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Department of Education Sends Mixed Messages on Transgender Student Protections – ABC News
The Education Department said transgender students still can't play on school sports teams that correspond with their gender identity, and should be on teams that correspond with their biological gender at birth.

Transgender Voters Across the US May Face Additional Hurdles When Voting This November – Business Insider
A recent study reveals that 31 percent of voting eligible trans people don’t have an ID with their correct name. And with increased processing times to change legal documents due to COVID-19, voting could be even more difficult.

The Supreme Court Is Already Considering Another Threat to Abortion Rights – Vox
The Trump administration could force abortion patients to have unnecessary surgeries, despite the fact that those patients could safely terminate their pregnancy with medication.

What I Learned as a Parent of a Transgender Child – The New York Times
As a pediatrician and mother, I thought I knew a lot about parenting. But I was blindsided by my daughter’s coming out as trans, and that first year was riddled with mistakes.

What to Do When You and Your Partner Have Wildly Different Sex Drives – InStyle
For starters, know that this is a couple problem—not a you problem. After all, we often measure our desire levels in relation to the person we’re with.

An Ob-Gyn Explains Why the Morning-After Pill Is Only Effective at Certain Times in Your Cycle – PopSugar
When your birth control fails, the morning-after pill is often the most reliable way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy—but that largely depends on where you are in your cycle.

Vaginismus: I Was Passed from Doctor to Doctor Before Being Diagnosed – Refinery29
Vaginismus—a condition that causes severe pain during penetrative sex—is incredibly common and treatable but, sadly, it often takes many sufferers a long time to get diagnosed. 

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