A shopper at a Ross Dress for Less department store in Texas was shocked as a man entered into the women's dressing room while she was there. She complained to the manager, who told her, "He was representing himself as a woman today."
"I was in the dressing room, when we heard a man's voice," Lisa Stickles described the incident at the Ross store in Mesquite, Texas, to CBSDFW.
After her complaint, the manager went inside the dressing room, "came right back out and called me to the side and told me… he was representing himself as a woman today," Stickles said. "He was in no way dressed as a woman. He had on jeans, a t-shirt, 5 o'clock shadow, very deep voice. He was a man." more >>
President Barack Obama has named a transgender woman to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The White House announced earlier this month that Barbara Satin, the assistant faith work director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, was named as a member of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which advises the president on how to improve partnerships to serve Americans in need.
Satin, a member of the United Church of Christ, is the first openly transgender member of the United Church of Christ's executive council. more >>
A lawmaker in the United States House of Representatives has introduced legislation to counter the Obama administration's public school transgender bathroom edict that would prohibit the federal government from being able to reduce school district's funding over bathroom policies.
As previously reported, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice issued a joint guidence on May 13 that instructs all public school districts in the U.S. to allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with the sex in which they identify.
Although the Obama administration's guidance does not have the full force of law behind it to require compliance, schools that choose not to abide by the guidence run the risk of losing millions of dollars in federal education funding. more >>
A poll has found that the majority of Americans do not agree with President Barack Obama's directive that public schools allow students to go into bathrooms based on their gender identity, not their birth sex, and instead back Donald Trump's idea to let states decide for themselves.
As Breitbart News reported on Sunday, the mid-May poll by Rasmussen Reports found that as many as 65 percent of the respondents back the Republican Presidential Candidate's proposal to allow state and local governments to decide on bathroom policy, rather than adapting a one-size-fits-all directive.
"I believe it should be states' rights and I think the states should make the decision, they're more capable of making the decision," Trump explained his position earlier in May in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America." more >>
Yale University announced for its 315th commencement that it will now offer gender-neutral bathrooms in 23 of its buildings, with the aim to be more inclusive.
"Yale aims to be a leader on this front," said Tamar Gendler, dean of Yale's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, according to The Associated Press on Sunday. "Part of what is important about the all-gender bathroom project and about putting it at the top of our commencement site, is this is about public signaling."
What is more, Yale professors have now been tasked with using "preferred pronouns" when addressing students, and transgender students will be allowed to change their names on their school identification cards and web portal at no extra change. more >>
Canada's Liberal Party government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced a bill that would ban transgender discrimination, including both gender identity and gender expression, with up to two years in prison for violators.
The bill seeks to amend the Canadian Criminal Code to expand existing "hate speech" prohibitions to include any public speech or communication that "promotes hatred" on the basis of "gender identity" or "gender expression," and also the Canadian Human Rights Act, to cover transgender people.
"As a society, we have taken many important steps toward recognizing and protecting the legal rights for the LGBTQ2 community – from enshrining equality rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the passage of the Civil Marriage Act," Trudeau said in a speech, announcing the bill on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17. "There remains much to be done, though. Far too many people still face harassment, discrimination, and violence for being who they are. This is unacceptable." more >>