• U.S. Department of Education No Longer Processing Transgender Bathroom Complaints

    The Education Department will no longer be looking into transgender bathroom complaints.

    During former president Barack Obama’s second term, schools were directed to allow students to use the bathroom that matched their gender identity, according to the Washington Post. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions later removed the guidance under president Donald Trump and said they would only be looking at other forms of discrimination.

    “Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, not gender identity,” Education Department spokesperson Elizabeth Hill said to the the Washington Post. “Where students, including transgender students, are penalized or harassed for failing to conform to sex-based stereotypes, that is sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. In the case of bathrooms, however, longstanding regulations provide that separating facilities on the basis of sex is not a form of discrimination prohibited by Title IX.”

    Catherine Lhamon, who headed the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights during Obama’s time in office, said the department’s statement was “appalling and deeply dangerous,” to the Post.

    “The federal courts have multiple times made clear that Title IX protects transgender students,” Lhamon said. “They just don’t have the option to say, ‘We just don’t apply the law here.’ ”

  • U.S. Marine Charged with Murder of Filipino Transgender Woman

    MANILA, Philippines - Philippine government prosecutors charged a detained U.S. Marine with murder Monday in the killing of a Filipino transgender woman that reignited an irritant between the military allies over custody of American military personnel suspected of committing crimes.

  • U.S. Marine Found Guilty Of Killing Transgender Woman In Philippines

    OLONGAPO, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a U.S. Marine of killing a Filipino last year after he discovered she was a transgender woman in a hotel while he was on a break after participating in joint military exercises in the country.

  • UDC Still Plans to Redevelop Church Site

    As the Center for Spiritual Living gets ready to move out of its first home and into its next, developers still plan to build on the site.

  • UK Trans Woman Wins Over $5M Jackpot, Won't Give a Cent to Kids Who Disowned Her

    (EDGE) A U.K. transgender woman who recently won a $5.4 million lottery said she won't be giving a cent to her adult children after they disowned her over her transition, The Sun reports.

  • UN Secretary General And Austria's Conchita Wurst Call For End To Transgender, Gay Bias

    VIENNA (AP) — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has joined Austrian cross-dressing pop star Conchita Wurst in calling for an end to bias based on a person's sexual orientation.

    Wurst teamed up with Ban on Monday on the sidelines of a U.N. conference to deliver their message of tolerance.

  • University of Minnesota Captures Transgender Experiences

    (AP) The University of Minnesota has published the first batch of videos in a project aimed at capturing the stories of transgender people in the Midwest.

  • University of Missouri Adds Transgender Housing Option on Campus

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia is testing out a new gender-neutral housing option starting this fall.

  • UNO Drops Homecoming King, Queen Titles in Favor of 'Royals'

    (AP) The University of Nebraska at Omaha has named its royal homecoming pair, but don't call them king and queen.

  • US Announces Protections for Transgender Workers

    WASHINGTON — The government is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender individuals.

  • US Marine Admits Choking Transgender Filipino, Denies Murder

    A U.S. Marine charged with murder has testified in court that he choked a Filipino unconscious during a fight that started when he discovered that she was a transgender woman in a Philippine motel.

  • US Marine Convicted of Killing Transgender Filipino Appeals

    A U.S. Marine has asked a Philippine court to reverse his conviction in the killing of a transgender Filipino and sought a bail and a reduction of his six to 12-year jail term, his lawyer said Wednesday.

  • US Mayors Pledge to Uphold Transgender Protections

    Mayors from across the nation on Sunday endorsed a campaign to uphold transgender protections during a gathering in Boston focused on issues impacting cities.

  • UTEP Program Helps Transgender People With Voice Change

    The University of Texas at El Paso is assisting those who are transitioning with free voice modification help.

  • Va. GOP Leader Abolishes Tradition to Avoid Calling Trans Delegate a Woman

    Republican lawmakers are taking drastic measures to avoid referring to a transgender politician by her gender identity.

  • Vermont Transgender Man Dies After Attack

    (CNN) A Vermont transgender man died on Sunday from injuries suffered in a beating that was initially investigated as a possible bias incident, Burlington Police said.

  • Vietnam's Transgender Say New Law Paves Way for Surgeries

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.

  • Vigil Held For Murdered Transgender Woman

    Miami – As police investigate the death of a Miami transgender woman, friends gathered to remember the victim.

  • Violence Against Trans Women of Color

    It’s been nearly seven years since Simmie Williams was shot and killed by two men in Fort Lauderdale.  On February 22, 2008, the 17-year-old was attacked on the 1000 block of Sistrunk Boulevard while wearing a dress and was known in the area by his first name or as Beyonce. Williams’ case remains unsolved, as do many of the crimes committed against transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

  • Voter Suppression and the Transgender Vote

    Some state legislatures have passed photo identification laws to combat alleged voter fraud. These laws could affect transgender voting rights. Many transgender people have great difficulty in updating their Identification (ID) documents.