Stories tagged: "transphobia"

Desks are arranged in a classroom at Panther Valley Elementary School, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Nesquehoning, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
As Pride Month Closes, PA’s GOP-Controlled Senate Passes Anti-LGBTQ Student Laws

Two bills limiting classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity, and a bill banning trans athletes from sports have passed the state Senate along party lines.

Wyomissing, PA - February 5: High School girls basketball, the Schuylkill Valley Panthers vs the Wyomissing Area Spartans at the Wyomissing Area Jr. / Sr. High School Friday night February 5, 2021. Wyomissing Area won 61-49. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
PA GOP Senators Pass Bill Restricting Trans Women From Playing School Sports

The legislation restricts transgender girls and women from playing scholastic and collegiate sports on women’s teams in Pennsylvania. A similar bill passed the state House in April.

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Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Make Name Change Process More Equitable for Transgender Pennsylvanians

State lawmakers introduced a package of six bills that would make it easier, safer, and more affordable for transgender people to change their names.

Rachel Levine, nominated to be an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Caroline Brehman/Pool via AP)
US Sen. Rand Paul Criticized for Transphobic Question of Dr. Rachel Levine

Pennsylvania’s former Secretary of Health could be the first Senate-confirmed transgender official in the nation’s history.

In this May 29, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, meets with the media at The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa.  As a transgender woman, Levine has been subject to an endless stream of mockery and abuse on social media and elsewhere. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP)
Pennsylvania’s Top Health Official Is Battling ‘Vile’ and ‘Toxic’ Transphobia

Dr. Rachel Levine, a pediatrician who became state health secretary in 2017, is one of the few transgender people nationwide serving in either elective office or as a high-ranking government appointee.