Posts tagged "transgender"

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 cause…

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

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

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 bee…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 6, 2014

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…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 5, 2014

The Soapbox: Piers Morgan, It Shouldn’t Be So Hard For You To Interview Janet Mock

If there was one thing Piers Morgan got right in his interview with writer Janet Mock last night, it was when he called her, “brave, frank, and honest” about coming out as transgender. Sadly, the interview sort of falls apart after that.

From almost the start of the interview, the header “Was a…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 5, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness

After being the subject of a 2011 Marie Claire profile, writer and activist Janet Mock decided to tell her story in her own words. And what a story it is. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, is out this week. It’s a brave, honest and gripping memoir detailing…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 4, 2014

Gabourey Sidibe Under Fire For Using The Word “Tranny”

“American Horror Story: Coven” star Gabourey Sidibe is the latest celebrity to use a verboten transphobic slur — although in Gabby’s case, she used it while speaking out about police profiling and harassment against transgender folks.

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 3, 2014

Watch This: Trans Woman Quotes The Bible, Dares Christian Politician To Stone Her To Death

Last month, the city council of Shreveport, Louisiana passed a law to end discrimination based on sexual preference or gender identity. The Fairness Ordinance passed with a 6-1 vote. The only dissenter was a bible-thumping councilman named Ron Webb, who promptly introduced his own ordinance to overturn the new law. While the council considered Webb’…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 21, 2014

“Orange Is The New Black” Actress Laverne Cox Teaches Katie Couric About Doing Interviews With Trans Women

Transgender actress Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia, the trans woman on “Orange Is The New Black,” and model Carmen Carrera appeared yesterday on “Katie” and Katie Couric kept pushing the issue of their genitalia. Fast foward to 2 minutes and 45 seconds into this video where Laverne explains to Katie what focusing on transitio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 7, 2014

Transgender Woman Cece McDonald To Be Released From Men’s Prison

CeCe McDonald, a transgender Black woman who was sentenced to 41 months in a men’s prison, will be released. CeCe was attacked in Minneapolis by a group of people yelling racist and bigoted slurs, one of whom also threw a drink at her. CeCe stabbed and killed one of the men and claimed self-defense.

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2014

Atlanta Restaurant Refuses To Admit Transgender Woman

A bouncer at Atlanta restaurant Don Pollo Bar & Grill refused to allow Alissah Brooks, a drag performer, inside last week. Brooks presents as a woman but carries an ID card which lists her gender as “male,” which was a point of contention for the bouncer. [Queerty]
Private schools in Pakistan have banned…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 11, 2013

Tyson Beckford Poses Nude With Transgender Model Ines Rau For OOB Magazine

Do you ever sit around and wonder, Hmm, what’s Tyson Beckford up to?  Me neither. But after I was reminded that henot Michael Fassbender, not Clive Owen — is the most attractive man in the world after seeing these photos from OOB magazine in France, I may ask myself this more often. Here…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 9, 2013

Senate Passes The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) To Protect Gay & Trans Employees At Work

Great news! The Senate voted today to approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would protect LGBTQ workers from discrimination by their employers. It’s the first time-ever that ENDA, which has repeatedly failed in Congress, included protections for trans folks. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. [New York Times]
Sexual assault…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 7, 2013

5 Things To Know About The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) To Protect Gay & Trans Employees At Work

Yesterday, the Senate voted to take up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill to ban employers from discriminating against LGBTQ workers or job applicants based on their sexual orientation or gender identity (i.e. being transgender).

This is the first time ever that ENDA, which has struggled in Congress for almost 20 years, include…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2013

Trans Woman Banned From L.A. Gym’s Women’s Locker Room

Yanel Valenzuela of California told a gym trainer that she is a transgender woman, hoping to get an exercise routine tailored to her health needs. But instead, she alleges, the trainer shared that information with others and an L.A. Fitness manager barred Valenzuela from using the women’s locker room entirely. They realize she’s a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 31, 2013

Singer-Songwriter Matt Nathanson’s Video For “Kinks Shirt” Is A Must Watch

I’d never heard of singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson, let alone listened to his music, before his video for the song “Kinks Shirt” showed up on my Tumblr dashboard last night. If I’m being honest, his music is not really my jam — but this video, and its message, totally is. Nathanson is a straight (married!) guy,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 17, 2013
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