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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Promises It Will No Longer Use The Transgender Slur “She-male”

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  • The reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” announced it will no longer use the word “she-male,” a slur against transgender folks. They also promised to quit doing a segment called “Female or She-male?” in which contestants had to guess, based on a photograph, whether a they were looking at a cisgender woman (someone who identifies with the gender she was assigned at birth) or a trans woman. “We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive,” the channel Logo said in a statement. Good on them for listening to complaints and taking action. [Huffington Post]
  • Paris Hilton confronted Kelly Osbourne at Coachella and called her a “bitch,” Kelly tweeted at Paris to “please grow up,” and Paris feigned dumb. The lifecycle of another starlet feud is complete. [Page Six] Keep reading »

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

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Janet Mock Nails Discussion Of Trans Identity On "The Colbert Report," Piers Morgan Freaks Out On Twitter
She nailed the discussion of trans identity with Piers Morgan. Read More »
The First Stone
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Trans woman offers Bible thumping politician "the first stone." Read More »
Q&A: Laverne Cox
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This Teacher Was Suspended For Being Transgender And 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 feel are appropriate then undoubtedly there’s an issue with having somebody transgender, transsexual or transvestite, to be teaching that age group.”

The scariest part? Discriminating against teachers based on gender identity is entirely legal in the state of Texas. Keep reading »

Bradley Manning: “I Am Chelsea Manning, I Am Female”

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Some transgender kids have it more figured out than the rest of us. Read More »
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What it's like to transition from female to male. Read More »
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Bradley Manning: "I Am Chelsea Manning, I Am Female"
"I am Chelsea. I am female."

Bradley Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, announced in a statement read by his lawyer on “The Today Show” this morning that he intends to begin hormone replacement therapy and would like to be referred to as Chelsea. Manning, who from here on out I’ll refer to with female pronouns, is supposed to begin serving her sentence at Fort Leavenworth, which does not offer hormone therapy, but her lawyer, David Coombs, says he will fight to get her the medical treatment she needs. Manning has apparently identified as a trans woman for awhile, but didn’t make a statement about it during the trial because, Coombs said, “She didn’t want this to be something that overshadowed the case.” [MSNBC]

The “You Are You” Camp Gives Boys The Chance To Be The Girls They Want To Be

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For the past three years, photographer Lindsay Morris has been following a group of special kids who attend an annual four-day camp for “gender-nonconforming boys and their parents.” In order to protect the boys and their families, Morris simply refers to the camp as Camp You Are You, and explains it as a place where these boys “don’t have to look over their shoulders, and they can let down their guard. Those are four days when none of that matters, and they are surrounded by family members who support them.” Keep reading »

Transgender Frat Boy
Emerson fraternity raises money for trans brother's surgery. Read More »
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Transgender 1st grader challenges Colorado school's bathroom rules. Read More »

Gawker Thinks It’s Cool To Smirk At Gender Queer People

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Guys, I love sarcasm. It’s a heady, delicious treat I eat up on the hour. But even I have my sarcasm limits. Case in point: Gawker writer Hamiliton Nolan’s response to a piece by xoJane writer s.e. smith about the western appropriation of Eastern religion, specifically in the context of yoga, and whether someone with an atheist viewpoint should really practice yoga. I’m not going to get into that, because I personally hate yoga and can’t understand why people are always freaking out about it. Howevs, it’s how Nolan wrote about s.e.’s piece that’s super irksome.

Throughout the piece, Nolan referred to smith by the pronouns her/she, which is not how s.e. identifies. When the Gawker piece came out, a couple members of the xoJane team wrote in to let Nolan know that s.e.’s preferred pronoun is “ou.” s.e. has written about preferring “ou” before, and even mentions it in ou’s xoJane bio: “s.e. smith is a writer, agitator, and commentator based in Northern California. Ou focuses on social issues, particularly gender, prison reform, disability rights, environmental justice, queerness, class, and the intersections thereof, and has a special interest in rural subjects.” Keep reading »

UFC Host Slams Trans Fighter Fallon Fox, Says She’s Not Really A Woman

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Fighter Fallon Fox comes out as trans. Read More »
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  • Joe Rogan, the voice of the UFC fighting league, says that Fallon Fox, the MMA fighter who recently came out as a trans woman, should not be allowed to fight with cisgendered women (i.e. people who are born female). Most offensively, Rogan said Fallon Fox is not really a woman. “I don’t care if you don’t have a dick anymore,” said Rogan, in a long, crass commentary. “You’re a man without a dick.” [TMZ]
  • Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani teen who was shot by the Taliban for advocating on behalf of girls’ education, has returned to school, now in the UK, today. [Reuters]
  • Employers in Missouri are no longer allowed to deny contraceptive coverage in their employees’ insurance based on their own beliefs following a ruling by a federal judge on Monday. The law is an unconstitutional violation of the Affordable Care Act. [Feminist.org]
  • An Air Force instructor from Joint Base San Antionio-Lackland has been sentenced to four years in prison for raping a female trainee. [ABC News]
  • Last week, a mother in New York City attempted to commit suicide with her baby strapped to her body. The child survived, but Cynthia Wachenheim did not. She seems to have been suffering from postpartum psychosis, which brings up the question of whether new mothers are getting the mental healthcare support that they need. [Slate] Keep reading »

