Us passport medium res transparentA federal judge ruled last week that the U.S. State Department can no longer require transgender people to provide a signed doctor’s note before changing the gender marker on a passport. 

Actor Elliot Page, formerly Ellen Page, announced he is transgender last week and received overwhelming support from all corners of social media. 

Meanwhile, in California, a federal judge ruled that the DMV cannot censor a personalized license plate using the word QUEER. DMW called it an offensive word and the court said DMV was violating the right to free speech.

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