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Series protagonist Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista, played by Mj Rodriguez. 

Cancellation of FX’s “Pose” leaves void in the representation of trans identities of color

Cameron Aloway Reporter March 17, 2021

Earlier this month, it was announced that the groundbreaking FX show “Pose,” which showcased trans actors of color like Mj Rodriguez, who plays as Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista, would be canceled after...

President Joe Biden is set to meet Monday morning with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, as the President is poised to repeal a Trump-era ban on most transgender Americans joining the military as early as Monday.

Biden lifts transgender military ban

Kate Sullivan, CNN January 25, 2021

(CNN) -- President Joe Biden signed an executive order to repeal a Trump-era ban on most transgender Americans joining the military on Monday alongside Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin."This is reinstating...

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health at the United States Department of Health and Human Services who will be the first transgender federal official to be confirmed by the US Senate. Dr. Levine currently serves as Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is leading the state’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biden announces Rachel Levine as pick for assistant secretary at HHS, would be first transgender Senate-confirmed federal official

Chandelis Duster, CNN January 19, 2021

(CNN) -- President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as assistant health secretary, and she would make history as the first out, transgender federal official to be confirmed by the...

Kent State English professor is conducting a research study on how to better teach transgender students across the nation

Sierra Campbell November 8, 2018

An on-going research study a Kent State may aid in a turning point for transgender and gender-nonconforming students nationwide who faced discrimination from their professors.English professor and principal...

Panelists discuss modern feminism at ‘Student Voices’ event

Stephanie Martoccia March 15, 2016

Student panelists spoke about feminist issues at Not Your Mother’s Feminism, Understanding the Diversity of Feminist Perspectives last night in the Kiva.Five female panelists, Alice Freitas, Jordin Manning,...

Our View: South Dakota ‘bathroom bill’ discriminates against transgender students

Kent Stater Editors February 16, 2016

The South Dakota state senate passed a bill Tuesday that would ban transgender students from using the school bathrooms and locker rooms of the genders they identify with.The bill passed the state senate...

Transgender awareness represented in Kiva

Samantha Nonno November 10, 2015

Issues on gender equality, as well as societal issues surrounding transgender people, were presented to students in the Kiva Tuesday night.Susan Stryker headlined the presentation, speaking about how transgender...

Guest Column: Momentum: Leelah Alcorns call to arms

Corissa Gay January 11, 2015

The world has lost an important voice. Though hardly a unique case, roughly fifty percent of transgender youth attempt to take their own life before the age of 24, Leelah Alcorn’s suicide is a profound...

Our view: Defining same-sex marriage

KS Editors November 9, 2014

The topic of same-sex marriage has given rise to many problems. The U.S. Supreme Court stated it “would not accept cases from any of five states whose same-sex marriage bans had been struck down by federal...

Orange Is the New Black cast member and transgender advocate Laverne Cox, speaks in Kent Student Center Ballroom for her “Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood” presentation on November 5, 2014.

Cox recounts identity and gender transition

Brittany Rees November 5, 2014

Through the telling of her personal experiences with shame, suicide and hate speech, actor and advocate Laverne Cox told students the night of Wednesday, Nov. 5 that in order to become truly just and nondiscriminatory,...

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Against Me! front woman launches new web series

Neville Hardman September 30, 2014

Punk band Against Me! has come a long way since 2012. First, Laura Jane Grace, formerly Tom Gabel, came out as a transgender woman. Second, the band lost two members, bassist Andrew Seward and drummer...

Police investigate assault of transgender teen

Garance Burke March 4, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Police on Tuesday were investigating the physical and sexual assault of a transgender teen who said he was attacked in a bathroom at a suburban San Francisco public school where another...

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