Laverne Cox Honored as First Transgender Barbie

Fourth EstateLavern Cox holding her branded Barbie Doll | ELIZABETH BRAUNSTEIN/MATTEL

Laverne Cox has made history as the first transgender Barbie for Mattel’s Tribute Collection. “I can’t wait for fans to find my doll on shelves and have the opportunity to add a Barbie doll modeled after a transgender person to …

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Comedian Ricky Gervais Draws Criticism for Graphic Anti-Trans Jokes in New Netflix Special

Fourth EstateRicky Gervais’ Netflix Special

English comedian Ricky Gervais drew criticism for making anti-transgender jokes in his new stand-up comedy special on Netflix called “SuperNature,” which debuted on May 24. Within hours of the release, Gervais received backlash for his graphic transphobic jokes, which Variety …

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Taliban Orders All Female TV Presenters to Cover Faces on Air

Fourth EstateTaliban’s Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prohibition of Vice has ordered female TV presenters to wear cover their faces.

The Taliban has ordered all female Afghan TV presenters to cover their faces while on air. The order came from the Taliban’s Virtue and Vice Ministry, tasked with enforcing the group’s rulings, and the Information and Culture Ministry, according to …

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Japanese University Ordered to Pay Damages to 13 Women Over Gender Discrimination

Fourth EstateJuntendo University, Japan

A Japanese court on May 19 ordered a Tokyo medical school to pay about ¥8.05 million ($62,500) in damages to 13 women for discriminating against them in entrance exams. The Tokyo District Court ruled that the women suffered emotional distress …

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Federal Judge Rules Against Tennessee’s Anti-Transgender Bathroom Sign Law

Fourth EstateGender neutral bathroom sign - Ted Eytan

A federal judge on May 17 struck down a Tennessee law that required businesses and government buildings to post warning notices if they let transgender people use facilities that match their gender identity. Judge Aleta Trauger of the United States …

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Disney Heir Publicly Comes Out as Transgender, Criticizes Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law

An heir to the Disney fortune publicly came out as transgender recently and said they should have done more to speak out against Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” law. Roy Disney, the great-nephew of Walt Disney and the co-founder of …

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Said ‘Biological Males’ Should Not Compete in Women’s Sport

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that “biological males should not be competing in female sporting events” on April 6 amid fallout from excluding trans people in banning conversion therapy. “Maybe that’s a controversial thing, but it just seems …

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UK Cancels Global LGBT+ Conference over Trans Conversion Therapy Dispute

Fourth EstateTweet announcing resignation of Iain Anderson, the UK’s first LGBT+ business champion,

Britain will cancel plans for the global LGBT+ conference after more than 100 organizations pulled out over the government’s stance on conversion therapy for transgender people. Britain had been due to host Safe To Be Me, the first international LGBT+ …

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