transgender

Troop Ban Lifted

2018 brings the end of the long-time ban on transgender troops in the military.

As of January first, openly transgender people can enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. The main requirement is certification from a medical provider, verifying the individual must have gone 18 months without “clinically significant distress or impairment.” Supporters say it’s a landmark moment for American equality and will deliver a much-needed boost in enrollment. In mid-2017, the White House unsuccessfully…

NC man booted from ‘Survivor,’ fired from job

One North Carolina man and ‘Survivor’ cast mate is out of prize money and a job after he was fired for outing a transgender person on national television. Jeff Varner, who was booted from the show, says that the North Carolina real estate firm he had been working for informed him that he was “in the middle of a news…

NC lawmakers agree on HB2 compromise

RALEIGH, N.C. (WFXB) –  After debate, confusion and ultimately a standoff, Republican leaders and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper say there’s finally a deal to repeal the state’s controversial bathroom law. An agreement was struck Wednesday night that repeals HB2, but it also retains a critical component of it. The deal leaves regulation of bathrooms solely in control of the state,…

NC schools pull controversial book from curriculum, ‘Jacob’s New Dress’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WFXB) – Charlotte-Mecklenberg schools are pulling a controversial book from its curriculum after a teacher raised concerns. ‘Jacob’s New Dress’ is book about a little boy who likes to wear girls clothing. The book was to be part of an anti-bullying lesson for first graders during Child Abuse Prevention Month, but not everyone was on board. A concerned…

Transgender teen wins girls’ wrestling state title in Texas

CYPRESS, T.X. (WFXB) – There’s a controversy surrounding a girls’ high school wrestling champion in Texas. The reason? The new champ is transitioning to become a boy. Mack Beggs, 17, was born a girl and takes testosterone injections, which some believe provides him with an added competitive edge. According to the guidelines of the University Interscholastic League – which oversees…

Bathroom Right Rescinded

President Trump has made a controversial move regarding transgender students using the bathroom of their choice.

  President Donald Trump has rolled back the Obama administration’s guidelines for schools; they will now no longer be required to ensure transgender students have access to the bathroom of their choice. The move has sparked mixed reactions, with some saying its an attack on the LGBTQ community. Others support the decision, calling it an issue best left to individual…

Boy Scouts of America will now accept transgender children in programs

The Boy Scouts of America will open membership to transgender children. The organization had previously deferred to an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility– but a BSA spokeswoman said in a statement that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently. She said that effective immediately, the organization will accept and register youth into…

South Carolina lawmaker proposes bathroom bill similar to HB2

A South Carolina senator has now pre-filed a bill that would give the state what some are calling its own version of North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2. The new bill would ban local governments from creating laws that force businesses to have transgender restrooms. HB 3012 lets local governments designate bathroom use by biological sex, saying that’s not discrimination….