The tactic leaves LGBT people vulnerable in legal proceedings at a time when protections for transgender people are rolled back

When Jonathan Schmitz walked on to the set of one of America’s most popular daytime TV shows, he knew he was about to meet his secret admirer. What he did not know was that the episode of the Jenny Jones Show in question was called “Same Sex Secret Crushes”.

Schmitz emerged from backstage and saw two people he knew, Donna Riley and Scott Amedure. “Did you think Donna has a crush on you?” grinned Jones. “Well guess what, it’s Scott that has the crush on you!”

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