At the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas on Sunday, Kataluna Enriquez became the first openly trans Miss Nevada winner. The 27-year-old had donned a hand-made shimmering rainbow sequin dress to celebrate Pride Month for the ceremony after beating out 21 other candidates. She will represent Nevada at the upcoming Miss USA pageant, to be held November 29th. Enriquez suffered years of abuse in high school for being trans, barred from using the school bathrooms and bullied by her classmates. Now, she will be the first openly trans woman to compete for the Miss USA title – and if she wins she’ll become the second trans woman to vie for the Miss Universe crown after Spain’s Angela Ponce in 2018.
A Colorado baker who won a partial victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman, a state judge has ruled. In Tuesday’s ruling, Denver District Judge A. Bruce Jones said Autumn Scardina was denied a cake that was blue on the outside and pink on the inside to celebrate her gender transition on her birthday because of her transgender status in violation of the law. While Jack Phillips said he could not make the cake because of its message, Jones said the case was about a refusal to sell a product, not compelled speech. He pointed out that Phillips testified during a trial in March that he did not think someone could change their gender and he would not celebrate “somebody who thinks that they can.”
On AR Watch, a watchdog group reviewing footage of legislative sessions from the Arkansas General Assembly, has added state Rep. Mary Bentley (R) to its watchlist. Quoting from the Bible, Bentley said, “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor man put on a woman’s garments. For all who do so are an abomination.” Bentley, who regularly wears pants and sported a blazer while she spoke, was reading from Deuteronomy 22:5. The same chapter also condemns anyone who wears mixed fabrics and doesn’t have a parapet (or protective wall) on their building’s roof.
Florida became the eighth state this year to ban transgender girls and women in public secondary schools and colleges from participating on girls’ and women’s sports teams after its Republican governor signed the restrictive measure into law on Tuesday. The action by Gov. Ron DeSantis comes during a record-breaking year for anti-trans bills in statehouses across the country and was taken on the first day of Pride Month, an annual celebration of the LGBTQ community that takes place throughout June, and 11 days before the five-year anniversary of the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting, in which 49 people were killed at a popular LGBTQ venue in Orlando.
CBS’s flagship newsmagazine show 60 Minutes has been heavily criticized for airing a segment focused on the small minority of transgender people who regret their transition.
On Tuesday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Tucker started the show with praise for…60 Minutes? He was discussing a segment on 60 Minutes where Lesley Stahl discussed the lack of proper healthcare for Transgender individuals. Part of that lack of healthcare included individuals not given proper care pre-transition who then choose to detransition. Tucker took this as proof that Liberals are playing God and forcing children into transitioning against their will. He then compared Transgender individuals to “Transvaxxers”, and claims people should be able to identify as taller, another race, or anything they choose.
A poll released Wednesday raises serious questions about where the country stands on transgender equality. According to Gallup, which provides some of the only data on LGBTQ+ populations, the majority of Americans oppose transgender participation in sports. Just 34 percent of those surveyed said they supported trans athletes playing on teams that aligned with their “gender identity,” while 62 percent said they felt transgender people should have to compete on teams with athletes of their “birth gender.”
Elliot Page is radiating summer joy. The Oscar nominee, 34, posted a shot of himself shirtless by a pool on Monday, showing off his red swim trunks — and his abs! On the post he wrote, “Trans bb’s first swim trunks,” adding the hashtags #transjoy #transisbeautiful. The shot is the first shirtless one Page has posted on Instagram since having top surgery, a procedure he previously revealed he underwent earlier this year.
A new COVID-19 disinformation campaign is centered around the word “transvaxxite,” an effort to appropriate gender-identity language to promote resistance to taking the vaccine. The trend has also seen anti-vaxxers post videos mocking those posted by trans people speaking openly about their decisions to come out. On Facebook in the last three days, the term has been shared hundreds of times in public posts, gaining over 15,000 interactions, according to data from CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned analytics tool. However, it’s also being shared in memes which are harder to track. The use of the term is often accompanied by the following text: “I’ve decided that I’m a transvaxxite. This means that I identify as vaccinated, but in reality, I have not taken the jab. Vaccination is a spectrum and you are a bigot if you don’t accept me for who I am.”
A ban on gender-affirming treatments for transgender youth has been defeated in the Alabama House, preventing the passage of 2021’s most extreme anti-trans bills. On Monday night, Alabama lawmakers were set to vote on Senate Bill 10, which sought to prohibit doctors from providing treatments like hormones and puberty blockers to individuals under the age of 19. SB 10 was one of nearly a dozen bills scheduled for debate on the last day of session, and the legislation was the last on the docket. House Democrats ran the clock out on the evening’s hearings, forcing the legislature to adjourn at 11 p.m. before SB 10 could come up for a vote. Barring an unforeseen legislative maneuver, such as calling a special session, the proposal is likely shelved for the remainder of the year.