Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles

Nevada's Department of Motor Vehicles is working to ease the process of changing gender markers on driver's licenses.

Longtime Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston published an essay this week called The Child I Love that shares the intimate story of raising his transgender son. Born as Maddy two decades ago, Ralston's child is transitioning from female to male and now goes by Jake. 

Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with Ralston about the story, which appeared in his regular Ralston Reports column in the Reno Gazette-Journal, to learn what the response has been like so far.

Alexa Ard

The Obama administration is highlighting Washoe County as a model for how schools should treat transgender students. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

The federal government has issued a guiding statement to schools nationwide, recommending they allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identities, or risk losing federal funds. Model policies include those implemented by the Washoe County School District last year.

Nevada To Offer Health Benefits For Transgender Procedures

Jun 25, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

Starting July 1, Nevada will offer health insurance for transgender-related medical care, including hormone therapy, gender reassignment surgery and mental health counseling. All are deemed medically necessary by the American Medical Association. Until now, these procedures haven’t been covered for public employees, like Jamie, a former state trooper.

From the time she was four years old, Jamie knew she was transgender.

UNSOM Health Watch: Trans Voice Clinic

Jun 22, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

There’s been a lot of talk lately about transgender issues, after the recent transition of Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner. There are several treatments a person receives while transitioning - such as voice therapy - in order to help them sound more like the gender they are becoming. Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine Health Watch, we’re talking about the Trans Voice and Communication Clinic offered by the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Our guests are Rachael Walden, clinical director for this department and Dr.

Esther Ciammachilli

The Nevada Assembly rejected a bill last night (Tuesday) that would have required students to use school bathrooms that correspond to their biological sex.

The highly controversial AB375 was marginally voted down in a 22-20 vote with five Republicans and all Democrats opposed.

Republican Assemblywoman Vicki Dooling was the bill's main sponsor.

"This bill will bring privacy and safety for all children," Dooling said.

Nevada's PEBP weighing cost of transgender health coverage

Oct 17, 2014

Nevada’s Public Employee Benefit Program, or PEBP, board is currently looking into the cost and benefits of providing transgender health coverage.

Last month, Brock Maylath, president of the Transgender Allies Group in Reno, spoke to the PEBP board asking members to remove a provision that states,

“Any treatment designed to alter physical characteristics of you to those of the opposite sex and any other services, treatments, drugs, or diagnostic procedures or studies related to sex transformations are excluded.”

Dr. Tory Clark is a clinical sexologist and UNR instructor who works with transgender clients. She’ll present some of her research at an open house in Reno for the Transgender Allies Group or TAG on Saturday. In that talk, she’ll explore best practices for counseling families when a transgender child first comes out.