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Transgender comedian speaks out about Trump's ban on 'The Tonight Show'


In the wake of Trump's plan to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon invited transgender comedian Patti Harrison to say a few words. SEE ALSO: Trump bars transgender people from military, calls them a "disruption" Jimmy invites transgender comedian Patti Harrison to #FallonTonight to address Trump's transgender military ban Harrison said that while she didn't want to serve in the military, she wants the right to serve. "It's like, I don't want to go to your baby shower, but I want the invite," she said. "But you know, I don't even think Trump knows what transgender means.

Support transgender scientists post-COVID-19


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is magnifying existing oppression ([ 1 ][1]–[ 3 ][2]), sparking discussions among scientists about the post-pandemic community we want to build. Transgender scientists should be a part of these conversations to ensure that their needs are recognized as we strive to make science more diverse and inclusive. Transgender people face barriers to becoming scientific leaders at every career stage ([ 4 ][3]). From primary school onward, students are taught science from a cis-normative perspective ([ 5 ][4], [ 6 ][5]), where sex and gender are synonymous and binary. Alongside bullying and lack of family support, this structural denial of “non-standard” genders leads to elevated school dropout rates ([ 7 ][6]). In university and professional settings, transgender people face more harassment and mental health issues than their cisgender colleagues ([ 4 ][3]). Hate crimes and discriminatory laws often target transgender people ([ 8 ][7]), and they are routinely denied health care ([ 5 ][4], [ 9 ][8], [ 10 ][9]), complicating their efforts to maintain mental and physical health, which are important for success. Gaps in health care are likely worsened in medical systems overloaded by the pandemic. Transgender people are often put at a disadvantage by bias in academic and professional hiring decisions ([ 11 ][10]). Less likely to have established careers ([ 11 ][10]), they are vulnerable to the funding cuts and unemployment arising from the pandemic. Despite these inequalities, affirmative policies rarely include transgender as a minority identity. The disruptions caused by COVID-19 have likely burdened transgender scientists with an outsized share of the poverty, disease, and exclusion from science. This moment is a timely opportunity to build a broader path to welcome all gender identities. All scientists should respect chosen names and pronouns, speak out against anti-transgender policies and laws, and challenge perspectives in scientific culture that erase transgender experiences. Institutions should develop transgender-inclusive practices ([ 12 ][11]), such as creating inclusive name change policies, allocating funds to support transgender scientists' careers, and broadening access to inclusive health care. Determining the most effective approaches to reducing barriers for transgender scientists will require more studies highlighting their experiences. Besides the inherent moral value of making academia more equitable, scientific endeavors will benefit tremendously from the intellectual potential of a greater diversity of people. 1. [↵][12]1. B. Maas et al ., Nat. Ecol. Evol. 10.1038/s41559-020-1233-3 (2020). 2. 1. F. Staniscuaski et al ., Science 368, 724 (2020). [OpenUrl][13][FREE Full Text][14] 3. [↵][15]1. N. Subbaraman , Nature 581, 366 (2020). [OpenUrl][16] 4. 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US Appeals Court Denies Stay of Transgender Military Ban

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"We are happy that the court saw through the government's smoke screen and rejected its request to further delay the policy allowing transgender people to enlist. The military has already developed comprehensive guidance to prepare for a January 1 start date, and the government failed to offer any credible reason why transgender people should be barred from enlisting if they can meet the same rigorous standards that apply to everyone else," senior staff attorney Josh Block said in a statement.

US scientists uncover 20 genes linked to being transgender

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists have uncovered 20 genes linked to being transgender – supporting claims that the condition has a physical basis. Researchers believe the gene variations may contribute to people identifying with the opposite sex. Critics of transgender identity say the condition is'all in the mind', and transgender people have a psychological problem rather than a medical one. But by highlighting genetic mutations that affect brain development, the latest findings point towards transgender identity having a physical basis. US researchers tested 14 female-to-male and 16 male-to-female patients at gender reassignment clinics.

Terms: Panel on Future of Transgender, Nonbinary People

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A complex process to alter one's birth sex that occurs over a period of time. It can include some or all of the following personal, medical and legal steps: telling one's family, friends and coworkers; using a different name and new pronouns; dressing differently; changing one's name and/or sex on legal documents; hormone therapy; and possibly one or more types of surgery.