Some Transgender Kids Have It More Figured Out Than The Rest Of Us

Transgender Frat Boy
Emerson fraternity raises money for trans brother's surgery. Read More »
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This week’s issue of The New Yorker includes a feature by Margaret Talbot, on the rise of young kids and teenagers identifying as transgender. While the concept of transgender isn’t new, there’s a trend emerging; kids as young as three are identifying as trans. Depending on the openness and support of their parents, many of these kids are begin to transition before they even reach puberty.

Talbot’s article opens with the story of Skylar, an attractive and popular teenage boy who just happens to have been born a biological female. Skylar was open with his parents from the beginning about feeling like he was born in the wrong body, and thankfully, they supported his decision to live happily and healthfully as a boy. Still in high school, he got “top” surgery to remove his breasts, but doesn’t plan on getting bottom surgery. What’s more, his identifying as trans wasn’t some desperate desire to make his gender match up with a heteronormative sexuality: Skylar now identifies as a gay man.

“The whole sexuality thing never seemed like a big deal.” he says. “I never came out to anybody as gay. Sometimes I forget that coming out in terms of sexuality is a big deal.”

Skylar is lucky: again, his parents are supportive, and he happens to live in a liberal suburb of New Haven, Connecticut, where his school and friends were, if not enthusiastically supportive, at least respectful of his choice. Many, many, many transgender kids are not so lucky, and we’d be remiss to ignore their reality — one study reports that 41 percent of transgender people attempt suicide at some point.

But here’s where things get interesting… Keep reading »

Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Fallon Fox Comes Out As Trans

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Meet Fallon Fox

After six years of competitive MMA (mixed martial arts) fighting as a woman, Fallon Fox has come out of the closet — against her wishes — as trans.

In an interview with OutSports on Tuesday, Fox explained how she was born into a male body, but never felt right. Ten years ago, she told her parents that she felt like she was born inside the wrong body. Her father pressured her into seeing a so-called “gay conversion therapist,” who insisted that Fallon was a gay man who was just confused. Fallon’s mother  rejected her entirely; in the past two years, she hasn’t spoken to either parent.

But Fallon knew in her heart what her identity is: Fox began hormone therapy 10 years ago — after dropping the anti-gay therapy — and got gender reassignment surgery six years ago. She even has a driver’s license identifying her as a female. After her surgery, she took up MMA fighting. She praised the support of those close to her for their support. Keep reading »

Emerson Frat Raises Money For Trans Brother’s Sexual Reassignment Surgery

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Chloe On Her Trans Role
The actress says she "cried every day" playing a trans hit man. Read More »
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"We're trying to tell a story."

You hear a lot of crappy things about fraternities–often deservedly so–so it’s nice to have a positive story come out of frat-land. Members of the Phi Alpha Tau chapter at Emerson College have raised funds so that one of their pledges can get top surgery. Sophomore Visual & Media Arts student Donnie Collins came out as transgender in high school, and pledged to the frat earlier this year. Collins attended an all-female boarding school and lamented that while his fellow students were all very nice, “it was all horrible.”

Collins doesn’t have any insurance support for his hormonal therapy or sexual reassignment surgery–and Emerson’s health insurance excludes such therapies. So far, he’s been paying out of pocket, and trans hormone therapies are not cheap. “I’d go to the endocrinologist and pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket, because, of course, I didn’t have insurance of my own,” he said. Keep reading »

Guy Talk: Why A Straight Man Like Me Cares About Transgender Rights

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Over the weekend, the UK’s Observer published an editorial about transgender people that crossed a bunch of lines. It’s not really worth repeating the things that the author wrote, but they included the sort of slurs that, if used against, say, black people or women, would make your eyes pop out. The Observer has since removed it, but it was full of “N-word” level stuff, with an editorial tone dripping with self-righteous, “if you don’t want to be called these things, stop being the way you are” privilege.

It was gross, in other words. I tweeted about it throughout the day on Sunday, when it ran, as I learned more about the author or different things occurred to me. Most of the rest of my tweets from that day were about football, which meant that I got some confused replies from people who follow me because they like when I make fun of Matt Schaub. I’m not transgender, and I don’t have any close friends or family who are, so why was I treating that editorial like it was personal? I am a dude who is straight and cisgender (that is, someone whose gender identity matches their biology) and who seems to have no stake in this fight.

Here’s why I take transgender issues personally… Keep reading »

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