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

Janet Mock Nails Discussion Of Trans Identity On "The Colbert Report," Piers Morgan Freaks Out On Twitter
Watch Janet Mock Hold Her Own With Stephen Colbert
Janet Mock Q&A
Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness
Janet Mock speaks to us about being a transgender woman of color. Read More »

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 — and Mock herself — were rightly perturbed and expressed as much on Twitter, which Morgan mischaracterized as “attacks.” He had Mock back on his show the following night, and this followup went even worse — for Morgan, I mean, who came off even more shrill and entitled and clueless. The real bummer was that Mock was not given the time or freedom to actually talk about the issues discussed in her book, though it must be said that when Morgan did let her get a word in edgewise, she was brilliant. So it’s kind of amazing that the news show that actually gave Mock the opportunity to address the issues of real importance to the trans community, particularly trans women, was the satirical “Colbert Report,” on which Mock appeared last night. Keep reading »

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

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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” option to customize your correct gender identity. A scroll down menu (like shown) listing a bunch of different gender identities: transgender male, intersex, cisgender female, queer, and so on. It even offers the option “gender questioning” for folks who aren’t sure which label, if any, fits them just yet. Currently, the new inclusive options are only available for users in the United States, but it’s a great start. It’s not often Facebook does something that we actually like, so this makes the new extra exciting. Good job, everyone! [The Verge] [Image of Facebook via Shutterstock]

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

Pamela Raintree Bible Quote
"I Brought The First Stone, Mr. Webb."

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’s “Unfairness Ordinance,” a trans woman named Pamela Raintree stepped up to the microphone to share her story. She ended her remarks by quoting Leviticus 20:13, which states “If a man lie also with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death.” Then Raintree picked up a large rock and offered it to the unamused politician. “I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb,” she said, “in case your bible talk isn’t just a smokescreen for personal prejudices.” BOOM. Webb declined to take Raintree up on her generous offer, but he did withdraw his proposal. Shreveport’s Fairness Ordinance is here to stay. [KMSS]

Mommie Dearest: Going To Hell In A Handbag

Disrupting The Pink Aisle
Little Girls Sing About "Disrupting The Pink Aisle" In Toy Stores To The Tune Of "We Are The Champions"
Little girls sing about disrupting the pink aisle in toy stores! Read More »
Little Girls & LEGOs
LEGOs are the perfect gender neutral toy. Why make them "girly"? Read More »
Easy Bake Oven For Boys
Teen activist asks Hasbro to market oven to both genders. Read More »
On Sex And Gender
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Let's talk about the difference between sex and gender. Read More »
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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 that unusual to fret over things like these.

But one thing I didn’t think I’d have to be worried about is the possibility of my son being suspended for his sense of style. A 13-year-old 8th grader from Kansas was recently suspended for wearing a Vera Bradley handbag while attending school.

Suspended. For having a quilted bag. Seriously. Keep reading »

High School Crowns Trans Student Cassidy Lynn Campbell Homecoming Queen

Cassidy Lynn Campbell
  • 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 band Pussy Riot has gone on a hunger strike to protest the inhumane conditions at her prison. She was sentenced to two years in a work camp for her participation in a public protest that spoke out against President Vladmir Putin and the church. [Animal New York] Keep reading »

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

I Am Chelsea Manning
Bradley Manning: "I Am Chelsea Manning, I Am Female"
Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning has transitioned to Chelsea Manning. Read More »
My Transition Story
What it's like to transition from female to male. Read More »
Q&A: Laverne Cox
interview Laverne Cox Orange Is The New Black
Meet Laverne Cox, the trans actress from "Orange Is The New Black." Read More »
chelsea manning transgender in prison

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 healthcare someone deserves in prison is fairly simple. There are clear legal and moral arguments for Manning receiving hormones once they are prescribed by a doctor. This isn’t about what she did or did not do; it’s about the basic commitment we make as a society when we lock someone up.

