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The pandemic has made things more dire — but there are reasons to feel hopeful

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This story includes descriptions of people experiencing suicidal ideation, which may be disturbing to some readers. If you or someone you know need help, consider calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800–273–8255 or the Trevor Project Hotline (for LGBT youth) at 866–488–7386.


Why removing health care protections for transgender patients is inhumane and dangerous

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Transgender people have specialized health care needs and face disproportionate barriers to accessing proper treatment. The Obama administration attempted to address these challenges by extending nondiscriminatory protections to transgender patients in a 2016 provision in the Affordable Care Act. Trump has declined to enforce that legislation, and this month finalized a rule expressly removing protections for transgender patients against discrimination by doctors, hospitals, and insurers.


How Caster Semenya’s case leads to broader consequences for sex identification and the participation of transgender athletes in sports

South Africa’s Caster Semenya (front) competes in the Women’s 800m Round 1 during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo: Antonin Thuillier/Getty Images

Sex is the first label we are given at birth, if not before, when an inspection of our genitalia determines whether we’re identified by one checkbox or another. While the likelihood of ambiguity is small, it does happen; the Intersex Society of North America says that 1 in 1,500 to 1 in 2,000 births needs a sex differentiation specialist to be called in.

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