Trans News Now 8/14/23

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Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams, the first openly transgender person to win elected office in New Jersey, is a member of the City Council in Trenton, N.J. She’s a Republican from a military family. Ms Williams sees it as her responsibility to fight for trans rights within the Republican Party. Learn more from The New York Times. (Subscription may be required.)

U.S. District Court Judge David Nye has issued a temporary ban on enforcement of a law passed by the Idaho state legislature which would have forced students to use the restroom at school which matches the gender assigned at birth or a single-person restroom. While this is a pre-trial decision, and will expire when the trial is held, it indicates that the judge believes that there is a strong possibility that the plaintiffs will prevail. The Idaho Capital Sun has this story.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is being investigated for possible civil rights violations related to the release of medical records of transgender patients to the office of the Tennessee Attorney General. This story comes from The Associated Press.

A judge has approved a motion to try the lawsuit regarding gender markers on Arizona birth-certificates as a class action lawsuit. The Arizona Republic has this story.

The Colorado Youth Advisory Council is pushing for laws to recognize the gender identities of Colorado teens and to protect their rights, according to Colorado Politics.

Meghan Buell

Meghan Buel, the founder of Transgender Resources, Education and Enrichment Services, abbreviated TREES, passed away this week. She was 58. 16 News Now has the story.

A transgender man from Washington state was found dead in his prison cell in Indiana. He had been charged with sexually abusing children. This story comes from Fox 59 News.

As we have mentioned, the Florida Department of Education has created a guidance, based on implementing new state laws, which insists that students be treated according to the gender listed on their birth certificate. This contrasts greatly with the guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. The deputy council for the Orange County School District created a new guidance, which seems to be mostly drawn from the Florida Department of Education’s guidance. (This makes some sense, since the state Department of Education’s guidance is based on state law.) `Students now will need their parents’ permission to be referred to by a nickname. This story comes from American Theatre.

The Trevor Project is in bad shape. LGBTQ Nation blames mistakes by management and financial woes for their problems.

The Los Angeles Times asks what it means to be a “sanctuary city.”

Sylvia Swayne has a story about Sylvia Swayne, a candidate for the Alabama House of Representatives, who hopes to be the first open transgender legislator in state history.

Bud Light continues to suffer lower sales. Modelo Especial is the top-selling beer in the U.S. for the second month in a row. The brand is known to support LGBTQ rights, according to

According to PinkNews, there is worry in “some quarters” that some brands are deliberately including transgender people in their ads, with the hope of getting some free publicity for it.

A new study published in JAMA Surgery shows so few people are dissatisfied with top surgery that the study could not detect any dissatisfaction–yet. Granted, the study only looked at one clinic, and only received 235 responses. Still, the results seem in line with other studies which show general satisfaction with gender-affirming surgeries. CNN has this story.

A freedom-of-information request shows that some transgender people are waiting as long as 35 years for their first appointment with a gender counsellor from the National Health Service. This story comes from PinkNews.

Badminton England announced that transgender women are not allowed to compete as women. However, they will replace the men’s category with an “open” category in which transgender women may compete. This story comes from PinkNews.

Carmen Xtravaganza

Carmen Xtravaganza, member of the Ballroom Hall of Fame and star of Paris Is Burning, has died. She was 62. This story comes from The Advocate.

A transgender activist named Candace Persuasian attended a concert by Beyonce in East Rutherford, New Jersey. She brought along a banner, and Beyonce noticed tha banner and said what it said, “Trans Is Beautiful.” This story can be found on Them.

The Museum of Pop Culture has removed the name of J.K. Rowling from its exhibits. While they acknowledge that the Harry Potter books and movies are a part of pop culture, they feel that her “hateful and divisive” views on transgender people make her “problematic.” LGBTQ Nation has this story.

A new poll by YouGov shows that the percentage of people in Britain who express a negative opinion of transgender people is growing rapidly. PinkNews has this story.

The World Bank has announced it will no longer make loans to the government of Uganda, because its anti-LGBTQ laws are not in line with the World Bank’s values. This story comes from LGBTQ Nation.

Pope Francis announced at World Youth Day that the Catholic Church was open to everyone, including women and LGBTQ+ people. It sounds good, but some skepticism remains, The Advocate reports.

Elliot Kukla

Elliot Kukla is a trans masculine rabbi. He is trying to help trans and non-binary youth to feel the same joy in and “spiritual connection” to their identities that he did. He is profiled by PinkNews.

We have previously reported on Transform, the clothing exchange for transgender people in Cincinnati. WCPO-TV reports that they are leaving Over-The-Rhine to move to a bigger space at Silverton.

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

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