Posts tagged "gender identity"

Today Is The Third Anniversary Of Trayvon Martin’s Death

Today is the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, and a crucial moment to think about what justice is for Black Americans.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 26, 2015

Yeah, Right, I Take Nudes For Your Attention, Because It Matters So Much To Me

Do I need to link to anything that says “[Fill in the name of a woman] is getting naked on camera for attention”? It’s been said about me. It’s being said about Kim Kardashian. It’s been said about any woman who’s ever voluntarily had a photo taken in any kind of sexualized context, and several…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 14, 2014

South Carolina DMV Refused To Photograph Teen For His Driver’s License In Makeup

The DMV in Anderson, South Carolina, forced a 16-year-old boy to take off his makeup in order to get his driver's license picture taken because "he needs to look like a male," according to an official. Chase Culpepper is gender non-conforming and wears makeup and stereotypically female clothing everyday. But on March 3, the DMV…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 17, 2014

Katie Couric’s “Teachable” Moment With Laverne Cox Is Something I Wish We Saw More Of In Activism

In January, an actress from "Orange Is The New Black" appeared on Katie Couric's daytime talk show and it made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Laverne Cox, who is transgender, appeared with trans model Carmen Carrera. Throughout the interview, Couric kept asking the two women questions about their transition, specifically their genitalia. Cox politely…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2014

Conservative National Review Asshat Declares “Laverne Cox Is Not A Woman,” Is Very Wrong [2 UPDATES]

Last week, "Orange Is The New Black" actress Laverne Cox appeared on the cover of TIME, illustrating a piece about how trans rights issues are "America's next civil rights frontier." Cox was the first-ever trans person to appear on TIME's cover. This weekend National Review writer Kevin D. Williamson published a piece entitled "Laverne Cox I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 3, 2014

The Beautiful Story Of Ryland Whittington: A 7-Minute Guidebook For Parenting A Transgender Child

"Wow" is all I have to say after watching this beautiful video that tells the story of Ryland Whittington, a bright, fun, loving little boy who happens to be transgender. Ryland's story is fairly typical of many transgender kids -- around age 3, he started rejecting a traditionally feminine presentation and self-identifying as a boy.

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 29, 2014

Arcade Fire’s New Video For “We Exist” Tackles A Young Person’s Struggle With Gender Identity

Last month at Coachella, Andrew Garfield walked out on stage in a white lace dress and a blonde wig to strike a few victorious poses during Arcade Fire's song, "We Exist." As the teaser we posted last week indicated, the live footage was shot for the finale of the "We Exist" video, which stars Garfield…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 16, 2014

5 Things To Know About Chelsea Manning, Gender Dysphoria & Transgender Medical Care

With Pvt. Chelsea Manning back in the news for requesting to be treated for gender dysphoria at a civilian prison, many people have questions about what this means. What is “gender dysphoria,” exactly? What does it have to do with a gender transition? How is it treated? Why does Manning have a right to thi…

By: Avory Faucette / May 16, 2014

Transgender National Security Leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning May Be Transferred To Civilian Prison To Be Treated For “Gender Dysphoria”

It's been awhile since we've heard anything about Private Chelsea Manning, also known as Bradley Manning, a dishonorably discharged soldier who was sentenced to 35 years for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. The last we heard from Manning was in August, when she had publicly come out as transgender and informed the world she wanted to be referred…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2014

Not This Crap Again: Girl Kicked Out Of Prom For Wearing Pants

A North Carolina high school senior was kicked out of her high school prom not because she was sneaking booze, not because she was humping on the dance floor, but because she was wearing pants. Shafer Rupard from  Cherryville, North Carolina, showed up to her prom rocking her adorable Justin Bieber-esque haircut and wearing red…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 24, 2014

Texas Teacher Laura Jane Klug Was Suspended For Being Transgender — But There’s Something We Can Do About It

Laura Jane Klug, a fifth grade substitute teacher for Lumberton Independent School District in Texas who also happens to be transgender, was suspended on Tuesday after parents complained to the school. According to one Lumberton father: "If it does affect my child and his ability to learn or if it causes questions that I don't…

By: Claire Hannum / April 10, 2014

Christian School Pressures 8-Year-Old Sunnie Kahle To Leave Because She Looks Too Much Like A Boy

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that some people who run "Christian" schools are actually enormous dicks. Eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle is no longer a student at Timberlake Christian School in Lynchburg, Virginia, after administrators sent a letter home to her guardians complaining she doesn't dress or behave "feminine" enough, like wearing…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2014

Janet Mock Nails Discussion Of Trans Identity On “The Colbert Report,” Piers Morgan Freaks Out On Twitter

Earlier this month, trans activist and author Janet Mock appeared on "Piers Morgan Live" to discuss her new book, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. That didn't go so well, thanks to Morgan's repeated misgendering of Mock and his focus on the physical aspects of her transition. Many of Mock's supporters --…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 19, 2014

Beyond “Male” And “Female”: Facebook Now Allows More Inclusive Options For Gender Identity

The gender options on Facebook have worked well enough for those of us who identify as "male" or "female." But what about folks who wish to publicly identify as something else? Until now, their only option has been to leave that option blank or be mis-gendered. After working with LGBTQ activists, Facebook announced an "Other"

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 13, 2014

Watch This: Trans Woman Quotes The Bible, Dares Christian Politician To Stone Her To Death

Last month, the city council of Shreveport, Louisiana passed a law to end discrimination based on sexual preference or gender identity. The Fairness Ordinance passed with a 6-1 vote. The only dissenter was a bible-thumping councilman named Ron Webb, who promptly introduced his own ordinance to overturn the new law. While the council considered Webb'…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 21, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Going To Hell In A Handbag

There are a lot of worries parents might have as their child heads off to school: academic struggles, not getting along with teachers or classmates, bad behavior. The potential consequences for these concerns are worrisome as well. As a mother (and one who used to teach high school social studies), I don’t think it’s all…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 8, 2013

High School Crowns Trans Student Cassidy Lynn Campbell Homecoming Queen

Meet Cassidy Lynn Campbell, a transgender teen from Huntington Beach, California, who was crowned her high school's homecoming queen. Sixteen-year-old Cassidy lived as "Lance" until transitioning three years ago. Congratulations, Cassidy! [Huffington Post, People] German chancellor Angela Merkel has been elected for a third term. [Wall Street Journal] Nadeshda Tolokonnikova from the Russian feminist punk…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 23, 2013

The Soapbox: Chelsea Manning Has The Right To Healthcare In Prison, Transgender Or Not

Now that Chelsea Manning has expressed a desire to medically transition through hormone replacement therapy, there are a lot of questions circling about what Leavenworth looks like for a trans woman, and how exactly someone might transition from male to female in prison. While Manning’s case itself is complicated, the question of what kind of…

By: Avory Faucette / August 22, 2013

California Governor Signs Transgender Student Rights Bill

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a landmark transgender student rights bill guaranteeing schools respect students' gender identity in facilities, sports teams and programs ... [LGBTQ Nation] ... and of course Fox News is already misrepresenting it. [Advocate] Bosses favor male employees when it comes to flextime. Work-life balance what what? [Slate] Here's red carpet correspondent…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 12, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Talk About The Difference Between ‘Sex’ & ‘Gender’

"So? What are you having?" Throughout my pregnancy, that was the number one question I received, tied only with: “How are you feeling?” At first I was polite about it, telling folks that it was too early to tell, but that we weren’t finding out anyway until the birth. After I passed 20 weeks, I…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 7, 2013
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