third-place finishers were no-shows on the podium. While the two did not talk about their decision, opponents of transgender athletes acted as though it was a victory for their side. This story comes from The New York Post.

ANOHNI and the Johnsons have a new song, It Must Change, which is the single of their new album due out July 7. The video features Munroe Bergdorf, and the song is a tribute to trans people. This story comes from Them.

A group of about 200 transgender, non-binary, and ally writers joined the strike by the Writers Guild of America. They formed a picket line outside Netflix studio. In addition to the WGA calls for increased pay and more writers in certain situations, they also called for better representation by transgender people and better transgender characters. PinkNews has this story.

Patti Harrison

The upcoming film Theater Camp has several LGBTQ performers, including trans actress Patti Harrison. Unfortunately, if the trailer is accurate, she is not in the film for long. This story comes from Them.

Kim Petras is one of four women who will grace the cover of different editions of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue this year. Megan Fox, Brooks Nader, and Martha Stewart are the other three. The Hill has this story.

Kim Petras also announced her new album, Feed The Beast, which will be released on June 23. It is being called her “debut album.” She has previously released three collections of songs, which fans consider to be albums, even though they were never officially referred to as such, according to a story in PinkNews.

Lily Simpson made a 43-minute YouTube essay about trans representation on The Simpsons. The conclusion is that there is a lot of room for improvement. LGBTQ Nation has this story.

A new study by the charity Just Like Us finds a surprisingly high amount of verbal abuse of trans people in Britain. PinkNews has this story.

Penny Mordaunt, the Conservative MP who served as the Women and Equality Minister, now says that she sees “no incompatibility” between protecting trans rights and protecting women’s rights. While she was an ally of trans people while in the cabinet, she later joined the Conservative party’s majority in opposing transgender rights. This story comes from PinkNews.

Ash Jones

Ash Jones is a punk musician, and wants to be Ireland’s first openly transgender legislator. PinkNews has this story.

The Beijing LGBT Center was closed by the Chinese government. The Center made the announcement of the closing. This story comes from The Advocate.

The AP has a long piece about trans rights in El Salvador. Let’s just say that there is a lot of room for improvement.

Transgender rights are eroding in Pakistan. That needs to stop, says Amnesty International.

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy has been there and done that. She was at Stonewall, and is still a transgender rights activist today. She talked with PinkNews about her experiences.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are planning a Pride night. At first, they included the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence among the groups who were invited to join them (according to the wording the club used later). However, this week the club announced that the drag group would not be participating. No reason for this change was officially announced, which makes one think that the reason must be either too terrible to mention or else too petty. This gave outlets such as The Advocate the opportunity to allow the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence a chance to defend themselves.

Mother Jones has a story about leaked information concerning the anti-transgender group, the American College of Pediatrics.

The New York Times has a story about how those trying to ban gender-affirming care for minors use the same few stories of individual detransitioners, without regard to fact that the experiences of these individuals is not at all common.

Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld is the first out gay president of the American Medical Association. His presidency coincides with several state legislatures trying to restrict what care doctors can give to transgender patients, especially patients under age 18. LGBTQ Nation reports that he has promised to use “every avenue available” to oppose such laws, and that the American Medical Association “simply will not stand” for legislation opposing either transgender medical rights or abortion rights.

Trans News Now is assembled by Cecilia Barzyk with additional content and editing by Angela Gardner.

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