Posts tagged "transgender"

What Radical Democracy Looks Like In A Transphobic Culture: Meredith Talusan Vs. The Telluride Association

I hate talking on the phone, and so I was nervous to call Meredith Talusan: You get the impression from her social media feed, and from accounts of the recent events at the Telluride Branch at Cornell University, that she might be one of those people who gets wrapped up in their outrage and i…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 10, 2014

This Trans* Birth Announcement Is Melting The Internet’s Heart

A couple in Australia updated their trans son’s birth announcement in the Queensland Courier-Mail to correctly gender him, 19 years after their first announcement. “Oops! Our bad,” they said, adding, “Loving you is the easiest thing in the world.” M’aaaawwwwww, I love great parents. See the full announcement after the jump...
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 2, 2014

See Elle Fanning’s Transformation Into A Transgender Teen

We were very surprised when Elle Fanning dyed her signature long, pale blonde hair into a brunette long bob. It was a completely different look, and a lot of people thought she was unrecognizable. That makeover is nothing compared to the drastic transformation Elle has gone through to play a transgender teen in her new…
By: The Gloss / November 19, 2014

America Is Basically Criminalizing The Fact Of Being Female (And Pregnant) With Personhood Laws

America is, in effect, criminalizing the very fact of having a female reproductive system. [NY Times] Bangladesh had its first trans* pride march. [Raw Story] Comedian Tig Notaro performed a comedy set topless after a double mastectomy. [Bitch]…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 10, 2014

Simmons College Is Now Trans* Inclusive

Simmons College in Boston is adopting trans* inclusivity. [Boston Globe] According to the Minneapolis media’s #PointerGate, pointing your finger makes you a gang member. [The Root] If you believe women should like being catcalled, let Amanda Marcotte tell you why your opinion isn’t relevant. [Raw Story]…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 7, 2014

Laverne Cox’s Documentary Special “The T-Word” Is Groundbreaking, Must-Watch TV

"When a baby is born, one of the first question asked when is it a boy, or is it a girl? But what if it's not that simple?" The question, posed by actress and advocate Laverne Cox, sets the stage for the hour-long documentary, " Laverne Cox Presents: The T-Word." Cox, an executive producer…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 17, 2014

New York City Wants To Make It Easier For Trans* Individuals To Change Their Birth Certificates

The New York Department of Health has proposed a new process by which transgender New Yorkers could change their sex on their birth certificates without having to get convertive surgery. Under the proposal, trans* citizens would only have to get an affidavit or affirmation from one of any number of healthcare professionals. City…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 8, 2014

Transgender Woman Paula Overby Is Running For Congress In Minnesota

Paula Overby will become Minnesota’s first openly transgender candidate for Congress. [Huffington Post] EJ Dickson talks about why we need to care when sex workers are murdered. [Daily Dot] Veterans voiced their displeasure with FOX News’ Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld over their sexist comments about UAE pilot Major Mariam Al Mansouri. […
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 29, 2014

Chelsea Manning Sues Government For Treatment For Gender Dysphoria

Chelsea Manning, the army private who was convicted of leaking documents to Wikileaks, is suing the federal government for medical treatment for gender dysphoria. Manning, who previously went by the name Bradley Manning, is serving time in a military prison, but has not had access to hormone therapy. (A request to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 24, 2014

Laverne Cox Has An MTV Documentary Airing In October

Yaaassss! Laverne Cox has an MTV documentary premiering October 17, titled “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.” The documentary will feature profiles of seven transgender people ranging in age from 12 to 24. Cox will act as host of the documentary, discussing aspects of being transgender like coming out and how race and trans identitie…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 19, 2014

Facebook Is Giving Suspended Users Two Weeks To Decide If They Want To Change Their Names Or Leave

Facebook met with a group of queer activists on Wednesday to discuss how its policy forcing members to use their legal name as printed on their driver’s license, credit card, or student ID discriminates against members of the LGBT community, and trans* people and drag queens in particular -- and didn’t budge on the…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 19, 2014

New Jersey Middle School Refuses To Let Trans Girl Come Back To Classes

Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey, told a 13-year-old trans girl named Rachel Pepe that she is not allowed back in school unless she goes by her previous identity of "Brian." [Asbury Park Press] Here are seven Black women to follow for updates on the aftermath of Michael Brown's murder in Ferguson,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 18, 2014

Androgynous Model Andreja Pejic (Formerly Andrej) Comes Out As Transgender

"I always dreamt of being a girl. ... I was proud of my gender nonconforming career. But my biggest dream was to be comfortable in my own body. I have to be true to myself and the career is just going to have to fit around that. ... Every day is like a new revelation.
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 25, 2014

A Guide To Talking About Transgender People In The Media

Many media outlets reported that R. Kelly’s child, Jaya Kelly came out as a transgender boy. Reports claim that Jaya would prefer to be called “Jay” and “dresses in boys clothing and emulates the testosterone fueled behavior of boys in her peer group.” Many members of the media reported on this discovery in such an insensitive and uneducated way,…
By: Hello Beautiful / July 15, 2014

PurrVerse: The Mean Girls Of Lesbian Porn

"There are two kinds of evil people in this world. Those who do evil stuff and those who see evil stuff being done and don't try to stop it."  — Janis Ian Judging from the popularity of femme-on-femme makeouts being used to sell products from Versace to concert tickets, one would think that lesbian porn i…
By: Kitty Stryker / June 26, 2014

Laverne Cox’s Moving “It Gets Better” Video Is A Tearjerker

Laverne Cox wasn't always as sure of herself as she is today. Growing up in Alabama with a single mom struggling to make ends meet, she got bullied at school for being feminine and struggled with her gender identity. Hearing her talk about recognizing herself as worthy of love in her own right, rebuilding a…
By: Claire Hannum / June 18, 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.
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2014

The Soapbox: On The Stonewall Rebellion’s Trans History

President Obama issued a proclamation at the end of May stating that June is officially Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, but June has unofficially been Pride Month for the LGBT community for decades. We place it in June, and our pride parades at the end of June, to mark the anniversary of…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 6, 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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 3, 2014
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