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Transgender People Will Be Allowed to Enlist in the Military as a Court Case Advances

Transgender People Will Be Allowed to Enlist in the Military as a Court Case Advances | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

President Trump had announced on Twitter in July that he was barring transgender people from serving in the military, though a ban was never fully implemented.

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Trump signs memo directing Pentagon to implement transgender ban

Trump signs memo directing Pentagon to implement transgender ban | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

U.S. President Donald Trump signed a memorandum that directs the U.S. military not to accept transgender men and women as recruits.

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Transgender health care targeted in crusade to undo ACA

Transgender health care targeted in crusade to undo ACA | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Because Medicaid covers a disproportionately high number of transgender people, the potential change could heap hardship on an already embattled population.

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How Target Botched Its Response to the North Carolina Bathroom Law

How Target Botched Its Response to the North Carolina Bathroom Law | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
The retailer published a transgender-friendly blog post, without the CEO’s approval. That sparked a customer backlash that hurt foot traffic and exposed problems in stores the company is now spending billions to fix.
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Maligned Study on Gay Unions Is Shaking Trust

Maligned Study on Gay Unions Is Shaking Trust | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
The questioned findings, published in December in Science, have shaken not only political scientists but also public trust in the way the scientific establishment vets new findings.

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New York Times: May 26, 2015 - Discredited study on same-sex marriage is shaking trust

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In Shift, Justice Dept. Says Law Doesn’t Bar Transgender Discrimination

In Shift, Justice Dept. Says Law Doesn’t Bar Transgender Discrimination | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The move was the Trump administration’s latest contraction of the Obama-era approach to civil rights enforcement.

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The War On Transgenders Just Got Real In Texas

The War On Transgenders Just Got Real In Texas | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Texas is predicted to lose big time as local, national and international companies prepare to go to war over a discriminatory Republican-led bill. 
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It is amazing that Republicans still want to legislate what bathroom transgender people can use. On Friday night, the Texas Senate decided to pass a bill forcing transgender people to use the bathroom based on the gender that is listed on their birth certificate. The bill also overturns local non-discrimination ordinances that allow transgenders to use whatever bathroom they want.

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Transgender Offutt airman – finally 'able to live as my true self' – finds support, acceptance during transition

Transgender Offutt airman – finally 'able to live as my true self' – finds support, acceptance during transition | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

For years Ashleigh Buch hid the fact that she was transgender. The Offutt airman reported to work each day as a man, telling colleagues little about her life. Off the base, in her Omaha apartment, above, she lived as a woman, donning wigs over the hair she kept trimmed short. But as part of a wave of social change to hit the military, the Air Force instructor’s days of appearing one way at work and another at home are over.

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China’s transgender Oprah

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CHINA’S favourite chat-show host has had an extraordinary career. Jin Xing was the country’s most successful dancer before becoming a colonel in an army entertainment troupe. He won fame in America, where the New York Times called him “a Chinese genius”. He trained dancers in Brussels and Rome, before returning to China for a sex-change operation. As a woman, she resumed her career as a ballerina, set up the country’s first private ballet company, ran a bar in Beijing and married a German businessman. 

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In a conservative society where even homosexuality is frowned upon, let alone sex-reassignment, her life would seem to place Ms Jin well outside the stodgy mainstream of Chinese broadcasting (she is pictured at her home in Shanghai). Yet Ms Jin, who is 49, is the country’s most popular television judge. She began with a local version of “So You Think You Can Dance” and hit the jackpot with “The Jin Xing Show”, a variety and chat programme with an audience of around 100m. She has appeared with her husband on the Chinese version of “The Amazing Race”, in which couples race each other around the world. Her latest venture, “Chinese Dating”, is in its first season.

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