'Thank you for seeing me': For trans patients, inclusive health care is essential – and can bring joy.
What does equitable and affirmative health care look like? At one clinic in California, the staff seek to find joy for their transgender patients.She described the experience as a fight. Medical staff frequently misgendered Coulter, or even deadnamed her (used her name assigned at birth) despite requests for the opposite.
© KPTV Stu Rasmussen, America's first openly transgender mayor.
Stewart "Stu" Rasmussen, America's first openly transgender mayor, has died, according to the current mayor of Silverton, Oregon, Kyle Palmer.
Rasmussen died Wednesday "after a number of weeks under home hospice care for metastatic prostate cancer," Palmer said in a Facebook post.
"His longtime love Victoria (Sage) noted that 'he went bravely into the unknown on his own terms,'" Palmer said.
Rasmussen, a lifelong resident of Silverton, the town he served as mayor over multiple terms, was 73 years old, according to the Statesman Journal newspaper.
Opinion: Extremists are using sports to discriminate against trans athletes. We can't let them.
The attack on transgendered athletes started years ago, and continues, with extremist pieces of legislation aimed at keeping trans kids out of sports.The law is the very definition of seeking a problem that didn't really exist. There isn't a groundswell of trans athletes competing in youth and high school sports, either in Arkansas or really anywhere else. It was clear what Hutchinson was doing. He was using trans kids as a political prop. He was using sports to attack them.
Rasmussen wasn't concerned about pronoun usage and accepted both he/him or she/her, Sage told the newspaper.
Rasmussen was first elected mayor in 1988 and was re-elected in 1990, before coming out as transgender, according to a Just Out magazine interview posted by the Victory Fund, a national organization dedicated to electing openly LGBTQ people.
Rasmussen was elected mayor of Silverton again in 2008, this time as an openly transgender person, and remained in office until being unseated in 2014. That historic election sparked a protest by the Westboro Baptist Church, the Statesman Journal reported. The group is known for its virulently anti-LGBTQ protests at public events, including military funerals.
But the Westboro protesters "were met by a large crowd of demonstrating citizens -- many of them wearing dresses -- supporting Stu and demanding that they leave town," Palmer said.
"He set an example for members of our community who needed to see that it was safe to live their lives openly in our community," Palmer added. "My thoughts are with Victoria, as she faces life without Stuart for the first time in many decades. I'm comforted in the knowledge that he is no longer in pain."
First openly transgender Miss USA contestant eliminated before round of 16 .
The first openly transgender Miss USA contestant, Kataluna Enriquez, was eliminated before the round of 16 on Monday in the beauty contest, NBC News reported.Earlier this year, Enriquez was crowned Miss Nevada after she beat out 21 other contestants at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Enriquez then went on to compete in the Miss USA pageant in Tulsa, Okla., at the River Spirit Casino Resort, but her journey to the crown ended early before the round of 16, according to NBC News.The Miss Universe system, which includes Miss USA, began allowing transgender contestants to enter pageants in 2012, according to the outlet.