When someone commits a crime, no matter how heinous, we still have an obligation as a society to provide their basic needs while they serve their time. As Lesley Kinzel argued when writing about the Michelle Kosilek case last year, “What makes us better than murderers is that we value human life, even the lives of those who don’t value life themselves, their own included.” Whether or not you agree with Manning’s release of classified information, we consider a decent life a collective value, enshrined in the basic rights that are guaranteed by our Constitution. Courts have already held that the 8th Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment confers a right to adequate medical care in prison, and medical experts and courts have consistently found that hormone therapy is a medically necessary treatment for transgender people for whom it’s prescribed. Keep reading »

California Governor Signs Transgender Student Rights Bill

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  • 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 B.Scott speaking on MSNBC and doing an interview with Janet Mock  about his gender identity discrimination lawsuit against BET. The network pulled B.Scott off the red carpet at the 2013 BET Awards because they objected that he wasn’t wearing more “masculine” attire. [The Root, Janet Mock] Keep reading »
Trans Kids & Identity
Some transgender kids have it more figured out than the rest of us. Read More »
My Transition Story
True Story: I Transitioned From Male To Female
What it's like to transition from female to male. Read More »
Trans Teen Doc
Transgender teen Allie discusses life in Arkansas in new documentary. Read More »

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

Royal Baby's Sex
gender identity of prince george
Two blogs face off over the royal baby's sex and gender. Read More »
Camp For Boys
the you are you transgender boy camp
The "you are you" camp gives boys the chance to be girls. Read More »
Coy's Bathroom Victory
Trans 6-year-old Coy Mathis wins access to girls' bathroom. Read More »
difference between sex and 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 attempted to answer all the Nosy Nellies as diplomatically as I could. I said that we would be happy with either a boy or girl, as long as the baby was healthy. Yet as my belly expanded, my patience shrank and I found myself coming up with more creative ways to answer the increasingly frequent queries over “what” we were having. “Fingers crossed it’s not a kitten!” was one of my favorite go-to replies.

And, for those keeping track – no, we did not have a kitten, but rather a beautiful baby boy. Still, the questions kept coming. Since we didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl (and because, you know, colors are for everyone), my son wore a rainbow of onesies, which only seemed to confuse folks. Multiple times a day I would have people question why my son was wearing purple. Or pink. Or even yellow. I did not get the same stares or questions when he donned his blue, green or brown onesies. Our society, one that is heavily entrenched in traditional, stereotypical gender roles, seems to want to plug children into these boxes as quickly as possible — even before they’re born — and that can be both frustrating and confusing. Keep reading »

Skepchick Vs. STFU, Parents: Faceoff Over The Royal Baby’s Sex And Gender

What Is "Agender"?
Neither man nor woman, but definitely fabulous. Read More »
Camp For Boys
the you are you transgender boy camp
The "you are you" camp gives boys the chance to be girls. Read More »
Becoming Diana
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One trans woman's journey to self-acceptance. Read More »
George Alexander Louis
Royal Baby Watch: William & Kate Introduce The World To Their Little Prince
The royal baby finally gets a name. Read More »
gender identity of prince george

Four days ago, a royal child entered the world in a hospital wing in London. It didn’t take long for bloggers across the pond to start fighting about it.

Here’s that happened: blogger Heina Dadabhoy, who writes for the feminist-minded secularism/atheism blog Skepchick, pointed out on Twitter how Prince George was neither born a boy nor a girl, but rather assigned a sex at birth based on his perceivable genitals. Keep reading »

Transgender 6-Year-Old Coy Mathis Wins Case For Access to Girls’ Bathroom

Trans 1st Grader
Transgender 1st grader challenges Colorado school's bathroom rules. Read More »
Transgender Frat Boy
Emerson fraternity raises money for trans brother's surgery. Read More »
Straight Guy, Trans Rights
Dan on why a straight guy like him cares about transgender rights. Read More »

A win for the transgender community! Coy Mathis, a transgendered 6-year-old from Fountain, Colorado has won a case against the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, allowing her to officially use the girls’ bathroom.

Coy had been using the girls’ bathroom at her school because she identifies as a female. Although she was assigned the male gender at birth, she wears girls’ clothing and is identified as female in both her passport and state identification.

In December, the Eagleside Elementary School principal asked Coy to use the boys’ bathroom, gender-neutral faculty bathrooms or the nurse’s bathroom. Coy’s parents, Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis, filed a complaint back in February, with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, citing discrimination. Keep reading »

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