The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games, for the coming year because of a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people.

In a news release Monday, the NCAA said the decision by its board of governors came “because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.” 

“This decision is consistent with the NCAA’s long-standing core values of inclusion, student-athlete well-being and creating a culture of fairness,” said Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson, the chair of the board of governors.

The law — known as HB2 — requires transgender people to use restrooms at schools and government buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates. It also excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from local and statewide anti-discrimination protections. 

The men’s basketball first- and second-round games were scheduled for March 17 and 19 in Greensboro. The NCAA will also relocate: 

  • the Division I women’s soccer championship scheduled for Dec. 2 and 4 in Cary, just outside the capital city of Raleigh; 
  • the Division III men’s and women’s soccer championships set for Dec. 2 and 3 in Greensboro; 
  • the Division I women’s golf regional championships set for May 8-10 in Greenville; 
  • the Division III men’s and women’s tennis championships set for May 22-27 in Cary; 
  • the Division I women’s lacrosse championship set for May 26 and 28 in Cary;
  • the Division II baseball championship from May 27 to June 3 in Cary.

Transgender kids will have a place to go for medical care when a new clinic opens at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Doctors trained in transgender care will provide services to transgender kids entering puberty at the new Gender Clinic.

Clinical director Doctor David Breeland tells KING-TV offering services through pediatric care allows patients to start treatment early.

“It just halts the puberty. Halts a lot of the dysphoria that could lead to depression and anxiety and allow them to continue in therapy and continue to shape where they want to go,” says Breeland.

The new clinic will open sometime in October.

It will be one of just a handful across the country.

The comic book world is about to get its first transgender leading character. The central protagonist in the upcoming superhero series "Alters" is Chalice, a trans "hero for the new age."

"The 'Alters' series focuses on characters that have different forms of disadvantage, whether they are marginalized by society or struggling with their gender identity," said Paul Jenkins, the comic book's author.

By making Chalice the central character, Jenkins said he wants the audience to experience power with a purpose and wants her "persona to represent something meaningful."

"Her transition is a driving factor of the story," said Jenkins. "[And she] helps other people when she makes a second transition into an Alter and does that through the lens of compassion."

Chalice is one of many "Alters" readers will encounter in the new series. These powerful "mutants" are "emerging all around the country," according to the series' website, but these superheroes are "met with fear, distrust, and prejudice."

Other characters Jenkins plans to include in the series, which will debut in September, include a homeless woman who balances feeding her family with saving her community and a man suffering from PTSD but is still committed to helping others.

Jenkins said his personal experiences ignited his interest in sharing stories about characters who are marginalized. Raised by a bisexual mother, Jenkins recalled how difficult it was for her to come out . He also said the pain he endured after fracturing his neck inspired him to include a quadriplegic character in the upcoming comic book series.

"I just want to share my compassion for people who are struggling in any kind of way," he added.

Nick Adams, director of GLAAD's Transgender Media Program, applauded the decision of the "Alters" team to include a trans woman as the comic's central character.

"While transgender characters remain rare on TV and are non-existent in mainstream films, comic books have been giving readers interesting, multidimensional trans characters for quite a while," he said. "I look forward to reading 'Alters' and seeing a trans woman as a true superhero."

Thirty percent of transgender youth report a history of at least one suicide attempt, and nearly 42 percent report a history of self-injury, such as cutting, a new study from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center shows.

The Cincinnati Children's researchers also discovered a higher frequency of suicide attempts among transgender youth who are dissatisfied with their weight.

“Our study provides further evidence for the at-risk nature of transgender youth and emphasizes that mental health providers and physicians working with this population need to be aware of these challenges,” says Claire Peterson, a psychologist at Cincinnati Children’s and lead author of the study.

“Dissatisfaction with one’s appearance and the drive to look different from one’s sex assigned at birth is central to gender dysphoria – the feeling that your gender identity is different from that at birth," Peterson said in a news release.

More patients transitioning from female to male reported a history of suicide attempts and self-injury than those transitioning from male to female.

The study is published in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, the journal of the American Association of Suicidology.

The researchers analyzed data from the medical records of 96 transgender patients, ages 12 to 22, with gender dysphoria visiting the transgender Health Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s.  The clinic has served nearly 500 patients since it opened in 2013.

Fifty-eight percent had at least one additional psychiatric diagnosis in addition to gender dysphoria. Nearly 63 percent indicated a history of bullying, 23 percent a history of school suspension or expulsion, 19 percent involvement in physical fights and 17 percent repeating a grade in school.

The Cincinnati Children’s researchers believe additional studies will shed more light on the relations among weight concerns, eating disorders, self-injury and suicidal behaviors.

Cincinnati Children’s started its transgender health clinic to provide an accepting atmosphere and services for patients up to 24 years of age.

The NBA has awarded its 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans, the Associated Press reported on Friday, a month after removing it from Charlotte, North Carolina, to protest a state law forcing transgender people to use public restrooms matching their gender assigned at birth.

The AP cited a person familiar with the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had yet to be announced by the league. NBA representatives were unavailable for comment.

The National Basketball Association had expressed its opposition to state House Bill 2, or HB2, since it was passed in March and tried to work with state officials to change the law before ultimately making a decision to relocate its mid-February exhibition game.

Moving the event out of North Carolina follows similar moves by top entertainers who have canceled shows in North Carolina, including Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Boston, Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr and the circus group Cirque du Soleil.

The exhibition, seen as an economic boon to the city that hosts it, could be rescheduled for Charlotte in 2019 if there is an "appropriate resolution to this matter," the NBA has said.

New Orleans, which hosted the game in 2008 and 2014, had previously been identified in a Yahoo report as the leading candidate to be awarded the game.

HB2 made North Carolina the first U.S. state to require transgender people to use restrooms in public buildings and schools that match the sex on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity.

Civil rights advocates have criticized the law as hostile toward transgender people and praised the NBA for punishing the state. The law also has the effect of requiring transgender men, many of whom wear facial hair and obviously masculine clothing, to use the women's room alongside young girls.

Backers of the law, including North Carolina's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, have said boys and girls should be able to use public bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without fear of the opposite sex being presen

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