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Transgender students and staff at Wichita Public Schools are now protected under a new nondiscrimination statement the school board approved Monday.

Kansas has agreed to change its policy and allow transgender people born in the state to update the sex listed on their birth certificates.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Friday entered into a consent decree that ends a lawsuit brought by four native Kansans and the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project, Inc. (K-STEP).

The policy change is significant because birth certificates can determine access to education, employment, health care, travel and the ability to obtain other identification documents.

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Wichita Public Schools is considering adding explicit protections for transgender students and staff this year.

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After nearly 30 years of teaching band, orchestra and jazz at Wichita’s North High School, Stephanie Byers plans to hang up her baton and retire this month.

The longtime educator has seen many changes over the decades — including her own personal transition from male to female.

Kansas has joined 15 other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that it’s legal to fire people for being transgender.

Last week, the 16 states filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the court to overturn a federal appeals court's decision that it was illegal for a Michigan funeral home to terminate an employee who was transitioning from male to female. The appeals court ruled that Aimee Stephens’ firing violated Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination based on sex.

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A leading Kansas LGBT rights group is pushing back against a newly adopted Kansas Republican Party resolution that activists say dehumanizes transgender individuals.

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Kansas lawmakers are divided in their support, or lack of it, when responding to President Donald Trump's notice on Wednesday regarding transgendered people in the U.S. Military.

Trump announced on twitter that the U.S. military "will not accept or allow" transgender people to serve.

Local Church Holds 'Transgender 101' Class

Jun 2, 2017
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A Wichita church will hold a "Transgender 101" meeting this Saturday.

The meeting is sponsored by the Table of Hope Metropolitan Community Church and is intended to be a "facts" discussion for both people who are gender fluid and for the public who may be uncomfortable about what to say around their transgendered friends and work colleagues.

Rev. Jackie Carter of the Table of Hope Metropolitan Community Church says one of the discussions will be about terminology.

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The state of Kansas has withdrawn a suit against the federal government over changes to Title IX that extended protections to cover gender identity. President Donald Trump recently revoked the Obama-era guidance sent out last year.

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Beginning today, students in the Derby school district will once again be required to use the restrooms that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates. As KMUW’s Nadya Faulx reports, it’s a reversal from an earlier policy.