Posts tagged "transgender"

Emerson Frat Raises Money For Trans Brother’s Sexual Reassignment Surgery

You hear a lot of crappy things about fraternities--often deservedly so--so it's nice to have a positive story come out of frat-land. Members of the Phi Alpha Tau chapter at Emerson College have raised funds so that one of their pledges can get top surgery. Sophomore Visual & Media Arts student Donnie Colli…
By: Julie Gerstein / February 26, 2013

It’s About Time: Chrysalis Lingerie Makes Underwear Specifically For Trans Women

Transgender women make up an ever-growing demographic, so it would make sense that new businesses would crop up to attend to their specific needs. Chrysalis Lingerie is special lingerie marketed to trans women, and it comes complete with a power-mesh panel that's designed to create a seamless effect, so that those who wish to "pass"…
By: Julie Gerstein / February 4, 2013

Transgender Model Lea T Speaks! (And Seems Totally Awesome)

Brazilian/Italian model Lea T. made waves in 2010 when she revealed that she was transgender. And for the first time, thanks to this Benetton video, we're finally hearing her speak about it. "I say everything about myself, it's too complicated to keep a secret," says Lea. We agree, and we're super stoked that Lea seem…
By: Julie Gerstein / January 28, 2013

Guy Talk: Why A Straight Man Like Me Cares About Transgender Rights

Over the weekend, the UK's Observer published an editorial about transgender people that crossed a bunch of lines. It’s not really worth repeating the things that the author wrote, but they included the sort of slurs that, if used against, say, black people or women, would make your eyes pop out. The Observer ha…
By: Dan Solomon / January 18, 2013

Head, Meet Desk: Fox Nation Illustrates Transgender Healthcare Story With Photo From “Mrs. Doubtfire”

In this unpredictable and ever-changing world we live in, at least we can always count on Fox News to provide a consistent stream of ignorance. The latest example comes from Fox Nation, a "news" website that chose to illustrate a story about transgender healthcare with a photo of Robin Williams from the movie "Mrs. Doubtfire."…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 15, 2013

From Boy To Girl In Less Than Two Minutes

This amazing video shows what it really looks like to go through a gender identity change. YouTube user iiGethii writes, "This video is of me going through a three-year transition (roughly one thousand pictures). I have had FFS during the process. I started roughly around when I was 20-21 years of age." The photos show…
By: Julie Gerstein / January 11, 2013

Watch: House Of Style Hosts Visit Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace At Home

We've been big fans of Laura Jane Grace long before she came out as a transgender woman earlier this year, but we love the lead singer of seminal punk band Against Me! all the more now that we've witnessed her incredibly brave, positive attitude toward her recent transition. Needless to say, we're…
By: Rachel Krause / December 21, 2012

ESPN Radio Hosts Suspended For Calling Trans Athlete An “It”

ESPN Radio "temporarily" suspended hosts who made transphobic comments about a trans basketball player, including referring to her as "it" and saying that no one who is trans should be allowed to play sports. [Queerty] Susan Rice is officially withdrawing from consideration for Secretary of State. [Twitter.com/NBCnews] On Victoria'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 13, 2012

Today Is The Trans Day Of Remembrance

In remembrance of the Trans Day Of Remembrance, here's a piece by a trans woman on how connecting with her Korean birth mother, who put her up for adoption as a baby, helped her come out. [Fire Dog Lake] And here's more about the Trans Day of Remembrance and transgender visibility. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 20, 2012

The Miss International Queen Competition Is A Beauty Pageant Unlike Any Other

This past week, a beauty pageant of an entirely different kind took place in Thailand. The Miss International Queen Pageant is a transgender and transsexual beauty pageant where contestants must have been born male in order to participate. Now in its 8th year, the Miss International Queen Pageant aims to increase visibility and acceptance of transgender…
By: Julie Gerstein / November 5, 2012

Transgender Director Lana Wachowski’s Moving Human Rights Campaign Acceptance Speech

Lana Wachowski and her brother Andy are the directors responsible for "The Matrix" trilogy, the film "V for Vendetta" and most recently, "Cloud Atlas." Lana used to be Larry, but over the past 10 years, has transitioned from Larry to Lana, though she still has a problem with the notion that transgender people are tied…
By: Julie Gerstein / October 25, 2012

New Documentary Focuses On The Perils Of Being A Transgender Teen

Allie is 17 and from Stuttgart, Arkansas. She's a regular teenager in many ways -- worried about what other kids in school think of her and excited about college. But she's also transgender, and that's made her life more difficult and challenging than most of us could imagine. "I realized I was meant to be…
By: Julie Gerstein / October 19, 2012

D.C. Debuts Rad Transgender Respect Campaign

It's a sad statement on society when we have to issue advertising campaigns to remind people to treat their fellow human beings "with courtesy and respect." But whatever, I'm not going to complain! This rad ad campaign by the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights is the first-ever campaign to focus on treating tra…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 15, 2012

Inmate Granted Right To Have Sex Reassignment Surgery

Twelve years ago, Massachusetts inmate Robert Kosilek sued the state for the right to a sex change. Convicted of murdering his wife in 1990, Kosilek is serving a life sentence, and claimed that the surgery was necessary to effectively treat gender dysmorphia. After two lawsuits, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled Kosilek was entitled to…
By: Julie Gerstein / September 5, 2012

“Agender”: Neither Man Nor Woman, But Definitely Fabulous

Androgyny is in. From supermodel Andrej Pejic to gender-neutral parenting articles, the media can’t get enough of us non-binary ("boy" or "girl") folks lately. But is not identifying as male or female really about androgyny?  Is being elsewhere on the gender spectrum the same as being gender neutral? I look at pictures of Pejic and…
By: Avory Faucette / August 23, 2012

Judge Not Sure “Pregnant Man” Is A Man

An Arizona judge is delaying the divorce of "the pregnant man" Tom Beatie, a trans man who was biologically born a woman, from his wife. The judge says he is not certain of Beatie's gender and AZ does not recognize gay marriage. [New York Daily News] A lesbian super PAC (a fundraising grou…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 14, 2012

Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace On Transitioning While Married

"I'm very early on in my transition – I still blur a line – but I know the changes are going to be coming, and I fear how [my wife] is going to interpret them and whether that will affect if she's physically attracted to me is terrifying. But ideally you marry someone because you…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 26, 2012

Google Supports LGBT Community With “Legalize Love” Campaign

Google has launched a new campaign, Legalize Love, which hopes to end discrimination against homosexuals. At the Global LGBT Workplace Summit on Saturday in London, Google executive Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe introduced the campaign, sharing Google’s goals to “[develop] alliances with local companies and [support] grassroots organizing efforts in [other] countries.” The purpose of the campaign i…
By: Daley Quinn / July 9, 2012

Must Watch: Laura Jane Grace Of Against Me! Talks About Her Transgender Coming Out

Earlier this year, Laura Jane Grace of the band Against Me! came out as transgender in a revealing interview with Rolling Stone. Since then, Grace (formerly known as Tom Gabel) and the band have been touring the country -- with Grace's wife Heather and daughter Evelyn in tow. MTV caught up with Grace o…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 20, 2012

Chloe Sevigny “Cried Every Day” Playing A Transgender Hit Man

Hmm. Actress Chloe Sevigny, no stranger to transgender characters (see: "Boys Don't Cry), says she "cried every day" while getting fitted with her prosthetic penis to play a transgender hit man in her new TV series "Hit & Miss." The show has Sevigny playing Mia, a pre-op transgender hitman, and the character's genitalia deeply upset…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 16, 2012
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