Posts tagged "transgender"

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

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…
By: Julie Gerstein / July 8, 2013

A Lot Of What People Think About Transgender Athletes Is Wrong

Fallon Fox received a lot of attention and abuse in March after she was forced to come out as a transgender woman. Fallon had been a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter for six years, but as soon as she came…
By: Mary Odell / July 1, 2013

Transgender 6-Year-Old Coy Mathis Wins Case For Access to Girls’ Bathroom

A win for the transgender community! Coy Mathis, a transgendered 6-year-old from Fountain, Colorado has won a case against the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, allowing her to officially use the girls’ bathroom. Coy had been using the girls’ bathroom at her school because she identifies as a female. Although she was assigned the…
By: Daley Quinn / June 24, 2013

Waitress Fired For Dressing In Drag Or For Breaking The Dress Code?

A woman in Kalamazoo, Michigan claims that she has been fired for showing up to work at the restaurant, Harvey’s on the Mall, in dressed as a man. The restaurant, however, claims that her termination had nothing to do with her gender-bending outfit, but rather with her failure to comply with the restaurant’s dress code.
By: Mary Odell / June 20, 2013

Update: Diana Tourjee’s Gender Confirmation Surgery Fundraiser Needs Your Help

This past May, we introduced you to Diana Tourjee, a brave trans woman who shared her story of survival with us. Diana created an Indiegogo fundraising page to raise money for her gender confirmation surgery, the next step in her journey to becoming the person she's always wanted to…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 17, 2013

It’s Hard Out There For A Teen: Boobs, Tribal Feathers, Hipster Glasses Not Allowed!

Cleavage, tribal feathers, hipster glasses — oh my! All of those things have gotten students in trouble at schools around the nation. Schools sure have gotten strict, some might say silly, with their rules about what students can and can't do. Showing cleavage at prom? You know, prom, where everyone wears dresses? NOT OKAY. Wearing…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2013

Becoming Diana: One Trans Woman’s Journey To Self-Acceptance

There's a well-known nursery rhyme that asks, "What are little boys made of? / Slugs and snails / And puppy-dogs' tails ... What are little girls made of? / Sugar and spice / And everything nice." It's a tiny piece of a larger puzzle aimed at helping little girls and boys understand their place i…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 29, 2013

German Athlete Has A Sex Change After Being Unwittingly Doped With Steroids

Back in the '70s, when there was still an East and West Germany, East Germany was very serious about winning international sports competitions, and was known to regularly dope their athletes (see also: East German swim team). Athletes were fed "performance enhancing drugs" (PEDs) -- aka anabolic steroids -- that bulked them…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 21, 2013

Swedish High School Debuts Gender Neutral Locker Room

Students at a Swedish high school have requested and received a gender neutral changing room as part of the school's locker room for any student that wants to use it. Soedra Latins upper secondary school already has male and female locker rooms, but students proposed last year that they have an additional space for student…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2013

Trans Woman Ally Robledo Uses Women’s Bathroom, Charged With Trespassing

How To Be A Douche, Lesson #1: Charge a transgender woman for "trespassing" after she uses the women's bathroom in your grocery store and ban her from shopping in your establishment for one year. Idaho trans woman Ally Robledo is being discriminated against by Rosauers supermarket in Lewiston because she was "peeing standing up" i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 15, 2013

Laura Jane Grace On The Power Of The Right Skirt

"Deciding to wear a skirt onstage in September was a personal landmark. It was the first time I had ever worn a skirt in public—and I would be doing so in front of a couple of thousand people. The skirt was a gift from a friend—it was black and leather, and it fit me great.
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 10, 2013

UFC Suspends Matt Mitrione For Transphobic Comments

At the beginning of March, mixed martial arts fighter Fallon Fox came out as transgender. The 36-year-old had been participating as a female competitor in MMA competitions for six years, and was forced to address the fact that she was born male after a reporter discovered her secret. In mid-March, UFC host Joe…
By: Julie Gerstein / April 9, 2013

Texas School Allows Student Tony Zamazal To Wear A Dress To Prom

Thanks to the good works of the ACLU, Spring High School in Spring, Texas, will now allow George "Tony" Zamazal, who is trans and identifies as female, to wear a dress to her prom. The school had previously forbidden the senior from wearing a dress. Said Tony, "I'm so grateful that my school has agreed…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 4, 2013

This Doctor’s Bathroom Sign Welcomes Everyone

Last week, we uttered a collective, "UGH, ARIZONA!" over the news that the Arizona House of Representatives advanced a bill allowing businesses to ban transgender folks from using the restroom of their identified sex.  So we're heartened by this gender-identity inclusive bathroom signage, posted on Towleroad with the caption: Given what's happening in Arizona now, I…
By: Sarah Gray / April 2, 2013

Judge Won’t Grant ‘Pregnant Man’ Thomas Beatie A Divorce

Welcome to the world's most confusing divorce case. A judge in Arizona today declined to grant a divorce to Thomas Beatie, who attained minor celebrity status as the "pregnant man" a few years back and gave birth to three children. Beatie, who was born a woman but identifies as a man, married wife Nancy in Hawaii…
By: Newser / March 30, 2013

Trans Role Model & Activist Kate Bornstein Needs Our Help To Fight Cancer

If you haven't had a chance to read Kate Bornstein's memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, go out right now and buy it. The woman has lived an incredible life -- from being a male Scientology scout, to prize-winning playwright, trans activist and gender outlaw -- and somehow managed to kee…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 26, 2013

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

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 19, 2013

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

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,…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 15, 2013

Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Fallon Fox Comes Out As Trans

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 7, 2013

Transgender First Grader Challenges Colorado School’s Bathroom Rules

The 1997 film "Ma Vie En Rose" depicts a young French boy who insists that he's actually a girl. The lighthearted film was at least a few years ahead of its time in addressing the very real reality of so many transgender children, born into one body, but identifying with another gender. Now, more tha…
By: Julie Gerstein / February 27, 2013