New York City’s government has issued a set of guidelines protecting transgender individuals from discrimination. The guidelines elaborate on prior legal protections.
The new guidelines include misgendering, enforcing gender-specific dress codes, and barring access to gendered facilities under the definition of discrimination, effectively making the practices illegal. Employers in New York must also… READ MORE »
The FDA announced today that it will be lifting a 32-year ban on blood donations from gay men. The ban was originally put in place to screen out donors who were likely to be HIV-positive – and CDC data shows that about 20 percent of men who have sex with men (MSM) have… READ MORE »
Yesterday, Ben Carson told military veterans at an event in Waterloo, Iowa that the military is not the place to deal with the “transgender thing.”
That’s right, someone’s identity is “just a thing” according to Carson.
It seems like as soon as you think Carson is going to say the worst,… READ MORE »
Alex McFarland beats Pat Robertson to the punch. READ MORE »
So your friend came out as transgender/genderqueer/non-binary! Yay! The holidays are actually a pretty perfect time to show your friend your support, both by taking that old holiday advice to let the people you love know that you care and by giving them gifts that’ll help their transition. Take care to ask them… READ MORE »
This week is Trans Awareness Week, an event to raise awareness and visibility of transgender and gender nonconforming people leading to today, November 20, the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Coincidentally, just a few days before the week began, someone started a petition to “Drop the T” and exclude transgender people from the LGBT platform. It’s easy… READ MORE »
I get why some people are going to be celebrating the decline and impending death of FHM, the “lad” mag whose hook was a steady stream of just-this-side-of-nude photos of famous women. Its publisher has given in to the reality that magazines are a dying medium that peaked about ten years ago, and… READ MORE »
Roughly 1,500 Mormons are resigning from the Mormon Church of Latter-day Saints to protest a new policy that labels same-sex couples “apostate” as well as banning children of same-sex relationships from being baptized in the church.
The guidebook of these new policies called “Handbook 1,” were handed out to church leaders at the… READ MORE »
Yesterday, I went to the endodontist (“Double root canal! Whoa!”) and, filling out the paperwork, came across a problem that’s been more pronounced since I came out as genderqueer. Beyond the boxes for “M” and “F,” on which I grudgingly mark “F” in case my endodontist badly needs to know whether or not I have… READ MORE »
Russian politicians are stepping up anti-gay legislation, building upon their now-infamous “propaganda” law. The original law criminalized any kind of LGBT-accepting public communications, but now members of the country’s Communist party have drafted legislation that would make it illegal to engage in any kind of activity that signals that you’re gay in public.… READ MORE »
Today is a great day in the history of ideas, because it is the first annual Trans Day of Screaming. A Tumblr user who describes herself as a “19 y/o tranny dyke ancom madhyamika guanyin devotee” (read: 19-year-old transgender lesbian, anarcho-communist, and Buddhist) posted on October 11 that the holiday would… READ MORE »
A Scottish brewing company has made the world’s first “transgender” beer. Does anyone else remember around the mid 2000s, when “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” “The L Word,” and “Will and Grace” were all on TV at the same time, and it just sort of felt like everyone was jumping on the gay train… READ MORE »
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found yesterday that a high school in Chicago’s northwest suburbs must allow a trans student to use the girls’ locker room along with her fellow students.
Township High School District 211 had provided proper accommodations for the student’s gender identity, registering her as a… READ MORE »
Do you love witches? Are you queer? Me too. My personal favorite is April Ludgate. It might not have been scripted into “Parks and Recreation” that April was literally a witch, but I bet that if you asked her, she’d say she was. Elvira is a distant second (boobs for dayz!). All hail April, empress of… READ MORE »
A French court decided this week that a 64-year-old plaintiff had the right to be legally recognized as gender-neutral. The individual, whose name has not been released, identifies as intersex (has genitalia that are neither strictly male nor strictly female), but was forced to perform a masculine identity their entire life.
The court… READ MORE »