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India Rules To Recognize Transgender Folks As A “Third Gender”

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  • India’s Supreme Court has ruled that transgender folks have a right to identify as “third gender” or hijra. The ruling also directs the government to provide trans folks in India with quotas in education and jobs and to ensure they have adequate medical care in hospitals. Both Nepal and Bangladesh also recognize third genders. [BBC]
  • Iran will reportedly execute a 26-year-old rape victim named Reyhaneh Jabbari because she fatally stabbed the man she claims drugged and raped her. [CNN]
  • On women and the “confidence gap.” [The Atlantic] Keep reading »

“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
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Trans woman offers Bible thumping politician "the first stone." Read More »
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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 »

Proud Mama Announces Son Is Transgender In The Most Awesome Way Possible

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Las Vegas hairstylist Proud mama Jodi Gholson Oliver is definitely in the running for mom-of-the-year, at least in my book. Oliver recently took to Facebook to announce her 19-year-old son as a transgender person, and she did it in the most amazing and beautiful way possible. Along with a cute illustration of a baby-carrying white stork and the words “It’s A Boy,” Oliver shared a moving message about her son, Jes’s journey to self-acceptance. Read her Facebook announcement on The Stir…

Transgender Model Comes Out To Change Our Perception Of Gender

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In her March TED Talk, model Geena Rocero made a stunning revelation: she was identified as a boy at birth, her sex assigned based on her genitalia. But Geena, who now lives and identifies as a woman, knew who she was from a young age, and knows that gender is a fluid thing. Watch Geena’s amazing TED Talk to learn a thing or two about our perception of gender on Your Tango…

5 Shocking Realities Of Being Transgender The Media Ignores

I bet that, for most of you, nothing would feel weirder than having your dad or brother tell you he’s now a woman. And for a certain percentage of people, the reaction to that news would be violent. The reality is that the entire concept of transgender people makes folks very uncomfortable, which means we’re simply not talking about it enough.

I’m Amy, a 20-something trans woman living in California. Read more on Cracked…

Laverne Cox Refused To Play Reality TV’s “Angry Black Woman” Stereotype

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Free CeCe!
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Trans actress Laverne Cox opens up about her gender transition. Read More »

“I remember being really conscious of not wanting to fight with another black woman on camera. I did an interview and the producers were like, “Well, this [other black woman on the show] said this about you. What do you have to say about that?” And I said I’m not fighting with another black woman on TV. Even during my elimination episode, when it came down to myself and another black woman, my mother — after watching — said, “Why didn’t you defend yourself?” And I just didn’t want to give television the satisfaction of seeing two black women going at it. We see that so much.”

“Orange Is The New Black” star Laverne Cox is the subject of a lengthly profile over at Buzzfeed, where she gives a fascinating walk-through of her long road to stardom. After moving to New York City to attend Marymount Manhattan College, Cox worked in nightclubs and acted in student films. Then, in 2008, she got cast on P. Diddy’s reality show, “I Want To Work For Diddy.” Believe it or not, reality TV was a positive experience for her. She credits Diddy for giving her exposure on national television, although she is very realistic and measured about what “a dubious distinction” it is to be “the first black trans woman to appear on a reality TV show.” One matter of principle for Cox, she explained, was refusing to play into the “angry black woman” stereotype that reality TV producers tried to coax out of her and instead held her tongue in situations where she otherwise might have spoken up. In a pop cultural landscape with brats like Justin Bieber and Lindsay Lohan making headlines, it’s refreshing to see a thoughtful, principled actress succeeding. [BuzzFeed]

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
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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 »

How Not To Be An Ally To Trans People Based On Piers Morgan’s Behavior Towards Janet Mock

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Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness
Janet Mock speaks to us about being a transgender woman of color. Read More »

Last night, Piers Morgan had trans advocate and author Janet Mock back on his show for a followup “interview” after her appearance the night before ignited controversy on Twitter and across the blogosphere. The first interview, which aired Tuesday night, featured a chyron at the bottom of the screen which misgendered Mock as having been a boy for 18 years; Morgan also misgendered Mock a few times during the interview, and repeatedly asked questions that focused on Mock’s surgery as when she became “a real woman.” To quote Avital Norman Nathman in her post on the subject yesterday, “That is not only incredibly reductive regarding gender, but missed the entire point of Mock’s new memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path To Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More about her road to girlhood, which began far earlier than one moment in Thailand at age 18.”

After the pre-taped interview aired, Mock tweeted a few criticisms about the segment and where it went wrong. Her supporters and fellow trans people also tweeted their complaints to Morgan’s attention, but instead of engaging with that criticism in a thoughtful manner, recognizing his mistakes and apologizing for misgendering Mock, Morgan was dismissive of criticism because, in his view, all it means to be an ally is saying you’re one.
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Jared Leto Heckled For Transgender Role In “Dallas Buyers Club”

  • Last night, Jared Leto received an award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival for his role as a transgender woman in “Dallas Buyers Club,” but had to contend with a heckler in the audience — reportedly a trans woman — who shouted, “Trans-misogyny does not deserve an award. You’re a man. You shouldn’t play a transgendered role!” Find out how Leto handled the interruption at the link. [Celebuzz]
  • Whoa, did Elizabeth Hurley have an affair with Bill Clinton back in the late-’90s? That’s what one British newspaper is claiming. [The Gloss]
  • Former “Girl Next Door” Holly Madison’s was rear-ended this week and she posted a photo to Instagram of the resulting damage. Don’t worry, all that gunk on her face is just a smoothie, not chunky, purple blood. [Celebuzz] Keep reading »
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