Posts tagged "transgender"

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. Cox politely…

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 the…

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 Cox I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 3, 2014

Trans Woman Schools Rush Limbaugh On Trans Rights And Anal Sex (And He Kinda Listens!)

Listen, I'm not about to throw Rush Limbaugh a parade or anything, but perhaps for the first time in his life, the conservative shock jock actually let a critic get a word in edgewise. Via Jezebel, a trans woman named Tina called into Limbaugh's radio show to criticize his coverage of TIME's Laverne Cox/trans rights cover…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 31, 2014

The Beautiful Story Of Ryland Whittington: A 7-Minute Guidebook For Parenting A Transgender Child

"Wow" is all I have to say after watching this beautiful video that tells the story of Ryland Whittington, a bright, fun, loving little boy who happens to be transgender. Ryland's story is fairly typical of many transgender kids -- around age 3, he started rejecting a traditionally feminine presentation and self-identifying as a boy.

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 29, 2014

“Hedwig” Creator John Cameron Mitchell Recalls David Letterman’s Transphobic Squickiness

Last night, at a Times Talk Q&A between the New York Times' A.O. Smith and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"'s John Cameron Mitchell, the musical's creator dropped an interesting anecdote about "Late Night with David Letterman" and its host. According to Slade Sohmer at HyperVocal, who snagged this Instagram video, Mitchell talked about promoting the…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 21, 2014

Tyra Banks To Produce Docuseries About Trans Women

Tyra Banks will produce a VH1 series called "TransAmerica" about transgender women in Chicago. The eight episode docuseries will feature the trans model Carmen Carrera. [Hollywood Reporter] This woman embraced her period at a moon lodge in the woods so you don't have to. [NYMag.com] Charity Anne Johnson, the 34-year-old woman who enrolled at a high…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 16, 2014

5 Things To Know About Chelsea Manning, Gender Dysphoria & Transgender Medical Care

With Pvt. Chelsea Manning back in the news for requesting to be treated for gender dysphoria at a civilian prison, many people have questions about what this means. What is “gender dysphoria,” exactly? What does it have to do with a gender transition? How is it treated? Why does Manning have a right to thi…

By: Avory Faucette / May 16, 2014

Transgender National Security Leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning May Be Transferred To Civilian Prison To Be Treated For “Gender Dysphoria”

It's been awhile since we've heard anything about Private Chelsea Manning, also known as Bradley Manning, a dishonorably discharged soldier who was sentenced to 35 years for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. The last we heard from Manning was in August, when she had publicly come out as transgender and informed the world she wanted to be referred…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2014

Laverne Cox Teams Up With MTV And Logo To Air Transgender Teen Documentary

"Orange Is The New Black" star and activist Laverne Cox has teamed with Logo and MTV to produce a documentary called "Trans Teen: A Documentary" about transgender teens from diverse backgrounds. The hour-long program will air this fall. [Advocate] "Saturday Night Live" writer Leslie Jones cracked some jokes about slavery on "Weekend Update" and not…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 5, 2014

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

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]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 15, 2014

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

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 14, 2014

Texas Teacher Laura Jane Klug Was Suspended For Being Transgender — But 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…

By: Claire Hannum / April 10, 2014

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

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 word…

By: The Stir / April 8, 2014

Transgender Model Comes Out To Change Our Perception Of Gender

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

By: YourTango.com / April 5, 2014

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…

By: Cracked / March 23, 2014

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

"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 woma…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 19, 2014

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

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 --…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 19, 2014
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